Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review: Sweet Potato Soul by Jenne Claiborne

If you've ever been on that little site called YouTube, you may have seen the lovely JennĂ© Claiborne on her YouTube channel cooking delicious vegan meals.  On her blog and channel, she cooks many different styles of food, but this book focused on Southern food.  Atlanta born and raised, she works to show people you can still eat delicious Soul Food sans meat, eggs, and dairy, and not feel like you're missing a thing. Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul is her first foray into the printed cookbook world.

Her intro story is fascinating. so don't just breeze by it.  All these recipes are very accessible, with easy to find ingredients.  Beautiful pictures!  Quite a bit of sweet potato use, but that shouldn't be a surprise considering the title.  Seriously, how amazing does the cover picture of Fried Cauliflower Chicken look?  Sweet potato cinnamon rolls and jalapeno hush puppies are on my long list of recipes I want to try from this book. 




IS IT VEGAN-FRIENDLY?  Duh.  It's a vegan cookbook.  "100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice and Soul."  Yes, of course, it's vegan-friendly.

WOULD I BUY IT?  Yes, if for no other reason, I've been watching her on YouTube for what feels like forever.  For no real reason other than a lack of time, I haven't actually tried any of her recipes before, so I'm super excited to see if they taste as good as they look on TV.  


I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  There was no obligation to give a positive review, and if you read my blog, you know I'm a tell-it-like-it-is kind of girl.  I mean what I say and say what I mean, that holds true for my review.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Book Review: Power Plates by Gena Hamshaw

Gena Hamshaw, of Food52 fame, has put out another book, Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals.  

She starts the book by talking about ingredients, followed by how to batch cook beans and grains.  There's even a bit on macronutrients if you follow that kind of thing.  The book ends with meal planning ideas.  The pages are a good weight, and there are gorgeous pictures of every recipe.  There is a lot of roast this, puree that.  Nothing complicated.  The book is divided into six sections, Breakfast, Salads, Soups, Bowls, Skillets and Stovetop and Bakes.  She gives the same advice I give everyone, try a recipe as it was originally intended, onwards from there, make it your own by modifying ingredients to suit your taste.

There's a misconception that vegan food is not only expensive but time-consuming to make.  This book helps to disprove that idea.  All the recipes are easy to make and uses ingredients that I have in my pantry.  Albeit, not everyone has bulgur wheat or miso, but I didn't see anything I couldn't find at a local market or on Amazon.  I do like that none (well, none that I saw) of these recipes relied on faux meats or commercially-made vegan products.  It's all veggies, fruits, beans, and grains.



IS IT VEGAN-FRIENDLY?  Duh.  It's a vegan cookbook.  "100 Nutritionally balanced, one-dish vegan meals."  Yes, of course, it's vegan-friendly.

WOULD I BUY IT?  Yes, I'm made many recipes from Gena Hamshaw's Food52 Vegan: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen.  Just about everything in that book was really good, so my guess is that everything in here is equally amazing.  I would definitely buy Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals for anyone trying to switch over to a plant-based lifestyle but is lost on what to make.

I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  There was no obligation to give a positive review, and if you read my blog, you know I'm a tell-it-like-it-is kind of girl.  I mean what I say and say what I mean, that holds true for my review.