Janice Stanger, PhD

Janice Stanger, PhD

Posted October 4, 2012

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Vegan For the Holidays is Your Must-Have Cookboook for Festive Winter Celebrations

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Zel Allen Offers Whole Foods, Plant-Based Recipes To Delight Your Guests

Expectations are high for holiday meals. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years - and all the parties and house guests in between - vegans may wonder how to satisfy friends, family, and co-workers while staying animal-free at the table. Health conscious eaters may be resigned to fatty, salty foods that lead to weight gain, heartburn, and a rush of guilt on New Year's Day.

Enter Zel Allen with her original, satisfying, healthy recipes in Vegan For the Holidays. Zel, a cofounder of the popular site Vegetarians in Paradise, includes whole food, plant-based holiday recipes that will satisfy everyone who tastes them.

After a short discussion of each seasonal holiday, Zel offers a variety of ideas for a complete meal, from appetizers and soup through main dishes, side dishes, and dessert. Her use of spices is masterful. She includes suggestions for pretty garnishes to make the dishes visually appealing. Pages of beautiful color photos of many of the recipes show better than any words how stunning this food is.

Take a Culinary Holiday Journey

Some recipes are quick and simple, while others require the concentration and time you'd expect for the most special dinner of the year. In every case, Zel uses ingredients that are easy to shop for. Her instructions are clear and complete.

You can use Vegan For the Holidays as your guide for a culinary journey through November and December. Not familiar with Kwanzaa traditions? Plunge into the Kwanzaa recipes, such as Curried Pumpkin-Peanut Soup or Okra Creole. Want to celebrate a couple of the eight nights of Hanukkah? Try Mushroom-Barley Cholent, Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes, or Beet Latkes. With such tempting recipes, you might end up cooking every night and beyond.

In fact, many of the Vegan For the Holidays recipe ingredients are available all winter. So don't put the book aside right after your New Year's celebration with New Year Logs in Spicy Pecan Gremolata. Keep on enjoying through the spring.

Married to the Same Man More Than a Half Century

I spoke with Zel, who has lived in California since the age of ten, about her background and how she came to write Vegan For the Holidays.

Here is the rest of Zel's story and links to three of her delicious holiday recipes


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