Seriously, ....have you forgotten?
Friday is VALENTINE's day.
And, since many of you have forgotten, (I see the panic in your eyes) what better Valentine's gift for that foodie-vegan (or NOT vegan) person in your life, than Dynise Balcavage's fabulous "Pies and Tarts With Heart"!
That said, let me tell you about the book itself:
I recently received a copy of "Pies and Tarts With Heart", the latest cookbook from Urban Vegan Dynise Balcavage.
I was super excited about this book because, ironically, even though many people find them intimidating, pies are truly the ONLY dessert I can make without a complete disaster in my kitchen.
AND because I LOVE, LOVE pie. Any kind. Any time.
|Sweet Potato Pie/|
This book is PERFECT for you.
Dynise starts with the easiest, simplest basics and walks you through every step in making crusts, fillings and toppings for all sorts of pies, sweet and savory.
The ingredients are all easy to find in your standard supermarket, if not in your cupboard right now. She explains everything in a straight-forward manner, and even the more 'complicated' recipes end up being perfectly manageable.
|MORE Apple Pie/Coconut Whip!|
But the best thing about it? Of course, the fact that all the recipes in this beautiful book are VEGAN!
How can a fruit+crust pie NOT be vegan, people ask? Sadly, traditional pie crusts are often made with butter or (gack!) lard, but Dynise provides some delicious, flaky, tender crust recipes using plant-based oils like olive, coconut and vegan margarine.
|Yes, Pizza is a type of PIE!|
The 'cream' or custard-style pies use tofu, plant milk or nuts to achieve their creaminess and I PROMISE you'll never miss the dairy.
One of my favorite recipes out of the entire book however, is the whipped coconut milk topping. I make this stuff to top EVERYTHING.
My kids' favorite is probably the pizza crust.
Because pizza crust, OF COURSE = PIZZA!
|Coconut Whipped Topping!!|
It has recipes for beginners and advanced bakers, raw vegans, kids, gluten-free folk, those with a sweet-tooth, those without and everyone in between. The pictures are colorful and well done. The variety is wide enough to include something for everyone, and you'll find yourself reading through (and drooling!) again and again, whether you're planning on baking a pie tomorrow (like me) or not.
Disclaimer: Dynise Balcavage is a fellow blogger and acquaintance, (yes, we've met in real-life even!) and I received a free review copy of Pies and Tarts with Heart. However, no compensation was exchanged for this review, and the opinion posted here is my own (and my kids').