By Dreena Burton
Lifelong Books, $20.00, 308 pages
Most carnivores find the mere thought of going vegan abhorrent. The idea of including their kids in the process is laughable. For those brave souls who want to test the vegan waters and bring their families along for the dip, the latest cookbook by Dreena Burton offers an excellent place to start. Let Them Eat Vegan! contains meatless and dairy free dishes that mimic meals your family already loves.
Take the ubiquitous hamburger. Burton offers “Nutty Veggie Burgers” which are out of this world good. Powered by three types of nuts, these delicious patties deliver the flavor and look meat-eating families are accustomed to. The “Baked Macaroni with Broccolini in a Creamy Walnut Gravy” is another hit thanks to a non-dairy sauce that mimics the cheesy one you grew up with.
Burton’s main dishes seem to alternate between lentil-based and nut-based options. Depending on your tastes, you may find yourself leaning towards one or the other. The “Anise and Coriander-Infused Orange Lentil Soup” and “No-fu Love Loaf,” may take getting used to for some families. Overall this is a user-friendly cookbook that will make even the most rigid of carnivores express delight and shock when they learn that what they’re eating is vegan.
Reviewed by Ellison G. Weist