Friday, January 8, 2010

Cookbook Review & Giveway - The Supermarket Vegan by Donna Klein



Note: The giveaway is closed! Congratulations to Mary who said... I would love to have this. I would love to add more vegan meals to our diet.  Please check your email Mary to claim your win!


Being a meat loving southern cook, you might find it odd that I chose to review a vegan cookbook, but really, despite all of the rumors, we actually do eat vegetables down here too!

Seriously though, I always find myself having a natural craving for more vegetables in the new year, probably, I figure, because of all the imbalance that occurs between Thanksgiving and Christmas - not that there's anything wrong with that! I love all the goodies and treats that are classic holiday foods, but I'm the first to admit, well, there's probably not a whole lot of balance there. Heavy on carbs and sugars and not a lot of vegetables. So we buckle down our belts come January 1 and resolve to eat a little bit better, which no matter where you live is a good thing.

The problem with eating vegetarian dishes - or eating pure vegan - is that for most of us who don't have experience with it, well, we are at a loss.  Or like me, maybe you're totally clueless. So, you grab a cookbook from the bookstore, get home and begin to dig into it, only to discover that before you can make anything, you'll have to make a run to the health food store or to a specialty market to pick up all kinds of odd ingredients that you've never even heard of before!

The newly released Supermarket Vegan to the rescue! A quick flip through this cookbook's 225 recipes and you'll see that they all use common and simple ingredients that are found on just about any regular supermarket shelf - and possibly even pantry staples already in your own house. And these recipes are not time consuming or complicated either.

Let's see... recipes that use common ingredients and no specialty items, convenient, easy to prepare dishes, variety, flavor. It's the perfect way to balance out your diet with more meat free meals. Sounds like a plan.

The author, Donna Klein, not only makes eating vegan uncomplicated, but delicious too, with recipes from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. Here are a few of the recipes you'll find:

• Spicy Red Bean Dip

• Greek Style Spinach Puffs

• Butternut Squash and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

• Three Bean Barley Chili

• Tuscan-Style Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

• Artichoke Garlic Bread

• Baked Beans and Macaroni Casserole with Crunchy Fried Onions

• Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Black Bean Guacamole Sauce

• Quick Pasta Puttanesca

• Orange-Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

• Cajun Style Rice and Corn with Kidney Beans 

• Raspberry Pinwheels with Lemon Sorbet

• Pumpkin Strudel

• Apple-Pumpkin Gratin

• Blackberry Crisp

                and many others!

If you've had a family member recently declare to be meat-free, or if you are just looking to put a few meat-free meals into your menu rotation, be sure to check out THE SUPERMARKET VEGAN: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Real People in the Real World by Donna Klein.



One lucky reader will receive a FREE copy of the Supermarket Vegan cookbook!





Your comment is your entry, but please leave me a way to contact you to qualify. Simply tell me why you'd love to win a copy of this cookbook and that's it!





Spread the word about this giveaway on your Facebook page, on Twitter, or in a blog post at your blog. Come back here, leave a separate post with the link to let me know! That's it!  Here's some sample text you can use on Facebook or Twitter: 


Comment for a chance to win a FREE copy of 'Supermarket Vegan' cookbook http://tinyurl.com/yzxvsxo


Giveaway closes on  Wednesday, January 13th, 2009, at 12:00 noon CST.  Good luck!!

38 comments:

  1. I'd love to have this! We have lots of special diet needs & go meatless 2x a week already. But would love to try to add vegan meals.

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  2. I partcipate in Meatless Mondays through the Monday Campaigns and I'm always looking for a new recipe to attempt and post. I also have vegan and octo-lacto-vegetarian family/friends who ask me for ideas. I can be contacted via the email address on my blog.

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  3. I posted the giveaway on my blog here: http://judi-mindovermatter.blogspot.com/2010/01/cookbook-giveaway-at-my-new-30.html

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  4. I would love this! It would be a good way to encourage myself to eat healthier. New habits are always easier to develop if there are simple ways to implement them.

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  5. I LOVE COOKBOOKS OF ALL KINDS, AND I HAVE THREE CHILDREN WHO GO THROUGH VARIOUS STAGES OF LIKING AND NOT PREFERRING WHATEVER AT THE MOMENT. I LOVE TO OFFER NEW WAYS FOR THEM TO EXPERIENCE FOOD. I LOVE TO COOK NEW THINGS ESPECIALLY IF I CAN USE HOME GROWN ITEMS. CONTACT ME AT TLWILLIAMSON2007@HOTMAIL.COM

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  6. Well as you know..I absolutely love to cook and bake (hence my recipe & cooking blog)...so I spend a lot of time in my kitchen making a variety of foods...we have tried a few vegan dishes in the past...but I had a hard time finding the correct ingredients so this Supermarket Vegan cook book would be right up my alley...especially because I collect cookbooks!

    Shelly
    Ravish30 at aol dot com

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  7. Tweeted on twitter - http://twitter.com/Ravish30/status/7544728617

    Shelly
    Ravish30 at aol dot com

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  8. Posted about the giveaway on my forum boards at http://www.classybusinesswomenforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=110&t=4334

    Shelly
    Ravish30 at aol dot com

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  9. I would love to win this. My MIL is a vegetarian, My SIL is a vegan and we as a family are trying to change our eating habits to be healthier. I would love to have some great vegan recipes to try!

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  10. I am a vegetarian, but i am terrible at making veg dinners my family can enjoy.. i think this cookbook would really help!

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  11. I am learning to cook for my diabteic husband- so hard at 50, This cook book would be a great tool to help us learn how to be healthy, Thanks

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  12. Donna Klein is a favorite cookbook author of mine and since I heard of her coming out with this book, I've wanted a copy for my own. Vegetables make up the bulk of my diet, so I know I'll get good use out of this book.

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  13. Last Saturday, I started a vegan lifestyle--I need help and would love a chance to have the book! I've been a vegetarian since I read the chapter on meat in Skinny Bitch. Enjoyed your blog at any rate--best wishes!

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  14. posted this on Twitter

    Try this out! Comment for a chance to win a FREE copy of 'Supermarket Vegan' cookbook http://tinyurl.com/yzxvsxo

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  15. I'm not vegan, but moving into vegetarianism. Still, I have an unnatural obsession with cookbooks and this one sounds perfect. :)

    summer@wiredfornoise.com

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  16. Also, I shared this on Twitter. http://twitter.com/summerm/status/7560224564

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  17. I've flirted with veganism off and on for several years, but it was always difficult, as my partner has always been a big carnivore. He was diagnosed with diabetes last fall and after much research he has embraced a vegan diet this year to try to help bring his blood sugar under control, and lose some weight in the process.

    He has always loved cooking (usually with meat and a lot of fat), so he's really excited now about learning new ways to cook, and new foods to enjoy. One of our issues is having to travel across town to the specialty stores for some of the ingredients in many dishes he wants to try. This cookbook would make an incredible gift to encourage his new life style. He is also about to approach the 7-month anniversary of the day he quit smoking, so this would be a double-congratulatory present! :)

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  18. I would love to have this. I would love to add more vegan meals to our diet.

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  19. Oh man, I'd really love to win that cookbook. My daughter who recently married, just went vegetarian...
    You can get me through my blog:
    http://jewelsightings.blogspot.com or my email:
    godsprincess1980@gmail.com

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  20. I really think this is a better way to eat and would love to give it a try!

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  21. Please enter me to win. I am trying to eat more meat free dishes, and this would help a lot.

    shopgurl101@gmail.com

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  22. http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/7574799990 tweet

    shopgurl101@gmail.com

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  23. would love to win this! versusmoll@yahoo.com

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  24. How fun! I'm all about discovering new recipes and looking in to new ways of eating and enjoying food. I could never go 100% Vegan, but I love having variety and learning about the benefits of it :)

    I'll definitely spread the love for you- this is a great giveaway!

    You can reach me on my blog @ designerwife.com

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  25. I am vegetarian going vegan and this book sounds great. Would love to get entered in the giveaway for this book.

    Thanks,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  26. My husband and I have a lot of weight to lose and are really trying to get healthy. Trying to change bad habits are hard. We have been slowly adding meatless meals into our diets, but it is difficult getting creative without a guide. This would be perfect as it appears simple, straight forward, and easy to do recipes.

    Thanks for the contest!
    chris.carroll1121 at gmail.com

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  27. I would LOVE to win this cookbook! I went vegan about 1.5 years ago due to health reasons, and I'm in a serious recipe rut! My fingers are crossed! =)

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  28. I am a veggie lover but like yourself feel guilty in the new year. I don't eat beef anymore but do eat a lot of chicken and pork. I REALLY REALLY need help to cook vegetarian meals to understand how to get my proteins in with something besides beans. I am going to share this blog on twitter for my friends to see.
    Joan Penfold

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  29. What a great giveaway! The book sounds awesome.
    jmgallo831(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I tweeted this giveaway @jojobean26!

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  31. Tweeted for ya http://twitter.com/Ravish30/status/7614879719

    Shelly
    Ravish30 at aol dot com

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  32. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! I'm always looking for new ways to make my family's meals healthier. It would be a fun to add some vegan dishes to the menu. ~~Rhonda

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  33. oooooh, I was just coming back to thank you for stopping by today, but now I must enter this awesome giveaway. I would love to learn some new meat-free recipes..

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  34. Ohhhh, yummy! Sounds great!

    I'm putting this in my blog giveaway sidebar

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  35. ah, sorry, forgot the way to contact me--my email address is in my profile.

    I go meatless at least 30-40% of the time, so this cookbook would be fantastic!

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  36. I'd love to win this. I am always looking for ways to eat healthier and I like veggies and have even gone semi-vegan a few times. But I run out of ideas on how to cook things other than the basics. I can be reached at morgaine.pendragon at gmail dot com

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  37. That is awesome!! I have been trying to find new books for a healthier lifestyle as Papa has been diagnosed as a pre-diabetic.

    We are going through a eating lifestyle change.(I don't want to talk about it) I am pissed off and happy at the same time.

    I mean pissed that I have been forced down this path and, happy that I have been forced down this path.

    Anyway the book looks great.

    My e mail address is in my profile.

    Thanks for the review.

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  38. The giveaway is closed - stay tuned for the winner!

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