Whenever I felt completely daunted about how much recipe testing, writing, and photography I had to do for my cookbook, I’d look over at the tempting pile of cookbooks that were waiting for my review. I kept one book always on the top of that stack for the cover photo alone. I knew that once I’d finished my work, I would have my reward. I could immerse myself in deep, dark chocolate.
So – this is less a review and more like an ode to Fran Costigan’s stunning Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts. I mean, c’mon. It’s a whole, hard-bound, photograph-heavy, book of vegan CHOCOLATE desserts. And it’s Fran Costigan. Let’s get to the chocolate!
…I was drawn to the Low-Fat and Luscious Hot Cocoa like Winona Ryder’s character, Mina, was drawn to Gary Oldman’s Vlad – pesky fang marks on the neck not included.
Then there were the Mendiants. The what?! Who cares! It’s chocolate!
And any chocolate cookbook worth its cacao has got to have a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding, am I right?
But let’s not forget about the Brownie Pudding Cakelettes that ooze chocolate “pudding” as soon as the spoon makes “first contact.”
…and then there was this…Chocolate Espresso Gelato. Can you hear the choir of angels singing?
But wait – there’s more! Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles!
Thank you, Fran, Dianne, and Running Press for providing me with a review copy – as well as a copy to give away to one of my readers (open to those in the U.S. only; giveaway ends at midnight CT on November 3).