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Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Cookbook Review + Giveaway

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 by in Recipes and Reviews | 22 comments

Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Review

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!

Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Review

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.

Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Cookbook

Simple, wholesome ingredients such as sweet peppers are transformed into vehicles for a delicious chickpea and quinoa salad and delicious desserts such as┬ádecadent 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!

Steamed Green Beans and Carrots

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!

Steamed Green Beans & Carrots with Orange Sauce
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The refreshing citrus notes of the orange juice enhance this colorful green beans and carrots combo. A finishing sprinkle of gomasio adds a subtle crunch, but if you cannot find gomasio in your market, plain toasted (or raw) hulled sesame seeds substitute perfectly.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4
  • 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)
  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, put the orange juice, lemon juice, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. 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.

  • Sarah Cotter

    quinoa stuffing!!

  • Amy

    Maple muffins!

  • Becca Ferguson

    I am making vegan pumpkin pie!

  • Melissa

    I’m making sweet potatoes for my big family get together

  • Cherisse

    Driving home to NY to meet my brand new nephew… with the travel it’ll be hard to bring much food with me, but definitely making apple pie!

  • Becca Schaffer

    I’m excited about the apple pie this Thanksgiving!!

  • Jennifer K

    I plan to eat a seitan roast with green beans and sweet potato

  • Pat

    A Thanksgiving Bowl!

  • Erica

    We are doing a Celebration Roast, sweet potato casserole, green beans, rolls, stuffed dates.

  • Debra Lee

    We are doing a seafood boil!

  • Lizzie

    Tofu roast with all the trimmings!

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  • I won’t be doing a Thanksgiving dinner this year but my shredded brussels sprouts salad would be delicious

  • Sarah Cotter

    stuffed kabocha!

  • ammauceri

    Definitely a pumpkin pie with a pecan topping!

  • KathyV

    I am going to make a celebration Field Roast….stuffing with apples, vegan sausage and other good stuff…and cranberry sauce with nuts and mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy… :)…oh and a pumpkin cheesecake…

  • Michelle

    I am going to a celebration, so we will be making a homemade loaf of bread and enjoying a Happy Thanksgiving with family.

  • Laura Lamar

    Stuffing with apples and onion, green beans and anhuge salad.

  • deb v.

    Always looking for a new recipe for green beans…my southern mother always used ham hocks ..bless her pea pickin heart…love this vetsion and love your show…mmmm good! blessings

  • deb v.

    Twice baked sweet potatoes and fakin bacon potatoes…

  • Jeannie Weidner

    I am making green stuff (jello salad), family favorite

  • Fiorella

    My first Thanksgiving eating healthy, I will cook a sweet potato dish with salads, yummy cauliflower soup ,pumpkin pie, bread, etc etc all home made ­čÖé

  • marianne knapp

    Dear Laura I have aHiatial Hernia and Acid Reflux what do i susbstitude for Chocolate May I have vegan chocolate? No onoins no tomatoes no lemon or citrus now what? Thanks Kindly Mariannne

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