A vegan diet is that which omits the use of animal produce altogether, including eggs, dairy and, for many vegans, honey. It's a common misconception that the vegan diet can be restrictive or repetitive – vegan cooking actually allows for a lot of creativity, whether adapting dishes using vegan substitute ingredients or developing entirely new ideas altogether. This collection of Italian vegan recipes showcases such creativity, with a range of dishes including vegan risottos and salads to decadent vegan desserts.
The Costardi Brothers' Garlic and chilli risotto recipe relies simply on the natural creamy texture of carnaroli rice with no need for the addition of butter or cheese, while Fabrizio Marino adds creaminess to his Vegan gazpacho recipe with a sophisticated smoked celeriac purée. The chef also puts vegetable 'creams' to good use in his striking Vegan tiramisu recipe, with a fennel cream layered alongside dark chocolate mousse, while his vibrant vegan cake recipe uses vegetable oil, lemon juice and soya milk in place of butter and eggs.