The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Review and Contest

Angela Liddon’s  beautiful blog is packed with tons of recipes. The woman must be a cooking and writing machine. Given all the awards her blog has received, I’ll admit to being a little late to the party. So when I was contacted about reviewing her new cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook, I was happy to take a look.

 

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At first glance, the cover is very appealing. (Click on the picture for a larger view- it kept distorting on me when I tried to make it bigger. Mad computer skills, here.) It’s carrots after all! I have to mention the fonts on the cover and throughout the book, even though it’s a little geeky. They are very clear and easy to read, looking both direct and approachable at the same time. (That’s not as easy it sounds, by the way.) The book opens with an introduction that I’m guessing her faithful readers can just skip over, and then goes into pantry planning and kitchen equipment. Rest assured that you probably have most of Angela’s suggested tools for cooking. The only one I’m missing is a pastry roller. If you’re a baker, you probably have that, too.

Enough set-up, what really matters is the food, right? The book contains 100 recipes. It’s a large, weighty book, and I would have guessed it had more. The chapters break down like this:

  • Breakfast – can’t wait to try the Maple-Cinnamon Apple and Pear Baked Oatmeal
  • Smoothies, Juice and Tea – never been a big fan of smoothies, but maybe the Classic Green Monster will change my ways
  • Appetizers- if a cookbook can do the basics well, like Classic Hummus, it’s a good sign (trying this soon)
  • Salads -Long Weekend Grilled Salad (have to try this one, thanks to Grills Gone Vegan)
  • Soups – check below for my review of one of the soups
  • Entrees – and the same for an entree
  • Sides – and yes, once again….
  • Power Snacks – always a fan of roasted chickpeas, will have to give these a go
  • Desserts – Double-Layer Chocolate Fudge Cake is sure to be in my future
  • Homemade Staples -full of milks, flours, dressings, sauces, and more

I like Angela’s cooking style. While not a no-oil book (thankfully), it is a low-oil cookbook, which works well for how I like to cook. All-purpose flour is included, but the emphasis is on whole grain flours. Most of the sweeteners are more natural, but in a few cases, good old cane sugar is the one of choice. Overall, this feels like a common-sense approach to healthful eating- and most importantly, we enjoyed the recipes.

First up, we tried the Lightened-Up Crispy Baked Fries.  A simple recipe, these delivered. I did have to bake them longer than the recipe suggested, but my fries could have been larger as well. If the most basic recipes are a success, I always think the more complicated dishes will be, too.

From there, we tried the On the Mend Spiced Red Lentil-Kale Soup. I knew we’d like this since it’s got some of our favorite spices, such as cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, and more. I had to add carrots because it’s a house rule that soups almost always require carrots. The broth is flavorful and the soup is quick and flavorful.

Of course we had to try the Luxurious Tomat0-Basil Pasta. We practically live on tomatoes and basil in the summer. Creamy cashew sauce is tossed with onions, garlic, spinach, basil, and seasonings. Since we are months away from good tomatoes, we opted for the option of using canned diced tomatoes here. I did add a bit of vinegar to the cashew sauce, but otherwise, made the recipe as directed. It was a winner!

Now for the contest! All you have to do is comment on this post (any comment will do!) for your chance to win a copy, courtesy of the publisher. US shipping only, please (and sorry!). The drawing will be held on Monday, April 21st. Enter now! Be sure to check out Amey’s blog, Vegan Eats and Treats, for another chance to win!

 

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36 Comments

  1. Rusty M
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    OOOOHHHHHH oooooohhhhh sign me up please! Sounds delicious. Thanks.

  2. Posted April 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I agree, Angela’s blog is amazing. And this book looks incredible. A friend has it and I flipped through. Definitely coveting it!! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  3. Terri Cole
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. charj
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    I like Angela’s blog and would love to have a copy of her book.

  5. in2insight
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    How lucky is the cooking universe to have all these awesome new plant based books arriving with at a steady stream!
    I’m sure this one is as good as it looks.

    You know that my cooking heart belongs to you and VA! :)

  6. Rose
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  7. Adam
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Such a wide variety of recipes, and I saw some of the photography, gorgeous!

  8. Beth
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks for doing the review and giveaway! I love Angela’s blog, and I’m really looking forward to checking out her new cookbook. The Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta sounds delicious, and I’m especially excited about the salads, smoothies and power snacks chapters! :)

  9. Jill
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Woot! Sign me up!

  10. Kristi M
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Angela’s blog is amazing and I keep hearing wonderful things about her book too!

  11. Posted April 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Want cookbook. I sent to friend/mentor who turned me on to OSG blog–but I don’t have my own copy. ;-/ yet ^_^

  12. Anja
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I try to make at least one new recipe a week but I always end up going back to my favorites: banana muffin tops and the quinoa black bean salad. I would absolutely love to own the Oh She Glows Cookbook and continue trying new recipes!

  13. Malia M
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m a recent vegan athlete and would LOVE the opportunity to have this amazing resource! Fingers crossed you’ll pick me :)

  14. Natasha L
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Recipes sound great. This would be my first vegan cookbook. :)

  15. Jacqui Pappas
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I love her blog, and I really hope to win a copy of her book. (please, please, please!)

  16. Michele
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Dying to get my hands on a copy – top of my must have list!

  17. Michele
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    Dying to get my hands on a copy – top of my must have list!

  18. Michele
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Top of my most wanted list!

  19. Alissa Tahari
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I would be excited to win Angela’s cookbook. I love all of her recipes that I tried. She is just a genius when it comes to delicious vegan food. Loving her VOO, healthy cookies, and green monsters!

  20. Hannah
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Her Green Monster smoothie is a must, particularly if you’re not usually a fan. Looking forward to this book!

  21. carole
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I would love a chance to win this cookbook! The pasta dish looks delicious!

  22. tam
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I am so anxious to try more of Angela’s recipes…her Kale Quinoa Goddess Salad is one of our favorites!

  23. Jenn
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I heard her recipes are as yummy as the photography, but cannot say I tried any of them unfortunately.

  24. Dave
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway :-)

  25. kspar
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    that pasta looks divine!!

  26. Lyndsay O.
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Would love to check out the book. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  27. Sriraw
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy o the book! I looked through it at the bookstore and it looks fabulous!

  28. Becky
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m also waiting patiently for good tomatoes!

  29. Chely
    Posted April 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow! That Tomato-Basil pasta looks good. Can’t wait for summer and good tomatoes.

  30. krista.
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    The soup sounds great and I could eat that pasta up right now. Yum!

  31. KathyD
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    This would be a great addition to my cookbook collection. I wonder if it is possible to have too many???

  32. Lydia Claire
    Posted April 21, 2014 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    I really want to win this book and I’m excited to find your website! I’ll start following you on Bloglovin. =)

  33. Corrine
    Posted April 21, 2014 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Thank you for hosting this contest!

  34. Posted April 21, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Ooooh here I am! Maybe I’ll get lucky this time :-)

  35. Posted April 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I’d love a copy of this cookbook! Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

  36. Tina
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I checked this out from my local library to review and it is AMAZING. I’d love to have a copy of my very own.

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