Sunday, October 02, 2011

World Vegan Feast
by Bryanna Clark Grogan
Review and Giveaway
And Chipotle Sauce Winner!

My friend, Bryanna Clark Grogan, had been teasing me (read: torturing me) by posting tantalizing photos of recipes from her new book, World Vegan Feast: 200 Fabulous Recipes from Over 50 Countries on her Facebook page for months. So by the time the book was published and I was able to get my hot little hands on a copy, I was practically foaming at the mouth with anticipation. 


I got my palate ready to embark on a journey to delicious with a bounty of delightful dishes from the four corners of the earth, beginning with fantastically flavorful dishes such as ...

Pasta with Cauliflower and Spicy Tomato-Creme Sauce
I adore cauliflower. Like broccoli, I much prefer it cooked, rather than raw. Roasted cauliflower has become a favorite lunch dish, and I'm always looking for recipes that contain this oft-maligned cruciferous vegetable. This delicately flavored dish boasted a creamy sauce that lingered on the tongue after each bite.


Persian Stew with Spinach and Prunes
Give me a good khoresht (Farsi for stew) any day! One of my oldest and dearest friends is from Iran, and Persian cuisine is among my favorites. I never before tasted this particular stew, and it's quite possibly the most delectable I have ever eaten. I mean it was slurpy-lick-the-bowl good. (I never lick the bowl, but this time I just couldn't resist!) I used seitan to make it, but I'll bet it would also be incredible with tempeh. 


Ugandan-Style Peanut Butter Stew
I've discovered that I really love stew! I didn't love it when I was a meat-eater, because I guess I never really loved the taste of meat. But I'm crazy about soy curls, and they were perfect in this flavorful peanutty dish! People often ask why vegans would want to eat food that imitates meat. I love the chewy texture of substitutes like tofu, tempeh, and seitan, and the way they soak up the flavors of spices, sauces, and marinades. And I really love how they satisfy the palates of omnivores, who are accustomed to eating a meat-centered diet and would otherwise never believe that a vegan dish could be so satisfying.


Peruvian Purple Corn Pudding
Okay—so there's not really any corn in this pudding. But it's so fruity, sweet, and delicious, you won't miss the corn a bit!


Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

(Gianduia in Italian) is creamy, rich, and fabulously decadent! I loved toasting my own hazelnuts, creating a "butter" with coconut oil, and watching the finished spread get all melty on my toasted English muffin! Eating it felt like the naughtiest thing I have done all year—and I enjoyed it with a huge smile on my face!


Following is the for recipe Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Bryanna Clark Grogan's World Vegan Feast excerpted by arrangement with Vegan Heritage Press. Copyright © 2011.

Ingredients:

12 oz vegan semisweet chocolate chips or baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup non-dairy milk, heated just to the boiling point (you know which one I used!)
3/4 cup hazelnut butter or 1 cup peeled, toasted, hazelnuts
1 Tbsp coconut oil (omit the oil if you use hazelnut butter)
2 Tbsp confectioners' sugar
1 Tbsp soy or rice protein powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Place the chocolate in a food processor. Pulse briefly and then let the machine run until the chocolate is ground into very small pieces.
2. Heat the nondairy milk to the boiling point, in a small pot on the stove over medium-high heat, or in a microwave in 2-cup microwave-safe pitcher, at 100% power for 1 minute.
3. With the machine running, pour the hot milk slowly through the open tube. The chocolate will melt as you run the processor. Quickly open the processor, scrape the chocolate down from the sides fo the bowl, and add the hazelnut butter. (If you are using whole hazelnuts, grind them along with the oil in the food processor first. Scrape out of the food processor and place in a cup, leaving as little behind as possible.)

Process briefly to disperse hazelnut butter (or hazelnuts and coconut oil) evenly throughout the chocolate. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once more. Add the remaining ingredients and process again until mixture is smooth.

World Vegan Feast is your passport to delectable dishes from around the globe. Don't wait another second to get your very own copy, and start cooking like the culinary world traveler that you are!

If you'd like a chance to win a free copy of World Vegan Feast, simply leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite world cuisine is or what country's cuisine you'd most like to "visit." That's it! One lucky winner will be selected at random. And if you want to earn additional entries, you can do any or all of the following, and leave me a comment for each one that you do:

1. Follow @VeganFeaster on Twitter.
2. Follow @Vegiegail on Twitter.
3. Tweet the following message: Travel to deliciousness! Win a free copy of @VeganFeaster's World Vegan Feast via @Vegiegail http://bit.ly/qvN2MH  #vegan #giveaway
4. Follow this blog! (Click in the upper-left corner of this page if you are on google, subscribe via email, or follow via NetworkedBlogs on Facebook.)

Good luck!!

Congratulations to Melinda Dalke, who won the giveaway for Karry's Chipotle Sauce and So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream! Please send me your postal address, and let me know which flavor sauce you'd like: Peach, Raspberry, or Marionberry!

Update: Congratulations to Christina Katz, who won a copy of Bryanna Clark Grogan's World Vegan Feast! Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! 

134 comments:

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Ahhhhhhhhh. I LOVE this cookbook so much!!

(And if I win, I have only 282929282 wanna-be-vegan friends I'd regift it to, not to worry!!)

I already follow you guys on Twitter, FaceBook and any other way I can stalk you! :D

avegangirl said...

Everything looks SO delicious! That Persian stew looks insanely good! I would LOVE to win this book!

avegangirl said...

I tweeted!

avegangirl said...

I follow you both on twitter!

Randy said...

OMG, everything looks so amazing! I'd love to try North African cuisine!

choirqueer said...

Oh, I've been wanting that cookbook! I have a pretty broad palate but my favorite is probably Indian.

choirqueer said...

Following @VeganFeaster!

choirqueer said...

Following @Vegiegail!

choirqueer said...

Tweeted the message!

Oliver Danni said...

And now I'm following your blog!

Amy said...

I'd LOVE to become more comfortable and proficient with Indian cooking. It's one thing to make a curry, but entirely another to feel like you can "live" in a particular cuisine!

I don't twitter, so no extra entries for me :(

alualuna said...

I think at the moment I'd be most interested in visiting Korean's cuisine! But I like the food of too many countries really....

Jared said...

I've heard amazing things about this cookbook! I would love to visit India and explore more that their cuisine offers.

Jessica Caneal said...

I would most like to visit New Orlean's style cuisine. Not very worldly of me, but it is definitely something I haven't had much experience with!

Jessica Caneal said...

I follow @VeganFeaster on Twitter.

Jessica Caneal said...

I follow @Vegiegail on Twitter.

Jessica Caneal said...

I tweeted about this contest!

Jessica Caneal said...

I follow this blog on Google Reader.

KnitNana said...

Yes! I'd love this, and my favorite cuisine is Indian...

I've begun to follow your blog now, thank you!

MLvegan said...

I'm Irish. is there such a thing as vegan Irish stew??

Emily & Laura said...

I LOVE the food of India! And I'd love to win this book :)

Emily & Laura said...

Followed @VeganFeaster!

Emily & Laura said...

Followed @vegiegail!

Emily & Laura said...

Followed the blog!

Christie said...

If there was ever a giveaway I wanted to win really bad, it's this one! I think I already have a pretty global palate. I love Indian, Thai, and most other Asian cuisines. But Persian food sounds delicious, so I'd love to try making the stew. It looks yummy!

Christie said...

I follow this blog! (And I'm SO glad I do!)

MarkTwain said...

My fav right now is Thai!

MarkTwain said...

I follow @VeganFeaster on Twitter. @martielou

MarkTwain said...

I follow @Vegiegail on Twitter. @martielou

MarkTwain said...

I tweeted the message! @martielou

MarkTwain said...

I subscribe to this blog :)

Michelle said...

I followed both on twitter and posted giveaway

Kathy said...

I would love to add this cookbook to my library!!!! Love Bryanna's recipes =) My favorite food is Thai!!! Love the flavors ;)

Cadry said...

My favorite world cuisine is Ethiopian followed by Indian and Mediterranean. This cookbook looks fantastic! And I look forward to trying the vegan hazelnut spread.

Cadry said...

I'm following VeganFeaster on Twitter!

Cadry said...

I'm following vegiegail on Twitter!

Carla said...

My favorite is Thai food! the spicier the better!

sara said...

this book sounds awesome. i'm really digging ethiopian cuisine right now.

sara said...

following you now, via my Google reader

esther said...

Looking forward to adding this book to my large collection! I love Bryanna Clark recipes already! I love anything Middle Eastern and look forward especially to those!

Lisa said...

These look delish. I would love to try German, Swiss or Irish cuisine.

Anonymous said...

I would love this cookbook! I would also love to try Indian food. Everyone always talks about how good it is!

B.A.D. said...

Ack i cannot believe I still don't have my greedy hands on this book! Killer photos.

Claire Maunsell said...

Indian food is the best - bar none!
Just one opinion...

Jessica said...

It seems Indian is a popular choice, and I think I must follow suit. I love spicy!

Anna said...

All of the dishes in your photos look absolutely scrumptious! I have traveled quite a bit, but I've never seen food look more tantalizing. Would I love a copy of this book? Who wouldn't? I would love to explore South American dishes, as my culinary skills are seriously lacking there.

Anna said...

I tweeted the message, and of course, I follow you and VeganFeaster on twitter.

Laura Marallo said...

Everything looks scrumptious! I'd like to try my hand at Ethiopian/Eritrean and Moroccan. A couple of my faves!

Laura Marallo said...

Now following @VeganFeaster on Twitter...

Laura Marallo said...

Following @Vegiegail too!

Laura Marallo said...

Just tweeted about this giveaway. :-)

VeganMarr said...

It all looks lovely & decadent! Pass the puddin'! :-)

Jill B. said...

This cookbook looks awesome! I have never tried Indian cuisine, so I would love to try that.

Susan said...

I love so many different cuisines.
I am hopefully going to Japan next year, and I am quite hopeful I can try some lovely traditional vegan Japanese food when there.

Athena said...

I love Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese foods. Yum!

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Athena said...

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Athena said...

I'm already a follower of your blog.

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Ann Marie said...

Love any middle eastern food, does the cookbook have a couple of plane tickets in the jacket?

Anna (Green Talk) said...

I love Persian food. Okay, anything Middle Eastern. The stew looks delish.

Anna (Green Talk) said...

I am an email subscriber!

Anna (Green Talk) said...

I follow you on twitter

Anna (Green Talk) said...

I tweeted via @greentalk

Anna (Green Talk) said...

I follow Bryanna on twitter.

sgcorrie said...

I loveloveLOVE Italian food!

vegAnn said...

Would love to try more vegan African food

vegAnn said...

Following Bryanna on twitter, I'm @coniecone

vegAnn said...

Already following Gail!

vegAnn said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/coniecone/status/120877351029575680

vegAnn said...

Already following via email

Momo said...

Following @VeganFeaster on Twitter (@mmmorgans)

Momo said...

Following @vegigail on twitter (@mmmorgans)

Momo said...

Tweeted your giveaway (@mmmorgans)

Momo said...

I am following your blog via email

Momo said...

My favorite world cuisine is Mexican! But the one cuisine I would really like to Experience first hand is Italian!

Terri Cole said...

Indian, Italian & Thai are just a few of my favorite cusines!

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Terri Cole said...

I'm a blog subscriber

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh! Yum! I'm currently on a japanese food kick, so I'll say that's my favorite. :)

Kathy Hester (GeekyPoet) said...

I love Indian food but anything with bold spices and a big variety will win me over anytime.

supercarrot said...

oh, i think i would like to go to greece maybe. tahini for the win!

Vegyogini said...

Ethiopian is my fave! Thanks for the giveaway!

Ashley said...

I follow on twitter!! I'm soo hoping to win! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Ashley said...

I already follow you on twitter!

Ashley said...

I follow your blog!

Ashley said...

The country I'd most like to see next is Greece! It's stunning. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book :)

Katie said...

I want a new cookbook that takes delicious recipes from all over the world not just the standard fare. I would love to try egyptian dishes!

Julia P. said...

This cookbook looks amazing! My favorite world cuisine is Indian, and I'd most like to visit Eastern European vegan style!

Julia P. said...

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Julia P. said...

I follow @vegiegail @avocadosandwich

Julia P. said...

I tweeted this giveaway @avocadosandwich

panda with cookie said...

yes please. I want to get down with Canadian poutine

panda with cookie said...

I am following Bryanna on twitter.

panda with cookie said...

And I'm following veggie gail on twitter.

panda with cookie said...

I am also following this blog. Poutine!

Kerry Soliz said...

I love thai food and often cook it for myself. The Persian stew looks very interesting. Would LOVE to win a copy of your book so I can try all your recipes!

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! said...

Follow VegieGail on Twitter!

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! said...

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Kim said...

My favorite world cuisine is probably Ethiopian food, but I love to try new flavors and cuisines. Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! said...

Tweeted about your giveaway! :)

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! said...

AND I followed your blog! :D Thanks so much for putting on this awesome giveaway! :)

Vegan Wheekers said...

My favorite is Vietnamese food, pho.

Vegan Wheekers said...

I follow @VeganFeaster on Twitter.

Vegan Wheekers said...

I follow @Vegiegail on Twitter.

Vegan Wheekers said...

I follow the blog via email subscription.

missmuffcake said...

I love Mexican food! From nachos to tacos - love it all! :)

missmuffcake said...

followed @VeganFeaster on twitter!

~ Cee ~ said...

I love Greek and Lebanese food the most, while I'd most like to visit France. Not that I'm opposed to visiting Greece!
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Cassandra said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I love Japanese food and am always on the lookout for good Japanese vegan recipes.

Cassandra said...

And I'm following you on Opera's RSS feed! :)

Maddy said...

Favorite world cuisine: THAI!! I would love to win this book

Maddy said...

I follow you!

Mary said...

I absolutely love French Cuisine!! Making it vegan is the fun!

moonsword said...

Southern India...spices, rices, flatbreads, lentils, exotic fruits...yummm!

Caeli said...

I subscribed via email!

caeli said...

I looove Indian food, I'd love to go to India on a food holiday and eat myself into a stupor :)

awesomeveganrad said...

Indian food is my absolute favorite! This book sounds amazing, I can't wait to try out those stew recipes!

Joy said...

I really want to try the Persian Stew with Spinach and Prunes, it sounds great! I don't think I have ever had Persian cuisine.

Joy said...

I am following @VeganFeaster

Joy said...

I am following @Vegiegail

Joy said...

I tweeted about the contest!
(@bjoycannon)

Joy said...

And I am now following your blog! Glad I found it :)

Anonymous said...

My favourite world cuisine is Indian, and I'm happy I've happened upon this site!

Suburban Snow White said...

I've always loved Indian food -- my Dad lived there for 2 years for Peace Corps. I also love certain Bolivian foods (though I've moved away from many since going vegan) from my three years in the Peace Corps. Now I'm becoming a fan of Ethiopian cooking. Too hard to pick. :)

bitt said...

i like so many countries cuisine's but i think i'd love to visit vietnam because i love their vegan pho soup. (and my word verification has the word pho in it! it's a sign i should win)

bitt said...

follow veganfeaster on twitter @cherrycobbler

bitt said...

following vegegail on twitter @cherrycobbler

bitt said...

following the blog.

Christina said...

Wow, everything looks so good! India. Or maybe Ethiopia. Or heck, anything Asian.

Christina said...

I subscribed by e-mail.

Christina said...

I'm following on Twitter. And I tweeted, too!

Laura S. Nall said...

I would happily live on Indian food for the rest of my life. Now if only I could learn to cook it!

Babette said...

Thank you for reviewing these recipes... I got the book a few weeks ago and I really like it, but I like to read about other people's impressions and especially see more pictures of the dishes.

Vegiegail said...

Thanks for stopping by, Babette! I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying the book and that you appreciated my thoughts and photos!