New Cookbooks: Sweet Vegan and Vegan Diner

While strolling around the neighborhood with my mom last weekend, we stopped into a local bookstore, Carmichael’s, to browse. As usual, my husband and I made our way over to the cookbook section where we grabbed “Sweet Vegan” by Emily Mainquist and “Vegan Diner” by Julie Hasson. We kept oohing and aahing over the delicious sweets and diner goodies. My mom came over and, in a friendly altercation of deciding who was going to buy the books, declared them to be an early birthday present and kindly bought them for me.

Anyway, I am so excited over both of these cookbooks. The pictures and recipes in “Sweet Vegan” speak for themselves, but I can’t wait to try the Peach Biscuits, Monkey Bread, Cinnamon Rolls and Raspberry Buttercream Cake to name a few.

Vegan Diner” feeds on my own dream of buying the Twig & Leaf, a local diner that’s kind of lost its luster lately, and resurrecting it as a vegan diner, complete with plate specials, homemade pies, an old-fashioned soda fountain and weekly viewings of “Twin Peaks,” complete with coffee and cherry pie. Of course, I’d keep the name, because how perfect is “Twig & Leaf” for a vegan restaurant? Sadly, it’s not for sale and, even if it was, who has that kind of money? But a girl can dream, can’t she?

But, I digress. “Vegan Diner” has tons of recipes that I can’t wait to try, including Quinoa Burgers, Crispy Chickpea Onion Rings, Not Your Mama’s Pot Roast with Roast Vegetables and lots more.

I’m excited to be trying completely new recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I think Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the queen of vegan food, and I love “Vegan Yum Yum,” but it’s nice to branch out and try some new flavors and techniques.

Hope all is well!

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