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Eat Like a Diva
From the owner of the much-buzzed-about Vegan Divas Bakery on New York City's Upper East Side comes this beautiful, elegant, and undeniably delicious cookbook full of cruelty-free fare that anyone can make at home.
Previously a manager and owner of the Payard restaurant and pastry shops in Rio de Janeiro, where she began her confectionary career and honed her craft, Fernanda Capobianco is a fifteen-year vegan who has translated her love of chocolate and sweets into both simple and refined desserts that are healthy and 100 percent free of animal products. In The Vegan Divas Cookbook, Fernanda shares her unique take on vegan eating, with more than seventy-five recipes for sweet and savory dishes accompanied by mouth-watering photographs. She'll guide you through the basics as well as the finer points of plant-based cooking and baking, offering tips for stocking a plant-based pantry and suggesting easy swaps to replace animal-based oils and fats to create healthier, and better-tasting, dishes. Always conscious of visual appeal, Fernanda also provides entertaining and decorating tips for turning out perfect plates and beautiful baked goods—a hallmark of the Vegan Divas brand.
You'll discover the secrets to Fernanda's coveted low-cal desserts, including remakes of familiar classics like Chocolate Chip Cookies, Carrot Cake, and Chocolate Mousse; as well as show-stopping treats like Chocolate-Coffee Mini-Bundt Cakes, Lime-Raspberry Cheesecake Pie, and Chocolate Liégeois with Tofu-Tahini Ice Cream. But desserts aren't the only treats in store. Go guilt-free with savory lunches like Spiced Red Lentil and Coconut Milk Soup, Roasted Kabocha Pumpkin with Peanut Sauce, and Blue Potato Kale Salad.
Whether you've been following a plant-based diet for years or you're just looking to incorporate more whole foods into your meals, Fernanda's recipes are so tasty you'll never miss the butter, eggs, or refined sugars and flour. These light, fresh, delicious dishes are sure to convert anyone to a Vegan Diva.
“When I need to get a gift for someone I get a Vegan Divas gift basket! You cant go wrong and people love it!” Madonna
“I save my dessert palate for only the most Kind treats, and Vegan Divas is delish. Theyre a great gift, even for your non-vegan friends. Theyre that tasty.” Alicia Silverstone
“After tasting Vegan Divas treats you would be completely shocked to discover how good they are for you. Our guests were wowed.” < i=""> Martha Stewart Weddings <>
“Fernanda is living proof that eating vegan is sustainable and delicious! She undertook a big challenge by replacing unhealthy ingredients with creative and tasty substitutes. She succeeds where many others have fallen short. I will choose Fernandas delectable desserts any day!” Jacques Torres, Master Pastry Chef, Owner of Jacques Torres Chocolate, Dean of Pastry Arts at the International Culinary Center
“Its not often that we can find a vegan cookbook with a sense of style, taste, and fun! The Vegan Divas Cookbook brings a refreshing and original approach to this style of cooking.” Daniel Boulud, James Beard Award-winning Chef and Owner of DANIEL and The Dinex Group Restaurants
“The Vegan Divas Cookbook is filled with delicious recipes and great tips on healthy eating. Fernanda shows us that cooking and baking vegan is much easier than one might think. She will leave you eager to try her recipes!” Eric Ripert, Chef and Co-Owner of Le Bernardin
“Get ready to have your taste buds blown away because these delicious goodies are to die for! (Oh, and no animal stuff in any of them... hoorah!)” Kathy Freston, Author of The Veganist and The Lean
“Fernandas playful approach allows home cooks to create vegan dishes that are delicious and decadent. Vegan Divas is a creative cookbook that everyone should have on their bookshelf. ” Laurent Tourondel, Executive Chef and Owner, BLT restaurants; author of the James Beard Award-nominated Bistro Laurent Tourondel: New American Bistro
The Vegan Divas Cookbook
is a beautiful, elegant, and delicious cookbook full of healthy, cruelty-free fare from Fernanda Capobianco, owner of the Vegan Divas Bakery in New York City.
Fernanda began her confectionary career as a manager and owner of the Payard Restaurant and Pastry shops in Rio de Janeiro. In The Vegan Divas Cookbook she makes vegan cooking easy and accessible, with more than 75 recipes for sweet and savory dishes without butter, eggs, or refined sugars and flour, accompanied by dozens of color photographs. Unlike many vegan cookbooks that rely heavily on grains and nuts, her fresh and wholesome recipes offer all the benefits of a plant-based diet, plus a light and healthy dose of flavor.
In The Vegan Divas Cookbook, Fernanda guides you step-by-step through the basics of plant-based cooking and baking, offering tips for stocking a healthier pantry and easy swaps to replace animal-based oils and fats for healthier, lighter dishes. Discover the secrets to her coveted low-cal desserts, including remakes of familiar classics like Chocolate Chip Cookies and show-stopping treats like Lime-Raspberry Cheesecake Pie. Go guilt-free with savory lunches like Spiced Red Lentil and Coconut Milk Soup, and stay low-fat and full-fiber with hearty loaf breads (some gluten-free) such as Jalapeno Corn Bread.
About the Author
Fernanda Capobianco is the founder of Vegan Divas Bakery in New York City. Previously a manager and owner of the Payard restaurant and pastry shops in Rio de Janeiro, Fernanda translated her classic pastry skills into plant-based prowess, using healthy, organic, and fresh ingredients to create delectable desserts, sandwiches, and breakfast items at her café. Vegan Divas has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue, New York magazine, People, and Martha Stewart Weddings, and is a favorite of many vegan (and vegan-leaning) celebrities, including Alicia Silverstone, Madonna, and Bethenny Frankel. Fernanda lives with her husband, pastry chef François Payard, in New York City.