If you are wondering if it is possible to cook Southern Food that is 100% Vegan, know that it is! I’m from Georgia, USA and have tasted a wide variety of southern dishes but I have never come across any that was made in such a way. Since moving from Georgia to Oregon I’ve adopted a healthier lifestyle and diet so I am pleased I can still enjoy similar if some not even better flavors that thanks to the recipes in Jenné Claiborne’s book Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul.
This cookbook features 100 mouth-watering recipes like Peach Cobbler, Breakfast Muffins, low country grits, tender mess o’ collard greens, Georgia Pecan Pie, cornbread dressing, bootylicious Gumbo, and so much more. I plan on including a few of these into my monthly meal and snack/dessert rotation.
The Introduction isn’t something to skip over in this cookbook. I love when authors get personal. The tips and know how should be read before cooking anything in the book. It’s important to know how to stock your kitchen and in knowing the difference between yams/sweet potatoes and the varieties out there. This information and more is not worth looking over.
I am happy with all the hints, tips, interesting facts, beautiful photography, and taste bud challenging recipes. This book has pushed me out of my comfort zone and has challenger me to try new yet similar things in what I eat and drink.
Recipes are compiled into six sections. The sections are Breakfast, Salads & Soups, Greens & Sides, Mains, Sweets & Drinks, and Pantry Staples and Sauces.
I feel the recipes are easy to follow. Each list the servings it will make, a short write-up from the author, and some have a few tips or facts. I certainly have learned a lot, for example., I had no idea that the way greens are cut affect how they taste!
The book is available in digital and paperback format. I like the paperback format and it fits nicely on my shelf. The pages are thick and the book is likely to last for years to come. I recommend those who are looking for a little bit of an adventure when it comes to a taste of the south.
Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the Blogging for Books blogger review program in exchange for an honest review.