Wednesday, June 12, 2013

GGFVE From Around the World Review and Giveaway.


BLOG TOUR BITCHES!  See the other stops here.

I bet you've noticed Allyson Kramer has a new xgfx release--Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World. In case you didn't notice, this book has three important words in its title, Eats, Vegan and Gluten-Free, which automatically make me stand at full attention. OK, four words, whatever.

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World by Allyson Kramer - published by Fair Winds Press.
Don't miss the giveaway near the end of this review!
I'm a lucky duck, 'cuz Fair Winds Press sent me a review copy for free (thank you Fair Winds!!), and I've been having fun playing around with it for the last few days. Wow, but hoowie--Allyson covers a huge range of recipes from all over the world in this release and has organized the recipes into chapters by geographical locale. I'm fairly certain there's a little bit of everything in this book, for that little bit of everything in you.

You wanna have a deep fry party? Allyson provides with Crispy Crunchy Basmati Rice Fritters, Colombian Empanadas and Falafel.  You desire salad, soup, pasta and need both bread and pie? It's all in here. She even includes a salad wrap with my beloved rice paper, pho and a particularly eye-catching Australian Veggie Pie.

Loads of the recipes tempted me to take them for a wee spin, but I've been indulging a whole lot lately.  So in a rare flash of practicality (it must be a genetic glitch), I decided to keep this review on the reserved side of the tracks.  If that makes sense.  So instead of throwing myself into the Fig Pastries and Chicken Fried Tempeh with Gravy, like I really wanted to, I played it cool and kept my bikini top on.

You can see some of the recipes I made all fused together here:  jerked tofu, frittata and salsa.
I still made a bunch of stuff, don't fret.
  • Veggie Frittata with Salsa Verde (fusion dish)
  • Jamaican Jerk Tofu (Jamaica, duh!)
  • Kale and Swiss Chard Salad with Toasted Pepitas (fusion dish).
The Jamaican Jerk Tofu was my favorite from everything I tried. We love baked tofu around these parts, and because I'd never played around with rum in a marinade, it sounded fun so I gave it a shot. I have to admit that I used a jalapeno instead of the scotch bonnet pepper, because damn, I'm nobody's fool. But, besides that, I made no changes. Today I ate it plain. Tomorrow it shall be sandwiched with greens and holy avocado. Allyson is letting me share the recipe, which you can hopefully read in the photo below.

If you can't read this, then just sit back and enjoy this fading mani of mine.  Just kidding, click it!
Recipe shared with permission from Fair Winds Press.
The Kale and Swiss Chard Salad was also a winner.  I got to massage vegetables!  I also really like the OJ dressing with the coconut shreds and toasted pepitas.  That's pumpkin seeds for all you weirdos.

All massaged and raring to go.
While the frittata came out beautifully, it wasn't my thing--even with the delicious and zesty Salsa Verde poured on top.  I should've just chosen a different recipe, because I'm not the biggest frittata fan in the world.

Pretty frittata and tomatillo salsa (there's avocado in there!)
Instead, I'm the girl hoping for a tofu miracle, and also the guest at brunch who eats the crust from your gorgeous tofu quiche and picks through the filling pissing you off.  Anyway, you should know Allyson's technique of blending crumbled tofu with a chickpea batter for binding is pretty tight.  I'll probably try this again, but with a smoky roasted tempeh instead.

And up here, the kale salad and tofus.  Again.
Here are my favorite things about Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World:

❤  I love learning about new foods and cuisines, and this book has tons of recipes for dishes I've never heard of.

❤ I can eat all of the things.

❤ 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 many recipes include a full color photo taken by the author.

❤ There's a little bit of everything in here, including a recipe for jackfruit.  I need more jackfruit in my life.

To win your own copy of this book, simply post a comment by midnight Pacific time on Monday, June 17th, 2013 (please make sure to leave some sort of way I can get in touch with you), and I'll draw a random winner.  This giveaway is open worldwide, just like the recipes in the book.  One earth!!
  • Title:  Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World
  • Author Allyson Kramer
  • BlogManifest Vegan
  • Publisher:  Fair Winds Press
  • Photos: Lots of beautiful full color shots.
  • Focus:  Global XGFX
  • 5 Recipes to Intrigue: Bambara Peanut Butter Rice Pudding, Roasted Tomato and Beet Bisque, Pasta Da Fornel, Fig Pastries, Fennel and Kale Cornbread and Banana Nepalese Pancakes with "Bacon."
  • 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.  Uhuh.
xo
kittee

50 comments:

  1. yay gf and vegan! would love to check this out.

    -starfive

    starfivesworld @ gmail.com

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  2. Is this open to overseas too (◕㉨◕)?
    I would Love to finally own a cookbook that has more than 5 recipes I can actually eat as a fellow xgfx kid!

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  3. Yes please, I would love to have her cookbook! It's inspirational and make me want to be a better vegetarian/vegan for life!!!! No more pussyfooting around!

    dlitefulcravings@gmail.com

    Thanks!!!!! :)

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  4. Looks like an awesome book to follow up an awesome book!

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  5. Ahhh!! This looks amazing! I want to make everything in it!

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  6. wow this looks so yumm! I would love a copy. I have followed your blog for years and love your posts.

    thebatya @ gmail.com

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  7. Reasons I need this book:
    1) All the pictures in the blog tour! I want to eat them all.
    2) Learning about world food? Best way to travel. Nothing impresses at dinner parties more than nonchalantly commenting about whipping up some tom yum soup to go along with your pierogi platter, before diving into a rum plantain cake ... and oh yea, it's vegan and gluten free!

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  8. Vegan AND gluten free — and it all looks spectacular!

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  9. Looks beautiful! I'd love a copy!

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  10. Looks beautiful! I'd love a copy!

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  11. I think I need a cookbook where I could make and eat every recipe if I wanted to — no seitan to taunt me. And lots of pictures.

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  12. I love Allyson's last book and can't wait to get my hands on this one. I have so many xgfx people in my life now. These books are perfect.

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  14. I love international vegan cookbooks, and am sorely lacking in specifically gluten free ones. Would be thrilled to have a copy. (It's already in my Amazon wishlist!)

    ~Beth

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  15. I love Vegan Eats World and this sounds live the GF version! I love frittatas and mine come runny. You don't like them much and yours looks perfect; what kind of world is this!? Great manicure; I did stare at it.

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  16. Fig Pastries has me all melty...it looks like a superyumful cookbook! Many thanks!

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  17. Yowza! This look is right up my alley. Salivating already. Is that TMI?

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  18. i so wanna bite into some jerk tofu!

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  19. I'd love a copy too! that frittata looks gorgeous!

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  20. Yay! We are a vegan, gluten-free family - this would be so perfect - thanks!

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  21. Oh, I've been SO excited for this book since I first heard about it! I'd love to page through it and try the recipes.

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  22. The recipes you reviewed from the book are making my tummy rumble! Here I am reading this in bed, teasing myself when I should get up and make some breakfast!
    I've never baked tofu before (or ever experimented with it for that matter) but this definitely gives me an idea on how to prepare it.

    P.S: I have linked your blog to my most recent blog post. Just wanted to let you know. :)

    vegcourtesy.blogspot.com

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  23. Comment attempt no 2 (this comment box hates me, I swear): sounds like a great book. Crossing fingers and toes for an early xmas. :)

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  24. I admire your fried tempeh restraint (I couldn't have passed it up!), but everything you made looks so good. That fritatta is so pretty! I've heard so many good things about the first GGFVE book but I still haven't found a copy here- both are at the top of my list of books to keep an eye out for, though! Jerk tofu sandwiches are definitely on my menu plan in the meantime.

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  25. I'm trying to cook for more GF folks and know this cookbook would be put to good use!

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  26. I have and love Allyson's first book. Given that I really enjoy trying recipes from different culinary traditions, I have a feeling I'd love this book even more than the first one, which is saying a lot! In any case, the recipes you've tried and the other ones you've mentioned all sound very tempting...

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  27. I love Allyson's website so would love to try this book!

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  28. Perfect for my family and nephew! Can't wait to get a copy . . . Thanks SEW much for sharing!

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  29. I'm drooling over that tofu recipe!

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  30. Ooh I have been looking forward to checking out this book. Allyson is a star!

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  31. I can't wait to check out this book!

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  32. Ohhh...thank you for this giveaway. This cookbook looks very interesting :)

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  33. Perhaps the frittata also needs rum ;)

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  34. Fabulousness from a fellow Philly girl!

    And quelle coincedence...I am also hosting a GF giveaway on my blog.

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  35. Thanks for the review and giveaway of Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats from Around the World! Definitely looking forward to checking it out because I can eat all the things, too.

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  36. This looks like such an amazing book! I probably would have even considered it because I'm not GF but now I want it bad. The salad even sounds like something I would make and enjoy and I don't like salad.

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  37. Well as I'm dairy intolerant, soy intolerant, gluten intolerant and vegetarian I am always looking for something different to eat!! I love veges but sometimes you need a little inspiration to make them different.
    Great blog
    Jesse

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  38. Yum! Look at all the tasty things!!

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  39. A lovely cookbook by a phellow Philly girl after my own heart. Even thought Allyson and I have traded tweets, we have not yet met. How is this possible? (Kittee, I am also having a XGFX contest on my blog and I know you're an XGFX -girl so you may want to stop over and invite all your XGFX friends. XXOO (or should I say XXGFOOXX?)

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  40. This seems like such an exciting cookbook, I know a lot of people who are vegan and prefer to eat gluten-free as well! I'm interested in eating a little less gluten and would love to make things for my gluten free compadres too!

    I'm excited to make the Jamaican tofu too! I'll have to play some Bob!

    I love your blog tooo

    I'm promising myself I will make your King Cake some day :D

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  41. I've been wanting this book so bad and now I want it even more!

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  42. This book looks awesome.

    monicamoquendo@gmail.com

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  43. Thank you for the review, my belly loves when I eat GF so I'll be sure to check this book out

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  44. This looks like a great book! Can't wait to pick it up!

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