I always seem to need a bit of a break after VeganMoFo, and this year that break lasted a few months. But I’m back with two giveaways.
The first is for two cookbooks by Terry Hope Romero. I was lucky enough to win a prize pack from Terry’s publisher, Da Capo Lifelong Books, which included signed copies of Vegan Eats World, Veganomicon, and Viva Vegan! I already own Veganomicon and Viva Vegan!, so I thought I’d pass these two along to others.
Some of the recipes I cook over and over come from Veganomicon. Whenever I ask my husband what he’d like for dinner, the answer is inevitably chickpea cutlets. Every Thanksgiving, I bring Smlove pie to share with the family. And when I make cornbread, it’s the recipe from Veganomicon. This book is a workhorse. Along with the recipes, there’s a good-sized section on how to cook just about any vegetable, grain, or bean imaginable, including tips on barbecuing.
This cookbook is a little newer, but it’s also become one of my most used books. The red seitan recipe is pretty much the only seitan I make anymore. It’s versatile, easy to make, flavorful, and portioned well for freezing. If you avoid store-bought vegan meats and dairy subs, the book is also a great resource for getting back to the basics: beans, grains, and veggies. The book covers most of Latin America, including tortas, tamales, soups, and all things masa. Dishes that are really Tex-Mex, like burritos or fajitas, aren’t included, but you can easily assemble them from parts of other recipes.
Vegan Eats World
I haven’t had a chance to cook from this much yet, but I can tell you it’s probably the best-designed vegan cookbook I’ve seen to date. A lot of vegan cook books have dated designs (lots of browns and dull, dark colors) or are inexpensively published (photos printed on cheap paper), but Vegan Eats World has a beautiful, modern cover and glossy pages that show off Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s photography in the best possible way. As the title implies, the recipes range all over the world. This probably isn’t a cookbook for people interested in easy-to-make, quick recipes. But if you’re interested in exploring Asian, European, and African cuisine; trying new (and sometimes hard-to-find) ingredients; and expanding your culinary horizons, vegan or otherwise, you need this cookbook. Recipes getting rave reviews from others include Pastichio, Lemon Mustard Yassa Tofu, and Ethiopian Seitan Tibs.
To enter to win one of the signed books, just comment below telling me what regional cuisine you’d like to explore. I will pick two separate winners by random number drawing. Deadline to enter is noon (central time zone), Friday, January 11. Only U.S. residents, please.
Note: While I did win the books from Da Capo, this post and giveaway were my own idea. I won’t be compensated in any way.