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Book Review: Vegan for the Holidays: Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving through New Year's Day

The Book: Vegan for the Holidays: Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day


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About the Book:

Vegan for the Holidays is a must-have cookbook packed with exceptional recipes to make your holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year spectacular and irresistibly delicious. The book presents dazzlingly delicious recipes for those quintessential holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year. Ideas for tempting appetizers, zippy soups, sinful desserts, colorful salads, complementary side dishes, magnificent main dishes, and celebratory beverages are all featured in this soon-to-become classic vegan holiday cookbook.

About the Author: With a focus on healthy eating, compassion for animals, and environmental consciousness, her vegan journey led Zel Allen to partner with her husband, Reuben, to publish Vegetarians in Paradise. Their online publication is read by more than 125,000 visitors monthly In addition to her articles, the e-zine spotlights her humorous illustrations and her innovative recipes. Zel’s interest in the powerful health aspects of nuts resulted in her one-of-a-kind cookbook, The Nut Gourmet, which features 150 innovative, totally nutty recipes.

Presently, Zel spreads the message of a healthy vegan lifestyle by teaching vegetarian cooking classes at libraries, churches, and at Glendale Community College in Southern California. She lives in Granada Hills with her husband and her cat Fuzzy, once a homeless kitten. You can also see their website at

The One Green Planet Verdict:

It’s Thanksgiving time once again and thus begins the 2012 holiday season! Perhaps it’s time to break out the a Brandied Holiday Nog?

Zel Allen’s cookbook provides recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Some of the Christmas side dishes that seem like a sure win to any dinner party include the Almond and Olive-Stuffed Brussels Sprouts and the Punpkin-Pine Nut Cookies. It’s exciting to see an Okra Creole dish in the Kwanzaa chapter too! Unfortunately the cookbook doesn’t offer much in the way of pictures. I also wish the recipes had an estimated cook time.

While it’s wonderful to gather with family and friends to celebrate, it can also be a stressful time to try to stick to healthy dishes. As any ethical vegan knows, veganism is not always the easiest thing to discuss during a time of celebration. Fortunately Zel Allen has gathered a valuable resource for your vegan celebrations in her new book Vegan For the Holidays.

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