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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! 

57 Responses to Cookin’ Crunk Cookbook Giveaway

  1. I would love to win this book because 1 week ago I made the leap from vegetarian to vegan and definitely need all of the recipe help I can get.
    I live in the South and having some home style favorites would be right up my alley…especially since they are vegan.

  2. I tweeted the giveaway (@rachelkyle0402).

    How very cool that you got to meet the author.

  3. Kelly Rogers 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

  4. I’m a vegan and I need some more crunk in my life.

  5. Katherine says:

    I cook vegan sometimes and have a few great vegan cookbooks! I love the vegan crunk blog and can’t wait to get my hands on the cookbook!

  6. Cadry 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!

  7. Glo 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.

  8. Lauren P says:

    I cook vegan without meaning to! I eat a lot of veggie stir fries and salads. I love to eat fresh foods!

  9. C 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!

  10. Kendy P says:

    i have been vegan for like 12 years! i am always lookin’ for new cookin’ ways!

  11. I am vegan and cook every day! I need this book.

  12. poopiebitch@hotmail.com says:

    I followed you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/poopiebitch/status/243022095662071809

  13. Destini says:

    I have cooked many vegan recipes. And would love that cook book!!

  14. 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.

  15. supergore says:

    I get crunk and cook vegan, often!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. gail says:

    i’ve never cooked vegan before, but would like this book to try

  19. 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: tumblesonabbie@yahoo.com

  20. Abbie says:

    Thanks for the great chance to win this cookbook! I am following you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

    My e-mail: tumblesonabbie@yahoo.com

  21. Billiejean says:

    I have cooked a vegan meal before, because I am vegan! My favorite has been Sauted Kale with red peppers and tomatoes with red inca quinoa, soososo yummy!

  22. Billiejean says:

    Following on Twitter and tweeted!

  23. dirtylaundry 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!

  24. Nuu says:

    I’m a vegan and I love cooking. I’ve been eyeing this book for a while and I know it would be used quite often.

  25. deb m(sdnmarinucci@juno.com) says:

    my son is allergic to dairy and eggs, so I make lots of vegan recipies to avoid allergins.

  26. I have been a vegan a year and a half and I read Bianca’s blog faithfully. I would love to win a copy of her new book!!!

  27. Yvonne says:

    I’m vegan but I’m in a food rut right now, so I need new recipes! I visit the blog Vegan Crunk every day.

  28. Sara says:

    I live in the south and would love a reference to convert some of the southern comforts into vegan friendly meals!

  29. Annemarie says:

    Great giveaway! I have a dairy sensitivity so I love to cook vegan recipes.

  30. I’ve never cooked southern vegan food, but I’m vegan for several months now – so i cook vegan food all the time! I’d love to win this :)

  31. I’ve been vegetarian for most of my life and vegan for 1 year now so I’ve cooked lots of vegan meals

  32. Shannon says:

    I am vegan, but I definitely am not the best cook. I’m sure Bianca’s book could help me remedy that!

  33. I have cooked vegan food! Bianca’s cookbook is one we really want!


  34. MonsterAteMy says:

    My cooking is usually vegan, and I’d love another source of recipe inspiration!

  35. Kyleigh says:

    I’m vegan, but would love to add a little southern flair to my meals! Love the Crunk blog!

  36. ALL the meals I cook are vegan, and I would loooove this cookbook :)

  37. climbinvegan says:

    I totally have cooked a vegan meal, since I’ve been mostly vegan for the past 5 years!!! I totally want to explore this book…

  38. 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! :)

  39. Cabby says:

    This books looks great! My boyfriend is vegan, so all the meals I cook at home are vegan, but I need some inspiration!

  40. Chris says:

    I’m vegan so I make vegan meals all the time!

  41. bitt says:

    would love to try this book, i’m a big fan of bianca and her blog. i have cooked many vegan meals, i’ve been vegan for a over a decade.


  42. Amanda Fox 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!

  43. Sydney 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!

  44. Sydney says:

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  45. Sydney 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”.

  46. Stephanie 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!

  47. Lindye says:

    My daughter was vegan for a number of years and it is hard to find creative vegan recipes. Crunk me with a copy!!!

  48. Maya 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 !

  49. Anonymous says:

    i have never cooked vegan. but id love to try this out,as i dont care for meat.

  50. Anonymous says:

    june says,yes id love to try this.ive always wanted to try vegan

  51. 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 :)

  52. Muffin 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!

  53. Jody 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!)!!!!

  54. Lisa 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!

  55. kaitcooks says:

    I have cooked many a vegan meal

  56. moonsword 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!

  57. Melanie says:

    I cook vegan meals everyday! :)

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