Over the years I have come to learn some ways of preventing the annual Christmas panic attack. Although there are still six weeks until Christmas Day, it is better to be prepared early. Then you can sit back with a cup of warm cocoa and smell the pine. Here we list what books are hot this vegan Christmas, including books for those on a gluten-free or raw diet. Over the next few weeks, take a moment to be inspired by our top Christmas gift ideas for those in your life… or to suggest to your husband for yourself, if like mine he hasn’t a clue what you want!

Decadent Gluten-Free

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

by Cara Reed: Paperback – August 5, 2014

Creative and mouth-watering recipes include Churros with Chocolate Dipping Sauce, Pumpkin Cupcakes, German Chocolate Cake and Sweet Almond Braided Bread. So whether you’re gluten-free, vegan or just looking to try something a little more plant-based and a lot more delicious, this book has it all.

Cara Reed is the creator of the popular blog, Fork and Beans, which features gluten-free, vegan recipes and gets over 10,000 hits a day. Cara’s blog was voted one of the Top 50 Vegan Blogs and her recipes have been featured in VegNews magazine and on HuffingtonPost.com and EnjoyLifeFoods.com. She lives in Los Angeles, California.



Rawsome Vegan Baking

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

by Emily von Euw: Paperback – March 4, 2014

Emily Von Euw, creator of the popular blog This Rawsome Vegan Life, makes treats that are so phenomenal and so stunning they should be considered masterpieces. Every recipe is accompanied by a photograph so you can see each brilliant sweet before you eat.

Emily’s beautiful and easy-to-make recipes, like her Peppermint Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes, S’mores Cupcakes and Go-Nuts Donuts with Frosting & Fruit Sprinkles, are so tasty that you won’t even realize they’re vegan. Quite simply, Rawsome Vegan Baking will wow your taste buds and impress your friends and family with new great tastes in dessert.


100 Best Juices

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100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks: Easy Recipes For Natural Energy & Weight Control the Healthy Way

by Emily von Euw: Paperback – December 9, 2014

Each sip will boost your metabolism, detox your body, strengthen your immune system and help you get your daily-recommended intake of fruits and vegetables. Plus, swapping in some of these healthy drinks and quick snacks will help control your weight and save you time in the kitchen. With recipes that are not only good for you and easy to make, but tasty and portable as well, you’ll be clinging to this healthy living companion with both hands.




The Oh She Glows Cookbook

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The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

by Angela Liddon: Paperback – March 4, 2014

Five years ago, Angela started a blog, ohsheglows.com, to spread the word about her journey to health and the powerful transformation that food can make in our lives.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook is packed with more than 100 delicious recipes such as go-to breakfasts, protein-packed snacks, hearty entrées, and decadent desserts. From entrées like the Crowd-Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole and Empowered Noodle Bowl to sweet treats like the Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte with Hazelnut Crust and Angela’s famous Glo Bakery Glo Bars, there is something for everyone. The Oh She Glows Cookbook is also allergy-friendly, with many gluten-free and soy-free options.

Angela’s recipes are a must-have for anyone who longs to eat well, feel great, and simply glow!


Practically Raw

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Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make

by Amber Shea Crawley: Paperback – November 18, 2014

Practically Raw’s revolutionary practicality and flexible approach let you enjoy Chef Amber’s delicious vegan dishes your own way, according to your budget and taste, every day or every once in a while, and as raw — or cooked — as you like.

Certified raw chef Amber Shea has designed these recipes to be made with ordinary equipment and ingredients, and with the flexibility of many substitutions, cooking options, and variations. Ideal for beginners as well as seasoned raw foodists, Practically Raw has something for everybody, whether you want to improve your health and longevity, cope with food sensitivities, or simply eat fresher, cleaner, and better!


Lena of Vegitopia

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Lena of Vegitopia and the Mystery of the Missing Animals: A Vegan Fairy Tale

by Sybil Severin: Hardcover – August 15, 2014

Lena of Vegitopia and the Mystery of the Missing Animals is a vegan-themed fairy tale about how one brave little girl stands up for the animal friends of her land and helps rescue them from being eaten. The book promotes messages of kindness, compassion, and action and shows that magical things can happen when you harness the power of veggies.




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V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind

by Ruby Roth: Hardcover – August 6, 2013

Introducing three-to seven-year-olds to the “ABCs” of a compassionate lifestyle, V Is for Vegan is a must-have for vegan and vegetarian parents, teachers, and activists! Through memorable rhymes and charming illustrations, Roth introduces readers to the major vegan food groups (grains, beans, seeds, nuts, vegetables, and fruits) as well as broader concepts such as animal protection and the environment.

Sure to bring about laughter and learning, V Is for Vegan will boost the confidence of vegan kids about to enter school and help adults explain their ethical worldview in a way that young children will understand.



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The Awareness

by Jon Doyle: Paperback – March 7, 2014

On a day like any other, all mammals suddenly gain human-level consciousness—and begin a systematic attack on human kind. Among the ranks of these animals are a bear in the Canadian Rockies, an elephant in a traveling circus in Texas, a pig on a hog farm in North Carolina, and a dog living with his beloved owner in New York.

As these four contend with the realities of who they were before the awareness, and who they must now become after it, they are each called to battle. The animals must then fight two wars: the one outside between mammals and humans, and the one inside each of their minds.

“Every once in a while a piece of fiction comes along that can change the way we think about the world. The Awareness is one of those transformational novels—it’s a wonderfully written book that tells an entertaining and suspenseful story, but even more, it would be almost impossible to read this book and not come away with a new and heightened understanding of the human-animal relationship.” Bruce Friedrich, Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives at Farm Sanctuary


Now that you have a little Christmas inspiration, click on a product image above and go get your shop on! And keep an eye out for next weeks blog post on our top picks for Christmas gifts.

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