You've been condemned. Either by choice or by unfair genetic circumstance, you can no longer eat dairy products without serious moral and/or physical consequences. It's vegan baking, or no baking.
If you like to cook, throw out all your recipes. Seems like every last one has cow's milk or some dairy derivative. Goodbye cupcakes, hello carrot sticks.
Not so fast, Sparky! Come away from the ledge. You can avoid dairy and eat cupcakes too.
Thanks to the rapid spread of the vegan lifestyle, new cookbooks abound with recipes for your favorite foods made with widely available non-dairy milk substitutes.
Vegans, for the uninitiated, are vegetarians that forego all animal products including milk and eggs. Milk and eggs are also very common allergens, particularly in children, so cookbooks without these ingredients are a boon to many and literally a lifesaver for others!
Below are the essential "must have" books if you are cooking without dairy.
See, I told you. You CAN have your dairy-free cupcakes and eat them too! Vegan Cupcakes includes 75 recipes for cupcakes (and frosting) made with milk substitutes. There's even a gluten-free cupcake recipe if you avoid wheat.
My kids and I have made and devoured the Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes, the Brooklyn Brownie Cupcakes, the Apple Cider Cupcakes, and of course good ol' Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes. The recipes are super easy and the results are, of course, dairy-free and divine!
The Joy of Vegan Baking
This is the cookbook that convinced me I would not shrivel up and die without cow's milk. Pancakes, waffles, cookies, oh my! There's even a recipe for non dairy Cheesecake, people. Need I say more?
Truly a revolution in dairy-free baking, The Joy of Vegan Baking delivers 150 to die for recipes and is chock full of tips for cooking with milk substitutes, including non-dairy butter.
And the food pictures make me want to lick the pages. Too much information?
It would be irresponsible to write about cooking with milk substitutes and leave out the non-dairy cooking tome of our time, Veganomicon.
It is legend.
Truly the most thorough vegan cookbook, you'd be hard pressed to find a better collection of recipes for a dairy free lifestyle. This one goes well beyond the basics and allows you to cook everything from impressive four course holiday meals to BBQ fare fit to share with even the pickiest omnivores. If any cookbook can convince you gourmet life exists without cow's milk, this is it!
Whether you're cooking with milk substitutes to avoid anaphylactic shock or because you've gone crazy vegan (my kids' said it, not me), there are now multitudes of dairy-free cookbooks on the market to keep you sane and well fed!