I must start this off with an apology to my regular readers (if you’re still there). This is my first post since November. I had every intention of taking a brief hiatus for December, but I did not intend to leave you hanging for January and February. A clumsy fall resulted in a broken right (dominant) hand just before Christmas. Just after the new year, I had surgery. Thus, my extended hiatus. Good news is I’m (almost) good as new and I’m excited to be back!
When my one of my vegan idols, Angela Liddon (author of The Oh She Glows blog and cookbook), asked me to participate in her virtual cookbook tour, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been waiting for her cookbook to come out FOREVER and it’s finally HERE! I’m honored that Angela asked me to participate because this girl is a vegan (and blogging) superstar. I have relied on her amazing recipes (here are a few) since I first went vegan two years ago. In fact, my second blog post ever (first recipe test post) was one of Angela’s recipes (don’t look, it’s embarrassing). What I love about her is that she doesn’t post a recipe unless it’s truly fabulous. Same goes for this cookbook. I have absolutely no doubt that there isn’t one recipe in the book that I won’t love (except maybe the beet salad ;). I’m tellin’ ya–she’s got skills.
I can’t even begin to imagine what an undertaking it must be to create such a beautiful cookbook from cover to cover. It is completely chock-full of hearty recipes that herbivores and omnivores alike will love. And each one is made with real, whole food ingredients (love that!). There’s a wide range of quick and easy recipes, as well as some that are more involved (but nothing a beginner can’t handle). Being a graphic designer, I am critical when it comes to visual details. The Oh She Glows Cookbook passes with flying colors. The food photography (all done by Angela, herself) is gorgeous and the layout is clean and easy to read/follow. Might I just mention that there are over 100 vegan recipes (most of which are gluten-free and soy-free) and nearly all of them have a photo!
Angela even went the extra mile by including allergy information for each recipe–indicating whether it is gluten-free, soy-free, grain-free, nut-free, sugar-free, oil-free and/or no bake/raw. She also includes notes on how to adapt certain recipes to make them nut-free or grain-free, for example. Pretty sure she thought of everything. There’s even a chapter called My Natural Foods Pantry, which details her most commonly used ingredients.
It’s your lucky day. Not only can you enter the giveaway below to win a copy of The Oh She Glows Cookbook, but I’ve also got a freebie for ya right here. A vegan, gluten-free recipe from the cookbook! The Empowered Noodle Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce is an easy, quick recipe that you can whip up in no time. In the book, there’s also a second (nut-free) dressing option (Orange-Maple Miso Dressing), which I haven’t yet tried but it sounds wonderful.
No surprise here–this wholesome recipe is a winner. It has great texture and amazing flavor! And it’s so easy to make. The recipe calls for soba (buckwheat) noodles, but I’ve never had much luck with them so I used quinoa pasta instead.
So, here’s the bottom line. Whether you’re vegan or not, if you’re looking for a great cookbook full of inventive, decadent, delicious, wholesome, healthy, allergy-friendly recipes, this is your book. One of my other vegan idols, Dreena Burton, is quoted on the back cover as saying, “If you can choose only one cookbook this year–Oh She Glows is it!” And that’s coming from an author of FIVE amazing vegan cookbooks.
Here are just a few of the many recipes from The Oh She Glows Cookbook that I can’t wait to try: Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters, Sunrise Scramble with Roasted Home Fries and Avocado Toast, Out-the-Door Chia Power Doughnuts, Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip, Mushroom-Walnut Pesto Tart, Perfected Chickpea Salad Sandwich, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas, Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta, Marinated Italian Mushrooms, Classic Glo Bar, Cacao Crunch Almond Butter-Banana Bites, Homemade Yolos and Crispy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. One word–yum.
Recipe reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014. Affiliate links included in this post.