The Oh She Glows Cookbook Review + Giveaway! [Virtual Book Tour]
If someone were to rule the vegan blogging community, it would be Angela Liddon. She started writing OhSheGlows in 2008, where she began documenting her recovery from a decade long eating disorder and transition to a plant-based vegan diet. In doing so not only did she gain thousands of readers, she also achieved a healthy relationship with food again. I have read Angela’s blog for years, and am so delighted to review her first (and hopefully not last) cookbook; The Oh She Glows Cookbook (below is the Canadian cover. The American cover looks different, but the content is the same).
The Oh She Glows Cookbook promises recipes to make you glow from the inside out, and boy does it deliver this promise! Angela does a fantastic job of delivering what we know and love about her blog in book form. As always Angela’s photography is gorgeous and not at all sparse; the book has over 100 colour photos that are sure to make your mouth water. Angela’s food philosophy of eating wholesome plant-based foods made from real ingredients shines through; you won’t find anything fake in here! As a faithful reader, I also really appreciated how Angela was able to incorporate her writing voice throughout the book; each recipe has a description, some of which made me laugh out loud!
“Whether you are a vegan or you simply want to incorporate a few vegan meals into your week, I’m confident the recipes in this cookbook will have a positive impact on your health and well-being” -Angela Liddon
I couldn’t agree more what with Angela wrote in the book’s introduction. The Oh She Glows Cookbook is packed with over 100 recipes; some are tried-and-true favourites from the blog and many are brand new to us! The cookbook is great for seasoned vegans, and plant-based explorers alike, as Angela provides explanation about preparation and thoughtful ingredient substitutions throughout the book. There is also a great mix of quick-and-easy (like Effortless Vegan Overnight Oats) and more labour-intensive recipes (like Chilled Chocolate-Espresso Torte with Toasted Hazelnut Crust); whatever your life is like there’s a recipe for everyone!
The cookbook is divided into chapters covering every meal and occasion including: Breakfast, Smoothies, Juice & Tea, Appetizers, Salads, Soup, Entrees, Sides, Power Snacks, Desserts, and Homemade Staples. The book also includes a guide to a natural foods pantry, highlights of useful kitchen tools and gadgets, and a basic cooking chart for culinary convenience. While reading through the cookbook I took notes of the recipes I want to try; the list is three and a half pages long!
I can truly attest to the deliciousness that this cookbook can create. As a long time reader of Angela’s blog, I have made and remade many of her recipes countless times. Among some of my tried-and-true favourites included in the book are the Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge, Classic Green Monster, and Butternut Squash with Almond-Pecan Parmesean. I made a point to try some of Angela’s new offerings as well namely the Walnut, Avocado & Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps & Red Onion, and the Quick and Easy Chana Masala. Both were delicious and suited omnivores, vegans, and nut-avoiders alike! Angela has kindly allowed me to share with you the recipe for the delicious aforementioned curry; I know you’ll love it!
Quick and Easy Chana Masala
Serves 4. Prep time: 15-20 minutes. Cook time: 20 minutes.
1 tbsp. (15ml) coconut oil or olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tbsp. (15 ml) minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon (15 ml) minced peeled fresh ginger
1 green serrano chile pepper, seeded, if preferred, and minced
1 1/2 tsp. garam masala
1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
3/4 tsp. fine-grain sea salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
1 (28 oz/793-g) can whole peeled or diced tomatoes, with their juices
1 (28 oz/793-g) can chickpeas, or 3 cups (750 ml) cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup (250 ml) dry-uncooked basmati rice, for serving (cooked according to package)
Fresh lemon juice, for serving
Fresh cilantro, for serving
- In a large wok or saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles upon hitting the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cumin seeds. Stir and toast the seeds for a minute or two until fragrant, watching to avoid burning.
- Raise the heat to medium and stir in the onion, garlic, ginger, and serrano. Cook for a few minutes or so, then stir in the garam masala, coriander, turmeric, salt, and cayenne (if using), and cook for 2 minutes more.
- Add the whole peeled tomatoes and their juices and break them apart with a wooden spoon (skip if using diced tomatoes). You can leave some chunks of tomato for texture.
- Raise the heat to medium-high and add the chickpeas. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or longer to allow flavours to develop.
- Serve over cooked basmati rice, if desired, and garnish with a squeeze of lemon juice and some chopped cilantro just before serving.
Tips: To thicken the tomato gravy, place a ladle of the curry in a mini processor and process until almost smooth. Stir this back into the curry to thicken. For a grain-free curry option, serve the chana masala atop a baked potato.
Don’t you just want to get cooking right away? I know I have a ton of recipes on my list to try, namely Angela’s Glo Bars (if only I could track down Rice Crisp cereal in Kingston!). One lucky reader in the United States or Canada will be award their own copy of The OhSheGlows Cookbook, simply by entering with the Rafflecopter widget below; the winner will be announced next Friday! If you simply can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, you can order the book off Amazon, or pick up a copy at your local bookstore!
From The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon.Copyright © Angela Liddon, 2014. Reprinted by permission of Penguin Canada Books Inc. Photography credit for recipe: Angela Liddon Photography credit for author head shots: Dave Biesse Disclaimer: I was not compensated to review The OhSheGlows Cookbook, although a copy was provided to me for review. All opinions are my own.