Free Cookbook: Vegan Survival Guide for the Holidays

©. Jerry James Stone

Ed Begley, Jr., and Jerry James Stone want to help you bring some gourmet cuisine to your holiday gatherings, vegan style.

When you make a choice to eat a certain diet, or even to just adopt some guidelines about the foods you choose to eat, it can be a great decision for you, in terms of your health or your budget. But for your friends and relations, it can seem like a royal pain for them to make sure they're serving foods you can eat, and holiday gatherings and events that center around eating can take on a whole new twist.

I've been vegan for about 16 years now, and I've never regretted it once (OK, just that one time), because I've experienced some great health benefits since making that choice. It's not too terribly difficult to transition over to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, but it's not exactly easy either, especially if your idea of being a vegetarian means eating only carrot sticks or cheese pizza or PB&J; sandwiches every day. After all, you don't want to show up to a holiday meal with your family and only eat the salad and appetizers, and you don't want to bring a dish that looks more like it belongs in the compost pile than the dinner table.

Thanks to a couple of veg-friendly guys, Ed Begley, Jr. (vegan for 22 years) and Jerry James Stone (vegetarian for 25 years), you don't have to be "that guy" at Thanksgiving, because they've put together a collection of 15 fabulous vegan recipes that aim to help you make gourmet vegan food that looks as good as it tastes, and they're giving it away for free.

Ed Begley, Jr. and Jerry James Stone

© Jerry James Stone
The recipes in the Vegan Survival Guide for the Holidays run the gamut from appetizers to cocktails to side dishes to desserts, and includes cooking tips and more.

"After 22 years of being a vegan under my ‘canvas’ belt, I’m ready to share some of my survival skills with you. These recipes will help you navigate all those holiday tables covered with hams and turkeys." - Ed Begley, Jr.

Some of the recipes included in this e-cookbook are Roasted Brussels Sprouts Mac n Cheese, No-Bake Pumpkin Crème Brulee, Bourbon Braised Carrots, and Roasted Apple and Squash Soup, which can probably help turn a boring vegan Thanksgiving into a gourmet feast where nobody even remembers that everything is completely vegan.

poached pear

© Jerry James Stone

"I wanted to create mouth-watering food that everyone would love. It’s food that celebrates the season with classic dishes. From appetizers, soups and salads to sides, desserts and event cocktails, I’ve got you covered." - Jerry James Stone

To get your copy of this free vegan e-cookbook, head over to Cooking Stoned.