Vegan Pie in the Sky by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

vpitsVegan Pie in the Sky is one cute cookbook. I know, that word, but…it is so darned cute! It is a smallish little square of colorful delights and truly mouth-watering dessert ideas. I turned the difficult task of deciding which recipe to test-drive to my grandson and he promptly chose Little Lemon Mousse Pies. Oh my. They actually turned out just like the photo, and tasted even better than either of us expected. There were quite a few steps involved, although the recipe is easy to follow and worth every step.  I tend to dive into recipes, so maybe a more organized cook might be able to end up with less dishes, but when one is approaching magnificence, who cares about the cleanup? The lemon glaze was gorgeous, and the creamy filling was wonderful. This recipe uses coconut milk, raw cashews, and of course, fresh lemon in an interesting series of combinations. I realized the women who created this little book might know a thing or two about baking; I had already lovedVeganomicon and trusted them to provide really wonderful culinary delights.

Variety and Spice in Moskowitz and Romero’s Book

Love cheesecake? Try Chocolate Galaxy Banana or Blueberry Bliss, or maybe even Raspberry Lime Rickey. There is Banana Toffee Pudding Pie or Cappuccino Mousse. There is a Maple Pecan that looks too good to eat. There are Chocolate Peanut Butter Tartlets which look like a gourmet version of peanut butter cup candy. Need a creamy topping that is dairy-free? Look at the section on toppings to find Rad WhipSweet Coconut CreamMacadamia Créme and Chocolate Drizzle. There are metric conversion  charts, too, to assist you whatever system of measure you might use. Need a special crust? Think ofVodka DoughShortbread ShellsGingersnap Crust, and Press-In Almond. There are traditional pies with a flair, and a series of appealing and easily transportable Hand Pies: Blackberry Ginger, Strawberry Field, Ginger Peach, and Blueberry Ginger. Want something unusual? How about Basil Peach, Chai-Spiced Rice Pudding, or an interesting Curry Macaroon?

Vegan Pie in the Sky is the Perfect Gift

This would make a great holiday gift for anyone who wants cruelty-free and relatively healthy treats for those special occasions. And it should be appreciated by anyone who knows a thing or two about great desserts. Or by someone who wants to wow guests at the next vegan potluck. Or maybe, someone who loves those cute little gems that keep your creativity at its peak.