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Vegan Baking Books For Your Valentine

During these chilly winter months, there’s nothing to do except turn your kitchen into a bountiful factory of warm, gooey treats. But wait – you say you went vegan as a New Year’s resolution? Don’t panic. Your cupcakes can be just as fluffy and moist without eggs and butter. Here are a few cookbooks to start you and your vegan sweet tooth out on your next adventure together.

Chloe’s Vegan Desserts: More than 100 Exciting New Recipes for Cookies and Pies, Tarts and Cobblers, Cupcakes and Cakes–and More! by Chloe Coscarelli

This book even contains recipes for ice cream. That’s right: ice cream! Coscarelli was the first vegan winner of Cupcake Wars, so you know her recipes are up to snuff.

Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets by Cara Reed

If you’ve never had vegan, gluten-free chocolate churros, prepare for a new experience. This book is ideal for celiacs and other people who are avoiding gluten.

The Joy of Vegan Baking, Revised and Updated by [Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen]The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Here’s a book that will show you how to make and set a vegan glaze, make a vegan buttermilk, and otherwise compensate for your aversion to dairy. Check out the easy conversion table in the front matter.

Modern Vegan Baking: The Ultimate Resource for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods by Gretchen Price

These tried and true recipes come straight from the author’s vegan bakery experience. Unlike other vegan baking cookbooks, this title doesn’t rely on substitutions, but instead focuses on creating original confections from ingredients that stand on their own.

Pure Artistry: Extraordinary Vegan and Gluten-Free Cakes by Emily Lael Aumiller

Whether you’re making a special treat for your valentine or creating a cake for a wedding, this book is a must-have. There’s a trick to making any cake look pretty, but when that cake is also vegan and gluten-free, the bar is even higher! Wow those skeptics.

Quick & Easy Vegan Bake Sale: More than 150 Delicious Sweet and Savory Vegan Treats Perfect for Sharing by [Kelly, Carla]Quick and Easy Vegan Bake Sale: More Than 150 Delicious Sweet and Savory Vegan Treats Perfect For Sharing by Carla Kelly

Sometimes, you need to make something delicate and transcendent, worthy of the marriage of two vegan nobles. Other times, you need to make muffins for the junior high girls’ soccer fundraiser. This book presents an absolute slew of cookie, cupcake, pastry, and snack bar recipes appropriate for everyone from beginner to expert.

Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes by Emily von Euw

You want it vegan. You want it gluten-free. And, finally, you want it raw. This book serves up all your dietary retrictions in one sweet set of delectable recipes, no flame required.

Sweet & Easy Vegan: Treats Made With Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners by Robin Asbell

If these other vegan baking books have you a little intimidated, then you can relax with this cookbook. The recipes here are designed to be straightforward and easy for anybody to try, whether they’ve been vegan for five years or five days.

Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes From the Famous Los Angeles Bakery by Debbie Adler

It’s hard to quibble with an almond croissant…unless you’re allergic! This book eschews the cashew cream, peanut butter, and crumbled pistachio topping.

Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts by Fran Costigan

Calling all chocoholics! This is the vegan baking book you’ve been waiting for. Every recipe involves chocolate somehow. There’s even a beverages section for you bakers who like to enjoy a little decadent libation as you mix and pour.

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Moskowitz is one of the most famous names in vegan cookery, and she and Romero have multiple books on vegan baking. This one is just about the fabulous and expansive world of vegan cupcakes. Also check out Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and Vegan Pie in the Sky by the same authors!



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Cookbook Book Club

Cookbook Book Club

3rd Tuesday of Each Month, 6:30 PM

Calling All Cooks!

Come join the Nevin’s Library’s Cookbook Book Club (say that 10 times fast!) with Pat Graham.

Check out a copy of the selected book or books at the Main Desk, pick a recipe, (email it to Pat to avoid duplicates) and prepare it for the program.

We’ll sample lots of good, interesting foods, talk about what worked, what didn’t and how to make it easier and healthier.

We will also discuss Restaurants we visited and critique them.

November’s Selection will be Favorite Family Thanksgiving Recipes that could be served to company!

Click Here for November’s meeting.  For more information, contact Patricia Graham at 978-686-4080 x16  or

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Adulting @ the Nevins Library

Help! Will someone please teach me how to be an adult?!

No worries, the Nevins Library is here!


“To ‘adult’ is to behave like an adult, specifically to do the things—often mundane—that an adult is expected to do.

It’s also common as a gerund—that is, in the form adulting as a noun, as in “Adulting is hard” or “I’m not very good at adulting.”

To adult is to behave like an adult, to do the things that adults regularly have to do. This includes things like having a job and living independently, sure, but also such mundanities as taking clothes to the dry cleaners (and remembering to pick them up), making and keeping dental appointments, getting your car registered, doing yardwork.”

from Merriam-Webster

Luckily, the Nevins Library is offering an “adulting” series to help you learn the basics of cooking, financial literacy, applying for college and sewing.  Click on the links above to check out the description of the programs, the dates, and to register.

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By the light of the latke…

The winter holiday season brings all sorts of wonderful comfort food:  special dishes steeped in tradition, warming soups/stews, aromatic spices, and delicious baked goods.  With Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights starting yesterday, my mind conjures up the particular light that comes from the traditional crispy, golden-brown potato latkes.  The oil the latkes are fried in represents the miracle of a day’s worth of oil lasting for a full eight days during the rededication of the Temple.

Whether you enjoy the traditional foods of Hanukkah or are ready for a contemporary take on the old favorites, you may enjoy browsing through the following cookbooks :

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Jewish Holiday Style by Rita Milos Brownstein
A beautiful guide to celebrating the Jewish rituals in style

Jewish Hadassah Holiday Cookbook by Joan Schwartz Michel and Louis Wallach
Traditional recipes from contemporary Kosher Kitchens

The Holiday Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer
Traditional and contemporary holiday desserts

The Jewish Holiday Cookbook by Gloria Kaufer Greene
An international collection of recipes and customs


May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world  for all humankind.

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