Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Mo Fo 30

Complete and utter shameless self promotion coming up.

The lucky last Vegan Month of Food 2010 post with nothing but a link to Quick and Easy Vegan Bake Sale by me, Carla Kelly.
You really didn't think I'd let this pass did you?? I mean, what other book could I possibly be more excited about seeing on my bookshelf than the one I wrote!
That's the last MoFo post for 2010 folks. Coming in December, those long form reviews I have promised you, and more regularly scheduled blogging.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Mo Fo 29

Books on my "I want" list to be published in the future. So I'm only guessing here that I will actually still want them once they are published!

Have your cake and vegan too by Kris Holechek (not that I'd be likely to use it, but I still want!)

I'd be more than happy to receive review copies.......

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Mo Fo 28

Books I have on my "want" list that have been published already. These are not cheap books (which is why I haven't bought them or requested them from Mum and Dad) but I want them anyway! They're both sort of buzz books which have been hyped, but I have had both out from the library and liked them so I don't feel bad about wanting trendy books.

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (Though I really don't think I need to link to show you who she is.)
The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen (Here either with all that Oprah exposure)

These ones I just like the look of. You can fancy something by how it looks right?

Kiss my FAce Reminder - BONUS!

Remember to enter the Kiss my Face giveaway before time runs out in 1 1/2 days!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Mo Fo 27

Books I know I am getting because I have asked for them for Christmas. The are both intriguing in their approach and I want to read them, and have them on my shelves!

The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman (as linked to blogs previously, do I have to again????? oh, alright.)

Tomorrows post is the first of two outlining my current wish list!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Mo Fo 26

My last book from my publishers was Veggie Burgers Every which Way by Lukas Volger. Not a totally vegan book, but vegan and vegetarian combined with lots of options either way, and being clever, us vegans will be able to replace any pesky eggs or dairy with vegan alternatives. Or so I hope!
Its a smaller book than I was expecting, but with loads of photographs and high quality paper. It has those handy flaps for keeping your place as you read, which I like and would like to see more of! There is lots of information about the ingredients and the chapter breakdown is logical, by main ingredient. Logical is good!

I'll have to do some indoor burger-ing to get some recipes tested, as for us BBQ weather is long gone!


This bring me to the end of the review books I obtained during the month, but you know what, there are still a few days of MoFo left so I have a few more posts up my sleeves. Tomorrow, books I know I am getting because I have asked Mum and Dad for them!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Mo Fo 25

Next we have Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason a book that has been very anticipated in my neighbourhood. You see, my friend Karen's family is from Trinidad, and I have been telling her about Taymer's book ever since I knew it existed. When Karen heard I was getting a copy she has been asking me almost every day if it is here yet! Now, she is not vegan, just super excited to see a mainstream book on Caribbean food! So I will be quickly looking through this one and loaning it to her, and then making things from it when I get it back (no doubt drooled over!)

This is an impressive looking book, with lovely photos, and lots of information about Caribbean ingredients and substitutions for them, and stories behind a lot of the recipes. I like stories.

Well laid out and easy to read I hope I get this back to cook from soon-ish! So watch this space for a full review at some point in the future.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Mo Fo 24

Now, for full disclosure purposes, the next three books were sent to me by my publishers, as they also published them. I will do quick "first impression" posts of the books, and like for the Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, will follow up with more detailed reviews in December, once I've had a chance to cook from them.

Firstly, this book,
Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations by Alicia C Simpson (also the author of this book I already touched on!)

I like the theme behind this book - holidays and occasion days broke down with a suggested menus, and dishes for each. It appeals to me on an organisational level. I like to be organised! I like the layout of the book, which is similar to Vegan Comfort Food, and is easy to follow and read.

However, I do feel the blah blah (that would be the introduction and assorted other information) at the front of this book is better written, more relevant, and more detailed than in VCF, which may just be Alicia developing as a writer.

First impressions are good and I look forward to making things from this book!!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Kiss My Face Giveaway - BONUS!

Now that Vegan MoFo is almost for another year (Are you posting every day???) I am looking forward to the stuff to do that I said I would during the month, all those long form book reviews for a start, but for now I have this giveaway!

I have, thanks to the Kiss my Face Peace Soap Line two prize packs to give away, each consisting of....
Peace Candle in Lavender Mandarin

All Purpose Peace Soap in Lemongrass Clary Sage

Peace Hand Soap in Grassy Mint

I must say that the candles smell absolutely divine, and this giveaway is worth entering for that alone. Believe me, if you light this in your bathroom, with a big bubble bath its like your at a spa! The hand soap is gorgeous as well, so this is a giveaway well worth entering!!

More information on the Kiss my Face Peace Line can be found here, and more about the other lines offered by Kiss my Face here (I actually use their Olive and Aloe Fragrance free moisturiser and really like it) and they are also on FaceBook so go like them!

What do I get? Oh, yeah, I do get something out of hosting this, this time! I'm getting a range of the little sample sachets with cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, the soap, and some kids stuff. Just so there is full disclosure on this one.

I will ship anywhere in the world (surface only so it won't necessarily be with you before Christmas) and all it takes to enter is a comment.

Giveaway ends November 30th, so be quick!! and I'll post the winner along with the Babycakes winner after that!

Mo Fo 23

The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza is a book that makes a great first impression. I mean, I knew it was hardcover, but when it arrived in the mail (courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing, thank you very much) I was surprised at how substantial it was! Heavy!
I like the into section Kelly has, especially the Q&A part which those new to baking will find helpful. On the whole it is easy to read, a little amusing, very personable, flows well, and has lots of selection!

All of you who like books with lots of photos will like this one! It looks like most, if not all, recipes have a photo.

Now this (and the following few posts) is just a "first impression" review and I will follow up with a real review in December, after MoFo, when I have had a chance to use some of the recipes. I think I'll let the kiddies pick a recipe each, and start with that.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Mo Fo 22

Meatless Meals for Meat Lovers by Tracy Williams is the last of the books I had in my library at the start of MoFo. Its self published, which took guts but Tracy is so feisty (it comes through in her writing and on her blog) its unsurprising she went this route. I make Bob's Biscuits regularly, though with MUCH less sugar than Bob likes, and have made her soups on occasion too. Its nice to have on the shelf.
The books coming next I acquired during the month as review copies, and will be doing a "first impression" short review as part of the MoFo blogging, then, after I have had a chance to cook from them, will do a more in depth, "real", review sometime in December. Just so you know what is coming up.

Reminder - BONUS!

Folks, so you don't forget, if you want to win a copy of Babycakes, the cookbook from the NYC and LA wheat free (and Gluten free in parts) bakery, leave a comment on the Babycakes post - follow the link.
I will post the winner on the last day of MoFo.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Dancer in Action - BONUS!

Dancing in Action, originally uploaded by Vegan Year.

I was sent this lovely photo of M in full Fling mode from the competition over the weekend, and just had to share - look at teh focus and determination on her face!!

Mo Fo 21

I have lumped these 2 books together because I haven't given them anywhere near enough love to enable me to comment on them in great detail.

Santa bought me 125 Best Vegan Recipes by Maxine Chuck and Beth Gurney last Christmas, and nothing so far has inspired me, even though it is a solid well written book, but I think more suited to a starter vegan. This may be a future giveaway-to-a-new-vegan book. After the rest of MoFo perhaps...
The other book I have had for years, and want to like as it has a homemade feel about it, and pictures of cats. I'm speaking of The little Vegan Monsters Cookbook by Lourdes E Canas-Jovel and Anthony W Acock, which I bought thinking it was full of food for "little vegan monsters" IE children, but it isn't, apart from one section, and overall I found it a little disappointing. I think the monsters in the title refers to the pictures of cats.

1st of the Season - BONUS

Highland Dancing Competition that is! This took place yesterday, on the day of our first snowfall of the season as well. I'm still not sure which one the girls were more excited about!

Here are my dancers showing off their winnings! R won a 2nd! She's so proud of herself because for the first time she went on stage and danced without crying! She only danced 2 dances and is chuffed to have won a medal in one of them.

M however, had a haul! She danced 4 dances, and has a 1st and two 2nds to show for her efforts. She was also the overall aggregate winner in her class! She now has to move up a class so the next competition will be harder competition for her.
Hooray for my dancers!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Mo Fo 20

The Icecream Book Post.

Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere heading into summer have been waiting for this one haven't you!!
I have two ice cream specific cook books, which I received after getting a wonderful icecream machine with Airmiles the summer before last. (which if you are a long term reader you may remember).
I tried to try some of the recipes in both books - I did a Vanilla Icecream show down and a Chocolate Icecream showdown, made pistachio icecream, cookie dough icecream, mint chocolate chip icecream, berry icecream, banana icecream, but you know what, my kids only want vanilla and they only want me to use the recipe in Veganomicon. (Which I mentioned earlier in the month) So to The Vegan Scoop by Wheeler Del Torro, and Lick It! by Cathe Olson, I can only say "sorry, but I am keeping your books for when my children grow more adventuresome palates because your books are great and very creative!"

Friday, 19 November 2010

Mo Fo 19

OK. So today's book isn't totally vegan. Its another restaurant cookbook, this time the restaurant being Rebar in Victoria, BC. (Never been there either, does anyone have comments??)
There are vegan recipes in the book, simply titled Rebar, and some others have vegan options. I quite like this book, though it is more restaurant-y in its feel, what with "mother sauces" and things you have to make in order to make other things. (I do that sometimes but most not) The selection is grand, even with just the vegan, and easily veganisable stuff.

Oh, yeah, the book is written by the restaurants founders Audrey Alsterburg and Wanda Urbanowicz.

Dinner Party - BONUS!

Have you ever seen the show "Dinner Party Wars" on Food Network (Canada)??
We watched it one day last week, and M, who is 8, says to me "I'd like to have a dinner party Mum". Now, I couldn't think of a good reason to say No straight off the bat so I told her she had to come up with a guest list and a menu that we could make together. I was expecting 11 friends, and a ridiculous menu which I could easily say No to, but she came back with 3 friends, having to dress in posh clothes, and a really easy menu. Of course I said yes.

So what does an 8 year old choose for a dinner party? Here is the dinner party menu -
Pretzels and Apples
Fresh sliced apples, dried apple, pretzel sticks, and chocolate pretzel twists.
Vegetable Salad with Dip
Sliced raw vegetable selection with Vegan Ranch Dressing (bought from Karmavore)

Pasta with Tomato Vegetable Sauce

Mini Shells with a homemade Tomato and Sweet Pepper Sauce

Vanilla Cupcakes

My recipe from Vegan Bake Sale!

Choice of Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Chocolate Soy Milk, or Water.

M helped with the decorations, food plating and serving. She is already planning the next evening! Though I am not too sure.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Mo Fo 18

Next is a book I have, but have seldom used (oh, another one of those??), as I oscillate between being enchanted by the layout of the recipe pages (its all angular, modern, and chic) and finding it difficult to look at, search through, and read. The book is V Cuisine by Angeline Linardis, another BC resident.
The "interesting" layout does not take away from the quality of the recipes, which I find to be quite creative and tempting overall, but it may put some people off if they were to pick the book up in a store and browse through it briefly. I also really like the authors chatty style of writing, she seems very personable and friendly. There's a section on Kid Friendly Food which has a nice selection of dishes.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Mo Fo 17

For food that is served in the Fresh restaurants in Toronto (anyone been? any comments?) there is some easy to make stuff in this book. Yummy, but not intricate or super involved like some restaurant food is.

I'm talking here about the book ReFresh by Ruth Tal and Jennifer Houston, which is the next stop on our tour through my cook book shelves. You all still with me in this? Its the recipes used in the restaurants, or were used, as I can't comment on how up to date that is, so you could have your dinner there or at home!
I've made all of the rice bowls, and most of the dips from the book and all have been easy to make and tasty, so I can recommend this book based on those.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Mo Fo 16

I'm not GF, but at the moment am not eating wheat. I did a "detox" type thing last year (or the year before, I can't remember so I must be getting old) and found I felt mush lighter and cleaner without wheat, if that is possible. Then came baking and testing and baking for Q&E Vegan Bake Sale, so now that is done I am giving my body a break from wheat again. During the previous wheat time-out I obtained a copy of The Gluten Free Vegan by Susan O'Brien, mainly hoping for lots of GF tips, especially baking tips. This book doesn't have a huge baking focus, but gives an insight into options for vegans who are Gluten Free. Most of the recipes are things which I feel I could have figured out on my own, so I haven't been using this book much. I don't want to get rid of it, as I've found it handy to lend to some non-vegan friends who are (or whose children are) Gluten Free.

Kiss My Face - BONUS!

Though not literally!

The nice folks at Kiss My Face have sent me some of their goodies for a giveaway! How cool is that????

I need to think how I want to structure this, and try out what they have sent to tell you more about what I will be giving away, so I will be hosting this giveaway after the BabyCakes giveaway I currently have going on.
Watch this space for more details.

Oh, my, another teaser post!!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Mo Fo 15

If you like your cookbooks to come with lots of interesting bedtime reading as well as recipes (that's me with my hand up) then Get it Ripe and Ripe from around here, both by Jae Steele should be in your house. You may not agree with everything Jae says, but her arguments are compelling, interesting and (as far as I can tell) well researched. oh, and yummy (the recipes not the arguments!) all with minimal usage of processed sugar, wheat flour, as well as a preference for both local and organic produce.

I don't find the tone to be preachy, or judgemental, just putting the info out there and letting you do with it what you will, even if that be ignore it all. It may not be to you liking, but that's no reason not to borrow one, or both, from your local library and see what you think.