Pre-publication subtitle: 100 easy, healthy, delicious recipes for vegan soul food
Chef and charismatic blogger with 217 followers across social media, Jenne Claiborne grew up in Atlanta eating classic soul food--but thought she had to give all that up when she went vegan. She now celebrates the plant-based roots of the cuisine and reenvisions 100 classic dishes with a focus on healthy, whole ingredients--and a fresh and vibrant flair for flavor.
Some people wonder how you can have soul food without the chitlins, fried chicken, and pork-stewed collard greens. But Southern cooking and soul food actually have deep roots in fresh, local, plant-based lifestyles. In her first cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul, Jenne Claiborne honors the cuisine's important roots while offering new ways to prepare 100 classic (and new!) dishes for optimal nutrition--dishes like Coconut Collard Salad, Peach-Date BBQ Jackfruit Sliders, and Sweet Potato-Cinnamon Rolls. Jenne explores the narratives surrounding iconic and beloved soul food recipes, as well as their innate nutritional benefits--you'll never look at super-healthy foods like dandelion and other bitter greens, black-eyed peas, or sweet potatoes the same way. You'll learn how to make better-than-the-original takes on crave-worthy dishes that are good for the environment and your health, heart, and soul. Illustrated with gorgeous full-color photography, these recipes are delicious and easy to make--thanks to Jenne's years of tweaking and experimentation--without sacrificing flavor, tradition, or soul- from decadent pound cakes and fluffy biscuits to smokey collard greens, deceptive "crab" cakes and the most comforting sweet potato pie you'll ever taste.
JENNE CLAIBORNE is a NYC-based vegan personal chef, cooking instructor, and the blogger behind Sweet Potato Soul. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and founded the personal chef company, The Nourishing Vegan, whose clients have included India Arie, Lucy Liu, Lululemon, Soho House, Whole Foods, and many more. Jenne has been on Today, and her recipes and nutritional advice have been featured in VegNews, the Vegetarian Times, Shape.com, the Huffington Post, Reader's Digest, ThoughtfullyMagazine, Greatist, Well+Good, Laika magazine, Urban Bush Babes, Main Street Vegan, Our Hen House, and Refinery 29. She is the cocreator of Buddhalicious, an online meal planning service that makes it easy for people to adopt a healthy and delicious vegan diet.
"Sweet Potato Soul starts with an Erykah Badu quote and ends with a recipe for pecan muhammara. Clearly, there's a lot to love. The debut cookbook from beloved vegan food blogger Jenne Claiborne, Sweet Potato Soul offers vegan twists on soul food classics alongside memories of Claiborne flipping fluffy pancakes to the sound of gospel music in her Nana's kitchen. Fittingly, a wonderfully comprehensive section on southern pantry staples devotes almost 6 full pages to sweet potatoes varietals. What looks good: Fluffy sweet potato biscuits, coconut collard salad, "Harlem caviar" black eyed pea salad, Creole red bean sausages, and jackfruit jambalaya." - Bon Appetit "Many traditional dishes are off-limits to a vegetarian or vegan, but the smart use of spices and other ingredients can bring them back within reach. This is just what Jenne Claiborne does so beautifully in her new book, Sweet Potato Soul. Claiborne brings Southern flair... to plant-based dishes. That means shredded sweet potatoes and pecans in her granola, coconut three ways (oil, milk and sugar) in her peach cobbler and oyster mushrooms in her etouffee. ...I knew it was the real deal when my fiance, whose people come from Louisiana, took one bite and put down his spoon -- so he could take a photo." - Washington Post
"Jenne makes a vegan lifestyle look easy--not to mention totally delicious. Her tips and recipe roundups are super-practical for vegans and non-vegans alike." - Rachael Ray Every Day
"How a superstar vegan chef is making soul food healthy." - Well+Good
"Prepare to be mesmerized by swirls of breakfast glory....Jenne Claiborne made us forget everything with her sweet potato-pecan cinnamon rolls and equally root veg-ified cream cheese frosting...[W]hile each of the 100 recipes stands out in its own way, we love her take on the comforting classic." - Tasting Table
"Jenne Claiborne finds creative ways to blend her love of Southern food with a vegan diet in her new cookbook." - San Diego Union Tribune
"In her first cookbook, Jenne has cracked the code." - Design Sponge
"A delightful little book full of inventive vegan recipes that don't skimp on flavor." - Atlanta Journal Constitution
"One potato, two potato, give me all your sweet potatoes!! Jenne has crafted the best soul satisfying comfort vegan recipes. With easy recipes such as sweet potato hummus, Bourbon BBQ Tempeh Sliders, Fried Cauliflower Chicken, and really stellar vegan pound cakes you can bring the very best dishes from Atlanta, Georgia right into your own kitchen!" - Chloe Coscarelli, author of Chloe Flavor and Chloe's Kitchen
"We've all been waiting for this! Jenne Claiborne's Sweet Potato Soul cookbook is an absolute dream for anyone craving Southern flavours and soul food classics. Hearty, inviting, and always delicious, Jenne's recipes prove time and time again that stick-to-your-ribs eating can be completely plant-based! This mouth-watering collection uses whole food ingredients and simple techniques to recreate quintessential recipes like cornbread, sweet potato pie, and collards galore! Jenne's bright spirit and genuine love of sharing healthy food from her roots shines through on every page." - Sarah Britton, Holisitic Nutritionist and founder of My New Roots
"Jenne has done an incredible job of compiling all of her favorite vegan soul food classics in this stunning cookbook. Vegans and those curious about plant-based eating will love the beautiful images, recipes, and thoughtful narrative in this book. I can't wait to dig in (especially to Nana's Sweet Potato Pie)!" - Dana Shultz, author of Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking
"Jenne cooks up a fresh take on one of my all time favorite cuisines, vegan soul food, seasoned with her personal anecdotes and can-do approach toward healthy eating for everyone." - Terry Hope Romero, author of Veganomicon, Salad Samurai, and Vegan Eats World
"Jenne Claiborne knows how to make ingredients sing. Tasty, fresh, soulful -- you won't even realize these brilliant recipes are vegan!" - John Mackey, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market
"If comfort food wasn't born in the South, it grew up there. Now culinary wunderkind Jenne Claiborne perfects this culinary genre: hearty, satisfying, all's-right-with-the-world dishes that are kind to animals and the planet, and that will make your waistline and arteries as happy as they'll make your family." - Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan, and coauthor of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook
"Jenne has cooked up something special in her debut cookbook, proving that Soul food can be compassionate to the environment and to animals while tasting great--in fact, better than ever!" - Gene Baur, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
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