Canada Cleans Up at World’s First Vegan Cookbook Competition

The fourth annual International Vegan Film Festival (IVFF), which took place virtually this year from October 30–November 14, has announced winners for the world’s first vegan cookbook competition. In a clean sweep for cookbook authors north of the border all three winning books came from Canadian authors.

Judges from the International Vegan Film Festival took to their kitchens to put vegan cookbook entries from around the world to the test. Twenty judges were selected from the Festival’s social media followers. Each judge was given 2-3 vegan cookbooks and was asked to cook a minimum of three recipes per cookbook.

The judges rated each cookbook in 8 categories including Photos: How appealing & accurate? Ingredients: Easy to find? and Taste: Love it? Would you make the recipes for friends?

Vegan Cookbook Winners

1st Place – “Dreena’s Kind Kitchen” by Dreena Burton

Dreena's Kind Kitchen

From veteran vegan cookbook author Dreena Burton comes a collection of 100 dependable and delicious plant-based recipes that everyone will love.

With helpful guidance on techniques, time-saving tips, and suggestions for repurposing leftovers into delicious new dishes, this dependable resource will boost your cooking confidence and help you find success in your own plant-powered kitchen.

I really liked the simplicity of these recipes. I think this would be a book I would come back to again and again. Everything was really easy to follow and the recipes came together quickly. The pictures were simple and accurate.

– Judge’s Statement

2nd Place – “Liv B’s Easy Everyday” by Olivia Biermann

Liv B's Easy Everyday Vegan Cookbook

Liv B’s Easy Everyday is a new collection of 100 vegan recipes that are tastier and easier than ever. Everything in this cookbook is made with either five ingredients, or in one pot, or on a sheet pan.

You’ll use less kitchen equipment and less effort, giving you more space to exhale in your already busy day. (We are biased, but we LOVE Liv B. and her vegan cookbooks as well!)

LOVED this cookbook. Easy, quick recipes. This would be a great recipe book for anyone new to vegan food and also a great book for experienced vegans who don’t have a lot of time to get food on the table.

– Judge’s Statement

3rd Place – “Fast Easy Cheap Vegan” by Sam Turnbull

Fast Easy Cheap Vegan Cookbook

From the bestselling author of Fuss-Free Vegan and creator of the blog, It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, comes her eagerly awaited second cookbook.

Sam is cooking even simpler vegan comfort food – on a budget, with fewer ingredients, and in 30 minutes or less!

Good photos, easy to follow. Advice on making ahead and/or quick tips. Great book for new cooks, students etc. Good general info on following a vegan diet, interesting recipes.

– Judge’s Statement

About the International Vegan Film Festival

The IVFF, an incorporated not-for-profit, is a trailblazing event dedicated to celebrating the vegan ideal: a healthier, more compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle that can be achieved by consuming plants and animal-free alternatives.

It hosted its inaugural Festival in 2018 and continues to host a variety of film contests, a vegan cookbook contest, and a photo essay contest.

Not only does IVFF showcase the talents of extraordinary filmmakers, but it also serves as a crucial link connecting the global community of vegans and inspiring non-vegans to make kinder and more informed food choices.


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