Angela Liddon’sÂ 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.
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.Â 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!