Cookin’ Crunk Cookbook Giveaway

Hey ya’ll! Ever get really caught up in the accents that are flying off around you?

I’ve been reading a new cookbook that was delivered to me lately, called Cookin’ Crunk: EatinVegan in the Dirty South, by Bianca Phillips. I was so excited to be given this cookbook because, living in Memphis, I’ve met Bianca several times now. She works at the local newspaper, writes a vegan blog, and can be found at the Farmer’s Market on most Saturday mornings (and, if your lucky, you’ll run into her at the RedBox like I did!).
Her new cookbook is filled with Southern twang, with completely vegan recipes like Yella’ Cake with Fudgy Frosting (the classic dessert staple), Hot Tamale Pie (this sounds amazing since my family loves classic tamales but they’re way too much work!), and Creamy Cashew Mac and Cheese (no cheese but still creamy? Can’t wait!). I love that her recipes are easy to read and filled with style; you can almost see her and her badass granny turning their favorite Southern staples into vegan comfort food. She even shows you how to make seitan, a vegan meat alternative that you’ll never have to buy again (note seitan is made of wheat gluten so this is not a gluten-free protein alternative). 

Although I personally am not vegan (have you seen my Instagram food?), I love cooking and baking vegan sometimes, and these recipes look absolutely mouth-watering. I wouldn’t miss the meat at all and I’m sure my fiancé wouldn’t even notice it’s gone.
I’m so excited to start cooking and baking with some of Bianca’s recipes and I’ll be sure to post my variations on them as I do!
Sound good? Want a copy of her cookbook too?? I’m so excited to be giving away a copy of Cookin’ Crunk to one of my lucky readers!!

*This Giveaway is now closed! Thank you for all of your entries!*
To enter the giveaway:leave a comment saying if you’ve ever cooked a vegan meal before. If you haven’t, that’s ok too! Just tell me why you’d like this cookbook!

To earn a second entry:follow me on Twitter AND tweet about the giveaway, using a link to the giveaway and being sure to mention my twitter handle (@melissakarras), so it gets back to me. Then, come back here and leave a separate comment saying you’ve done both!
The winner will be announced on Friday (September 7, 2012)! I’ll email you and you’ll have 24 hours to get back to me! If you’ve Tweeted for a second entry and happen to win, I’ll shout out to you on Twitter too! 

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  1. says

    I have never cooked a vegan meal, but when preparing meals I emphasize veggies and whole grains. My man is a meat and cheese lover, but he he dutifully tries everything I make because hey – someone is cooking for him! Since he’s got the right attitude and I wouldn’t miss the meat at all, I’d like to try some southern vegan recipes to see if he even notices the difference. Cheers to healthy living!

    Lexington Park, MD

  2. says

    Bianca’s new cookbook sounds so creative! I’d love to get my hands on that tamale pie. I’ve been vegan for several years, and so I’ve made many a vegan meal, of course. However, I’d gladly add more Southern cooking to my repertoire. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. says

    I would love to win this cookbook. I’ve been vegan a little over two years now and I follow Bianca’s blog. I also am from Memphis, left in 1996. It would be so much fun to try some more of her southern favs.

  4. says

    I would love a copy of this book! I’ve recently had serious health issues and wanted to make the leap to healthier eating…thing is, I don’t know how to go about doing it. I’ve visited her blog several times and was inspired! Her book might be a Vegan Bible towards healthier and more ethical living!! Especially in the south!

  5. Anonymous says

    I have been vegan for a few years now. I’ve been a little disappointed with some of the recipes trying to replicate comfort foods. This book should solve that problem.

  6. Elizabeth says

    I would love to have this cookbook because I am a vegan and I live in the south and it would be so great to have some truly southern recipes that are veganized. I live in Mississippi and it would be so great to have a connection with someone in TN.

  7. says

    I would love to win this cookbook so I can be helped along in the transition to being vegan. I HAVE cooked vegan before… once or twice :) Usually it just involves stir fry and tofu or boca burgers, however, and I would like to try something more interesting!

  8. Abbie says

    I’ve cooked a lot of vegan meals over the past nine years! In fact, I made a delicious quesadilla with roasted Hatch green chiles and red peppers, chopped brussels sprouts and smoked tofu last night. I added some leftover southwestern-themed coleslaw and sprinkled with nutritional yeast before folding it all up in a flour tortilla to heat up in the cast iron skillet. I would love to win the cookbook to learn more delicious, Southern-inspired vegan recipes!
    My e-mail:

  9. says

    I cook vegan recipes almost every day. I find it difficult, though, because most recipes are so labor intensive. If you buy seitan, etc. instead of making it it costs a lot of money over time. I’m just looking for lots of easy and tasty healthy vegan recipes!

  10. BethV says

    Great giveaway! I’m a vegetarian who loves to cook and recently went vegan so I’m always looking for new vegan recipes. Plus I love Bianca’s blog so it would be great to win her new cookbook! :)

  11. says

    I’ve never made a Vegan meal before BUT would love this cookbook because I am extremely interested in learning more about becoming a Vegan and this would help me to start experimenting in the kitchen!

  12. says

    I’ve made some awesome vegan tofu/couscous tacos before… I’ve never been much of a cook at all, but I’ve been trying lately, and as it turns out, I’m pretty good! I’m also in the Mid-South, and in the process of transitioning over to a vegan lifestyle. This book would be fantastic! I’d consider it a late birthday gift…ha!

  13. says

    Last month I went from being a vegetarian for 5 years to a vegan! I’ve cooked all kinds of vegan dishes including-Tofu Scramble! My absolute favorite breakfast. I’d love to win this book because I need to add to my one vegan cookbook “collection”.

  14. says

    I’ve never cooked a vegan meal. I’m a brand new vegan and need ALL the help I can get because cooking steamed veggies and eating tomato sandwiches is getting OLD!!! Help!

  15. says

    yes ! i have ! i’ve been vegan for a little more than a year and vegan crunk was one of the first vegan food blogs i subscribed to, so i would love to be able to cook from bianca’s first cookbook. yeah !

  16. Delaney Avenue says

    We love following Bianca’s food adventures via her blog. Her wonderful photos inspire us to experiment with ingredients both familiar and unfamiliar to create deep south dishes way,way down south in the southernmost part of mainland Australia.

    We try to grow many vegetables and have over 20 different fruit trees in our garden. There’s nothing like stepping outside to gather truly fresh ingredients for a meal.

    We’d love a copy of Bianca’s book and we’d love for her to know that part of her is crunkin’ Down Under. Go fresh and go veggie … and a big, warm G’day from Del and The Handsome One :)

  17. says

    i’ve been reading bianca’s blog for years, and i would love to check out her cookbook! plus, i grew up right outside of memphis in the dirty south!

  18. says

    <3 bianca & her blog! i cook vegan as often as my omni partner will allow (which is actually a lot, since I do a lot of the cooking) and having access to some yummy southern vegan cooking would mean i don’t have to go out as much for it (we have a great vegan soul food restaurant in Oakland – shout out to Souley Vegan!)!!!!

  19. says

    I cook lots of vegan meals for our family. My husband is from the south, so I’d love this book to bring back some classics or even (if I’m brave enough!) serve to my meat-and-potatoes in-laws next time they visit!

  20. says

    I’ve been a vegan for awhile, so I have cooked many meals, but I need all the help I can get! Plus Bianca is a genius in the kitchen…her blog posts make me hungry every time!