Sunday, May 1, 2016

Baconish! Review, Recipe and Giveaway.

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Bacon-Ish will leave you and your kitchen smelling bacon-ish for a while, too!
Bacon-Ish is a brand-new cookbook written by blogger Leinana Two Moons, from Vegan Good Things. This cookbook begins where lots of delicious things begin--in a chapter focused on vegan bacon. Besides the bacon norms you'd expect to find like tempeh, tofu, coconut, mushroom, and eggplant, you'll also find recipes for bacon made from chickpeas, carrots, TVP, and seitan. I rilllly wanted to make the Tofu Bacon, but I couldn't find any smoked tofu in Portland to save my life. What's my city coming to?

The rest of the cookbook focuses on recipes that incorporate these bacon fundamentals, or are bacon-y all by themselves. You'll find the recipes organized by breakfast, soup, salads, sandwiches, sides, mains and sweets.

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Tempeh Bacon over steamed kale and cheezy grits
with berbere mixed into my favorite EFA oil, Seven Sources
I decided to dig right into the "Meet the Bacons" chapter with Leinana's Tempeh Bacon. This was my favorite out of the three I tried, and I loved it for several reasons. The first being that the bacon was really easy to make and came out great. I usually have issues with tempeh bacon not having enough marinade or requiring too much oil to cook. I actually put the tempeh in a zip style plastic bag with the marinade and kept it in the fridge, lifting tempeh from the bag to cook every few days as desired. I loved this! I also learned to cut the tempeh verrrrrry thin for best results. The marinade ratio is just perfect in this recipe--the tempeh does not absorb it all like in others I've tried, which keeps it moist and flavorful, and the addition of oil really helps the tempeh cook without needing gobs more.

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I admired the curly edges the Carrot Bacon acquired while baking.
I was intrigued by the idea of Carrot Bacon, so I made this on my second go. Instead of using a food processor, I pulled out my handy-dandy mandoline, and it worked just great. I loved the flavor and idea of these, but couldn't get them to firm up after baking. I was afraid they'd burn if I baked them any longer, so I popped them into my dehydrator for a couple of hours. The result was pretty fantastic--they developed a great chewy texture. I'll definitely be making more of these, but will probably double the recipe next time, since they didn't last past the afternoon. These made very snack-ish bacon-ish.

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Coconut Bacon.
The last recipe I tried was the Coconut Bacon, which I'm sharing below with permission. Dazee and I both liked this simple version, and it'll go great on salads for the next week. Leinana wasn't kidding about watching this bacon the last few minutes of baking, mine went dark really fast--I caught it just on the cusp of burnt.

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Coconut Bacon 
Makes 2 1/2 cups
From Baconish © 2016 by Leinana Two Moons. Used with permission from Vegan Heritage Press.

What You Need:
♥ 3 tablespoons tamari
♥ 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
♥ 1 tablespoon water
♥ 1 tablespoon maple syrup
♥ 3 cups unsweetened large-flake coconut

What You Do:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Whisk the tamari, liquid smoke, water, and maple syrup together in a large bowl. Stir in the coconut and mix well to ensure that the flakes are evenly coated.

Spread the coconut in an even layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 10 minutes, then stir. Bake another 8 minutes, keeping a very close eye on the coconut in the last few minutes. The coconut will go from almost done to completely burned very quickly. Remove from the oven when the coconut flakes on the outer edges of the pan are becoming a deep, dark brown, but not black.

Place the baking sheet on a cooling rack. The coconut will continue to crisp as it cools. Coconut bacon will keep 1 to 2 weeks in an airtight plastic container, but will become less crisp the longer you store it.

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Giveaway City! --> Vegan Heritage Press is offering a free copy of Bacon-Ish to one of my readers in the United States! To win a copy, all ya have to do is leave a comment on this post by midnight, May 8th (PST), with an easy way to contact you. I'll pick a random person and announce the winner in this post.

The winner is Karen Delaney!!!


  • Title: Bacon-Ish
  • Author:  Leinana Two Moons
  • Blog: Vegan Good Things
  • Publisher:  Vegan Heritage Press
  • Photos:  Colored pics scattered throughout
  • Focus: Vegan bacon in many forms.
  • 6 Recipes to Intrigue: Loaded Potato Soup with Bacon, German-Style Potato Salad with Bacon, The Famous Coconut BLT, Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese, Spinach and Bacon Stuffed Shells and Nearly-Instant Elvis Ice Cream.
  • XGFXness:  Most of the bacon recipes are GF, and probably about half of the remaining recipes are also GF, or can be made so without much effort.

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kittee

Disclosures:
This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a product link and purchase an item, I'll receive a small compensation.

I received a free review copy of Bacon-Ish from Vegan Heritage Press. No compensation or gift was exchanged for this review, and the rad opinion posted here is my own. 

43 comments:

  1. Thanks for having the giveaway. My email is achathampally at gmail

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  2. I am intrigued with the notion of carrot bacon.

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  3. I love all things baconish!!

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  4. This book looks so great! Thanks for having the giveaway!

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  5. What a cute idea @stephr669 on Twitter

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  6. I love vegan bacon and I would love to win this book!

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  7. We would definitely put this book to good use! Fingers crossed. =)

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  8. Oh my goodness! I really need to get my hands on this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    gaia at cinci dot rr dot com

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  9. I'm so intrigued! I would love to check out this cookbook!

    Megan

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  10. I'd love to try chickpea bacon or carrot bacon!! My email is jtdlt10 at gmail.

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  11. I'm intrigued with all the different source products of the bacons. Wow...carrot? Chickpea? I'm so interested in learning how to slice tempeh thin. We just returned home from a trip to Seattle and the Wayward Vegan Café had the best tempeh bacon! liz.ardell at gmail.com

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  12. I saw that carrot bacon the other day. Imma have to try it!

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  13. This cookbook sounds great!

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  14. Highly interested in this book! Thanks for the giveaway Kittee. xoxo @myzoetrope

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  15. Would love to try more vegan bacon recipes, practically goes great on everything ^_^ My email is rducutch@gmail.com

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  16. cool! it's fun to read your review. I still haven't tried the tempeh bacon, but it's next on my list. so many vegan bacons in the world!!

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  17. Yay for vegan giveaways! Bacon please! My email is betsyAnelson @ gmail.com

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  18. Smoked tofu is the one thing I could get in Louisiana that I can't find here in Austin. And it's so good in sandwiches. I wonder why it's not sold more widely.

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  19. Sounds interesting. Would love to try it. rainbowsandbutterflies73@gmail.com

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  20. This sounds like a great book. That tempeh bacon looks fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  21. Carrot bacon = intriguing. veganray(at)verizon(dot)net

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  22. Looks great suepurrrs at gmail

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  23. That tempeh bacon looks so good on top of your grits! Would love to make it & all the other bacon-ish recipes.

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  24. I'm so intrigued by the idea of carrot bacon ....

    fruitcrmble AT Comcast DOT net

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  25. I'm all about all of this but the Tempeh Bacon over Steamed Kale and Cheezy Grits is haunting me!
    bleumoonbebe@yahoo.com

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  26. Fantastic can't wait to try!!!!!

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  27. awesome! you can reach me on facebook, or delcianna AT gmail.com :)

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  28. Great review Kittee and you make grits look awesome! As the friend, roommate and waitress of two potbellied pigs that require prompt service for their meals. We look forward to trying these recipes and then sharing them with everyone so no one eats piggies again.

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  29. Baconish sounds delish....eve k brown at gmail dot com!

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  30. This cookbook sounds great! I've never heard of making carrot into bacon before -- intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! hampiesandwich at gmail

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  31. Maybe today will be my lucky day! Thanks for the review of this new cookbook!

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  32. Wowzers...I haven't had bacon in years! lindstromfamily2@gmail.com

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  33. This sounds like a great collection of recipes to put some bacon flavor into my dishes!

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  34. Oh yeah, I can handle this!!! I've done a couple of things baconish, but thought I was all alone in the world. I live in a small town full of small minds, it's full of burger joints and fried chicken. Save me!!!

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    1. Sorry, that's Teri Miller at teribeariblue@yahoo.com!!

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  35. Looks like an awesome book! thelaughingvegan@gmail.com

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  36. Oooo, that looks fantastic! I'd love a copy, and I look forward to trying this recipe. &drool*

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  37. Ooh - Bacon. One of my favorite things.You can never have enough ideas with bacon. Thanks for the post.

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