Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing Gena Hamshaw’sChoosing Raw a beautiful cookbook with photos from the talented Hannah Kaminsky. I remember when I started my blog, back when it was only on Tumblr, and I looked up to many awesome and successful vegan bloggers. One of the first people was Gena, and really, why wouldn’t she be? She has recipes that nourish your body but that aren’t intimidating and her narrative is supportive, informative and comforting. You will find all of her greatest attributes in this book!
One of the things that I love about the layout is that it’s broken down by ease of dishes and familiarity. This is great for the vegan-curious or new vegans out there that don’t really know where to start. There is a balanced mix of cooked vs. raw recipes, and plenty of ideas for snacks (I LOVE snacks!). Gena uses wholesome ingredients and has a variety of substitutions for you to use in dishes to make them healthier but not compromise on flavor.
I ended up making two recipes from her book, the Curried Chickpea & Carrot Salad and the Mango Chia Pudding. That may seem obvious seeing as how I love curry and have made many chia puddings for this blog! Both dishes were very good and came together in no time at all. I won’t even lie when I say that I was picking recipes based on what I had on-hand, further more, I had a hard time choosing because there were a lot that used everyday ingredients! I can’t wait to try more recipes from this book and share them with friends and family.
That Curried Chickpea & Carrot Salad really hit the spot, for me, so I’m sharing the recipe with you! Pro Tip: Make a wrap using the salad with spinach, green onion and sriracha; SO GOOD. Also, because Gena and her publisher are awesome, I’m giving a copy of Choosing Raw to one lucky winner! Just go to the Rafflecopter Widget at the end of the post to enter the giveaway.
Today, I am celebrating being done cooking for the cookbook that I’m doing photos for! Of course, I have about 700 photos to go through and edit, but that is beside the point. I seriously can’t believe that I did it, and with time to spare! The photography and food styling in this book is some of my best so far, so when that hard copy shows up it’ll be cool to see how it turned out. I just hope that I did the author justice.
To be honest, I’ve missed being a blogger these past two weeks; the interacting, recipes of my own, and even just looking at other blogs. I feel so out of the loop now! I can’t wait to get back into the groove of things, even though I’m not sure what that is at this point. There are some recipes and reviews that I’ll finally have time to post for y’all and I think that you’ll be stoked.
Now, for an awesome recipe! With this one, I accidentally found out that if you used black beans instead of chickpeas while making seitan they will make it have more of a steak-like appearance as opposed to chicken-like. I plan on using this to my advantage in the near future! But, now you know why my seitan looks a little different from its usual tan color.
I used Massel’s Chicken-Style Low Sodium Bouillon for this recipe and loved it! When mixed with water it creates a vegan broth that is a lot like it’s non-vegan chicken broth counterpart. I can’t wait to make a vegan chicken noodle soup or tortilla soup when the weather cools down, which should be interesting seeing as how Summer just started. Urgh.
Out of the few vegan products that I’ve tried by Massel, I would say that their bouillon granules are my favorite; they’re super convenient, low-sodium (so that I can control the flavor more), and they don’t take up precious space in my refrigerator. Plus, they’re packaged in what look like mini-paint cans! Ha ha.
Remember that giveaway I hinted at, in March? I wasn’t lying when I said that it was an awesome one! I was so excited when I found out that I’d have the chance to receive and review Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Cookbook. Oh She Glows was one of the first major vegan blogs that caught my eye when I was new to veganism. It’s filled with easy, delicious recipes and beautiful photos; plus her journey to being vegan is very inspirational.
Believe me when I say that her cookbook has all of that and more. Great for cooks of any level, beginner to expert, pleasing to all kinds of palates and lots of helpful information. Of course, I love that there are TONS of photos, all drool-worthy and taken by Angela. Because I had to drive off to Indio to start working for Coachella, I was only able to make two recipes. But, I really liked the ones that I did make!
Firstly, I made the Empowered Noodle Bowl with the Thai Peanut Sauce option, which was SUPER colorful and overflowing with veggies of all kinds. The flavors all worked well together and the sauce, oh the sauce was SO good!
The other recipe that I ended up making was the Gym Rat Smoothie; almost purely because of how easy it was to make and because I had all of the ingredients on hand. I have to say, I don’t usually add oats to my smoothies, but this drink was as tasty as it was filling. It will certainly be a regular in my kitchen!
You guys! It’s finally time! I posted about receiving a copy of Emily Von Euw’s new un-cookbook, Rawsome Vegan Baking, on instagram a few weeks ago and now I’m ready to share a delicious recipe from it with you. But, first, let me tell you a tid bit about what I think of this raw dessert masterpiece!
Firstly, Emily’s photos are incredibly beautiful and will definitely make you drool, and it seems like there is a photo for nearly every single recipe (which I love). She has sinful-looking cupcakes, tons o’ tarts and small-bite recipes that will healthily tide your sweet tooth over. The best part of all is that the recipes are mostly really easy to make! A couple use a dehydrator, but it’s nothing crazy.
So, if you’re thinking about dabbling in the art of Raw Dessert Making, you should definitely check this book out! Lucky for you, I’m giving a copy away to the fortunate reader that wins the contest below. Oh, and for the record, I made this recipe by halving it and placing it into two mini-tart pans. It was fantastic!
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
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