The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Subs – Review and Giveaway

Since you have already entered the Hearty Vegan giveaway and the Love Your Library giveaway – here’s one more chance to win a cool cookbook to start your new year off right. (If you haven’t entered the others there is still time!)

This book, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, is more than simple substitutions for meat, eggs, dairy, soy, gluten, and sugar though it gives you that too.

Each chapter starts off with a reference table with detailed substitutions. These are perfect for new vegans and a great quick reference for more seasoned ones.

The next thing Joni and Celine do are to dissect a traditional (non-vegan) recipe and show you where to change it to use the substitutions that they gave you. It’s a great way to get ideas to redo old family favorites. Joni and Celine are all about veganized comfort food and  their recipes are perfect to serve to people who aren’t quite sure about vegan food. (What is it they think we put in food anyhow?)

The very best part of the book comes after that with their tasty original recipes. I made their Eggs Benedict with Ham for Cheryl. She is not a vegan, though trying to eat less eggs and dairy for her health, so her love of this dish proves that it goes beyond a typical vegan recipe. I didn’t make the ham from scratch since I had some vegan ham to use up in the fridge. But the Hollandaise is the highlight of the dish for me (and Cheryl too).

Photo by Celine Steen

The other recipe I tried was the BBQ beans. I slow cooker-ized them and they turned out great. I loved the balance of flavors. I opted to use ketchup instead of tomato paste. They give you a choice in the recipe. Next time I would use the tomato paste because I think I would like it better slightly less sweet. The liquid smoke, mustard, molasses, balsamic, and other sauce ingredients meld together for a bold bean dish you really need to try.

The only downside in the book is that the recipes are organized by the kind of substitution they are using. This just means it will take a little longer to find something on the fly. But with Celine’s beautiful photos you really want to go through it a few times just to take it all in anyhow. I sat with my copy and bookmarked about 10 recipes in my first look through.

The variety of the recipes alone makes it worth the money. Breakfast, baked goods, stews, soups, burgers, ribs, vegan cheese, and more can be found in the pages of The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions. This book is a perfect gift to someone who wants to eat less meat but is afraid they will miss out on all their favorite foods.

To enter the giveaway do one or more of the following. You must leave a separate comment for each one you do to get the extra entry! The winner will be announced January 1.

More beautiful pictures from Vegan Subs. These were taken by Celine Steen.

Marinated Tofu Mozzarella, Baked Macadamia Brie, and Nutty Pepperjack

PB & J Waffle

Sushi Rolls

Salted Caramel Treats



  1. uncommonlife says:

    I liked the book on Amazon.

  2. uncommonlife says:

    I posted to my FB page.

  3. uncommonlife says:

    My best vegan sub tip is using califlower ricotta instead of dairy!

  4. uncommonlife says:

    Liked Joni’s FB page

  5. uncommonlife says:

    Liked Celine’s FB page

  6. I liked the book on Amazon and clicked to follow both Celine as well as Joni on Twitter! =) I already liked both of their sites on FB as well as your site on FB, so I couldn’t click that again! ;)
    I’d absolutely love to have this book as it’s still missing in my vegan cook book collection!

    My best vegan sub tip is to use Silken soft tofu with some lemon juice or ACV for sour cream. I also love the effect of a squirt of lemon juice in soy milk to create ‘buttermilk’. :)

  7. I love using tofu in place of eggs in baking! 1/4 cup tofu = 1 egg! :D

  8. I use a lot of chicken recipes, but substitute portabella mushroom slices for the chicken.

  9. I liked Joni’s fb page.

  10. I liked Celine’s fb page.

  11. I liked Healthy Slow Cooker’s fb page.

  12. I already *love* you on FB!

  13. I liked it on Amazon (took awhile to find the like button).

  14. I liked Celine on FB

  15. I liked Joni on FB

  16. I posted this page on my fb wall.

  17. I am following Celine now on Twitter

  18. Yee-haw, I’m following Joni on Twitter now, as well!

  19. You better believe that I liked this bad boy on Amazon.

  20. Ta-weeeeeted, done. Check.

  21. I’m a flaxseed meal mixed with water in sub of eggs, kind of gal.

  22. jeanne endsley says:

    My favorite subl is using nutritional yeast instead of cheese. yummy

  23. Heather Strauss says:

    I like Ener-g egg replacer! Also anything by Earth Balance, especially their organic coconut spread!

  24. The idea of substituting things has always scared me. I’m always afraid of royally screwing up a recipe so having a book like this would be AMAZING!

  25. this is a FABULOUS book, not just because it tells you what to sub but also why one ingredient is chosen over another. after this, i fell all over my keyboard to order the monster appetites book- and of course, i had already purchased vegan slow cooker :-)

  26. I like Joni on FB (Suzanne Rogo)

  27. I like Celine on FB (Suzanne Rogo)

  28. I like Healthy Slow Cooker on FB (Suzanne Rogo)

  29. I follow Joni on Twitter (Miss_Scarlett99)

  30. I follow Celine on Twitter (Miss_Scarlett99)

  31. I liked the book on Amazon

  32. My favorite vegan sub tip? Avocado for cream, probably. :)

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  33. Liked Joni on FB.

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  34. LIked Celine on FB.

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  35. Liked Healthy Slow Cooking on FB.

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  36. Liked the book on Amazon!

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  37. Shared on my Facebook.

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  38. I use the creamy top of coconut milk mixed with lemon juice for a sour cream Sub.

  39. liked Joni’s fb page

  40. liked Celine’s fb page

  41. like Healthy Slow Cooker’s fb page

  42. following Joni on twitter

  43. Ahh, I need this! I was just wondering what I could replace the soy yogurt in a blondie recipe with. Normally I’d go for vegan sour cream, but I’m out of that, too!

  44. I like Joni’s page

  45. I like Celine’s page

  46. like Vegan Subs on its Amazon page

  47. I like your page

  48. I follow Joni on Twitter

  49. I follow Celine on Twitter

  50. and I tweeted. Whew!

  51. tweeted the following:
    Enter to win a copy of The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Subs from @geekypoet @cakeonme & @JoniMarieNewman

  52. Linked this giveaway page on my Facebook Account

  53. My favorite vegan substitution tip: instead of eggs, use ground flax seeds and water: about 60% hot water to 40% ground flax seeds. The trick: use VERY hot water.

  54. Wow those sushi rolls look amazing! My favorite vegan sub has to be flax seed/water mixture to sub for eggs! Healthy sub!

  55. I liked Joni’s FB Page

  56. I liked Celine’s FB Page

  57. I liked the Healthy Slow Cooking FB page

  58. I follow Joni on Twitter

  59. I follow Celine on Twitter

  60. I like Joni’s facebook page!

  61. and I liked Celine’s facebook page!

  62. I just liked the Healthy Slow Cooking facebook page!

  63. Now following Joni on twitter!

  64. I’m following Celine on twitter!

  65. I liked Vegan Subs on its amazon page!

  66. Just tweeted: Enter to win a copy of The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Subs from @geekypoet @cakeonme & @JoniMarieNewman on my twitter account!

  67. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    My favorite vegan sub is to add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of soy or almond milk to replace buttermilk in baking. Mix well and set stand for a few minutes then use just as you would use buttermilk.

  68. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    Tweeted the following:
    Enter to win a copy of The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Subs from @geekypoet @cakeonme & @JoniMarieNewman

  69. Just linked this giveaway page on my fb wall!

  70. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    I liked Joni’s fb page!

  71. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    I liked Celine’s fb page!

  72. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    I had already liked Healthy Slow Cooker’s fb page!

  73. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    I followed Joni on twitter!

  74. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    I followed Celine on twitter!

  75. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    I liked Vegan Subs on its Amazon page (and added it to my Amazon wish list)!

  76. Mary Lou Sharp says:

    I linked to this giveaway page on Facebook!

  77. My fave sub: I sub eggs by combining chia seeds with water & letting it sit until a gel like substance forms

  78. just ta-weet-ed ta win!( I had already liked your Facebook page…..)

  79. I’m really enjoying silken tofu lately, as a sub for cream cheese and sour cream in baking.

  80. tweeted!

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