Book Review and Giveaway: The Natural Vegan Kitchen

***This giveaway is now closed. The winner is announced below.***

I suppose some people would call my diet restrictive. Not only am I vegan, but I don’t eat any processed food, and I don’t eat white flour or white sugar. I also try to keep it low fat and gluten free when possible. I know before I started eating this way I certainly would have thought it was crazy. I used to pretty much live on cheese and white flour. It’s funny if you think about it – all I said was “I want to stop eating things that are making me sick.” Somehow trying to use food to nourish yourself has become the odd thing in our society.

But now that I’m doing it, I actually feel like I eat a tastier and more varied diet than almost anyone I know (I mean, look at my recipes! Does this look like the diet of someone who is depriving themselves of delicious food?). It’s amazing how adding certain restrictions can open you up to a whole new set of options – by disallowing certain foods I forced myself to learn all about a ton of new and delicious ones. And of course I look and feel a whole lot better, too!

Making the transition can be a challenge, however – it’s really not hard for me to eat this way on a day to day basis but when I first started there was definitely a learning curve as I had to question all of the things that had become routine. One of the issues I had was finding cookbooks and recipes that met all of my criteria – but that seems to be getting easier all the time, and one more piece of evidence is The Natural Vegan Kitchen. As the title suggests, it is vegan, but she also does a great job of keeping it to real, whole foods and most of the recipes are even gluten free.

I’ve already posted her French Toast and Quiche recipes and they were both delicious. The rest of the book is great, too (of course I haven’t made them all but I’ve read most of them and they look flavorful and healthy). The recipes are also very approachable, and I suspect they would be pretty good even to people who aren’t trying to eat vegan or whole foods, so you can get away with serving them to your friends and family!

Overall it’s an excellent go-to book for healthy meals, and I think it’s a good resource for vegans or just anyone trying to learn how to eat a few more vegetables and a bit less processed food. If that sounds like you, then you’re in luck! I’m doing my very first giveaway and it’s a copy of this book. You have two ways to win (you can even do both and get two chances!)

1. Comment on this post…you can say whatever you want, just make sure to include your email or website so I can contact you if you win!

2. Follow and tweet about @cleangreenblog – I won’t even make you reference this giveaway, I just want you to mention me! (who doesn’t love a good twitter mention?)

I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

Note: The publisher of this book sent me a copy to review (which I am now giving away) but I am not being compensated in any way and am under no obligation to write a positive review. You can check out the publisher’s site and get a chance to win some more of their books by clicking the photo below.

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Update: And the winner is….

Kier @ Life {and Running} in Iowa!

Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you to get your address, hope you love the cookbook!

Sorry to those who didn’t win but I’ll be giving away another cookbook soon so check back!

 

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