Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe: Celebratory Menus and Recipes from New York's Premier Plant-Based Restaurants

Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe: Celebratory Menus and Recipes from New York's Premier Plant-Based Restaurants


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This collection of vegan holiday recipes—the first of its kind from award-winning chefs—elevates plant-based fare to a new level. With fresh, inventive menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Lunar New Year, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine's Day, Passover, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, and Independence Day, this cookbook blends favorite traditions with a modern sensibility. Tantalizing dishes include Sweet Potato Latkes with Almond Crème Fraîche for Passover; Porcini-Crusted Seitan with Glazed Cipollini Onions and Mushroom Gravy for Thanksgiving; and Red, White, and Blue Margaritas for the Fourth of July. 

Now home cooks can entertain in the spirit of New York’s premier vegan restaurants, Candle Cafe, Candle 79, and Candle Cafe West. With forewords by Alicia Silverstone and Laura and Woody Harrelson, plus sumptuous photography throughout, this festive cookbook invites vegans and omnivores alike to gather around the holiday table and enjoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607746478
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 472,430
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JOY PIERSON is co-owner of the Candle Cafe, Candle Cafe West, and Candle 79, and coauthor of The Candle Cafe Cookbook and Candle 79 Cookbook. Certified in nutritional counseling, Joy has appeared on the Todayshow, Good Day New YorkCBS News This Morning, The Food Network's TV Food Diners, and NPR.

ANGEL RAMOS is executive chef at Candle 79 and Candle Café West. His recipes have been featured in the New York Times and Vegetarian Times, and he helped develop the nationally distributed Candle Café Frozen Entrees line. In 2010, Angel was named the VegNews Chef of the Year. Pastry chef and kitchen manager

JORGE PINEDA developed the nationally distributed Candle Café Desserts and Candle Chef's Cuisine for Whole Foods Markets, and his pastries have been deemed the "Best Vegan Desserts in America" by the Los Angeles Times.

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When I think of the Candles, I feel love. The entire Candle trio of restaurants, Candle Cafe, Candle 79, and Candle Cafe West, are the happiest, warmest, and most delicious places to be. They are all a reflection of the core—the Candle magic love potion—and I dare you not to get swept away by it.

All of the employees of each restaurant—from managers to busboys—are so welcoming and caring. And can we talk about Chefs Angel and Jorge? They are so talented, hardworking, warm, and super-cute, by the way. And whether they like it or not, I always go into the kitchen to give them big hugs and compliments after every spectacular meal that I’ve eaten there.

These transporting restaurants and their amazing food are the result of the vision of Joy and her husband and partner, Bart, both of whom I’ve known and loved for over thirteen years. Joy and I are crazy in love with food. We appreciate the fine, exquisite flavors of plant-based food and we love dishes that are made with passion, love, and care. 

Joy and the Candle family know how to throw a great party. We have celebrated big and small dinners together and they have all been crazy yummy. For my thirtieth birthday party—hmm, a while back now—Joy and Bart sent Seitan Piccata to my home in California for forty guests. If you haven’t tried it, you haven’t lived. It is the best dish for a nonvegan eater to try. They catered backstage parties when I appeared on Broadway, sending trays of yummy plant-based goodies to the cast and crew and making us very happy. When I launched my line of eco-tool bags, they hosted business parties at their restaurants, serving food that had a mission that was in sync with mine and that deeply impressed a number of fashion editors.

And a Candle Thanksgiving is a treat! 

It’s truly magical and special, full of fabulous tastes with no bad karma flying around the belly after dinner.

I am so thrilled that Joy, Angel, and Jorge decided to write a book devoted to cooking vegan for the holidays. In addition to the great menus and recipes, the photography and layout of this book are beautiful, and I want to make almost everything I see on these pages RIGHT NOW! Bravo!

This book is about celebration and fun—no deprivation, just pure joy and yumminess. It inspires me to plan a year of parties, and I am so eager to cook Joy’s Grandma’s seitan brisket and sweet potato latkes for Passover, and mini muffins and French toast coffeecake for my friends and all their kiddies for a spring brunch. There’s the Cinco de Mayo fiesta (Bear’s birthday) with crispy black bean tacos and caramel flan (I’ve had this at Candle 79 and it is insane!), and a cruelty-free backyard barbecue with grilled seitan burgers and spicy corn on the cob finished off with red, white, & blue shortcake.

Maybe I’ll have a holiday mash-up, serving the best of Thanksgiving and Christmas with a roasted brussels sprout salad, the polenta, mushroom, and kale casserole, Christmas spritz cookies, and a vegan cheese plate! OMG! And for Valentine’s maybe I’ll make a romantic dinner with roasted red pepper soup and dumplings, morel crusted tofu, and decadent molten chocolate cake. Seriously, I want to eat all of these things—right now.

I love Candle’s commitment and passion for sustainability, for healing the planet with food and love. Thank God for the Candles and for Joy and Bart and Angel and Jorge.

And for this book. We are all so lucky to have this book. Let’s get cookin’.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Alicia Sliverstone
Foreword by Laura and Woody Harrelson

menu one
Super Bowl Big-Game Party

menu two
Lunar New Year

menu three
Valentine’s Day

menu four
Passover Seder

menu five
Easter Brunch

menu six
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

menu seven
4th of July Backyard Barbecue

menu eight

menu nine

menu ten
New Year’s Eve

Resource Guide
About the Authors

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Sailon More than 1 year ago
I am not a Vegan but there have been many times that family members or friends come to visit that are. Vegan Holiday Cooking From Candle Café is the perfect recipe book for just such times. Although they are holiday based many will be a perfect dish for anytime of the year. Initially I thought this book was going to be filled with Christmas, maybe Thanksgiving recipes but it actually covers Cinco de Mayo to Passover and beyond, wow was I pleasantly surprised.  Most important to me in a cook book… The recipes are easy to follow with many familiar and quickly acquired ingredients. I have to say I am also visual person and many of the recipes have colored pictures with marvelous presentations that will wow your guests.  Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Café: Celebratory Menus and Recipes from New York’s Premier Plant-Based Restaurants will add many wonderful additions to my cooking repertoire. 
Dosk More than 1 year ago
An amazing book that looks like it's going to help bridge the vegan/carnivore divide at our family's holidays this year. Can't wait to share these dishes with everyone.  Especially those tasty looking cocktails.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A special thanks to Ten Speed Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. As a vegan for several years, enjoying an organic and plant-based diet and lifestyle, with all the advantages-- I love discovering new sources to expand my culinary skills, as well as innovative menus and recipes for delectable tasteful dishes and pairings. VEGAN HOLIDAY COOKING FROM CANDLE CAFÉ is beautifully packaged, with a stunning presentation of plant-based, fresh, and creative holiday recipes from the renowned Candle Café, New York’s Premier Plant-Based Restaurants. This book is packed with rich and delicious holiday food, full of scrumptious flavor- benefiting the body, mind, and the soul! A gorgeous book, guaranteed to WOW the vegan enthusiasts, and even those who are not yet vegan; offering choices for the traditional holiday family gatherings. Holidays do not have to be a time of over-indulging, when there are other alternatives. We do not have to sacrifice taste, as we feed our souls with deliciously designed entrees, desserts, and cocktails. VEGAN HOLIDAY COOKING FROM CANDLE CAFÉ is an ideal gift selection for your vegan friends, who enjoy entertaining and living well. In addition to choosing the vegan lifestyle, I love design, food styling, and photography, as you can see by my Pinterest boards, and working in the hospitality industry. (Wish I could pin these-especially, Lady Day). As an avid reader of primarily, fiction--in order for non-fiction or a cookbook to entice me, I need high-resolution imagery. WOW, this holiday charmer does not disappoint! The photography and layout of this book is stunning! Photography by Jim Franco. I have tried a few of the recipes (a few favorites: loved the quinoa vegetable cakes, the mojo de ajo seitan with grilled peaches, roasted squash soup with almond cream and spiced pumpkin seeds, roasted brussels sprout salad with apples, cranberries, and maple-cayenne dressing, and the decadent warm apple turnovers and champagne ice cream) --- an array of indulgent, yet healthy food. Cannot wait to try them all - YUM! Packed with ten tantalizing, mouth-watering, and inventive menus for your Super Bowl Party, Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, Passover, Easter Brunch, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 4th of July Backyard Barbeque, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve--- from the highly talented cast of the Candle trio of restaurants (Candle Café, Candle 79, and Candle Café West). Readers will be swept away for a magical journey from this talented-winning team of chefs. They definitely know how to throw a party and pros, when it comes to entertaining and presentation. These special-occasion favorites from acclaimed vegan restaurants, are tailored for the home table, with main entrees, sides, and delightful wine and cocktail pairings. Their commitment and passion for sustainability and healing the planet with food and love, is reflective throughout the pages of this beautiful book, you will treasurer for years to come! Equipped with a helpful resource guide, acknowledgements, and more about the authors. Relax, pour yourself a drink, and savor page after page of deliciously designed recipes, making you the perfect host and hostess!