Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays.
It's not uncommon to meet individuals who are on a gluten-free, soy-free, and/or vegan diet these days. This new cookbook features more than 70 holiday recipes that meet their needs. (Note that honey is used in a few recipes, but a vegan alternative is also provided.)
For Thanksgiving, you can serve Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Pie, and for Halloween, some Witch's Pumpkin Brew Stew would liven up any party. For Chanukah, try the Horseradish Beet Salad, and for Christmas, delight your guests with Holiday White Bean Spinach Tarts.
No holiday meal would be complete without some baked goods. Bring out the Irish Soda Bread on St. Patrick's Day, and be sure to try the Coconut Cream Cake around Easter. For other holidays, you might want to bake the Pear Spice Cake or Cookie-Cutter Vanilla Cookies.
The author lets readers know which recipes can be made ahead of time. Gorgeous color photos are found throughout this cookbook. Nutritional analyses are not provided; however, most recipes do not appear to be high in fat.
Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays (ISBN 978-1-57061-696-9) is published by Sasquatch Books and costs $24.95. Look for this 166-page book online or in your favorite bookstore. Reviewed by Debra Wasserman.