questions and answers with annie taylor
what was the inspiration for as sweet as can be?
I created As Sweet As Can Be to help animals. My hope is that the cookbook will inspire others to adopt a humane diet by dispelling the common misperception that eating a plant-based diet means deprivation. It is possible to be vegan and still enjoy favorite foods as long as those foods are prepared with plant rather than animal-based ingredients. What better way to showcase the taste and indulgence possibilities of the vegan diet than a 100% plant-based cookbook that humanely reimagines iconic American candies.
what sets As sweet as can be apart from other candy cookbooks?
As Sweet As Can Be replaces milk, cream, butter, gelatin, egg whites, and other animal-based ingredients commonly found in conventionally prepared candies with plant-based alternatives which, with a little vegan ingenuity and know-how, can serve the same culinary ends. As the cookbook demonstrates, it is possible to make nougat, taffy, fudge, caramel, pralines, gummy bears, toffee, lollipops, candy bars, and other sweets, including the most popular American candy bars, without using ingredients that harm animals. The recipes make candies that look the same, taste the same, and are often prepared in ways that are very similar to conventional candies, without their guilt-driven bitter aftertaste.
What else makes the cookbook unique?
The cookbook’s unique design and format also set it apart from other books of its genre. As Sweet As Can Be is much more than a collection of recipes, as the first part of the book is a comprehensive primer both on vegan ingredients and proper candy-making techniques. The cookbook is also visually enchanting. Most of the 132 recipes have an accompanying illustration that captures the charm and whimsy of candy, and the book is sprinkled with cartoons, animal rights philosophy, and simple tips on how we can build a kinder, gentler world for animals. This important information is presented in a fun and engaging way. After all, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”