Sunday, 3 November 2013

Betty Goes Vegan

I was given Betty Goes Vegan for my birthday and I was sold on the book as soon as I read the introduction. The sentence "Julia Powell lost me when she killed the lobster" says it all (reference to Julie and Julia movie for those who don't know - although I am guessing most bloggers have seen it!). 

I also found it endearing that the first recipe I flicked to (in the dessert chapter of course) was a cookie recipe containing one and a half cups of powdered sugar and a cup of vegan margarine. So unapologetic and indulgent!

I think the premise of this epic cookbook - that you can make anything vegan - is admirable, even if it is a little heavy on the faux meat and cheese. I only wish that more of the cool vegan products like Daiya cheese were available in Australia. 

I love the tone in which the book is written - approachable, cheeky and fun. 

Here are a few things I've made so far:

Chocolate Orange Cashew Cheesecake

Butterscotch Brownies
Curry Spinach and Lentil Pilaf

Vegan Chicken Lettuce Rolls

Zucchini Apple Bread
We enjoyed all of these, but the Zucchini Apple Bread and the Vegan Chicken Lettuce Rolls really stood out - so delicious!

Theresa at the Tropical Vegan has also blogged about this book here and here

I'm looking forward to making some of the indulgent dishes from the "Holiday Favourites" section of this book this Christmas!


  1. Indulgent vegan food has its place just like the vegetable variety! This book looks like it has some amazing recipes - I'm glad you're having such fun with it :)

  2. looks like you are set for indulgent christmas baking - I have looked at the book and been quite tempted by it - nice to see that the recipes are working for you - look delicious

    1. Thanks Johanna- yes I can't wait for the Xmas baking!

  3. it's a nice mix there - rich cheesecake and light zucchini bread. I'd be hard pressed to choose between them, which is saying something in the bread's favour! What are you making next?

    1. Thanks Joey! The sweet recipes are calling me- I've never made a whoopie pie, maybe I'll try one of those?!