February 2, 2021
Harvard Common Press
Quarto Publishing Group
Blurb: Serving artfully arranged foods on boards or platters is extremely popular, but until now, all the books on the subject have been full of meats, cheeses, and other animal products. Vegan Boards is the first book to make this trend accessible to people who follow an entirely plant-based diet. The results are delectable—and gorgeous to behold.
In these pages, Kate Kasbee, co-creator of the popular blog Well Vegan, shows you how to create 50 stunning plant-based boards. Step-by-step instructions and a color photograph are included for each one. All the boards are remarkably easy to prepare and most require no cooking at all. Those that require cooking are simple to make, such as roasted vegetables, quesadillas, or bruschetta. You’ll also find guidance on how to use equipment and utensils to make serving food on boards both beautiful and safe.
Treat your family and friends to enticing vegan boards for every occasion, from breakfast and brunch, grazing at home, and full meals to seasonal celebrations, special occasions, and dessert, including:
- Sweet & Savory Toast Board
- Post-Workout Lunch Board
- Spring Forward Board
- Rainbow Chopped Salad Board
- Mediterranean Grazing Board
- Coconut Chickpea Curry Board
- Family Movie Night Board
- Date Night Vegan Cheese Board
- Mini Bundt Cakes Board
Make these creative vegan boards ahead of time and then enjoy spending time with your impressed and delighted family or guests.
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At first glance it might be easy to dismiss Vegan Boards by Kate Kasbee as a coffee-table book courtesy of the Instragram era. Yet, while many of the food layouts, though eye-catching, have practical-ole-me wondering why you would serve the peanut sauce on the side of the noodles rather than just mix them together so you don’t create a mess or why would you waste all of that time to create that board when it strikes me as impractical, some are definitely guest-worthy. Certainly, creating a breakfast board for guests on a Saturday or Sunday morning or on vacation seems like it would be a wonderful, appreciated gift, especially if you can come close to recreating the picture-worthy boards that Kate Kasbee had done.
Besides pages of board ideas with instructions for breakfasts, snacks, mealtimes, and desserts, Kasbee has a slew of recipes that had my taste buds activating. These are not the recipes that you encounter over and over again in vegan cookbooks (I should know 😉 ). I love the idea of trying different flavored cauliflower wings, chickpea scramble, chickpea salad sandwiches, caramelized onion dip (talk about salivating!), Banh Mi pulled jackfruit, rustic peach jam with thyme, and roasted beet hummus. I mean, do you see where I’m going with this? These are tantalizing recipes that just make me want to run into the kitchen and rustle them up!
While I might not become the Martha Stewart of food boards or whoever the reigning queen of food boards might be, I can see myself trying this for guests just to impress. Because I know they would be if I produced a board that in any way resembled some of these! And, the recipes. Oh, yes, I am definitely doing the recipes.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 butterflies