Foodie Fridays: Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

Minimalist Baker Everyday Cooking

One of my favourite food blogs for years now has to be Minimalist Baker. The vegan blog features easy-to-make recipes that have universally turned out scrumptious in my household, with ingredients that are a snap to pick up. Plus that ‘Minimalist’ in the title isn’t just for show – Dana Shultz, the wizard behind the recipes – commits to at least one of the following three requirements for every dish: It’s ready in 30 minutes or less, It uses 10 ingredients or less, or it only requires one bowl.

Between cooking my way through large chunks of the Minimalist Baker blog (as well as their downloadable e-book cookbook of 30 meals) I was super jazzed to see a full-length cookbook was on the way, especially since every single item is photographed (a must-have in my world). The book doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel in terms of how its structured or the recipes’ format – a pretty standard lineup of breakfast, appetizers / sides, soups / salads, mains and of course, baking are included – but I promise that you’ll find a recipe or 10 to fall in love with.

Minimalist Baker Recipes

I’ve been testing out a bunch of recipes from this cookbook over the last few weeks (disclaimer: I’m so not a food stylist) and I have nary a complaint (other than the typeface for the ingredients is a tiny bit small – double check to see if that 1/2 cup is actually 1/4!) Everything I’ve made has been tremendously tasty and pretty simple to make. While I love some of my other vegan cookbooks like Oh She Glows, I often get turned off by recipes that will take forever or just seem complex. Everything here? Totally achievable. Some of my faves so far have to be that nutty / sweet / spicy Garlic Pineapple Stir-Fried Quinoa that simulates fried rice but is way healthier, as well as the simple vegan Kale Caesar Salad I whipped up. I also love that the book includes nutritional info so I can feel extra good about the nutrients I’m getting!

All in all I’m happy (but not surprised) to say that I highly recommend this cookbook. If you’ve dipped a toe into the vegan cooking pool because of this blog, or if you were swayed by other runaway vegan cookbook successes like Skinny Bitch or Oh She Glows, then my friends, you’ve got to pick this one up. At the very least, visit the Minimalist Baker blog and try out a recipes there, fall in love, and then cook away!

Oh and while we’re at it, how about a bonus entry into my BIG Hillberg & Berk giveaway? Tell me in the comments below – are you interested in this yumtastic cookbook?

36 Responses to “Foodie Fridays: Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking”
  1. AnnieP says:

    I am interested because my brother switched to a vegan diet about a year ago and this would be a great gift for him.

  2. aketch says:

    Although we enjoy a great piece of steak from time to time, I have been turning to vegan cooking especially on weekdays. I have Oh She Glows, and this book looks fantastic too.

  3. My daughter was vegetarian for most of her teenage years. It would be good to incorporate vegan back into our cooking

  4. Joan G. says:

    Even though I’m not a vegetarian, I do eat vegan at times. I’m always interested in new ideas and quick, few ingredients and 1 dish makes it that much more appealing.

  5. Luisa says:

    I am not vegan but these recipes and the ones on the blog look amazing! I definitely would be interested in trying new recipes from this book!

  6. redlizzy1 says:

    Definitely interested in this book. Simple and delicious. Count me in. I am now following Dana on FB, Twitter and IG. Thanks for introducing us 🙂

  7. pinksuzanne says:

    This cookbook sounds very interesting but I probably would not buy the book. I did go check out the blog and signed up for the email’s as there are great recipes there I will be trying out.

  8. Tracy D says:

    30 minutes or less sounds perfect for me! I find it hard to buy recipe books though, when so many recipes are readily available online..

  9. intensev5 says:

    I would love to find some new recipes

  10. Heather Swanson says:

    my daughter would like this cookbook

  11. I really love switching things up all the time…I’m into mushroom burgers, vegi burgers, curried anything. I’ll definitely be looking into ” Minimalist Baker” Cookbook the less time to prepare the more time to enjoy!

  12. binabug says:

    quite honestly not my thing but my daughter loves to eat vegan!! thanks for the bonus entry

  13. diane says:

    I am definitely interested in this book.

  14. Alyssa says:

    I am interested in this cookbook! I’m not a very good cook but I’m always looking for yummy recipes that are easy to make!

  15. Victoria Ess says:

    These recipes seem right up my alley!

  16. Anne Derkat says:

    Yes, I’d be very interested in the book.

  17. I’ve come across the blog a few times. I think I’ve even tried some recipes. I do like it. I’m not a vegan, but I’d like to learn to make better food, and think that I could learn some things from the book.

  18. Erin W says:

    I’ve heard a lot about the Minimalist Baker, I’d love to try some of her recipes!

  19. bkick1 says:

    Although I am not a Vegan, I am very interested to look through this book and try some new recipes.

  20. katydidit21 says:

    I have always been intimidated by Vegan cookbooks but think that I will have a look at the website and maybe try a recipe or two.

  21. Julie Palmese says:

    I’m gradually switching over to this way of eating. No red meat right now. Could use some guidance.

  22. Jolie says:

    I’m trying to cut down on meat and animal products so it’s definitely interesting for me 🙂

  23. Linda Richter says:

    I am trying to break my cook book buying habit, I have a multitude of them! Definitely interested in the blog though.

  24. Kim K says:

    Yes! I love cookbooks and healthy eating!

  25. Giselle says:

    I’m always intimidated by unusual and multiple ingredients in vegan cooking so this sounds like a great book for me! I’ll be looking into buying it! Thanks for the recommendation!

  26. Aimee says:

    I’d like to read it. Great pictures

  27. Alison K says:

    Bonus Add a Little Sparkle/Hillberg & Berk Entry: I’m interested in this yumtastic cookbook, considering it’s got the word “minimalist” in the title 🙂 Would have to score a copy! Thanks

  28. Sherry Kinnear says:

    Yes, this seems like just the food I like to eat and easy, too.

  29. Lindsey says:

    This sounds like a great cookbook. I’m always looking for new healthy recipes

  30. Susan says:

    I am interested in eating healthfully and using simple recipes!

  31. cookie3 says:

    I’m very interested in this cookbook. My son in law is a vegan & I’m always at a loss as to what to make when he comes over.

  32. Shelley N says:

    I love that the recipes are simpler. So often vegetarian cookbooks have recipes with a bizillion ingredients so I never bother since it is too much work. Will definitely check out the blog. Probably would not buy the cookbook unless it was as a gift for my vegan brother. bonus entry thanks

  33. Donnas says:

    The book sounds interesting and I like the minimalist part. But I’m neither vegetarian nor vegan

  34. janicour says:

    I browsed through the recipes and there are a few that would be on my list. I would love this book!

  35. Lisa S says:

    I would love this cookbook! The Minimalist Baker is one of my favorite e-newsletters, they have such great (and healthy) ideas!

  36. 9recipes says:

    Thanks for your sharing! Love your post!

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