Books we are crushing on

When we decided to do a book review for our fourth blog, I knew exactly what book(s) I was going to review.  It’s not very often that I come across recipe books that I love as much as the “Oh She Glow Every Day” and “The Oh She Glows Cookbook” by Angela Liddon.

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These books hold huge value above and beyond the recipes themselves.  Angela’s story is inspiring and motivating and it feels as if every word comes from her heart.  The stunning photos encourage me to want to try each recipe and reminds me that healthy food is so much more beautiful than unhealthy food.  The recipes are easy to follow, super nutritious and delicious.  Angela also offers extra information about specific ingredients and homemade staples that are very informative and valuable.      

With one of the most popular vegan-recipe blogs, Angela Liddon has an obvious passion for healthy eating, cooking and recipe development.  Both of these cookbooks offer more than a hundred recipes including breakfasts, soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, power snacks, desserts and (my personal favourite of course) smoothies & smoothie bowls.                        

Angela’s Journey

Angela’s passion for a healthy diet stemmed from over a decade of struggle with an eating disorder, that ruled her relationship with food.   After making small shifts in her eating habits, she started to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet.  She quickly began to feel and look better and this encouraged her to start a blog documenting her experience.  Her blog is very candid and she speaks openly about her challenges and her wins.  I encourage you to check out her blog to see for yourself and maybe you too will feel inspired by her words, her struggles and her successes. 

The Photos

The stunning photos that accompany every recipe will entice you to want to taste them. When deciding whether to purchase a cookbook, I always look to see if there are pictures of the finished product. Photos are helpful for preparation of each recipe.  I was surprised to learn that Angela is the photographer for her books and blog.  She is self-taught and you can see her passion within every photo. I’m sure that a big part of the success of these book is due to the alluring photos that accompany the delicious recipes.  Check out the Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchilada with Avocado-Cilantro Cream Sauce.  You don’t have to like Mexican food to want to try out this yumminess!

The Recipes

Ok, full disclosure…I don’t love cooking…AND I often have limited time for food prep.  This is precisely why I love these books.  After scanning for photos, I look for the prep-time when I’m deciding whether to make the purchase. These books are loaded with 10-25 minute, easy-to-prepare, fool-proof meals that are high in nutrition. My kind of cooking!

I’ve had the “Oh She Glows Cookbook” for about a year now and I bought myself “Oh She Glows Every Day” for Christmas (from Santa of course) because they have everything I look for.

Each recipe is clearly explained with information on how to adjust for allergies and/or preferences, such as grains, gluten, soy, nuts, sugar etc. Angela also adds ‘kid friendly’ variations, which is ideal for parents. My child however, loves everything I’ve cooked from these books so far without using the ‘kid friendly’ version.  He has also successfully created meals and snacks from these books.   

I love the Grilled Portobello Burger with Sun-Dried Tomato, Kale-Hemp Pesto.  Even a true carnivore will appreciate the full flavour of this satiating meal. The Ultimate Flourless Brownies are to die for, definitely kid friendly and take only 15 minutes to prepare.  I second Angela’s advice for the Flourless Brownies to “prepare for an obsession”. 

Extra Information

I like to know what chef’s favorites are when it comes to kitchen tools and gadgets. 

Angela lays out exactly what she relies on in the Kitchen Tools section. Most tools on her list will be in your cupboards but there are a few I didn’t have, that now I can’t live without.  The vegetable spiralizer/julienne peeler is not a must-have but it’s fun to use and makes ribbon-like strands that are otherwise very challenging and timely to do by hand. The Spiraled Zucchini Summer Salad & the Tomato Sauce with Mushroom (spaghetti) is so much easier and prettier, when you have the right equipment.

One of my favourite parts of these cookbooks is the Homemade Staples section.  “…everything tastes better when it’s homemade and it’s easier on the wallet.” Says Angela.  Recipes from savoury sauces & salad dressings to sweet toppings and condiments.  You’ll find vegan mayonnaise, spice blends, whipped coconut cream (yum!!!) and MUCH more.   

These cookbooks make it easy to get back into the kitchen and prepare delicious, nutritious meals for your entire family. It is apparent when reading these books that Angela has poured herself into each and every chapter.  It’s hard to resist these vibrant books and they will easily make you fall in love with plant-based meals.  Be sure to check out Angela’s blog at ohsheglows.com and tell me what cookbook is your favourite in the comments. 

Here’s to nutritious, delicious food & a ‘glowing’, energized body! 

Questions, comments, concerns, queries, conundrums?  Don’t hesitate to ask. 

Yours in health & vitality,

Kathi Ells
Holistic Nutritionist

Shelby Stewart