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Pastry chef, culinary instructor, and cookbook author, Fran Costigan is internationally renowned as the authority on vegan desserts. But don’t let the label mislead you; while her sweets are absent of dairy, eggs, white sugar, and cholesterol, they prove no less memorable than the best classically-made treats.
Trained at the New York Restaurant School and Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a chef in both traditional and vegan pastry kitchens before moving into teaching over 20 years ago. For over 20 years she has instructed home cooks and professionals in the art of transforming traditional desserts into luscious vegan versions that satisfy all dietary preferences Her lively classes include the unique in the world, Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®.
Fran’s latest book, Vegan Chocolate Dessert: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts (Running Press 2013) is for all who madly, deeply love chocolate desserts, whether or not dietary considerations are an issue. It follows More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally (Book Publishing Company 2006).
Fran has been featured on Discovery TV, demonstrating her celebrated “Chocolate Cake to Live For,” and on Better TV and ABC’s Nightline with her “Healthy Organic Vegan Twinkies.” Her work has been profiled in print and online media including VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Vegetarian Living, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Professional Pastry Chef, Café Sweets Japan, and Organic Spa.
An advisory board member of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods, Fran is a professional member of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and New York Culinary Historians.