BOOK REVIEW: Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

BOOK REVIEW: Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Full of vegan recipes, and also mostly gluten-free, the Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz serves up some easy to make and delicious dishes.

BOOK REVIEW: Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz


Minimalist Baker

Started in 2012, The Minimalist Baker is an online community developed from a blog devoted to simplistic cooking. Dana Shultz is the recipe developer, content creator, and food photographer behind Minimalist Baker. Her recipe philosophy is for easy to make and delicious food, which all fall into one of these three categories:

  • 30 minutes or less to prepare,
  • 1 bowl or 1 pot to cook,
  • or uses 10 ingredients or less.


There are several key features to highlight in the Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking.

  • Firstly, there are 101 entirely vegan recipes, most of which are also gluten-free.
  • The recipes cover breakfast, sides and appetizers, mains, desserts, and drinks too.
  • There are colour photos for every recipe. Sounds like the norm but it’s very common for many cookbooks not have photos for every recipe. I love this as I am very visual when it comes to tempting me to try a recipe!
  • At the start of the book, there is a section on Resources. It specifically covers how-tos and vegan cooking resources. This is super handy, covering how to make ingredients for recipes in the book such as flax eggs and vegan parmesan. There are also details about methods of preparation such as soaking cashews.
  • At the back of the book, there is nutrition information for every recipe. Very handy if you are after details such as calorie, total fat, fibre, sugar and protein content.
  • And finally, the cookbook caters for you wherever you are in the world by detailing both imperial and metric measurements.

Review of Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Schultz

I really love all the noted features highlighted above, from the photos to the ingredient recipes to the how-tos. The added details are so handy!

But let’s be honest. The real key to the success of a cookbook is how good the food tastes. And happy to say that everything we have tried so far is super tasty!

There are added notes to many of the recipes, with adjustments you can make either for taste, texture or ingredient substitutes. Another added detail of the book I that I love.

Here are some of the recipes we tested:

Ginger Colada Green Smoothie

This smoothie may look unassuming but it is so amazingly delicious! It’s super zingy and so refreshing. So much yum, we highly recommend trying this one!

BOOK REVIEW: Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Thai Quinoa Meatballs

They are quite rich but if you love peanut butter, you will love these Thai Quinoa Meatballs. These nutty “meatballs” topped with the tasty peanut sauce match well with the freshness of the carrot and a squeeze of lime. I also served them up with some jasmine rice.

BOOK REVIEW: Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Dip

This dip is so full of delicious goodies! I served it up with blue corn chips and it made a super afternoon tea!

BOOK REVIEW: Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Peanut Butter Cup Puffed Rice Bars

Like a homemade salty and sweet candy bar, these were a big hit and a real treat!

BOOK REVIEW: Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Balsamic + Pomegranate Roasted Sweet Potato Spears

These sweet potato wedges are served with a delicious twist of balsamic reduction, pomegranate, and a cumin and cinnamon spiced pecan nut crumble.

BOOK REVIEW: Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Beet + Green Apple Yogurt Smoothie

A different take to mine on a power-packed beetroot smoothie, this one also great any time of the day but especially for the active before training!


Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Schultz is a beautiful cookbook, full of delicious recipes, full-page photos, handy tips and notes complete for the plant-based or gluten-free foodie. There are so many recipes to keep you and your family excited with new dishes. I’m eager to still keep working through the book too!

You can purchase a hard covered version of Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Schultz from Biome Stores here. With less than 2 weeks to go, it would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift for the foodie Mum and you still have time to order online!

Also recommended: Deliciously Ella with Friends by Ella Mills

If you already have this one and are interested in another plant-based cookbook, take a look at my review of Deliciously Ella with Friends” by Ella Mills (Woodward). I absolutely love this cookbook and highly recommend it not only to plant-based foodies but to all food lovers and those looking for healthy whole food recipes. You can also purchase this book from Biome Stores here.

*Disclaimer: Active + Nourished received a copy of “Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking” by Dana Schultz to review by Biome Eco Stores. Active + Nourished is also a Biome Eco Stores affiliate. This means that if you choose to purchase through these links we will receive a small commission from the sale. There is no extra cost to you. This will assist in the development and maintenance of the Active + Nourished website.

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