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Cooking Vegan

Craving Vegan

101 Recipes to Satisfy Your Appetite the Plant-Based Way

by (author) Sam Turnbull

Random House Canada
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Vegan, Vegetarian & Vegan, Quick & Easy
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
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Bestselling author Sam Turnbull is back with her next cookbook filled with incredible vegan eats that will satisfy all your cravings!

A late-night snack, a comforting weekend brunch, or a quick hit of something sweet—Craving Vegan has something to satisfy every craving you might have. Sam Turnbull, bestselling author of Fuss-Free Vegan and Fast Easy Cheap Vegan, shares 101 drool-worthy vegan dishes in her third cookbook, overflowing with plant-based comfort food that hits the spot. Within the pages of this stunning cookbook you’ll find:

  • Chapters divided by cravings: You'll know where to turn when the need strikes: Eggy, Carby, Cheesy, Creamy, Crunchy, Spicy, Meaty, Chocolatey, and Sugary.
  • Sam's signature style: Dishes are simple and creative—with flavor turned up to the max!
  • Recipes that hit the spot: The Potato-Lover Pierogies will satisfy that carby craving, while others, like the Crunch Wrap Superior, will cover (almost) all your cravings (carby, cheesy, crunchy, spicy, AND meaty).
  • Multi-craving comfort food: Stand-out recipes include Double-Potato Cheesy Gnocchi, Tofu Tikka Masala, Buttermilk Fried Oyster Mushrooms, and Almost Instant Chocolate Mousse.

In Craving Vegan, Sam pulls out all the stops and shares tricks you will turn to again and again to create epic vegan meals. We’re talking picture-perfect plant-based versions of Sunday morning eggs and gooey cheese, and even how to prepare the perfect vegan steak. The scrumptious recipes in Craving Vegan are proof that any dish you're craving can be vegan—and satisfying and delicious too!

About the author

Contributor Notes

SAM TURNBULL is the creator of the brand and blog It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. A leader in the vegan community, Sam and her recipes have been featured on TV and radio, and in numerous magazines and newspapers. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks, Fuss-Free Vegan and Fast Easy Cheap Vegan. Fast Easy Cheap Vegan is also the winner of a 2022 Taste Canada Award.

Excerpt: Craving Vegan: 101 Recipes to Satisfy Your Appetite the Plant-Based Way (by (author) Sam Turnbull)

Excerpt from the Introduction

Hi, Friends!

Like most vegans, I wasn’t born and raised that way. I grew up enjoying meat, eggs, and dairy in a house that literally had animal heads on the walls! But when I decided to go vegan, I had to switch my diet and find foods that were just as satisfying to me. Now, I don’t know a single person who went vegan because they hated the taste of animal products. Most people, just like me, go vegan for the animals, their health, and the planet. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that vegans, or people who are just trying to eat more plant-based, might miss some of the foods they grew up eating.

So why not just eat animal meat? Because we don’t miss the animal-killing part—we miss flavors and textures. Some of us vegans might crave an animal product that we used to enjoy. And certain dishes can be associated with traditions or memories: Burgers and ribs at a barbecue. Soft-boiled eggs on Sunday mornings. Cheese and pâté at a cocktail party. Steak dinners for special celebrations. Chocolate and sweets at Christmas. Vegan versions of these dishes allow people to stick to their values and enjoy their favorite foods without harming any animals. So, you see, it’s really win-win.
Some vegans or plant-based eaters out there are totally happy living on grain bowls, salads, and smoothies. And that’s wonderful. But that’s just not me. When I first went vegan, I tried to live off of those types of dishes. And, well . . . the truth is, I hated it. The food was tasty-ish, but it didn’t have the kinds of tastes that I grew up loving. I missed the stretchy cheese pizzas, crunchy fried chicken, creamy alfredo pasta, and gooey chocolate desserts.

I couldn’t go back to eating animal products after all I had learned about the animal agriculture industry, so I had to try to figure out this whole vegan food thing. That’s when I began experimenting in the kitchen and trying to create recipes to appease my cravings. And it totally worked. I discovered that I could recreate textures and flavors that I desired, all while keeping it totally plant-based. I fell in love with creative vegan cooking. And with a little experimenting, I found that I could make any dish vegan—and not just vegan, but DELICIOUS!
Not only were the meals yummy and satisfying, but they actually tasted better than the original and made me feel awesome! I remember the joy I felt the first time I dove into a huge bowl of rich, creamy, luscious pasta that didn’t taste like health food.

I wanted to document these recipes, so I began sharing them in 2013 on my blog, It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, and I soon realized that I wasn’t the only one craving these types of recipes. Millions of people from all over the world were craving drool-worthy vegan recipes, just like Iwas. Every time I posted a new recipe, I heard from people all over the world that Iwas helping satisfy their cravings (whether they were vegan or just trying to eat more plant-based). And that is how I fell in love with recipe writing. I knew that with every recipe I posted, Iwas helping people fall in love with vegan cooking, just like I did. Iwas helping the animals while making people happy. I mean, what more could a girl ask for?

I’m here to show you that you don’t have to miss out on anything when eating plant-based. You can go vegan and eat great food too! Textures and flavors are not exclusive to animal products. They can be recreated in simple ways with seasoning and technique, or in fun, more experimental ways with some cool ingredients that might be new to your kitchen. Get ready to enjoy some incredible vegan eats and satisfy all your tastiest cravings.

Editorial Reviews

"I am absolutely in awe of Sam's ability to create the meatiest, cheesiest, most indulgent recipes using PLANTS! In Craving Vegan, her talent is on full display with mind-blowing creations. This is the must-have cookbook of the season for any food lover, vegan or not!"
—CARLEIGH BODRUG, New York Times bestselling author of PlantYou
"Sam inspires and delights us with her drool-worthy recipes in Craving Vegan. After cooking my way through her first two cookbooks, she proves once again that vegan recipes can be full of flavor! I love that I can recreate dishes from my childhood like soft-boiled eggs with dippy egg yolk, cheesy garlic bread, lasagna, and even ribs—without any sacrifice to flavor or the animals."
—HANNAH SUNDERANI, creator of Two Spoons and bestselling author of The Two Spoons Cookbook
"Sam’s recipes consistently make my mouth water. Craving Vegan is no exception and is quite possibly the most crave-worthy cookbook I’ve read in a longtime. This cookbook belongs on everyone’s shelf!"
—LAUREN BOEHME, creator of Rabbit & Wolves and author of Southern Vegan and Ultimate Vegan Comfort Cooking
"Craving Vegan is another gorgeous trove of exactly what Sam does best: accessible ingredients, unintimidating recipe methods, and joyful flavors that mean you won’t just try going vegan—you might just love every damn meal you eat from here on out. With this book you’ll never again run out of ideas for reliably satisfying vegan meals!"
—ZACCHARY BIRD, author of Vegan Junk Food and The Vegan Butcher

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