Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Cookbook Review + Giveaway
UPDATE: I’ve chosen a winner of the giveaway – congrats to BECCA! I’ll be in touch soon to get your info! Thanks so much to everyone who entered – I loved reading about all of your Thanksgiving dishes and it definitely made me hungry!
These past few weeks I’ve been putting together my gift guide for this holiday season, and I’m over the moon about the items I’m including this year! In the past I’ve done gift guides that encompass a little something for everyone, and I really enjoyed putting them together, but this year I’m going a bit more minimalist.
Every year I go through the song and dance with my family about what people would like for gifts, to which most of them respond with the standard “nothing”. Frankly, all that does is lead to gifts that people don’t need or won’t use. So, this year, I’m doing the same gift for everyone in my family: foodie gift boxes.
Everyone loves food and will get good use out of it, so these gift boxes will feature artisan foods that I love and adore. I thought it would be cool to show you all exactly the food items I’m getting and how I’ll be putting them all together for gifts – so stay tuned for that in the next few weeks!
Anyway, until I get my gift guide up, I thought I’d hold you all over by doing a review and giveaway of an amazing cookbook, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics by Laura Theodore. Not only do I have a review and giveaway, but I’ve also gotten permission from the publisher to share a recipe from the book as well (which, I have to say, would be a delicious one for Thanksgiving)!
Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian, has put together yet another amazing cookbook full of over 150 recipes that put a vegan twist on American classics. I honestly love the simple elegance of each recipe in her book. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I like to keep things simple, so her recipes are right up my alley. I also love that the majority of them are comfort foods taken to a new level of sophistication.
Simple, wholesome ingredients such as sweet peppers are transformed into vehicles for a delicious chickpea and quinoa salad and delicious desserts such as decadent chocolate-ganache cake abound. She takes a no-nonsense approach that I think would be great for anyone who’s trying to incorporate more vegan dishes into their diet or someone who isn’t seasoned in the kitchen.
On that same note, she has a whole section devoted to the basics of the ingredients and cooking methods that would be very helpful for anyone just getting started (who am I kidding, I learned a few things, too!). The recipes themselves are all very easy to follow and most of them can be made quickly, making it a nice resource for weeknight cooking.
I do have to say that I would have liked more pictures, but the ones that are included are beautifully shot and add a lot of aesthetic value to the book. The fact that it is hardcover is also nice because it has less of a chance of getting torn to bits in my kitchen from overuse. I definitely recommend this book as a gift for someone who wants to learn more about vegan cooking or just needs a few more comfort food recipes to add to their repertoire.
To enter for your chance to win your very own hardcover copy of the cookbook, just leave a comment below telling me what you plan to make (or eat!) for Thanksgiving dinner this year! (Please note this giveaway is for US readers only – sorry International friends!) I’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, November 19th at Midnight CST!
Now, for the recipe. This is easy, quick veggie side dish of steamed green beans and carrots has a delicious and tangy sauce that would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner! I made this in less than 20 minutes, and while it looks overly simple, the orange sauce really transforms it into an elegant dish that would be right at home on the holiday table. You’ll notice that the recipe calls for gomasio, which is essentially sesame seeds and salt, so if you can’t find it, just toss in some sesame seeds! Enjoy!
- 4 carrots, scrubbed and sliced into sticks
- 3 cups green beans, cleaned and trimmed
- 2 tablespoons orange juice (freshly squeezed or store-bought)
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons gomasio (optional)
- Fit a medium sauce pan with a steamer basket, and bring two inches of water to a boil. Add the carrots, cover, and steam for 5 minutes. Add the green beans, cover, and steam for 6 to 7 minutes more, or until the carrots and beans are crisp-tender.
- Meanwhile, put the orange juice, lemon juice, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Transfer the cooked carrots and beans to a medium bowl. Add the sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the gomasio (if using), toss lightly, and serve.
Be sure to leave a comment telling me what you plan to make for Thanksgiving dinner below for your chance to win a copy of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics!
*Note: I was sent a copy of the cookbook free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed above are my own.