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New Books for Vegans!

Full disclosure: I am not a vegan, but I do enjoy vegetarian meals quite often and many of them also happen to be vegan. I am a food lover in general, and I can appreciate the value of a delicious meal, whether it's meat-centric, vegetarian, vegan, or somewhere along the spectrum. Also full disclosure: These books were all sent to me from the publishers for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

Vegan Junk Food: 200+ Vegan Recipes for the Foods You Crave -- Minus the Ingredients You Don't!

By Lane Gold

If you thought going vegan meant giving up all of those indulgent foods you love, you're wrong, and this book is here to prove it. Full-disclosure: I am not vegan, but this book is full of delicious recipes that just happen to be vegan.

Here's a glimpse into what you can find in every chapter:

Breakfast of Champions - Sweet Potato Hash with Green Chiles, Pecan Pie Muffins, Peanut Butter Pancakes with Strawberry Jam, and Brunch Benedict

Lunchtime Favorites - Messy Barbecue Sandwich with Tangy Sweet Mustard Red Potatoes, Sloppy Joes, Buffalo Sliders with Creamy Ranch Dressing, and Portabello Cheesesteak

Comfort Food Meets Takeout - Kale and Cheese Tortellini in Sage Butter, Tempeh Fajitas, Corn Dogs with Tangy Mustard Dipping Sauce, and Wonton Samosas

Crusts and Carbs - Ranch Garlic Bread, Onion-Garlic Naan, Tex-Mex Corn Bread, and Black Bean Taco Pizza

Dips for All Seasons - Harissa, Cheese Sauce, Basil Pesto, and Creamy Ranch Dressing

Savory Treats - Cheesy Popcorn, Cheesy Kale Chips, White Chocolate Potato Chip Clusters

Cakewalk (Pies, Too) - Boston Cream Pie, Root Beer Float Cupcakes, Pina Colada Cheesecakes, and Pumpkin Apple Cake with Ginger Frosting

Candy and Cookie Fix - Oreo Chocolate Truffles, Lime Cheesecake Truffles, Peanut Butter Fudge, Scottish Shortbread Dipped in Chocolate, and S'mores Squares

Grab 'n' Go Sweets - PB&J Bars, No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars, Mocha Cheesecake Brownies, and Real-Deal Baklava

This is the book to grab when you want to stick to your vegan lifestyle but you want some indulgent comfort food. It's the perfect book to consult for the big game, for your Oscar-watching party, for a girls' get-together....whenever those can't-stop-won't-stop cravings hit!!

Kinda Vegan: 200 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Meatless meals (When You Want Them)

This is the perfect book for those who want to move away from eating animal products, but perhaps not full time. For those people who want to expand their Meatless Mondays to other days of the week or for those who want to follow a vegan lifestyle part time.

Here's what you'll find in this book:

Easy Breakfasts - Easy Vegan Breakfast Parfait, Crepes for When You're Feeling Lazy, and Morning Cereal Bars

Dips, Snacks, and Appetizers - Easy Broccoli Snack Attack, Baked Zucchini Fries, Vegan "Pigs" in a Blanket, and Nacho "Cheese" Dip

Salads and Salad Dressings - Cucumber Cilantro Salad, Lemon Cumin Potato Salad, Pan-Asian Dipping Sauce, and Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing

Soups - Indian Curried Lentil Soup, Spicy Roasted Tomato Soup, Vegetarian "Beef" and Barley Stew

Easy Sides - Roasted Garlic Mashed Taters, Honey Mustard and Balsamic Vinegar Green Beans, and Fruity Fall Quinoa

Classic Main Dishes - Tofu "Fish" Sticks, TVP Sloppy Joes, Super-Meaty TVP Meatloaf, and Quinoa Mac and "Cheese"

International Main Dishes - Greek Lemon Rice and Spinach, Eggplant Puttanesca, Udon Noodle Buddha Bowl, and Tandoori Seitan

Sinful Desserts - Tofu Chocolate Pudding, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Very Berry Banana Cookies, and Strawberry Milkshakes, and Chocolate Graham Cracker Candy Bars.

This book is a road map to "Veganism on Your Terms," providing readers with a wide variety of recipes, many that can be adapted to be vegan or not (which are clearly indicated by the label "Flex" on the top corner of the recipe) I can't wait to cook my way through this one! This is great for families where some members follow a vegan lifestyle and some don't, too!

Liv B's Vegan on a Budget

This is another great option for people who follow a vegan lifestyle! The focus of this one is, as the name suggests, is making vegan living more affordable. Written by Olivia Biermann, the person behind the successful Liv B blog and YouTube channel, this book set out to prove that you can enjoy a plant-based lifestyle that includes delicious, fun, and easy-to-make meals that won't break the bank.

Here, you'll find 112 recipes that run the gamut from breakfast to lunch that strike a balance between being healthy and cravable comfort -- because being vegan doesn't mean not having fun with your food. There are recipes here for things like Half-Baked Cookie Dough Pancakes, Famous Lasagna Soup, Sweet Sriracha Cauliflower Wraps, Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai, and No-Bake Brownie Bites.

Liv makes it easy to find which of the recipes are suitable for on-the-go, great for gatherings, and those that are gluten-free through the inclusion of easy-to-understand icons.

OLIVIA BIERMANN is the twenty-four-year-old creator and host of the Liv Bc hannel on YouTube, which has over 650,000 subscribers and gets over a million monthly views. Launched in late 2015, Olivia wants to share her passion for teaching people how to cook simple and delicious plant-based recipes that use readily available and inexpensive ingredients. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

You can find her on YouTube Liv B, Instagram itslivb and at her site itslivb.com

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