This year Mardi Gras came before Valentine’s Day, and apparently in Louisiana that means Ya Ka Mein. National treasure Joni Marie Newman whipped up her own insanely gorgeous bowl that includes tofu deviled eggs—in a soup!—and savory seitan chunks in a special broth, and which seems like a much tastier tradition than “drinking hurricanes until your shirt comes off.” Not that we know anything about being stupid on Mardi Gras. Happy Ash Wednesday, everyone!
Best present practices: Vegan food gifts, from Vegan Food Gifts! »
This is what you need to know:
1. Joni Marie Newman's recipes are perfect, basically foolproof instructions for making incredibly delicious food everyone will love.
2. Food gifts are very excellent gifts.
3. Joni’s written a new book, Vegan Food Gifts, perfect to use to make your own gifts, or to give as a meta-present!
4. She’s giving away a copy of Vegan Food Gifts right now on her blog, along with the instructions for making this lovely jar of soup mix/recipe for this actual soup.
So what are you waiting for? The deadline is to win the book is Friday, Nov. 30, so enter already! Or buy the book! Make vegan food gifts for everyone you want to give presents to this year! Obligate them to have you over for dinner! “Oh, this soup? I made it from your mix. Happy holidays in February!”
[photo by Celine Steen for Vegan Food Gifts]
Fusion tacos, COME TO ME. Last year at Vida Vegan Con, Laura and I went to a cooking demo with Joni and our pal Kelly Peloza (love you!), and they made the most delicious Indian-inspired food, and then we got the recipes, and then we got to eat it, and then I actually died of food joy and was tragically reincarnated as myself.
But lucky for new-me, Joni continues to mix flavors and textures to make the most beautiful, flavorful food, hearty and healthy and so delicious, holy moly. These tacos! I cannot wait to mix up a big bowl of that sesame carrot coleslaw and mainline it.
[Note: Click Joni’s devastating photo for her recipe! Or here!]
CLOSED! Vegansaurus giveaway: Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites! »
Who wants a cookbook? You do! You especially want Joni Marie Newman's and Celine Steen's Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, because it’s fantastic! It’s full of tons of super impressive recipes that will blow some omnivore minds. We even got an unsolicited guest review of it, it’s so beloved.
Laura says, If you want to go on the opposite of a weight loss diet (an extra-deliciousness diet!?), you should cook out of this book. Every recipe is crazy-delicious-looking, and adorable and filled with cuteness and personality, à la Celine and Joni! We love love love these two ladies, and we know you’ll love their enormous, amazing cookbook.
To enter, leave a comment with your favorite vegan dish to feed a monster appetite. Anyone who says “I could just eat a bunch of kale in a salad and be totally full” is automatically disqualified for lying. The contest will be open until 9 p.m. PST on Friday, January 27, so ENTER NOW! Good luck!
Update: Contest is closed! Congratulations to Susan! Thanks for entering, everyone, your comments made me super-hungry!
Guest cookbook review: Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites »
If you haven’t already, here are three good reasons to check out the new cookbook Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites by the fabulous collaborative team Joni Marie Newman and Celine Steen:
- You’re throwing an “it’s still warm out” last-chance summer BBQ for friends.
- You have a friend with a very healthy appetite—also known as you.
- Everything this duo creates is awesome and delicious and there’s no reason not to have it on your shelf.
I have made the coleslaw a few times and it has yet to disappoint. The portions are perfect for a dinner with friends, and the dressing is a perfect blend of sweet and tart.
Look at this tantalizing picture of creamy goodness and tell me you don’t want some right now.*
Plus, if you are the hardest sell ever, here’s a bonus reason:
4. I shared a table with Joni at the recent Vida Vegan Con, and she is extremely funny and nice, and her being lovely is a perfectly legitimate reason to buy her cookbook.
*I only allow exceptions if you just ate a humongous tofu scramble or something equally filling.
Geanna lives in Portland, Ore. where she can be found hiking, eating, or writing about food (sometimes she goes to work, too). Find her on Twitter @greenvegnliving or check out her blog, Green Vegan Living.
CLOSED! This contest is CLOSED! Last day to enter to win a copy of The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions! »
Thanks everyone for entering! We’ll announce the winner ASAP!
Are you in the running? All you have to do is leave a comment telling Laura about your favorite vegan food! Or, guess her favorite vegan food! Whichever, just get your name in there before it’s too late! The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions is pretty great and you know you love winning things.
Vegansaurus Giveaway: The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions! Haley is the winner with “kim chee”! »
Those geniuses Joni Marie Newman and Celine Steen are at it again! They’ve written a new cookbook, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions: Veganize It! Foolproof Methods for Transforming Any Dish into a Delicious New Vegan Favorite, and it’s a goodie. Packed with recipes from Beer-Battered Corn Dogs (HELLO!) to Frozen Pot de Crème (HELLO!), this cookbook is outta control. They also have tips for replacing any animal ingredient in pretty much any recipe you could dream up. It’s not only a cookbook, it’s a real resource. Plus, it’s hella cute, easy to follow along, and Joni and Celine are so much fun to read. It’s a keeper.
If you want to win a copy (and you do! because you are a winner!), let me know a food that you like in the comments! Whatever is closest to a my favorite food (don’t try to get it out of me, it’s a SECRET! Just like everything surrounding food should be! Secrets! And lies! What!) will win. Or, you know, I’ll use random.org. We’ll run this until Tuesday, Feb. 8. May the best vegan win! Yes, this giveaway includes a judgement on your character!