Vegan Pie in the Sky: Great Baking Book For Everyone

Vegan desserts are those that are obviously meatless and completely animal free. Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-this-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and More provides fun and tasty desserts for any diet.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero have teamed up again to produce Vegan Pie in the Sky. Their previous team works include the books: Veganomicon, Vecan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. They are also the backbone of the The Post Punk Kitchen.

Vegan Baking Tips Good for Non-Vegans, Too

I'm not vegan, but loved trying the recipes. Vegan Pie in the Sky gives great tips on 'boozy' pie crusts, or those containing vodka, and crusts made with solid coconut oil. I'm always looking for new ways to make pies and using coconut oil was new to me.

Vegan Pie in the Sky Chapters and Contents

The book is separated into two main parts: How to Create the Universe or Bake a Pie From Scratch; and The Recipes. Since this is a baking book focusing on fruit desserts and pies, pies, tarts, and cheesecakes are all covered as well as these popular fruit desserts: cobbler, betty, crisp, pandowdy, and buckle. For those looking for recipes, they give good, tested recipes in these chapters: Pie Crusts; Fruit Pies; Creamy Pies, Harvest Pies, Chocolate Pies, and A Few Toppings.

The Base and the Top

If you've never made a pie before in your life, the authors have documented the work over several pages with their steps:
  • Work in the fat
  • Add water and acid
  • Divide and chill
  • Roll 'em out
These are true no mater what kind of pie your making or what ingredients are inside. The first section on pie crust also gives ideas on making the edges pretty and ways to top them. The last chapter offers different recipes for topping (and decorating the top of) vegan desserts. The featured recipe, 'Rad Whip', contains unroasted cashews and coconut milk, and sounds rich enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Recommended for Vegans and Non-Vegans

While this cookbook is obviously geared for vegans and those who would like to create desserts that are completely animal-free, this is also a good baking book on its own. The baking tips throughout the book on the subject of pies are sound, the color photos are appetizing, and most recipes use ingredients already found in many family pantries so sourcing out special ingredients is unnecessary.

Vegan baking isn't just about recreating something out of tofu. Successful vegan baking begins with the vision of a great tasting dessert. Vegan Pie in the Sky shows readers that vegan baking can embody the use of fresh ingredients and finish them in a tantalizing way - that just happens to be completely animal-free.

Book Information:
  • Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-this-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and More; by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
  • Da Capo Books; 2011
  • ISBN13: 9780738212746
  • Paperback; 223 pages
Link to Amazon:
Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-This-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and More

Link to Publisher Detail Page with Author Links:
Vegan Pie in the Sky: Da Capo Press

Disclosure: This book was provided to the author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.
Image courtesy Da Capo Press.

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