Whether you're craving a traditional apple pie, a decadent and creamy pie, something fruity, or something savory like a pot pie, there's a pie for everyone in the vegan cookbook Pies and Tarts with Heart.
• Who wrote it: Dynise Balcavage
• Who published it: Quarry Books
• Number of recipes: 60+
• Recipes for right now: Peach Pie with Salted Agave Drizzle, S'more Pie, Lemon Fluff Pie, Raw Blueberry Cream Tart, Choco-Coco Macadamia Pie, Red Pepper Onion Tarte Tatin, Coconut Dulce de Leche
• Other highlights: The pies in this comprehensive, fully-illustrated cookbook run the gamut from sweet to savory, including classic pies like apple, cherry and pumpkin; cream pies using ingredients like nondairy milk, cream cheese, and tofu; citrus pies and tarts; raw pies, nutty pies; rustic pies and tarts; savory pies and tarts; and "impostor" pies like whoopie pies, shepherd's pie, and pizza pie.
Most traditional pie crust recipes call for butter and/or lard. To make the pies in this book vegan-friendly, the author primarily uses margarine, such as Earth Balance, and vegetable shortening. (Oils such as olive oil and coconut oil are given passing mention.) She also includes a few recipes for non-flour crusts made from nuts, potatoes, or cooked grains like millet, brown rice, quinoa, or barley.
• Who would enjoy this book? vegans and those interested in gluten-free, low-fat, and raw recipes
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Pies and Tarts with Heart: Expert Pie-Building Techniques for 60+ Sweet and Savory Vegan Pies by Dynise Balcavage
• Visit the author's website: Urban Vegan
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