Ok. So I must have been living under a vegan rock, because until very recently, I did not know the work of The Sexy Vegan.
What? How could I not know about Brain Patton’s, a.k.a. “The Sexy Vegan” recipes, blog and YouTube channel? Big rock, people. Great. Big. Rock. But…I’ve climbed out, and here I am, sharing some of the goodness from Brian’s latest book, The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home. (Click here to watch a video Brian put together about his newest creation.)
When I first got the book and started flipping through it, I somehow missed the most exciting and special aspect…the set up! The book is setup in a ingenious way – by menu. Seriously, everything you could possibly need for happy hour at home by yourself or with friends is all there in one convenient spot – including drink suggestions. You don’t have to flip through the book and hunt for recipes that might go together; Brian has everything laid out, explained, and basically set up so even the most novice vegan cook can impress with the best. (He even includes shopping lists for each menu. Love that!)
Here’s what Brian has to say about his new cookbook:
The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home is divided into 20 Menus, each with 3 or 4 recipes, and libation suggestions. The dishes in each menu complement each other, using similar spices and overlapping ingredients, making the menus efficient. Designed around specific themes, each menu has a unique twist but can easily be combined with other finger foods to provide everything you need to entertain vegan and non-vegan friends and family alike….Each menu…can make them in 60 minutes or less, and…offers ways for readers to increase their efficiency in the kitchen. Included with each recipe are shopping lists, making planning simple and QR codes with links to videos…creating select dishes.
One of my favorites sections in each menu is the WTF box. The WTF box explains an ingredient or technique that might not be familiar to everyone, such as the difference between sweet potatoes and yams in the “The Happiest Meal: Little Macs & (Real) Sweet Potato Fries (p 116) or chiffonade, included with the recipe for Grilled Asparagus and Figs (p 97), which is part of the Really Little Italy menu (p 92).
Tomorrow is Vegan Pizza Day, but I think I’m going to cheat it up a bit and make Brian’s Holy Stromboli (p. 11) because I can’t not make it! (Ya. I said can’t not. Who doesn’t love a double negative now and then?) And, if you can’t not make it too, check out the video for this delicious “tube of pizza” as Brain puts it: http://youtu.be/S96pgK_qOek
It’s summer, right? Well, with summer comes longer days and more
demands chances to entertain. Do you self a favor and pick up a copy of The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home and save yourself some time and effort, and make yourself, your friends, and your family some delicious meals.