Hi, I’m Kris Holechek Peters and I am the author of four cookbooks, with two more on the way: The Damn Tasty! Vegan Baking Guide (2007, self-published, no longer in print), The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes (2009, Ulysses Press), Have Your Cake and Vegan Too (2011, Ulysses Press) and the I Heart Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook, with other vegan dessert related tomes due out in the fall of 2013 and summer of 2014. I am a vegan baking fool currently residing in St. Paul, MN. When I’m not baking, I’m reading, practicing yoga, writing or spending time with my fantabulous family. In addition to those activities, I am a music enthusiast, I play guitar and sing and I also like to fine-tune my Martha Stewart instincts via crafty projects that I rarely finish. I also enjoy reading books about pretty much everything. I’m a sucker for non-fiction. Things I like include: peanut butter and chocolate, fluffy kitty tummies and British television. Things I don’t like are: getting up-charged for soy milk at coffee shops or the Oxford comma.
I have been baking since the first moment I was allowed into the kitchen. My great-grandmother and my aunt were my foodie role models growing up and I learned countless lessons from them in the kitchen, both in relationship to the preparation of food and about food as communion. Our family life revolved around someone puttering around in the kitchen while everyone else sat around, chatting, laughing and sampling the cook’s inventions.
I believe in the importance of food to both family and culture, which is why creating mind-blowing vegan cuisine, specifically baking, has been so important to me. When we sit down with others and share food, a bond is formed. And if that food is lackluster, well, that’s just downright sad. Amazing vegan food is not only possible, it’s easy! Delicious food transforms skeptics from thinking, “Vegan cookies? Yuck, what’s in those? That’s gross.” to “Heck, these are great! What else you got?”
I believe that no lifestyle or food intolerance should keep people from having familiar treats nor should it keep them from sharing their treats with those around them. My end goal is to make things delicious, from scratch, and so authentic that no one can tell it’s “different”. However, mixed in there are plenty of healthy baked goods and regular foods to tie you over until the next special occasion when you bust out all of the fat and sugar.
This site is an archive, as I have stopped actively blogging as of the end of 2012. This doesn’t mean I’ve disappeared, as I’m continuing to craft tasty treats to share with you in upcoming books. As always, feel free to contact me.
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