Monday, November 17, 2014

The Oh She Glows Cookbook Review

Angela Liddon is one of the most famous bloggers in the vegan blogger world and we all knew she'd eventually write a vegan cookbook. She started her Oh She Glows blog back in 2008 to write about her recovery from an eating disorder and the amazing transformation food made in her life. Fast forward to today and she has published The Oh She Glows Cookbook that has made the New York Times bestseller list.

The book's introduction is her story and how she came to write this book. Then she talks about the foods that she stocks her pantry with along with her favorite kitchen tools and equipment. The recipes are divided in to 10 chapters from breakfast to desserts.

I tried four of them and I have to say that this book became one of my favorite cookbooks instantly. I absolutely love cashew cream, that is cream made from cashews, but I rarely make it on my own. She uses it in so many of her dishes and it really makes the meals.

The first one I tried was the Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta. For what looked like a simple pasta dish, it was exploding with flavor. The creamy cashew cream draped around the fusilli noodles and wrapped them like a gentleman in a trenchcoat. The tomatoes and spinach along with the fresh basil brought the flavor while the nutritional yeast added cheesiness. This simple meal turned into a gourmet feast in no time.

The next one I tried was the Crowd-Pleasing Tex-Mex Casserole. And crowd pleasing it was -- at least to Chris and me. Think of wild rice tossed with corn, tomatoes, spinach and black beans and topped with cheese and tortilla chips. That, my friend, is a Mexican fiesta in a casserole. What made this dish complete though was the Cashew Sour Cream -- this stuff is to die for.

Next, I tried the Perfected Chickpea Salad Sandwich, which is loaded with chickpeas, celery, green onions, dill pickle, and red bell peppers. You take all these deliciously crunchy ingredients and mash them up with some vegan mayo, herbs, and spices, and voila! you get a tuna-salad-like sandwich that tastes so much better. Serve it on grainy, toasted bread with a fresh dill pickle.

Lastly, I tried the Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup. This soup meshes traditional garlic and ginger with cauliflower, spinach, red lentils, and sweet potatoes to produce a healthy, flavorful, and satisfying meal. This is one hearty soup that will warm you up on a chilly day.

All of the recipes indicate if they are gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free, or grain-free. The best part of the entire cookbook though is the incredible photography. I mean, there are pictures for almost every dish that make you want to make everything in this book. Angela is a rockstar as far as cookbook writers go and I think this will be one of my favorite cookbooks for years to come. And for under $15 on Amazon, it is quite a steal. Get yours now here.

Full Disclosure: Although the cookbook was provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

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