Healthy, happy blog

Since I loaned my vegan cookbooks to my cousin eight months ago—who has yet to crack one open (ahem, ahem)—I've had to turn elsewhere for recipe inspiration. SoCal-based Kathy Patalsky's vegan-recipe blog offers plenty of reasons to put the brakes on that guilt trip. Well, for now (I got my eye on you, kid!). Patalsky began blogging in 2006, and her crown jewel is her Healthy. Happy. Life. site (, where she posts appetizing concoctions with elegantly styled photos, which she shoots herself. She is obsessed with maple, so expect to see it frequently, especially in savory dishes, like the Maple-Pumpkin White Bean Quesadilla. And her cache of sweet-treat instructions will cause an exciting sugar—make that an agave high. I mean, Cake Batter Truffles, anyone? She published 365 Vegan Smoothies (Avery Trade, $20) last year, and will release a new cookbook in 2015.