Sunday, September 16, 2012

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats Review and Giveaway


Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer - published by Fair Winds Press.  Don't miss the giveaway near the end of this review!
I think a proper cookbook review should include not just a thorough spin-through of the book, but to get a real feel, you've also gotta get your hands dirty and try out at least a few recipes.  Reviews take me a LOT of time, especially since I don't actually cook from books too much.  It takes even longer, when I keep making the same recipes over & over (because they're really good).

Allyson's double chocolate muffins have been affectionately renamed chocolate muffcakes around these parts.  Not quite a muffin, not quite a cupcake.  Rich like a brownie and super good.  Even with white chocolate chips instead of regular ones.
In the last three weeks, I've made Allyson's pancakes three times, her double chocolate muffins twice, and by the time this review's been posted, the ravioli will probably have been put through another pesto run.  I've also made the brown bread, the enchiladas and am dreaming about the chocolate chip cookies.

Cherry Vanilla Bean Pancakes made over with blackberries, they're also really great with fresh peaches.
When I'm reviewing, the first time I make each recipe, I follow the instructions exactly as written.  But, since I don't usually cook on task like that, I really appreciate that these recipes also stand up well to modifications.  A good indication of a sturdy recipe, if ya ask me. 

I stuffed these ravioli with vegan buffalo mozzarella mixed with pesto.  The pasta was delicate enough to serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper on top.
Here are my favorite things about Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats:

❤  This book contains lots of the recipes I crave and seek from a xgfx book including:  pancakes, muffins, biscuits 'n' gravy, cake, cupcakes, crackers, cookies, bread, pizza dough, pie crust, home-made pasta, blintzes, scones, donuts, sticky rolls and hand-pies.

❤ Each recipe tells you how much of each flour and starch you need.  No commercial mixes are called for anywhere in the book and Allyson doesn't make her readers mix up a flour/starch combo to use (and thus store) for the cookbook.

❤ The book design is gorgeous, and each recipe includes a full color photo taken by the author.

❤ I love chocolate dessert recipes that include teff flour, and Allyson incorporates this combo in her double chocolate muff[cake]ins.

❤ These recipes yield delicious results in both flavor, texture and visual appeal-- enough to not only satisfy gluten-eaters, but to actually yield compliments.  This is awesome news at my house, because I'm not about to make two versions of stuff per meal and Dazee can be really particular about what he eats.

❤ Honestly, I have a gigantic bookcase filled with titles I never cook from, so when I find a cookbook that becomes a "go-to" for even one or two dishes, I am thrilled with the acquisition.  This book has already given me a few, and I've only just begun working my way through it.

To win your own copy of this book, simply post a comment by midnight Pacific time on Monday, September 24th 2012 (please make sure to leave some sort of way I can get in touch with you), and I'll draw a random winner.

Reprinted with permission from the author.
  • Title:  Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats
  • AuthorAllyson Kramer
  • BlogManifest Vegan
  • Publisher:  Fair Winds Press
  • Photos: Every recipe has a full color photo taken by the author.
  • Focus:  XGFX
  • 5 Recipes to Intrigue: Cranberry spice bagels, dark chocolate chipotle cake, cherry-apricot pocket pies, mango fritters with coconut dipping sauce and pineapple carrot cake.
  • XGFXness100% XGFX

Disclaimer:  I received a free review copy of this book, but no compensation or other gift in exchange for this review.  The author Allyson Kramer, is my friend and colleague, and we share the website xgfx.org together.  So there.
xo
kittee

75 comments:

  1. Gluten-free baking is still a complete mystery to me! :P

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  2. I tested for Allyson and enjoyed every delicious assignment! I'm so happy to hear you're having fantastic results with the book. Allyson has taught me so much about making fantastic gluten-free fare over the years.

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  3. I have been thinking about doing a test run on a gluten free diet. This book looks like a good way to ease ino it! Brites-six@comcast.net

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  4. Ditto Bill! I'd love to learn about it so I'd be able to make tasty food for my gluten-free friends. brandy at nightstand dot org

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  5. Outstanding review. This is the first GF cookbook (aside from Papa Tofu) I've shown a real interest in. If I don't win it, I'll probably buy it!!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway and the review! :-) My friend has this book and she made the turtles for a ladies night. AMAZING! I want to get a copy myself!

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  7. I'd love to learn more about gluten-free foods - my mom is gluten free, and I wish I could make some delicious foods to share with her!

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  8. Ooooooo those chocolate muffins look delish!

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  9. Dream give-away :) I'd love to get my hands on this!

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  10. Vegan gluten-free turtles? Send this book my way please!

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  11. I have begun baking a few vegan items for our local farmers market and people have been asking me to include some gluten free eats as well - this would be a great introduction for me!

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  12. You had me at brown bread...I don't know why but I've been craving it like mad this week. With vegan cream cheese and a big steamy mug of spiced coffee. It must be the hints of Fall coming on, with lots of hearty baked yumfulness. :)
    Many thanks!

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  13. Great review. I wanna play, I mean win, play to win. I'd like to win this book. I would make a lot of things.

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  14. Great review, Kittee! After seeing glowing posts from you and Julie on Facebook, I promptly ordered the book, only to be saddened when realizing after it would have arrived that it hasn't yet been released. Gah! Mama wants this book! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. =)

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    1. Oh! This was released a few months ago Allison! You might be thinking of Vegan & Gluten-Free Bread by Jennifer Katzinger. Julie and I have been working on a review from this as well, and it's not out yet. Anyway, they're both dreamy!

      xo
      kittee

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  15. I already have (and love!) this book, so don't enter me in the giveaway. I just wanted to add that I love those butterscotch amaretti cookies - they turned out AMAZING. In fact, of all 14 kinds of cookies at our wedding - that's the only one where there weren't any left at the end of the day. Yeah!

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    1. I haven't tried those yet. I need to...I love butterscotch anything.

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  16. Dark chocolate chipotle cake?!?! Yes please! And ravioli! I love ravioli, and I haven't had them in such a long time...

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  17. The chocolate muffins have me drooling!!!

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  18. Looks and sounds delicious!

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  19. I would be so psyched to win a copy! I really want to bake and cook GF way more often than I do. Great review, btw!

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  20. This would be fantastic to own. I am starting to ease into GF eating. It's about 90% right now and this would make being totally gluten free even easier.

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  21. This cookbook is beautiful! I want to make those muffins like now, I like the image of the walnuts on top. & I would never have thought to make xgfx ravioli, hence the need for such a book. Thanks for the sneak peak!

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  22. I've been dying for this book ever since it came out. If I don't win it I'll definitely buy it eventually. But I want it NOW! =D

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  23. You've convinced me. I want the book. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  24. Looks amazing! I gots to get a copy of this book!

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  25. want want want. want mac n' cheese. want chocolate muffin cupcakes. swoon.

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  26. WOW I am so in love with this book from two reviews now. Pleace contact me at patriciaspassions87@gmail.com if I am selected! It would be such a great pick me up, after a hard start to the week already.

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  27. Thank you for the review! I am totally with you on the amounts of flours/starches thing. I've been eyeing this book for a while, and now it seems like a must-have. Yay!

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    1. Oh, and my email is zeeohee (at) gmail (dot) com, if I am so lucky to win the giveaway :)

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  28. I'd love to own this book. I've been vegan for quite some time, but new to gluten free. I definitely need some guidance and inspiration.
    cdbuteyn@yahoo.com

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  29. Me me me!!!! (marla@veganstreet.com)

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  30. Great review! Thanks so much. I'tll be 'on the list' when we get off our year long raod trip...(two adults, two boys and two dogs~1 30' RV). Talk about a challenge! - being VGF - whew!

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  31. Those blackberry pancankes look insane! I'd love to add this book to my growing vegan library. I've been transitioning for a year and I became 100% vegan 9 days ago. Feel great so far!

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  32. So excited for a cookbook with gluten-free AND vegan recipes! Your review makes me want this book. www.simplyhealthful.me

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  33. Thanks for the great review and giveaway!!

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  34. Thanks for doing a great review after actually experiencing some of the recipes... Rick at natureguided@gmail.com

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  35. I cook just like that, can never follow a recipe. Most of my cookbooks I've never made a single recipe from. I just like to look at the pictures

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  36. Thanks for the review. My sister n law was just put on a gluten free diet and I would love to win this for her. She loves sweets and has cut most out of her diet for lack of options. Alexisjup@gmail.com

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  37. I bought this book at one of Allyson's book signings and just love it. Since you make the pancakes so many times already I'm going to have to make them on Sunday for my families weekly pancake breakfast!

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  38. Awesome review. I have been eyeing this book on amazon. My friend just went GF and I would love to be able to still surprise her with b'day cupcakes or be able to cook up some great grub when she visits. :D

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    1. What an awesome friend and gift that would be. There are fried douts!! I would throw down for a friend who made me those.

      xo
      kittee

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  39. Ohh, I love her! I'd love to have a look at this book :)

    @livefreeandeat

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  40. z0mg! If I don't win this amazing text I will certainly purchase it for full price from my local or global marketplace book retailer!! Amaaaazing review, Kittee, thanksyou! and amaaaaazzzeballs publication, Allyson, well done and way to be! I'm not certifiably gluten-allergic but have transitioned to a wholly kickass xgfx diet as of late 'cos it just plain rocks.

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  41. Alright! Our son is Celiac, and this would be perfect. Looking forward to trying a few of these out, I have only met one person who doesn't like cupcakes!

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  42. I'm totally drooLing!!!

    Thanks for sharing so much detail :)

    Shannon
    shannonganshorn at gmail dot com

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  43. I've heard great things about this book and would love to score a copy for myself!

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  44. Pick me! Pick me! I love Allyson's blog and recipes. And I'm not even gluten-free!

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  45. Oh, of course, I would like to win! The book seems to be so nice written

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  46. Oh man, that book looks awesome!!

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  47. I'm trying to find more recipes that are GF (for me) and vegan (for me and my hubby). this sounds like a great addition to the collection!

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  48. i would like to make more gf stuff for my pals!

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  49. Yea! This book looks amazing!I'm still working on be xgfx, but this book seems like it would help me with that. : )

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  50. If Tuuli could comment this would be hers.

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  51. The reviews I have read about Allyson's book so far sound amazing. I have Hashimoto's and am trying to avoid gluten and dairy and meat to reduce inflammation. So far the tests have been great even while pregnant they did not have to increase my hormone dose. To get to the point, I would love to try this cookbook since it will keep me on my track to stay energized and healthy. if I do not win it here, I will buy it anyway. That is certain. :)

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    1. Hi Anja! Have you seen xgfx.org? If not, it's full of resources that might help you find recipes.

      xo
      kittee

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    2. wow, thank you so much for the website! i am just checking it and have to say i am thrilled!
      xo
      anja

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  52. This book looks amazing! I became gluten free not long ago and am in need of xgfx recipe inspiration!

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  53. This books seems to be amazing!
    As i'm a vegan, it would be cool to have this :)

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  54. I would love to win this book!
    If you do pick my name you can reach me
    gbvegan@aol.com

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  55. I've heard so many good things about this book! I would love to own a copy to make some of the delicious-looking recipes :)

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  56. I have followed Allyson's blog for a while now and would love a chance to win her gorgeous book! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

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  57. I've been wanting this book! I would love to finally own a copy. jguinta at gmail dot com

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  58. Love this book! I want a copy for my mom so she can make me something when I come to visit.

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  59. Would like to win this and use it for next month's Vegan MoFo blogging! Then gift it to a niece in small town Florida who is working hard at GF for her health and her daughter's health.
    Good review.

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  60. I have decided to try gluten-free on a single mother's budget in a small town. So far I've had little luck finding recommended buys. A cookbook of tried and trues would make my life easier and my 6-year-old's tummy much happier!

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  61. Book looks fantastic, eager to try it out on friends & family!

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  62. I've seen a few doctors who have suggested that going gluten free could help reduce my asthma and allergy symptoms. I figured it would be too hard to be vegan and gluten-free. I had no idea there were entire cookbooks dedicated to the subject. Thanks for sharing!

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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    1. hey melissa!
      check out xgfx.org, we have tons of vegan and gluten-free info there including a long list of blogs. it's definitely do-able!

      xo
      kittee

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  63. This book looks absolutely fabulous!

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  64. I want to try these recipes. Pick me. Pick me. Katie Kunze!

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