Holla! Today I am reviewing the Oh She Glows cookbook by Angela Liddon. I know this is totally a random product review, but it’s not really. It’s a fabulous review. And here’s why: the new Oh She Glows cookbook is fabulous. And Angela Liddon, author and vegan recipe specialist, is a food magician. No joke.
As you know, I’m a (mostly) clean eater. I’m not a hardcore vegetarian, and I am certainly nowhere near being vegan. But while eating clean, I find I stumble upon mostly vegan recipes when I’m looking for something new to try. More often than not, I end up on www.ohsheglows.com. I’m not an avid follower. Truth be told, I happened upon the new cookbook at… Costco! Of all places.
Sidenote: Costco is one of the best places to go for a new book. I’m one of those people who judges books by their covers. If the cover doesn’t speak to me, chances are the book won’t speak to me either. I’ve discovered many new authors and titles at Costco.
I was with my son that day, and debated for a few minutes if I should buy it or not. We looked through the pages and pictures (lots!) together, and most of the recipes looked delicious, so I thought, “why not?!”
I have now made five recipes out of the Oh She Glows cookbook and I am thrilled with my purchasing decision. My husband asked, a few days later, “why don’t you just use the internet to find new recipes?”
Here’s why: it’s annoying.
Ever try to find something quick, easy, and delicious on the internet? Sure, there are loads of recipes out there. Sure, some of them are great. Sure, a lot of the recipes are easy. But you know what? It’s annoying to scour for something to try. And frankly, sometimes I get internet fatigue! Not only that, but for all the wonderful technological advances and innovations, it’s plain ol’ annoying to try to read a recipe on your phone while your hands are oily, oniony, garlicky, or eggy. So there. That’s why. I own lots of cookbooks, and I’m glad I finally have a vegan one to add to the group.
My one complaint about the Oh She Glows cookbook is that some of the recipes — while all are so delicious so far — are really complicated and labor intensive. I don’t think I would mind so much because the finished product is like a flavor party with every bite, but I have two little kids to watch over while making dinner. It has made for quite the circus in the late afternoon at my house.
I also don’t love where they chose to place the ingredient list. It is on the left side of each page, which is fine except for the right facing pages, because then the ingredient list is right smack up next to the binding. Makes it slightly difficult to keep track of everything.
Her directions are clear, however, which is a plus because when directions aren’t clear in recipes, things can quickly go south and end up in a pile of mush. I also love her photos. They make me hungry just looking at them, even though I have no idea what they’re supposed to taste like.
Bottom line — would I recommend the Oh She Glows cookbook to a friend? Yes. Would I recommend it to someone who isn’t vegetarian or vegan? No doubt. Angela’s recipes are so flavorful that you wouldn’t even miss the meat if you’re a meat eater.
Have a glorious day! And get yourself a copy of the Oh She Glows cookbook!
P.S. In case you didn’t figure it out from above, I purchased this book on my own. It was not supplied to me. 😉
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