Book Review and Giveaway: The Natural Vegan Kitchen

Win your own copy of 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.


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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  • i have three things to say:
    1) your blog is awesome
    2) i can’t wait to see your pictures from india and hear about the trip!
    3) this cook book looks sweet. i want it.

  • LOVE it! i totally agree with others questioning my (our) food choices….which is so odd! Thanks for posting such great recipes, really is a great resource!

  • This cookbook looks awesome! Being a fairly new vegan, I find that I still have to be cautious of processed foods. I used to think just b/c it is “vegan” it must be healthy. Definitely not the case. This cookbook would really help me get some new ideas for meals base on unprocessed ingredients!

  • I am new to your blog but I love it so far!! I’ve been going back through your past posts. Soooo glad to have found you!!

  • As a new Vegan, I am looking into all the recipes I can get! My favorite book so far has been Appetite for Ruduction. I just love it!

  • I´m really glad I found your blog. I´m not 100% vegan yet but I´m ready to start the transition and it´s really nice to find encouragement in the blogging world.

    By the way, your photography is awesome!!

    Greatings from Germany,

  • I so agree with what you said! I also try to eat the same way you do– I’m amazed at how hard it’s not. I’m also amazed at how great I feel because of it. I would LOVE to win this book! I’m crossing my fingers!

  • Hey!

    Well, I’d love to win this book! It looks great!

    When are you writing your own book? 😛 It would be the best!

    Anyway. I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and I love it! Thank you so much!

  • I really understand the cheese/bread thing, but like the sound of eating things that don’t make me feel like crap. I think it’d be nice to get a cool cookbook to help me make that leap.

  • This looks like a great cookbook. I have been adding a lot of vegan dishes to my meals and would love to try some new ones. 🙂

  • I’m a newbie to your blog, but love it so far! I’m not a vegan, but love the idea of eating healthy, whole foods. The cookbook looks awesome! I would love to win. 🙂 Thanks!

  • I’m excited to find your blog. Over the last few weeks my husband and I have started to enjoy a healthier diet with minimal processed foods, and we can already tell a difference. 🙂 I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  • we just found out our 1 year old has an egg allergy, and being lactose intolerant and not fond of meat myself, i was already leaning heavily towards veganism, anyway. but now i’m on a mission to find good cookbooks! thanks for the opportunity~

  • I have recently stumbled across your blog while searching for healthy vegetarian, vegan, natural and whole food recipes. I really love how simple and time friendly they are, as a student time is sometimes hard to come by.

    I do find it challenging sometimes to find inspiration for new foods living in a small city where food choices are limited. Thank you for keeping it real

  • Just discovered and subscribed to your blog 🙂
    I’d love to win this book. I’ve been vegan for a year now and eat very healthily by average standards but could definitely still improve!
    Thank you.

  • We are very similar when it comes to eating. I was explaining to some co-workers today that I follow a vegan diet for the most part and of course they asked what I could eat. I think they were surprised to hear that I actually cook 99% of my food from scratch and don’t eat any processed food. I just don’t think I would have it any other way. It is hard to eat the food at work meetings though…I try not to be too picky.

  • I would love this cookbook. My husband and I are recently converted vegans that need new food ideas. Love your blog BTW.

  • It’s never too late to start! I have been eating no white flour/sugar and no processed food for 18 months. I feel terrific! I also limit my gluten and dairy. Everything has changed…my skin glows, I have more energy and I am a very happy person!

    I would love a book about vegan cooking…that’s my next step!!

    I love your blog…tips and recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  • I just found your blog and I already absolutely love it! I have recently started trying to eliminate processed food and added sugar from my diet and you are already making it much easier!

  • Have you read the book Skinny Bitch? It’s kind of about the diet you have and why it’s good for you and why other things are bad for you etc.

  • Thanks for the great review Jessica! Love your blog. As the author of The Natural Vegan Kitchen, I’m so happy to hear all of the enthusiasm for vegan recipes using whole, unprocessed foods. I hope you guys enjoy the book and feel free to send me your comments and questions: [email protected]. I always love hearing about creative variations you make!

  • I’d love to enter this giveaway! I hope you ship to Bangladesh…? It’s so hard (read: impossible) to find vegan books here so I would love to get my hands on this one! Off to tweet you now 🙂

  • I’ve said it before, but I love your blog. I’ve already shared it with a few friends. Someday, I’d like to be in the place you’re at–no processed foods. For now, a vegan diet will do for me though!

  • I would LOVE to win this because I am working really hard to eat healthy and work on veganism while tolerating others’ opinions and comments. It’s not easy in college surrounded by a sorority of skeptics!

  • I’m only just discovering your blog, and all of the recipes I’ve seen so far look fabulous! 🙂 Like many others here, I’m very interested in using food to nourish my body, and cutting back the not-so-whole stuff. This book sounds like a great resource!

  • I have been vegetarian for 25 years but I am starting a month vegan and gluten free to lose weight and feel healthier. I think by the end of it I will probably carry it on. I have a lot of Indian and Mexican recipes but could do with some inspiration outside of these two cuisines!!

  • I am not a vegan, but I am making an effort to eat very little meat/fish, and I stopped eating dairy entirely. Processed food of course went a long time ago – though I never really consumed much of those in the first place, growing up in Italy I was raised predominantly on whole foods.

    However I have a bit of a hard time getting my family to eat more vegan meals – which is why I’d love to win this book!

    Thank you for the inspiration, I just found your blog and I am loving the recipes you shared so far.

  • This book looks wonderful – I’ve been working on incorporating healthier vegan meals into my busy schedule, and this would be awesome! Love your blog!

  • Over the last few years I have transisitioned to a much more restricted diet for the same reasons – to feel better! I’m not completely vegan, I do eat fish and egg whites sometimes, but I’m gluten, dairy, sugar and “meat” free. I feel so much better! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • I feel very lucky lately!!! Funny, I was just thinking May would be the best month to turn my vegetarian lifestyle into a free and loving vegan one.

    Vegan restricting? How dare they say that? Vegan is by far the most interesting and liberating lifestyle.

    I am already daydreaming about my vegan creations and me running a the Chicago marathon next year…or maybe a tri-athalon…vegan of course!

    Buen provecho! Peace.