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!