If you ever had the opportunity to meet my family, you would find any Happy Herbivore book an unusual choice. I was excited to read Happy Herbivore Holidays and Gatherings though. While I am not against eating meat, I could do without it at most meals. I find nothing wrong with tossing in a plant based side dish to my family's holiday meals.
I knew the book would be good when I saw the recipe for cranberry sauce. The ingredients are fresh cranberries, sweetener, and an orange (plus some water). By sweetener the recipe means a few tablespoons of maple syrup. I could easily eat cranberry sauce with no sweetener, but I do add a little for the sake of others.
The recipes are divided into sections by holiday/occasion. While not everything would appeal to my family, the cowboy caviar in the New Year's Eve section would be a hit with everyone. The Homemade Spaghetti Ohs would be a good thing for W and much healthier than the canned variety. I am anxious to try the Cola Barbecue Sauce.
Is this cookbook for everyone? No. I do think it has a wide enough variety of recipes that those looking into a plant based diet would be interested. I think someone who is already an herbivore would get the most use out of the cookbook. It gives me some ideas for incorporating meatless and vegan meals.
disclosure: I received this e-book from NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions are my own!