Let me start off by saying, I have a lot of cookbooks. And out of all those cookbooks, I have always found at least one recipe in each one that I’m not a fan of. Which is to be expected right?
Well, all that has changed. The lovely people over at New World Library graciously sent me a copy of Brian Patton’s The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home to review, and out of all the recipes I’ve made from it, I love every single one! (Disclaimer: I haven’t made everything from this cookbook. But I have made quite a few things!!)
One thing I love about this cookbook is that it is in menu format. I don’t hate cooking, but when I’ve got a super busy week going on, I hate having to plan out what to pair with what for dinner. This book does all that work for you! (AND He provides shopping lists for every menu!)
I’m normally kind of wary about doing cookbook reviews, but this cookbook is just too good not to share. I’m going to have to go out and buy his first cookbook now I think!
I’m also a huge fan of appetizers and little bites, but I’ve always been afraid to make a meal out of them, afraid that it wouldn’t be enough. This book makes it so easy though.
I made this sausage and peppers dish last night, and I loved it! When I ate meat, I never liked Italian sausage, because I hate everything fennel with a passion, and most italian sausage has fennel seeds in it. But, with this recipe, I got to make my own sausage, so I just left it out! He gives a lot of great suggestions if you’re short on time, buy soy bacon instead of making tempeh bacon, use store bought pizza dough instead of your own, and using store bought sausages as well. But, I love that he gives recipes for all this stuff, because lets face it, even though it’s vegetarian/vegan at the store- that doesn’t mean it’s all that healthy or that there aren’t weird ingredients in it.
I do most of the cooking at home, at least for the veggie eaters, and each meal was a huge hit. I try to have at least one recipe from this book on my menu plan each week, all the recipes look so good, it’s hard to choose which one to make!
You can also visit the Sexy Vegan’s website here. He’s even got a bunch of videos that are like mini cooking shows, where he shows you how to cook different amazing looking things! He’s got one for the Stromboli (I’ll just link to it, because I have no idea how to embed a video in this post) I made this too, but I forgot to take a photo. Amazing. Just like everything else. I also made the (again, photoless) roasted red pepper rolls, and I think my brother inhaled 6 before even asking what they were.
And did I mention that he has an entire section dedicated to DRINKS?? I’ve yet to try any, because alcohol doesn’t mix well with my stomach/colon at the moment because of my UC, but I plan on trying them soon. The one I’ve been eyeballing is called the Starburst, and he says it tastes just like the candy!! I can’t wait, I haven’t had a starburst in years.
I was sent this cook book free of charge, but all opinions are my own.