Two Must-Have Cookbooks


      Last year my fave vegan cookbook author, Dreena Burton published her fourth cookbook: Let Them Eat Vegan!.

(Check out my interview with her last year, right before it was released.)

She sent me a review copy & I was thrilled to be able to try out some recipes & post them to the blog. But, as we were living in my parent’s basement at the time & I didn’t have my own kitchen & many of my stand-by ingredients, I didn’t feel like I could really do the review justice until I was in my own space.

We moved to San Antonio in mid-December but it took a few months to resurface to normalcy. At that point, I figured it was too late for a review.

But. I love Dreena’s work. I own all of her cookbooks–her first cookbook is The Everyday Vegan, followed by Vive le Vegan!  Her 3rd cookbook is, Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan.

ALL of her recipes are fantastic.

My copy of Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan is dog-eared & splattered with sauce, flour, & other by-products of my cooking (a sign of a really good cookbook). I make at least a few recipes from Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan on a regular basis. In the past week I’ve made her “kid’s dynamo” hummus, Thai “chick-un” pizza (one of my all-time favorite comfort foods), & her “celestial” cream (awesome on crepes & pancakes).

As my family & I were eating her gluten-free version of raspberry cornmeal pancakes (I used wild blueberries instead of raspberries) last night (Thursday is our “breakfast-for-dinner”  night) I thought, I really need to let bring joy readers know how awesome her recipes are.

I love her taste. Her combination of spices, the balance of sweet & savory, the addition of some healthy fat (but not too much), she strikes the perfect harmony of wholesome & tasty.

Despite there being hundreds & hundreds of vegan cookbooks on the market now, in my mind, she reigns queen in terms of accessible & quality recipes that adults, & kids will not only eat but love.

A lot of vegan recipe developers & cookbook authors develop recipes for adults &/or don’t have children of their own. While that’s fine, I appreciate the fact that Dreena knows firsthhand (she has 3 daughters) what it’s like to cook for kids, who are often finicky & picky eaters.

So buy her book(s).

If you don’t own any of hers already, I recommend starting with either Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan or Let Them Eat Vegan!

Or better, both of them.

They are totally affordable on Amazon. The links above will take you to my affiliate store–if you make a purchase through those links I make a few cents (literally), so thanks.

I have one more cookbook to recommend: Ricki Heller’s Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Freewhich was just released in bookstores & Amazon. All of the recipes were tried & tested over a period of a year from readers (awesome, right?!).

Ricki is personal friend (although we have never actually met in person!) & she is one of the most generous bloggers I know (check out her weekly Wellness Weekend for lots of recipe ideas from other bloggers).

She is real, kind, approachable, just a fantastic human being (if I were Jewish I’d call her a mensch). I haven’t got my hot little hands on her book yet, but it is on my “want-want-want” list.

Check out this review from Go Dairy Free or this one from, & drool over all the photos (that autumn bake & cheesecake look divine). And here‘s an interview on Vegan Mainstream, of the lovely lady herself.

That’s all for now. See you on Monday for some {MM} goodness.

And thanks for all the excitement regarding our soon-to-be newest addition.


  1. babette
    on September 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm said:

    I really like Dreena as well and I’ve sampled quite a few recipes from Let Them Eat Vegan. It’s true what you say about the fact that there are very few books that are family-oriented (for the taste, and for the health). What are some of your favorite recipes from Let Them Eat Vegan? The Goji berry granola, the Chocolate ice cream, the Momelet and the Veg-veeta are really good.

    • Janae Wise
      on September 14, 2013 at 9:36 am said:

      Some of my faves so far from LTEV: the Thai Chickpea ALmond Curry, Jerk Chickpeas (I love chickpeas), & almond cardamom toffee cookies. I haven’t tried any of the ones you recommend (yet)–so many recipes, too little time! 🙂

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    on September 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm said:

    I love Let Them Eat Vegan! It has so many great recipes and ideas, it is one of my all time faves!

  3. Ricki
    on September 13, 2013 at 9:18 am said:

    Oh, Janae, this is so lovely–thank you so much! I know, it’s funny with blogging, isn’t it? I feel the same way, even though we have never actually met! (But we WILL one day!) 😀

    And I agree about Dreena’s recipes, too! I’ve never made a Dreena recipe I didn’t love. So even for those of us without kids, her recipes rock!

    Thanks so much for this shout-out! 🙂 xoxo