Growing up, one of my favorite memories was cooking with my family on long weekends and learning how simple raw ingredients could be transformed into something completely new and delicious. As I grew older, I became more involved in the process and gradually began experimenting with recipes on my own.

When the lockdown first began in 2020, we stopped going out for dinner to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Although good food was a part of it, it was also about the experience – anticipating flavorful food styled to perfection with ambient lighting and soft music in the background. When my parents' anniversary came up, I wanted to recreate a restaurant experience for them in our dining room – I set up the table, designed a menu, cooked new recipes, styled every dish, and even printed a fake receipt. My parents really enjoyed that experience and encouraged me to continue experimenting with new recipes and food styling. This was the genesis for the recipes in my cookbook.

Around the same time, I was gaining more awareness of the impacts of food choices on environmental sustainability, so I started adapting my recipes to be vegan. With this came several challenges as the alternatives for many non-vegan ingredients didn't always combine to create the intended flavors. After several rounds of trial and error, I eventually hit upon the right combination of vegan ingredients such that the final dish was almost indistinguishable from its non-vegan counterparts. This book contains a themed selection of globally inspired cuisine presented as vegan pre-set meals with appetizers, entreés, sides, and desserts. These recipes are meant for all skill levels and can be served á la carte if desired. I hope that this book will help elevate your meals through an immersion of flavors, visually appealing food presentation, and a gratifying culinary experience. Enjoy!

Click here to buy my cookbook on Amazon – all proceeds will be donated to support humanitarian causes. Vegan Elevated is a collection of six pre-set menus that boast impressive yet simple-to-make dinner recipes for those special family occasions or cozy dinner parties. From appetizers and soups to decadent desserts, these pre-set menus are sure to tickle your tastebuds and stimulate your visual senses with aesthetically plated food.

Behind-the-scenes image of photography and styling, and table setting with Italian menu:


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