Why do I get so excited when a new vegan cookbook comes out? Perhaps my exciting hobby of eating is why I've gained so much extra weight this year. *sigh*
Nonetheless, I picked up a copy of the new Joy of Vegan Baking. What a beautiful cookbook this is! It's slick, glossy pages are filled with good tips and nice photos. Even though I've been pressed for time lately, I managed to squeeze in a batch of the chocolate chip cookies featured so elegantly on the cover. Now, you may know that I am constantly in search of the best vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world. And so far, Dreena's cookies currently hold that title, as far as I'm concerned. The reason why I don't make Dreena's version very often is that using maple syrup in that kind of quantity is damned expensive. And her batch makes about eight or nine cookies. Yes, I can double the recipe. But really. Eight or nine cookies? Even so, her cookies are so amazingly perfect.
And at this point, Dreena still has the best chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Unfortunately, I didn't love the chocolate chip cookies from The Joy of Vegan Baking. Now don't get me wrong, they were still very delicious, I mean we are talking about sugar, flour and chocolate here. But I found them to be a little too sugary, and they required too much margarine- a full cup. The cookies were also a bit too firm after cooling, for my taste anyway.
But hey... chocolate chip cookies, much like pizza, is good even when it's not the best you've had. This cookbook has so many other great looking recipes that I can't wait to try. I just can't judge a cookbook by it's chocolate chip cookie recipe- if I did, I wouldn't have tried all of the other awesome recipes that can be found within Vegan with a Vengeance. Great cookbook, not the greatest chocolate chip cookies.
Okay. Enough of that. I'll leave you with a cute picture of my husband giving me a look.