Lindsay Nixon of the Happy Herbivore blog and cookbooks has been one of my favorites since I first started blogging and really getting into vegan cooking. Her easy approach to food makes vegan cooking approachable, affordable, and easy. No hunting around hippie grocery stores to find obscure ingredients (though hippie stores can be fun!) and no overly complex recipes. Don’t get me wrong – I love a great complicated recipe that takes hours to pull off – but let’s be serious. No one has the time nor inclination to do that ALL of the time. I know I certainly don’t.
When my eldest daughter first approached vegetarianism when she was 16 – it was Lindsay’s first book The Happy Herbivore that she used for every single meal since it was easy to follow and tasty. And believe me…if A can make a successful dish out of these time and again, you know they are easy to follow! (sorry honey).
I bought her second book, Everyday Happy Herbivore and was amazed that she came up with even more, tasty, healthy, and quick vegan meals.
So as Lindsay was looking for bloggers to help promote her latest creation Happy Herbivore Abroad with a review, interview, and giveaway – I jumped at the chance and feel fortunate to have been selected for the Blog Tour!
With over 135 internationally inspired recipes, there’s something in here for everyone.
So the day is finally here, and I want to tell you all about the newest book, what I’ve made from it, the reviews from myself and my family, and Lindsay’s answers to my interview questions, and best of all – give YOU a chance to get one of your very own. For free.
Peppered throughout the book (pun intended…you know…a food reference) are stories of Lindsay’s international travels. So while its first and foremost a cookbook, it’s easy to read it cover to cover as she shares stories about people, food, recreating dishes she’s enjoyed, or even getting recipes from a woman on a train (probably my favorite story).
Then of course there are the recipes. Indian, Italian, Mexican, French, Middle Eastern, German, Spanish, Thai, etc. You get the picture I hope. What’s even more fun is they are quick, no added fat, vegan, and use common ingredients from the local grocery. And somehow she manages to capture the essence of the different cultures in each dish.
I have already made a ton out of this book, but I’m going to share just a few favorites – and hope it encourages you to pick up a copy when you can. I promise – you won’t be disappointed.
my husband is VERY Italian, and we’ll do all-out Italian dinners every few months. I served up the Vodka Sauce on page 171, and it was the biggest hit of the night. Spicy, smooth, and fabulous. And when you can serve up a traditional Italian dish at only 89 calories…you don’t feel guilty eating a ton of it.
We also do a themed Mexican night most weeks – Taco Tuesday. The very first recipe I made was the lentil taco “meat” on page 43. I’ve now made it 3 times because it gets eaten so quickly and I never get leftovers. Next batch, I’m hiding in the back of the fridge so D doesn’t eat it all (again).
my personal preference is corn tortillas, though the rest of my family likes flour ones. Served up with a side of Easy Spanish Rice on p. 126 (which I made even easier by using my rice cooker), it was a perfect meal.
our preferred taco toppings – build your own, of course.
And finally, on Indian night (usually 1-2 weekend days a month), I made three of Lindsay’s Indian recipes. You can’t have Indian night with just one dish! Served up with homemade garlic naan, everyone was digging the food.
Red Lentil Masoor Dal (p. 46), Vegetable Korma (p. 100), and Aloo Matar (p. 102) all on basmati rice.
1 – What is your favorite thing to cook, and how did that feature in your new book?
I enjoy cooking in general, I don’t favor any one ingredient per se.
2 – Everything I’ve ever made from your books has turned out fantastically. How do you decide which of your recipes are the most successful, and how many do you actually create, but not include in the book?
That’s awesome! woohooo!
When I’m working on a new cookbook, I try out new recipes. If I like them, I pass it on to my team of testers for their approval and feedback. A good bit of recipes never make it to them and a small handful of recipes don’t make it past my testers.
3 – What is your philosophy when it comes to food, what you eat, and what you include in your book?
I eat a low-fat (no oil) whole foods, plant-based diet, so I write recipes that fit that definition. I believe food just be just as nutritious as it is delicious.
4 – Can you relate your career change from lawyer to vegan chef to a particular experience?
I think anyone that has ever changed a career — or experienced a significant change in their life could relate to my experience. For me it was about finding my way, making sacrifices, and finding the determination to make it work. I think those emotions and experiences associated with them could be present in many life situations.
5 – What advice do you have for the aspiring chef?
What makes you stand out? Know that and focus on it. Also know what your end game is — what is the dream? Being a personal chef, opening a restaurant… It’s important (with any career) to know where you’re going so you can travel the right path to get there.
6 – What’s the longest time you’ve spent in the kitchen cooking? I’d hate to think I’m the only one out there who can spend 8-10 hrs. straight just cooking!
Well over 12 hours.
7 – What’s your favorite movie? as a movie junkie myself, I just HAD to throw this in there
Hmm… I’m not sure I have one. I live in Los Angeles, so I see movies constantly — there are so many great ones! I just re-watched The Town on a 17-hour flight to Finland and remembered how fantastic that movie was. Not my favorite, but the freshest in my memory.
as a personal comment…The Town is really good. Boston, bank robberies, Jeremy Renner. Need I say more?
So now that I’ve completely convinced you to want this book, it’s very simple to win one. You only have to do TWO things – and they are both really simple.
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The entry deadline is 12/29/12 at midnight EST, and if your name is picked out of the (electronic) hat – and yes, it’s a fully random selection – then just in time for the new year, you’ll get a brilliant, fun to read, easy to follow, healthy-habit-forming cookbook. And if you’re NOT vegan – don’t be intimidated. It’s all about GOOD food. It just happens to be meat and dairy free too (bonus!).
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