Create a Vegan Menu for Your Next Summer Party

Summer is the prime season for so many beautiful fruits and vegetables, even the most dedicated carnivore can be tempted by a lighter, fresher, and healthier meal. For your next summer gathering, consider widening your horizons with an all-vegan menu, with the assistance of these excellent recipe collections. Whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegan, these five vegan cookbooks will deliciously expand your options.

Lookbook Cookbook: Simple, Delicious, Gluten-free & Vegan Dishes for Fashion Loving Foodies, by Jessica Milan
From former model Milan comes a vegan cookbook that combines her high-fashion sensibilities with delicious eating. Simple, easy-to-prepare meals are showcased with photographs of real girls enjoying them, and every recipe is also gluten and soy free. Lookbook Cookbook is an especially great choice for younger cooks or the fashion-minded, as the presentation is infused with a youthful, stylish energy. Standout dishes include Tex-Mex Potato Skins and Veggie Pad Thai.

Smoothie-licious: Power-Packed Smoothies and Juices the Whole Family Will Love, by Jenna Helwig
Every family needs a smoothie bible. Designed especially for parents by Parents magazine editor Helwig, Smoothie-licious contains 75 smoothie and juice recipes to keep kids (and their parents) healthy and satisfied. There’s a strong emphasis on nutrition throughout: ingredients include plenty of seeds and dark greens, none of the recipes use refined sugar, and detailed nutrient information accompanies each. With plenty of vegan and gluten-free options and creative recipes like Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate, Smoothie-licious will make your summer easier, healthier, and yummier.

Street Vegan: Recipes and Dispatches from The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck, by Adam Sobel
The Cinnamon Snail is a famous (sadly now retired) vegan food truck operating in New York City, where it acquired a dedicated and passionate following. Sobol, who operated the truck and is also a culinary instructor who has appeared on Food Network and PBS, takes the reader inside the food cart business and into his kitchen. Recipes include highlights like Fresh Fig Pancakes, Fried Dandelion Greens with Lemon Garlic Potatoes, Poached Pear-Stuffed French Toast, and Roasted Mandarin-Chocolate Ganache Tart, in a collection that will make you never want to leave the kitchen.

Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Tips to Save You Money and Stock Your Pantry, by Annie and Dan Shannon
This incredibly thorough cookbook takes readers back to the Depression and World War II to retrieve recipes, cost- and waste-reduction tips, pantry-stocking assistance, and an enjoyable amount of history. With a hat-tip to Julia Child, Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking emphasizes taste, health, frugality, and fun. Updated classics include dishes like Vegan Yankee Pot Roast, Not-cho Everyday Chili Dogs, and Savannah Pecan Pies—perfect for summer potlucks and picnic dinners.

Superfood Snacks: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-Dense Recipes, by Julie Morris
Four o’clock in the afternoon is a dangerous time: lunch is a few hours past, dinner is still three hours in the future, yet your stomach thinks it’s time for another meal. You could hit the vending machine, or you could enjoy one of bestselling author Morris’s delicious, filling vegan options. With choices like protein-packed cookies, the Every Berry Smoothie Bowl, Maqui Mint Truffles, Brussels Sprout Crisps, and dozens of other superfood-rich recipes, you’ll cruise through to dinner with no problem.

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