GIVEAWAY: Pure Vegan, Pure Flavor

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Remember when I used to blog about different cooking and recipes I tried all the time? Ya, about that…

I still do cook (occasionally) though I will admit to eating out a lot more now that I have a busier work life and work in the downtown core, however, I am working hard to get back to cooking and trying new recipes this summer which is why I was super excited when I got an email offering me the Pure Vegan cookbook to review (and giveaway a copy! Keep reading for details on entering!)

Book Description:

Pure Vegan proves that embracing a vegan lifestyle can be stylish and beautiful via 70 recipes that are both plant-based and indulgent. The only vegan cookbook that celebrates eating and enjoyment rather than emphasizing the politics of a vegan lifestyle, this beautiful compilation features novel, vivacious recipes. Yes, they’re non-meat-egg-dairy, and they’re fabulous! Pure ingredients and unique combinations appeal to meat lovers and committed vegans alike. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are represented, and a special chapter is dedicated to late-night indulgences such as chocolate truffles and herbal cocktails. Seventy-five gorgeous pictures round out this fetching package. Joseph Shuldiner is a Los Angeles based writer, photographer, and contributor to EAT: Los Angeles.

I’m proud to say I’ve tried two recipes out of it in the last few weeks; Potato Torte and French Toast with Cardamom Pear Compote. They both sound kind of fancy but they were also both super easy and used ingredients I mostly had on hand!

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French Toast with Cardamom Pear Compote

Compote Ingredients:

  • 2 pears, peeled and cored
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • Grated zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

French Toast Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups soymilk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil or soy margarine
  • 6 to 8 slices rustic bread

To make the Compote:

Cut the pears into 1/2-inch dice. Put them in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; add the maple syrup, lemon zest, lemon juice and cardamom; and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and syrupy, 10 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

To make the French Toast:

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, and salt and blend with a whisk. Add the soymilk, maple syrup, and vanilla and whisk just until smooth and free of lumps. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles when added to the pan. Dip several slices of the  bread (however many will fit in the skillet without touching) in the batter and fry until golden brown on the first side, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn and fry the second side until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining bread, adding more oil as necessary. Serve with the pear compote and a dusting of powdered sugar. Drizzle with additional maple syrup if desired.

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I made this for Father’s Day brunch before going golfing. We ate it with scrambled eggs (not vegan, but delicious!) Both my dad and Eric enjoyed the french toast and it was really delicious!

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If you’re looking for a vegan French Toast recipe, or any French Toast recipe for that matter, I highly recommend this one!

In exchange for reviewing a recipe from the Pure Vegan cookbook I was also offered another cookbook of my choice. Guess what I chose…

Newlywed cookbook

Appropriate, right?! πŸ™‚

Anyways, I am giving away one copy of Pure Vegan to a blog reader in North America! All you have to do is comment on this blog post and let me know what the last NEW recipe you cooked was.

This giveaway will close on June 28 at 5:00 PM PST!

35 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    The last new recipe I tried was a tempeh recipe from the fitnessista last night. It was the first time I had actually cooked something from scratch in at least a month (ridiculous!).

  2. What a great giveaway! I haven’t been cooking as much either. I have had so many social events in the evenings, and then was gone a couple of weekends in a row. I used to make my big meals on Sundays but now I am trying to shift that to Friday nights.

    I think my last new recipe was this puttanesca sauce which was SO good (and vegan!).

  3. Kelly says:

    Yay, this is a fun giveaway!!! I am probably a total idiot here, but what is “all purpose” (listed in the french toast recipe). I actually like vegan recipes even though I am not one because my stomach does not like cheese, and sometimes egg yolks but I can usually eat french toast- but hey why not do a french toast my stomach actually will definitely like. Ha.

    I am not super good with the cooking lately either so I think the last really yummy thing I have cooked was quinoa burgers. So good I need to make those again.

    • MissAmber says:

      Whoops, forgot to add flour onto the end of all-purpose πŸ™‚ Thanks for catching that!

  4. abbi says:

    Great giveaway! I’m trying new recipes all the time. Last evening I tried a Thai wrap with a peanut sauce. I would really love to cook more vegetarian/vegan recipes but often mine don’t turn out real well…maybe I just need better recipes!

  5. ris says:

    We just made black bean burgers (kind of made up our own recipe) and they were so good! Hurray for a more healthy/alternative grill food!

  6. Ali says:

    I just tried a new recipe yesterday: Margarita cupcakes from Annie’ So good! I made a kid friendly one (ie without tequila) and an adult version and both were a big hit!

  7. Britt says:

    Yay for cookbooks! The last recipe I made was birthday cake for T! (I’ve been existing on PB and Toast lately…)

  8. Ah, just the cover of that newlywed cookbook is beautiful. I have so many cookbooks that I really need to start using. I’ve actually used Mama Peas’ cookbook quite a bit for a number of things. I need to challenge myself to make one meal a week from a cookbook or something.

  9. Danielle says:

    Uhm, I think it is so bad, but I can’t remember the last time i tried a new recipe….I think that means it’s fate for a new cookbook hahaha!!

  10. Meghan says:

    The last new recipe I tried was from the ‘Peas and Thank-You’ cookbook and it was for vegan teriyaki tofu and was all shades of amazing.

  11. Jamie says:

    That french toast looks so awesome.. I would have never thought to use flour! Would love to have a copy of that cookbook πŸ™‚

    The latest recipe I tried was called “Dijon potatoes” and I made it in tin foil over the bbq… to be honest it was pretty bland because there is not a lot of oil/butter… which makes potatoes taste GREAT haha

  12. Sherry Sim says:

    Our daughter is vegetarian so we are always trying new vegan recepies so we can all eat together as a family. The last recepie I tried was last night when we had Jordy’s tex mex…your right. Jordan’s home made recepie…and it was really good! Black beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, cheese and a tortilla wrap…..I love the Looneysoons trilogy for good family meals…

  13. Sarah says:

    It’s been quite some time that I’ve tried a new recipe, I usually just re-make my favorites over and over. I semi-recently made Chocolate Covered Katie’s deep dish cookie pie (, which was amazing!

  14. Oh . . . I haven’t used a new recipe in ages. The last new recipe that I followed straight through was probably from Mama Pea’s cookbook. The thai chickpea burgers – and that would have been last summer. I should probably do something about that.

  15. Bronwyn says:

    Wow… last new recipe I tried…. this is making me realize how long it has been since I have done any cooking. I made a vegan red velvet cake like four months ago… last one I remember.

  16. The last new recipe I cooked was chorizo mac and cheese!

  17. Shoshanah says:

    That french toast looks delicious, vegan or not! As for the last new meal I’m cooked, I’m pretty sure it was also the last one I blogged about which would be the Pioneer Woman’s meatballs.

  18. Kirky says:

    Not many recipes involved in my cooking. Whatever veggies are in the fridge + protein (maybe) + pasta/quinoa/rice/etc = dinner!

  19. gail says:

    last new recipe i cooked was: chicken alfredo pasta

  20. Travel Spot says:

    I love trying new recipes! I just made my first ever homemade pizza crust! It was easier than I thought it would be!

  21. Cindy says:

    cool little contest…found you on KamBlogs! great blog

  22. Kristen N. says:

    The latest recipe that I’m cooking (and it’s baking right now!) are coconut flour chocolate chip cookies!

  23. Michelle says:

    A vegan Thai noodle dish that was delicious!

  24. katherine d says:

    Hmmm, last new recipe I made was vegan coconut cupcakes !

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  25. Emily W. says:

    The last new recipe that I made was a stir fry using hoisin sauce. I substituted extra firm tofu for seitan but followed the rest of the recipe verbatim. It was delicious! My old stir fry method ended up with a really runny sauce but this one was nice and thick and coated the vegetables. Also, the broccoli cooked perfectly.

  26. Becky says:

    I’m totally changing up my eating habits and foods so I think this would be really awesome to win! But oh my gosh – the last NEW recipe I tried? Um….I actually checked my blog because I’m pretty good about putting them on there and it says this Lemon Ginger Asparagus. (The post is also from April. Yikes! Maybe I need to crack open some cookbooks!)

  27. Carmine K says:

    That looks delicious! I’m going to make it this weekend! =)

  28. Destini says:

    My last new recipe i cooked was a gin and tonic birthday cake…i guess i baked that?

    Or dinner wise, was a chickpea curry

  29. Laura says:

    A raw soup with kale and broccoli and avocado. πŸ™‚

  30. hillary says:

    The last new recipe I made was for a roast chicken BUT I am totally interested in vegan cooking, I swear πŸ™‚

  31. Heidi says:

    I know the feeling about the lack of cooking lately – I’m all about the quick recipes these days but I did make BBQ salmon for the first time for my mom last week and it turned out really good. First time doing salmon on the grill and it turned out awesome!

  32. Jennifer L. says:

    The latest ‘new-to-me’ recipe I tried was a bean salad – the recipe was from the back of the seasoning label πŸ™‚ (but it was deelicious!).

  33. Sand says:

    The last new recipe I tried was a chickpea coconut curry – it came out pretty well

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