Review: Vegan Food Gifts

While the holidays are a fabulous time to be grateful and merry, they also stir up a lot of emotions, memories and even fears. Starting around mid-November, we engage in a flurry of parties, extra demands and financial stretching.

If you’re like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Planning for parties, big meals and gift-giving weeks in advance can feel overwhelming. But a few weeks ago I felt a sense of excitement and relief when I received a copy of the new book Vegan Food Gifts. Food gifts at the holiday are a time-honoured tradition, and while I’ve always loved creating my own, sometimes I come up short on unique ideas. Now I had a whole book of ideas!

With Vegan Food Gifts by Joni Marie Newman and Celine Steen, I’ll be able to impress family, friends, neighbours or just about anybody else with homemade gifts that I can feel good about and others will love. From mouthwatering vegan baking mixes I can create, package, and label myself, to DIY gift baskets, preserves, liquors and more, this one-stop guide offers that perfect something for everyone, no matter what their views or inclinations.

Part craft book, part cookbook, it shows you how easy it is to create great gifts that are not only kind and eco-conscious, but delicious too. Inside, you will find projects such as:

Instant Mocha Mix for the people in your life who love the combination of coffee and chocolate. This mix requires just a few simple ingredients and can be made ahead of time. It would also make a great addition to a homemade gift basket.

“Pot” Brownies that are baked in small terra-cotta pots and topped with homemade (and super easy) Simple Paper Flowers in the centre, like it is growing right out of the brownie.

Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix is an awesome present to give to busy parents because it makes a hot, delicious, kid-friendly breakfast in a snap.

Fruity Curried Rice Pilaf Mix for the people in your life who don’t seem to have time to cook and often rely on convenience foods. You can package up this go-to side dish mix that only requires the addition of water and oil and 5 to 7 minutes of their time.

I think Vegan Food Gifts would make a fun holiday gift-giving book for yourself or anyone else you know who loves to play in the kitchen. It offers us the opportunity to share our cruelty-free way of life with others, and for others to support us through homemade gifts of their own—all by an author-photographer team we know and trust.

Speaking of gifts, I’m holding a giveaway for a subscription to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s 30-Day Vegan Challenge, which would also make an awesome gift! Enter here before December 7th.

This would also make a fabulous gift.

      

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6 Responses to “Review: Vegan Food Gifts”

  1. veganlisa — November 30, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    Your photos are a spectacular as usual! xo

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    • Nicole replied: — November 30th, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

      Thank you, Lisa!

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  2. Hannah — December 2, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    My darling Nicole, there is no part of me that could ever believe you would be short on ideas for delicious generosity in treat form! But I also believe that these particular ideas from this book are marvellous. I wish I could trust the postal service to deliver such things to Australia if I made them! x

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    • Nicole replied: — December 4th, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

      Oh, thank you Hannah! It’s too bad you can’t trust the postal service to deliver such things to Australia, but I bet your Canadian friends would love them instead! :)

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  3. Ilena — December 10, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    Hi Nicole!

    I was just about to ask if those were press photos or your own, until I read the comments. They’re fantastic.

    Joni & Celine are the same team that did the vegan substitutions book, right? I know I could just google it, forgive me for asking. :-) Do you have that book? If so, what did you think of it?

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    • Nicole replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

      Thank you, Ilena! Yes, the photos are mine :)

      Joni and Celine have authored several fantastic cookbooks, including The Complete Guide to Vegan Substitutions book. You can read my review of it here: http://www.adashofcompassion.com/2010/12/how-to-veganize-any-recipe/

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