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La Dolce Vegan!: Vegan Livin' Made Easy

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,248 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Sarah Kramer is a vegan cooking superstar. Her first two books, How It All Vegan! and The Garden of Vegan, co-authored with Tanya Barnard, have sold well over 100,000 copies; How It All Vegan! won the Veggie Award for favorite cookbook of 2004 by VegNews magazine, and Herbivore magazine, in a cover story on Sarah, called her "The World's Coolest Vegan."

Sarah returns with h
Paperback, 334 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Perhaps two stars isn't fair, because I haven't actually tried the recipes. But I'm returning the book to the library without trying anything because the format of the book got in the way. This is supposed to be a book that makes it easy and quick to do vegan. But there is nothing easy or quick about a book without a table of contents for the recipes, so you either have to read the whole thing or randomly flip through and hope you find something you would be interested before spending half an ho ...more
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: veg-cookbooks
I was a little skeptical of this one since a) it is huge and b) it is without Tanya, but once you actually plow through the thing there are a ton of great recipes. Again, this cookbook does what the series does best: show you easy, relatively inexpensive ways to cook vegan. This book is a little heavy on the faux meat recipes for me but it's pretty easy to substitute with tofu or some kind of mushroom. A definite must for anyone trying to cut down on meat or animal by-products.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, nonfiction
I decided I should write a review for this book since Sarah Kramer wrote on her social media that her publisher wouldn't be reprinting this cookbook. A bit of a bummer since this was favorite out of her three books (How It All Vegan and Garden of Vegan) as it has such a large selection of recipes, tips, and tid-bits.

None. Same as How It All Vegan, there are no photos, at least of food. There are various photos of Sarah between chapters and I am guessing of her posing with various fans (and
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I have her 2 other books so I sort of knew what to expect. (In fact, one of my own recipes was included in one of the previous books.)

I bought this book because I like the no-fuss recipes and “old school” approach to vegan cooking that doesn’t rely on a lot of store-bought cheese and meat analogies.

I do wish there were photos of the food (instead of just photos of the author, which is kind of weird for a cookbook?)

I also agree with some of the other reviews that this could have benefited from a
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have had this cookbook on my shelf for several years and I use it so often I decided it is time to write a review. Just this morning I was looking for particular recipes for a bridal shower and after scouring all my cookbooks, I chose 3 recipes from La Dolce. This kind of thing happens all the time.

La Dolce Vegan is my kind of cookbook, and maybe it's yours too. Here is why I love it so much:
1. I am not a good cook (read: actually pretty terrible), but the recipes are quite foolproof
2. The rec
Chrissy Hennessey
Sep 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: busy vegans.
Recommended to Chrissy by: Amy
Shelves: cookbooks
I received this cookbook as a birthday gift, and I'm so glad to own it! Author Sarah Kramer's passion for vegan cooking is apparent from page one.

This particular book is geared towards the busy vegan, who is committed to eating well but doesn't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Most cookbooks specify which recipes are quick and easy. This book specifies which ones take longer, because the majority are quick and easy by default, which I really appreciate. There's a good variety of eats
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a vegan cookbook with a focus on simple recipes. Most recipes can be on the table in less than 30 minutes and generally use ordinary ingredients. In that respect the book is great and really suits people with busy lifestyles.

The reason for the high star rating is that within days I had cooked a bunch of recipes and everything has turned out GREAT! In my book, that makes this book a big thumbs up and is the measure of any cook book.

The downside to the book is that I found the format of th
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I wrote a long, detailed review and then GoodReads ate it. Oh, the irony! To summarize:

I'm an experienced, adventuresome cook (radicchio is the only food I really don't like). I've been vegetarian for 20+ years. I also have an egg allergy, and frequently veganize recipes for this reason.

I tried several recipes from this book. They were ok, but none of them were outstanding. Some were bland, others didn't come together flavorwise (Spicy Tomato Kale Pasta). Peas and carrots in Hot & Sour Soup
I'm so glad I stumbled upon this gem. I really enjoyed not only perusing through the recipes (and they all look fantastic), but also reading about the authors experiences as a vegan and her life path that lead to her writing this book. It really shined a light on the reason and intention behind why the book exists in the first place, and that really made me feel good as I read it. This is something that is very, very important to this author. Cooking and recipes and cruelty-free eating is someth ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sarah Kramer may be a camera-whore, but there are some really great recipes in this book! Of course, I don't cook from recipes usually...but I do love to use these as bases for "recipe-less" or "recipe-inspired" cooking :)

My favorite are the biscuits, to which I usually add a bunch of herbs (garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary), use half whole-wheat and half-regular flour, and a little more salt. Because our household is so big, we usually make 2-3 batches at once.

Sarah is also in the habit of incl
Angela Wattie bourbs
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it

So, my tastes may be more sophisticated. However, I am cooking for a family of five who are being coerced by yours truly into Vegan eating. They are happy to oblige if the food is yummy and not too dating. Sarah's recipes make my family happy. That makes me happy! Her recipes go together quick. This book is a must have.

I like to cook with healthy, whole foods. I put off buying this book due to ratings suggesting it were otherwise. That is simply unfair. There are a wealth of recipes here. Most
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have all of Sarah Kramer's cookbooks. This is her first one she wrote solo. You won't find anything particularly new, however, I liked the simplicity of most of the recipes. This cookbook is filled with down home, comfort type foods such as vegan "meatloaf" and pot pie. There aren't a lot of exotic ingredients you can only get at Whole Foods and Sarah promises most of the recipes can be finished in 30 minutes or less. This is my kind of cookbook. If you are already good at substituting vegan i ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: vegan
There are some good recipes in here, but there are way too many recipes that are very similar to each other with nothing to explain what makes them different (this makes it feel poorly edited/tested, as many recipes feel like they could have been combined, with notes on variations you can make). I wanted to make peanut butter cookies today, but there was nothing to indicate what the differences were in the finished cookies in the 2 recipes here, which are inconveniently not next to each other in ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my all time, favorite, fail safe cook book! I've owned it since it's release and its been my true blue ever since. Though I'm no longer a vegan, this book gave me quick and easy recipes when I was becoming a vegan and all throughout the years I was. I was even able to put together a delicious 4 course vegan Thanksgiving fest a few years back that was loved by both meat eaters and non meat eaters alike. It's a great book if your interested in the dietary change or life style or if you jus ...more
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I have recently returned to my vegetarian lifestyle. I am considering going vegan, but I am not there yet. However, I do make vegan recipes. I love this series of cookbooks and Ms. Kramer has two others. I own How it All Vegan and I plan to buy this one as well. I really like La Dolce Vegan because the recipes are for 2-4 people. I never have inordinate amounts of left overs and am less likely to throw anything away. My favorite in this book so far is Emira's Speedy Gourmet Kale & Tofu Delig ...more
Oct 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in tasty, healthy food
Shelves: cookbooks
Most cookbooks promise much more than they can deliver. Not so here. Sarah Kramer has recipes that I have actually incorporated into my daily menu. She has me eating couscous for breakfast and loving it almost as much as I used to love bacon.....well, OK, I still love bacon. But I love little piggies more.
Plus, Sarah is just cool. She is chic, and her sense of style bleeds (no pun intended) into her tattoo art. I strive to be as much of a culinary adventurer someday. After medical school. For n
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
In most of Sarah Kramer's book, I've had hit or miss recipes. There is one in her series of books that I love and have used many times (with some changes). It's a meatloaf that I can't remember the name of, but it was named after the cow that jumped over a fence to escape being slaughered. Otherwise, I have ran into some strange end results with enough of these recipes to decide that I didn't want to risk trying any more of them.
Aug 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I find the organization of this book a little difficult to wrap my head around, but once that's in order, this is a friendly and accessible how-to to tasty vegan eatin' and livin'. Totally functional, with lots of advice on how to manage your kitchen in the DIY-tradition, there's a fairly wide variety of recipes and options for all occasions. Just make sure you have your post-it notes in hand to flag favorite recipes.
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vegans and anyone interested in being more conscious about food
Sarah Kramer from How it All Vegan goes solo on this cookbook/crafty guide/inspirational journal. This book taught me how to make my own seitan as well as a body form made of duct tape (which might be the most valuable DIY project I've ever made). Sarah seems really charming and down-to-earth with her cutesy comments, photos, and tips littered throughout the book. You almost feel like you know her just by reading her recipes, and whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Since my son is on a GFCF diet, I thought about becoming vegan for the last year. The problem is A. my husband is a hardcore carnivore B. I love junk food. Turning 40 and hearing that this would be the my body I would have for the rest of my life was my motivation for changing my diet in the end. The recipes are simple and require a minimum of staple ingredients. I found everything at a Whole Foods market.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
There are a lot of interesting recipes in here but I was completely put off buy no pictures of food but a million pictures of the author in various poses to show off how cool and vintage she is. I can't even bare to look at her face after reading through the book once. Needless to say I haven't made anything yet. I did bookmark what I want to make though so I will go back at some point.
AJ LeBlanc
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
Tanya Barnard, Sarah Kramer & Isa Chandra Moskowitz are goddesses who I discovered the summer I went vegan.

I'd like to get back to being a vegetarian and stay mainly vegan, and these books will once again rule my world.

Even if you're a hardcore meat-eater, there are recipes here that you will love.
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bellinghamsters, Seattlites, & anyone who loves yummy food!
Shelves: cooking
You don't have to be vegan to love this cookbook! The recipes are fabulous--phenomenal flavors, clear language, and most don't take all that long. This book has been my Bible recently and has taught me so much and given me oodles of noodles of new confidence in my cooking. Come to my house, I'll show you. =)
Oct 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
While I enjoyed the recipes in this book that I've made so far, I got really tired REALLY fast of Sarah Kramer's face. I want pictures of FOOD!
There are also some handy guides in the back and some really fun things like household cleaning stuff, 100 uses for salt, and other DIY ideas
Erik Mallinson
This cookbook contains the best seitan recipe I’ve found, and five or so recipes for flavoring that have not disappointed. Worth the price of admission alone. There’s also a great, basic scrambled tofu recipe.
Michelle Hankes
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The author is fun, witty, and her recipes rock! I found several really good recipes in here and would recommend it to anyone interested in checking out the dairy-free, egg-free world.
Shellie Foltz
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I never really cooked until I found La Dolce Vegan. My now worn copy was given to me as a birthday gift and it's one of my most treasured. The recipes are great, this writing is hilarious. Besides that, it has some really fun photography!
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a fun cookbook. Most of the recipes are quick and simple. The photos are kind of odd. No pictures of food, lots of pictures of the author lifting her skirt to show us her stockings. I guess garters are vegan, too.
Lisa Vegan
Jun 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: novice cooks & new vegans & everybody who likes easy to make delicious food
Fun book with a lot of humor, which is my favorite kind of cookbook. Quick & not difficult to make, easy to get ingredients, delicious results. Especially useful for new vegans & those cooking for them, and appropriate for novice cooks also.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Feels a lot like the earlier, co-authored books, and that's not entirely a good thing. A lot of the recipes sound very much like slight re-hashes of recipes I'm already familiar with, and I'd really appreciate some pictures of the finished dishes.
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Sarah Kramer is the co-Author of "How it All Vegan!" and "The Garden of Vegan"; her first solo cookbook, La Dolce Vegan!", was published in 2005. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband where they own/operate the Tattoo Zoo. When she's not under the needle she's in her kitchen creating vegan masterpieces and maintaining her popular website,