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Vegan Chocolate [Hardcover]

Fran Costigan
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10 Oct 2013
It can be difficult to find truly indulgent vegan desserts--especially chocolate. But for the first time, chocolate cakes, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, and more are within reach: dairy-free, organic, fair-trade, and sublime. Author, baking instructor, and vegan powerhouse Fran Costigan has dedicated years to satisfying her sweet tooth while keeping it vegan. Through experimentation and long hours in the kitchen, she's recreated some of her favorite chocolate desserts as better-for-you interpretations that pass the taste test: Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles (with a variety of flavor variations), a Brooklyn Blackout Layer Cake, a Sacher Torte, even chocolate Moon Pies! Her detailed instructions make for professional-quality outcomes every time: it's like a personal baking class, right in your kitchen. The perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth, Vegan Chocolate is sure to become an instant classic.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762445912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762445912
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Regarded as the authority on cruelty-free chocolate anything and everything, Costigan's baking book (bible?), with its myriad tips and tricks, is not to be missed." --The Daily Meal "Delve in, and Vegan Chocolate becomes a kind of cake itself, prepared to perfection and dense with flavor. Packed with vibrant photos by Kate Lewis, the book itself appeals sensually in addition to its valuable info. Costigan has finally gotten the top-of-the-line packaging her work has always deserved... This new, sumptuous book is an appropriate summation of more than a decade of sweet-tooth expertise." --Philadelphia Daily News "When those of us of the grains, beans, and veggies persuasion want to indulge in a sweet treat, it has to be something spectacular--and preferably chocolate! There's no better guide to the world of delectable chocolate desserts than Fran Costigan; that they happen to be egg- and dairy-free is icing on the vegan cake. A feast for all the senses, Vegan Chocolate sets the bar at a new level for home cooks as well as chefs." --Nava Atlas, author of Wild About Greens and Vegan Holiday Kitchen "Fran's infectious passion for chocolate radiates from these voluptuous yet amazingly approachable recipes. From breakfast smoothies to show-stopping desserts and even nightcaps, Fran finds a way to sneak a little chocolate bliss into every corner of your day. Warning: these hedonistic recipes aren't for the faint of heart! (I admit it. I actually licked page 92.)" --Dynise Balcavage, author of Pies and Tarts with Heart and The Urban Vegan "I am an ardent proponent of clean, unadulterated flavors. Years ago I've eliminated milk and cream from my chocolate cakes to achieve a truer flavor statement. From a culinary standpoint, Fran Costigan demonstrates the same desire for purity. With scientifically-based explanations and the refined palate of a trained pastry-chef, she teaches both amateur and professional cooks how to make amazing desserts without any animal sources. Not only are the recipes safe for the vegan lifestyle and allergy sufferers, they stand on their own as ambrosial desserts." --Ron Ben-Israel, owner of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes and host of Sweet Genius "Fran Costigan's Vegan Chocolate is the holy grail of sweet, plant-based treats! This cookbook is destined to be a treasured baking classic for all kitchens." --Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen "Fran is a pioneer of the vegan baking world. Her recipes have been extensively tested to perfection. As a fellow chocoholic, I am thrilled that Fran is sharing her extensive collection of decadent chocolaty creations with the world. Any vegan will feel like a kid in a candy store flipping through the mouthwatering pages of this book. Bravo Fran!" --Chloe Coscarelli, cookbook author and winner of Food Network's Cupcakes Wars "I'm still drooling thinking about the chocolate 'plant-strong' wedding cake Fran made for our wedding." --Rip Esselstyn, best-selling author, My Beef with Meat; The Engine 2 Diet "Are you swooning yet? You will be when you dig in to the luscious recipes in this book: they're downright delectable and simply the best chocolate treats you'll ever experience. The most astounding thing is that not one of these recipes has eggs or dairy in them, so they're not only crazy-delicious, but they're good for the soul!" --Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of The Lean and Veganist "Fran Costigan absolutely delights with her book Vegan Chocolate. This expansive cookbook--filled with drop dead gorgeous photos and decadent recipes--will inspire chocolate lovers everywhere to get into the kitchen and create something extra-special." --Allyson Kramer, author of Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats "As always, Fran Costigan's recipes are beguiling and tempting to make (and even more so, to eat!) even to one who is not a vegan pastry cook. I'm ever impressed with what Fran has been able to do without the usual ingredients, like butter and eggs, and have it come off so well. These are recipes based on skill and passion for good chocolate desserts, the best combination possible." --Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone "Anyone who loves chocolate desserts, whether they follow a vegan diet or just want to try something new and different, will be thrilled with the results of Fran Costigan's recipes. Fran is a natural baker in many senses and her desserts sing out real flavor and quality with every bite. And I love the fact that some recipes are gluten free too -- now everyone can enjoy chocolate cakes, pies, tarts, ices, and confections!" --Nick Malgieri, author of Bake and Nick Malgieri's Bread "A treasure... Chef Fran Costigan raises the vegan chocolate bar to such great heights that everyone will be shown a luscious path to confectionary nirvana. Chef Fran's talent and wizardry are gifts to be shared. We cherish and savor all her decadent creations." --Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson, owners of Candle Cafe, Candle 79, and Candle West "Fran Costigan's stunning new book is a game changer. Vegan Chocolate is a delicious book, filled with clearly written user-friendly recipes, inventive techniques, and practical information. Nothing is missing from these sumptuous chocolate desserts except the dairy, eggs, refined sugar, and cholesterol. With an Opera Cake and a Buche de Noel, truffles, ice creams, simple cookies, and more, transitioning over to vegan eating has never been more tempting. This book has earned a permanent place in my kitchen!" --Tal Ronnen, New York Times Bestselling author of The Conscious Kitchen "Take a chunk of dark chocolate, a spoonful of sugar, and put it in the pan with Fran, and what you get is a collection of divinely inspired, sophisticated desserts that make me ponder only one thing: which one to make first? Will it be the classic Opera Cake, Mocha Creme Brulee, or one of the ridiculously tempting truffles? Vegan dessert books may abound, but only Fran Costigan reveals the true meaning of chocolate: it may seem rich, indulgent, and even sinful, but as I dip my finger into a bowl of Chocolate Panna Cotta, I realize it is ever so necessary." --Miyoko Schinner, author of Artisan Vegan Cheese "This book is much more than just a cookbook and definitely a must-have in any kitchen. Whether or not you are a vegan, cooking newbie or just love chocolate, you'll find it comprehensible and stunning." --elephantjournal.com

About the Author

Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, recipe developer, and innovative vegan pastry chef , and the author of two cookbooks. A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan kitchens. Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive (R)) in New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education and at the Natural Gourmet Institute. She lives in New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan 12 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have given this book a 4 star rating only because I have not tried out enough recipes to write an accurate review. However, it is a beautifully illustrated cookbook filled with loads of pertinent information. I made the chocolate torte with a chocolate ganache recipe and served it to folk who eat standard cake. It was tasty and well received. I was particularly impressed with the ganache, very smooth and rich. Hard to believe it had no cream in it. Her brownies were moist and eaten rather quickly by my non vegetarian son! There are recipes for truffles which would make fantastic gifts. There are gluten free recipes, recipes for ice cream, sweet fillings and loads of cakes and bites. What I love about this book in particular, is that the author does not rely heavily on sugar to make these cakes taste good. 'Vegan Chocolate' is a revelation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Chocolate 9 Oct 2013
By Kimberly A. Marcus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Just received my copy last night and all I can say is "WOW" I took Fran's Bootcamp Vegan Baking course at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, and Fran goes above and beyond to make sure all her recipes are just over the top delicious, eye appealing and wanting you asking for more. I dove right in this morning and made the low fat hot chocolate..so decadent and delicious..noone would every guess it's low fat. I plan on spending a few hours with a cup of tea and getting lost in the world of vegan chocolate. The recipes and pictures will have you spending many hours turning your kitchen into a chocolate shop. Nothing wrong with a little chocolate now and again, and with this book in hand you will become a master.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a book! Gorgeous and all the recipes are so tasty! 28 Oct 2013
By K. Cavalier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I will say that I was a tester for this book so I have tried a fair amount of these recipes and had the pleasure of making them with the guidance of Fran. She has made this book such an incredible masterpiece. I knew it would be great but it far exceeded my expectations. Fran has such a vast amount of experience and knowledge with all things pastry and a love for chocolate and it shows. The book is brimming with information to help you succeed and each recipe is clearly written and explained so you will have no problems. The ingredients are easy to find and there are lots of ideas for substitutions whether they be for allergies or lifestyle (oil free) or just taste preference. Fran has used wholesome ingredients and yet the desserts always taste rich and indulgent. The book itself is beautiful, I feel bad putting it on the bookshelf. There are lots of full color photographs to show you what you aiming for and just to make you drool!

Some of my favorites are the legendary Chocolate Cake to Live For, Chocolate and Olive Oil cake (my mother requested it for her birthday!), Blondies, Magic Cookie Bars, Low fat and Luscious Hot Cocoa as well as the Quick and Easy Homemade Hot Cocoa, Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Pudding, Brooklyn Blackout Cake (my husband's favourite), Chocolate Pecan Cranberry Coffee Cake (decadent spin on a classic), Creme Fraiche Truffles (I couldn't stop eating them!), Mocha Creme Brūlée (so rich and creamy), Chocolate Almost Instant Pudding and the Raspberry Chocolate Silk Tart.

I have to point out our two very favourite recipes. The Buche de Noel is a standout! It is incredibly tasty and while it seems intimidating to make, Fran has broken it down into manageable steps in order so you have a plan of attack. It has a much simpler method for creating the log structure that is no fail and the fillings and frosting are so flavorful! It will be a shows topper on your holiday table.

The other one that I have to mention is the Chocolate Cherry Miroir. I can't even begin to explain how amazing this dessert is! I dream about it. It is rich and creamy, full of chocolate and absolutely scrumptious! Again it may seem a bit difficult but I promise it isn't and the way the recipe is written you are headed for the best results. Think of this one as grown up (and much better) Black Forest Cake.

I think this book is a must for any chocolate lover out there!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You could remove the word 'vegan' from the title and no one would know the difference! 9 Mar 2014
By Neil R. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The fact that I find myself writing a review of a cookbook is pretty humorous. I've been a musician all of my life and am quite comfortable writing reviews of music and arts-related projects that I think people need to be aware of, but a cookbook? That's something my awesome chef of a wife is much better qualified to do. On the other hand, it's always a joy to share something you love with other folks, and I LOVE this cookbook.

Since we began eating plant-strong/non-animal/vegan (whatever you'd prefer to call it), the one food category we've missed most is dessert and, in particular, chocolate dessert. There are lots of wonderful things you can create with fruit, but when the cacao/chocolate desire springs up, black bean brownies don't quite fit the bill.

While vacationing at the Chelsea Market in NYC, we wandered into a book store that emphasized local authors. Surveying the stacks, my eye was drawn to the cover and the seeming dichotomy of the word 'Vegan Chocolate' imposed over a beautiful photo of an amazing chocolate iced chocolate cake.

Next to the Happy Herbivore cookbooks, Fran Costigan's book is the best investment we've made. The book has a variety of recipes from very simple and reasonably quick 'Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies,' to a multi-step layered 'Chocolate Cherry Miroir Cake,' both of which are fabulous. Obviously Costigan has invested much time experimenting to come up with these perfect recipes. And one if the most rewarding things is that, if you don't tell folks these are vegan recipes, I can almost guarantee they won't notice...they're simply excellent, rich and (occasionally) decadent desserts. We still have yet to recreate the various truffle recipes which we simply haven't gotten to yet because we keep returning to the ones we've done that are so successful every time. My wife and I would both say that the 'No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte to Live For' is the best cake/torte that we've ever had...period.

Costigan was also very thoughtful to include a resource list (some of the ingredients are a bit less common [i.e. vegan marshmallows] and a little more challenging to find, though Amazon has many of them), a bibliography reading list, and a list of organizations and publications, all very helpful resources (especially for someone, like ourselves, who live in meat & three central...Tennessee).

Perhaps the most revealing thing to say is that the sub-title "Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts" is not merely hyperbole, but an accurate representation of what the book contains. If you're looking for an amazing collection of desserts you'll be excited and unapologetic to share with ANYone, including your omnivore friends, THIS is the book to buy. We will definitely purchase copies for our special friends.

BTW, Ms Costigan, we recognize it took years to create these special recipes, but please know, we are anxiously awaiting your follow up :-)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackout Cake Was Wonderful 12 Mar 2014
By Emmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this cookbook to make a healthy, vegan chocolate cake for my husband's birthday. I made the Blackout cake and it was wonderful. The author does an excellent job of explaining "tricks" to bake a successful cake. I discovered that making her vegan cake was actually easier than making a "normal" cake with eggs. Sometimes chocolate cake doesn't taste like chocolate, but the blackout cake had a rich flavor. He absolutely loved it, and so did the rest of the family. I am looking forward to trying the vegan truffles, and trying some of her other cakes. The pictures look delicious!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never judge a book by it's cover. 22 Nov 2013
By Cynthia Medina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I confess... I would have dismissed this jewel if it wasn't because my dear friend bought it for me.

This book has made me a baker. There is no better resource I have found on unadulterated, pure vegan desserts. Comprehensive for the ambitious home chef, yet simple enough for anyone to follow.

I collect kitchen books, yet there are very few that I treasure, and this one has become one of them.
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