Throughout my years in the culinary world I have received a lot of questions about my favorite cookbooks, kitchen tools, and resources.
Therefore, this holiday season I am going to tally these up for you so that you can give (or request!) these plant based chef approved gifts! They are great for any foodie, home cook, health nut, or for those with specific food allergies.
'Tis the season to live the delicious life!
Vegan Fusion World Cuisine by Mark Reinfeld and Bo Rinaldi
One of my all time favorite vegan cookbooks that is dear to my heart because it was written in Hawaii (where I used to live). I also had the honor to visit Mr. Reinfeld's amazing cafe in Kauai, The Blossoming Lotus, which was the first time my mind was blown away by vegan cuisine. A truly inspiring cookbook with easy recipes, info on veganism, and lovely photos of Hawaii.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
Hands down THE BEST vegetarian reference cookbook. He also has this cookbook with meat proteins for your non-veg friends.
Eating Clean by Amie Valpone
Simple, clean vegan and gluten free recipes with a 21 day detox plan. I have tried many of her recipes and they come out delish!
The How Can it be Gluten Free Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen
I love anything from America's Test Kitchen because they tell you how and why things do or don't work. This is not vegan, but gives you a great understanding of gluten free cooking and baking.
Babycakes Covers the Classics by Erin McKenna
Super fun vegan and gluten free baked goods from the famous Babycakes bakery. Vegan donuts...enough said!
High Powered Blender - the Mercedes of blenders are the Vitamix brand, but I love my Warner professional.
Food Processor - the one I used professionally, that is a total beast, is the Breville Professional. This bad boy will NOT burn out! Mini choppers are also great to have in the kitchen. I have a Ninja mini chopper / blender set.
Knife Sharpener - maintaining sharp knives is essential in the kitchen. Get a good knife sharpening stone like this one.
Assorted Gift Basket - a good fine mesh strainer, wooden spoons, durable glass measuring cups, mini whisk, mini spatula, mini offset spatula, springform pans. I use all of these very often! Add some pretty kitchen towels as those get worn out quickly.
Education - for those who want to learn more, get them a gift certificate to online training. Great educational sites include:
FOR SEACOAST NEW ENGLAND GIFT GIVING
Workshops with me! People are purchasing tickets to my co-hosted yoga & herbalism workshops in January 2019 in the Portsmouth, NH area already. These make a fantastic gift for anyone who wants a relaxing, rejuvenating morning to themselves or with a friend. Click here to learn more.
Have a question about gift ideas? Send me an email!
**I am not being sponsored by any of the above. These are all sincere products and companies that I like!!
For all you banana bread fans who either want to cut down on the amount of wheat you are consuming or are gluten intolerant, here is a DELICIOUS recipe I created for you:
2 cups Gluten Free flour blend (I used Trader Joe’s, but also recommend King Arthur's)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 organic eggs (try substituting 6 T water plus 2 T ground flax meal to make vegan)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (try coconut oil also)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 mashed bananas (if you are able to find apple bananas try 4 of these!)
If you want to learn more about gluten free baking then join me at my upcoming class at Frinklepod Farm in Arundel, Maine on Sunday, November 18 from 2-5pm. REGISTER HERE. Space is limited!
If you want more recipes on gluten free baking, check out my past blogpost that contains mexican chocolate chip cookies and sundried tomato basil muffins. Bye Bye wheat, hello yum!
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