Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Chloe's Vegan Desserts: More than 100 Exciting New Recipes for Cookies and Pies, Tarts and Cobblers, Cupcakes and Cakes--and More!


Chloe's Vegan Desserts: More than 100 Exciting New Recipes for Cookies and Pies, Tarts and Cobblers, Cupcakes and Cakes--and More!Chloe's Vegan Desserts: More than 100 Exciting New Recipes for Cookies and Pies, Tarts and Cobblers, Cupcakes and Cakes--and More! by Chloe Coscarelli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Originally Posted: Jan 20, 2013

One of the better things in life and living it healthy is eating healthy food. This is a fact that cannot be denied. In comes Chloe Coscarelli, winner of the very first Cupcake Wars on Food Network. I saw that particular war and figured here is a beautiful woman who thinks she can make a difference, an opinion shared by my girlfriends who laughed and called out to the show "Good Luck!" When she won it, we ate our words. Who would ever have thought, VEGAN desserts? It was like saying that desserts should be bland, never sweet; it was like saying cupcakes should taste like cardboard.

When it was announced that Chloe's Vegan Desserts: More than 100 Exciting New Recipes for Cookies and Pies, Tarts and Cobblers, Cupcakes and Cakes--and More!was going to come out, I immediately pounced on the chance to get hold of a copy and try it out for myself. This, I said to myself, would be a challenge to the woman herself as I lived in an area where going Vegan would mean starving to death.

Here's the blurb:


CHEF CHLOE’S first all-dessert cookbook, Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, will satisfy your sweet tooth from morning to night with more than 100 recipes for cakes and cupcakes, ice cream and doughnuts and pies—oh my! And you just will not believe these delicious dishes are vegan. You can start the day with New York–Style Crumb Cake, light and zesty Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, luscious Chocolate Babka, or decadent Tiramisu Pancakes (topped with a dollop of cool Coconut Whipped Cream). Here, too, are more than a dozen inventive, innovative, irresistible cupcake recipes, including Chloe’s Cupcake Wars’ Award-Winning Chocolate Orange
Cupcakes with Candied Orange Peel, saffron- and cardamom-spiced Bollywood Cupcakes, and rich and boozy Chocolate Beer Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Buttercream.

Chloe’s got you covered for the holidays with her Easy Apple Pie and Absolutely Perfect Pumpkin Pie, Holiday Trifle, Nuts for Hot Cocoa, and Pumpkin Spice Latte. She re-creates classic desserts and treats from Chocolate Chip Cookies to Classic Crème Brûlée, and veganizes store-bought favorites with her Oreo-style Chloe O’s, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Animal Cookies, and Black-and-White Cookies—which are better (and healthier) than what you’ll find at the grocery store. Chloe also serves up brand-new triumphs like her dreamy Lemon Olive-Oil Cake, Rosemary Ice Cream with Blueberry Sauce, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Sorbet with Cashew Brittle, and good-to-the-last-drop milkshakes. Who can possibly resist?

Go ahead and lick that spoon—there are no worries when you bake vegan! With gorgeous color photography, clever tips, and a comprehensive section on vegan baking basics to get you started, Chloe’s Vegan Desserts will be your new vegan dessert bible.

Hmmmm, I wonder if the publishers knew something I did not. Again, living in an area where going vegetarian was challenging enough, much more going all the way to Vegan.

So I opened the book, and first thing I checked were the ingredients. At the same time I opened my pantry and checked the items in it. All this time I just KNEW that ingredients in this book would be challenging to find.

30 minutes later, after going through the inventory, I realized something: all the ingredients she listed I found in my pantry. Not only were they there, they were readily available everywhere. This made me feel dumb. This means that I had not gone through the effort of going healthy even when I had all the ingredients. I went through this book with my hubby and he looked at me and challenged me to follow the recipes. Of course I took on the challenge.

I have to honestly say that I have not finished this book. Reason is because I have not tried all the recipes, so far I have only gone through 5 of them. Stupid me, Hurrah! for Chloe! I have successfully followed her recipes for Pumpkin Pie, Banana Bread Cobbler, Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake, Cherry Hand Pie and Lemon Thyme Tea Cookies (which goes very well with Earl Grey Tea). Will I continue using this book? My family expects desserts everyday, this may be my only chance in giving them their just desserts, the healthy way. Thank you Chloe!





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