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Veganize It!

My new cookbook is called VEGANIZE IT! Easy DIY Recipes for a Plant-Based Kitchen.  It officially hits the shelves on March 7, so I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what’s inside.

My goal in writing this book was to provide the ultimate guide for making homemade vegan foods from everyday ingredients — and share great ways to use those ingredients.  Like all my cookbooks, the recipes are geared to busy home cooks who want to get a great dinner on the table but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.  With VEGANIZE IT, you can be as DIY as you want to be, or not.  For example, if you want to make lasagna completely from scratch, there are recipes for homemade ricotta, a melty mozzarella-like cheese, homemade pasta, and a wonderful baked tomato sauce.  If you don’t have time to make all the components, you can simply pick and choose what you want to make from scratch and what you prefer to buy ready-made – such as making homemade ricotta and tomato sauce, but using storebought lasagna noodles and vegan mozzarella.

In that sense, VEGANIZE IT is really two cookbooks in one:  all the DIY vegan basics such as dairy-free sour cream, mayonnaise, butter, and plant-based meats and seafood made from wheat, soy, beans, and vegetables.  But what makes this book really special is that each chapter goes one step further to include recipes that incorporate one or more of those basic recipes, all made inexpensively, using simple cooking methods and easy-to-find ingredients — so, for example, you can use the cashew cream cheese to make Spinach-Artichoke Dip or Chocolate Cheesecake.  Make the andouille sausage, and you’re just one step away from a great jambalaya.

I’m really excited about VEGANIZE IT and I hope you will be too.  Sample recipes (and a blog tour!) are coming soon.  For now, though, I’d like to give you a brief tour around the recipe chapters with a list of just some of the recipes you’ll find inside along with a few of the gorgeous photos by William and Susan Brinson.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Spinach and Mushroom-Bacon Quiche
Chickpea Flour Omelets
Breakfast Nachos with Smoky Queso Sauce
Bacon-Topped Mac UnCheese


BBQ Seitan Ribs
Burmese Tofu
Iron Kettle Chili
Better Made Tacos with Avocado Crema
Seitan Oscar with Béarnaise Sauce



Cheesy Crackers
Handcrafted Lasagna
Perfect Pot Pie
Cheesy Sausage Biscuits
Benedict Pizza


Maple Breakfast Sausage
DIY Jerky
Banh Mi Sandwich
Haute Dogs Wellington
Join the Club Sandwich




Lobster Mushroom Bisque
Clam-Free Chowder
Vegan Crab Louis
Fish-Free Tacos
Tof-ish and Chips with Tartar Sauce




Luscious Lava Cakes
Strawberry Shortcake
Lemon Meringue Pie
Bellini Trifle





VEGANIZE IT is available for pre-order now….

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  • Jordan February 8, 2017, 11:31 am

    Looks incredible! This is only *some* of the recipes in the book? I’m already salivating at the selection you’ve shared. How many recipes in this book? Can’t wait for this to get into my hands (I have it pre-ordered on Amazon).

    • Robin February 8, 2017, 12:16 pm

      Thanks for pre-ordering, Jordan. There are 150 recipes in Veganize It!

  • Norine February 8, 2017, 12:18 pm

    Hi Robin. What ever happened to Better Made Vegan? I did recipe testing for you and this book and am interested in the status.

    • Robin February 8, 2017, 1:03 pm

      Hi Norine,
      Better Made Vegan was the working title for Veganize It! — It’s the same book! (Thanks for checking — and for testing!)

    • Robin February 8, 2017, 2:17 pm

      Norine, I’ve been trying to contact you via email but it comes back as undeliverable. Please email me.

  • Deb E February 10, 2017, 12:33 am

    The photos look great! Looking forward to hearing more about it during the blog tour. The seafood subs are most interesting to me.

  • Susan February 10, 2017, 9:32 pm

    This is very exciting news! I am on a very strict cookbook budget at the moment, but I think this will be top of my list for when I can get a new one again.

  • Tamara D'Agata Malecki February 14, 2017, 5:29 pm

    I have several of your cookbooks and LOVE them. And this newest one looks like it will be great too!

  • Courtney August 31, 2017, 8:25 am


    A friend recently gifted this to me, he`s been vegan for 20 some odd years, and I`ve recently fallen down the rabbit hole, and have been off meat products for 3 months, with dairy being close behind. We cook and bake a lot of vegan meals in our home because our friend visits regularly for dinner, so when I told him I had finally stopped eating meat entirely, he brought this to me.

    It`s a wonderful book, the pictures are beautiful, and the recipes are great. Made a batch of the haute dogs, and maple breakfast sausages last night to try, and are freezing to take camping this weekend – very delicious! Myself, my partner, and our friend were all very happy with the results, and are eager to take them camping to share with the group.

    My favourite thing about the book is that it is full of recipes to make things to put into other things – if that makes sense? As oppose to just a collection of meals, it has plenty of starting points to give you inspiration to create a meal on your own.

    Looking forward to exploring the entire book 🙂

  • John Ward April 13, 2018, 4:22 pm

    Wonderful book Robin. Wonderful! I also have the How not to die cookbook, and the monstrous tome, 1000 Vegan Recipes, which i refer to as ‘The Bible’. 😀 Thanks for all of your hard work and creativity!

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