Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, French Toast, and a GIVEAWAY!

Hearty Vegan COVER
Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman

Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites...It's out!  Yeah, I know...already?  I could hardly believe it myself!  But it's true, and this hefty tome full of lip smacking, belly filling, home-style recipes, guaranteed to keep everyone (even the meat eaters) fantastically full, is now available through all the regular channels, like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and of course, my favorite, HERBIVORE!

A little bit about this book...besides the fact that Celine has totally outdone herself with some of the most amazing photos you'll ever see...it's totally full of comfort foods.  Lots of deep fried deliciousness, lots of heavy sauces, lots of foods you might find yourself noshing on at a state fair.  We've never claimed that this was a health food book, only that it is full of cruelty free recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest of carnivores.  This is the book you can turn to when you are cooking for your in-laws for the first time to prove that you aren't starving your spouse by feeding them only twigs and berries.  This is the book you can turn to when you are craving that doughnut, and aren't anywhere near Voodoo!  This is the book you can turn to when you want a vegan version some crazy fast food concoction (read: the KFC Double Down).  You know, the stuff you know you shouldn't, couldn't, or wouldn't eat everyday, but know that it's important to indulge every now and again.

And because I know times are tough...how about I give a couple away?  Just leave a comment letting me know what your favorite pig-out food is, and I will pick out 2 at random on Saturday night (July 9, 2011 at 9 pm PST) to send a free copy.  (YES, I will ship internationally.  I only ask that those of you who enter the giveaway, please check back to see if you have won, because otherwise I have no way of getting in touch with you to send you your book!) 

CONTEST NOW OVER!  CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS:
 #47 that would be fries. Although i'm very into choclate cake at the moment. By Katharina H.  on 7/7/11
and#12  Oh, this is weird: in theory, I always want scalloped potatoes, and then I make them and don't love them so much. I think this would change if I had your cookbook and the scalloped potato pie which I am dying to try. Until then, the other thing I really love to pig out on is tacos! By celyn  on 7/6/11

KATHARINA H. and CELYN:  Please send me an email to joni@justthefood.com with your snail mail address so I can send you your books!


And just to give you a taste of the hearty goodness you'll find inside, here is a freebie from the book:

Cap'n Crunch French Toast
The Captain's French Toast (page 23 in HVMFMA)

The Captains French Toast

As far as actual Cap'n Crunch goes, you do not need the real thing...although it does appear to be vegan, it does contain an insane amount of weird things in the ingredients, so try using a natural variety such as GORILLA MUNCH, if for no other reason then it has such a cool name!

2 cups (72 g) sweet corn cereal such as Cap'n Crunch, crushed into a powder
1/2 cup (62 g) all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (235 ml) vanilla flavored nondairy milk
6 slices of stale fench bread about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick
3 tablespoons (42 g) nondairy butter for frying

Mix together crushed cereal, flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a shallow dish. Mix in milk to make a thick batter.
Preheat a frying pan on high heat. Melt some butter in the pan, use about 1 tablespoon (14 g) for every 2 slices of french toast.
Coat each piece of bread with the batter. Since the batter is thick, you may need to help to smear it on the bread with your fingers.
Pan fry for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden and crispy.
Serve hot with pure maple syrup.

Yield: 6 slices

91 comments:

  1. Oh my god! That is hilarious, because a vegan double down is so my favorite. I make it with tempeh bacon and two fake fried chicken patties...so deliciously processed?

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  2. Favorite pig outt food? Changes with the seasons - right now I am on a huge cheesecake kick, and am starting to move towards icecream as our weather improves.... In winter, its simple things like mmashed potato!

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  3. Something tofu-y! A great scramble. I like mine with tons of broccoli.

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  4. oh man, my husband eats for at least... four regular people. This would be the perfect book for feeding him!
    One of our favourite meals it's hard not to eat too much of is a good noochy pasta with lots of broccoli and chorizo seitan....

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  5. my favorite pig out food is pizza, hands down. i could eat it every day.

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  6. This will be perfect to treat my omni boyfriend who is always down for some vegan food. My favorite pig-out for this season has got to be nachos with daiya - I will eat the whole pan.

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  7. Oh my gosh, pick me pick me! Just been checking it out with Amazon look inside and it looks fabulous. I've got a few friends to lure into veganism with some slightly less 'crunchy' vegan food...
    My fave pig out eats are anything bready and sweet: muffins, pancakes, cakes...although I'm also a sucker for a great bowl of soup

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  8. I love so many different things, it is hard to pick only one. Here are some of my favorite pig-out foods: vegan pizza, burritos, hummus and chips, babaganoush dip, vegan goulash with bread dumplings, grilled portobello steaks........to name a few. And of course, sweet baked goodies! Elisabeth @CzechVegan

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  9. I love sushi!! Veggie rolls preferably and ATM feel blessed with 2 little ones who also love sushi as much as I do!! I call it our sneaky snack, because we usually get a 'snack pack' and it usually happens before dinner! xXx

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  10. Oh, this is weird: in theory, I always want scalloped potatoes, and then I make them and don't love them so much. I think this would change if I had your cookbook and the scalloped potato pie which I am dying to try. Until then, the other thing I really love to pig out on is tacos!

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  11. Definitely french fries and potato chips. I just can't get over fried potatoes!

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  12. Oh, I had a vegan pig in a blanket (made with Field Roast, vegan puff pastry, and Daiya) at Whole Foods a couple weeks ago. I could have eaten five!

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  13. My favourite pig out food is POPCORN! Sprinkled with tamari and noosh!

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  14. I'm torn between popcorn and nachos! I guess I eat more popcorn in one go... hmmm!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I want this book so bad! Everything looks fantastic! My current pig out food is probably french fries with tons of ketchup.

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  16. Peanut butter with cinnamon sugar on toast. Sometimes to go all out, I'll make a sandwich out of it and top it with coconut ice cream. Happy belly!

    You and Celine are changing lives with writing vegan cookbooks. Amazing!

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  17. My favorite pig out food is sweet potato fries dipped in garlic aoli. I over eat that every time!

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  18. hmmm I love so many foods! maybe my current favourite pig out food would be pizza. so many options, savoury or sweet. ahh, it's so good!

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  19. If I want to really get down with some food I would go for a big ol' pile of mac and cheese.

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  20. Oh man. My pig out food is biscuits and gravy. Or peanut butter and anything!

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  21. My favorite indulgence food would definitely be nachos. There's so much to love there - avocado, olives, jalepeno peppers, crisp chips, a cheesy vegan sauce, and a few dashes of hot sauce to finish it off.

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  22. wow........the food rounds very delicious,i am a bit hungry now,what should i do my blogger- -

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  23. Pizza!
    Or french fries??
    Maybe it's dark chocolate?
    I have no willpower for any of the above foods!

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  24. My favorite pig out food has to be something Mexican, like a great veggie burrito with rice and refried beans. I love to eat my refried beans with tortilla chips. ha! Really, anything Mexican would do. Love it.

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  25. french fries dipped in ranch! I haven't had it in forever... ah to be young again with a crazy metabolism.

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  26. This book sounds so awesome! I've had doughnuts on the brain lately, but my favorite pig-out food is French fries; chili fries are even better. :)

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  27. Pig-out food? Vegan chocolate cake!!!

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  28. Lasagna, definetely. With lots of everything, tofu ricotta, vegan mozzarella, parmazano sprinkles and/or bechamel sauce. And then covered in ketchup! Mmmm...

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  29. I had a flip through this book at the bookstore last week, and it looks great!

    Favourite pig-out food - biscuits and gravy. No doubt.

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  30. Right now I'm pigging out on mashed potato, peas and gravy.Yum.

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  31. Piggin' out on lasagna and ice cream... Your book sounds perfect for get-togethers with my favourite people - comfy stuff is just what's best at these occasions.

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  32. I like banana pancakes.....

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  33. So glad you're shipping internationally!

    I'm thinking really hard, but can't think of my all-time favorite pig-out food! So I'll vote for my recent favorite, potatoes&broccoli with vegan gribiche sauce.

    I loved your "This is the book you can turn to when you are cooking for your in-laws for the first time to prove that you aren't starving your spouse by feeding them only twigs and berries." description - this is precisely the reason I need it;) and to make my boyfriend more comfortable going towards veganism;)

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  34. Wow, my favourite pig out food... It's going to be hard to pick just one! At the moment I think it'd have to be macaroni cheese, my stomach's like a bottomless pit when it comes to that stuff!

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  35. Well, my new favorite pig-out food could be something from the book - thanks for the giveaway! But currently it's any kind of fried potatoes. Crispy, salty -Yum.

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  36. pickles and salsa straight out of the jar. i could eat cases of either.

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  37. My favorite pig out food would have to be mac and cheese. Something about it, I don't know, I can eat twice as much of mac and cheese than any other pasta dish!

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  38. My favorite pig out food vegan nachos-blue corn chips covered in refried black beans, jalepenos, leahey cheeze sauce, daiya cheese, spinach, roasted corn and salsa verde. OM NOM NOM.

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  39. My favorite vegan pig-out foods are baked goods. Oh the pie and cupcakes and bars. I also can pig out on Mexican food like nobody's business.

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  40. oh man i can really dig on some chili fries... so tasty. also i swoon over anything brunch related -- tofu scramble, tempeh bacon, waffles, homefries, etc. aaaand now i'm hungry (and i want that french toast, curse the 9-5 job keeping me from my stove!).

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  41. I like to pig-out on oven-fried potatoes with sea salt and ketchup! noellsky (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. Most definitely either pizza or ice cream!

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  43. My favorite pig out foods are PIZZA, ICE CREAM and FRENCH FRIES! I used all caps because I'm very enthusiastic about them. Lolz.

    Your new book looks awesome and I can't wait to try this French Toast, thanks for sharing!

    Britt

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  44. I love doughnuts. I miss them so much. I miss being able to go to a doughnut shop to buy them. Sigh. Doughnuts.

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  45. that would be fries. Although i'm very into choclate cake at the moment.

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  46. a big ol' plate of mac n cheeze!

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  47. My favs would have to be vegan pizza, french fries dipped in homemade vegan ranch dressing and anything with Sriracha. YUM!

    kaycee@veganmachine.com

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  48. My favorite pig out food is definitely mac n cheese. The kind with lots of earth balance!

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  49. Homemade stovetop popcorn does it for me...I can eat two whole pots of that stuff, especially with some earth balance + nutritional yeast + garlic powder on top....sometimes I eat just that for dinner!

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  50. Deep fried pickles and vegan ranch at Bender's bar in SF!

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  51. Thanks for a giveaway!! My favorite pig out foods are salt and vinegar potato chips and nachos with Diaya cheese, tomatoes, salsa, hot peppers, and hot sauce.

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  52. Thanks for the contest! When I lived in Buffalo, I developed what is now an occasional, intense craving for grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It's my ultimate comfort food.

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  53. My favorite pig out food is black bean nachos! Soooo good. Crunchy, spicy, gooey, yum.

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  54. biscuits and gravy are my favorite pig out food. Can't resist 'em!

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  55. congrats on your book release! looks fabulous. thanks for the contest. favorite pig out food? hmm...vegan mac and cheese!

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  56. At the moment I would love some vegan mac and cheese (with lots of toasted bread crumbs).

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  57. yummmm i want to try this recipe using cinnamon crunch cereal!

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  58. My favorite is French fries and veggie burgers.

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  59. Chips and fresh salsa. I can go to town on that stuff.

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  60. Pizza! Nachos! Coconut ice cream! Lasagna! (okay, fine...almost anything)

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  61. Joni...I just received the copy of this a few days ago. Thanks so much you and Celine did a wonderful job on this cookbook. There is going to be one lucky winner to enjoy this fantastic cookbook. ThaNKS

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  62. Custard, has to be custard.

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  63. Definitely cookies, and bags of potato chips - so nothing culinary, I'm afraid.
    They are easy to pig out foods because they are always there in the cupboard, ready to for pig out moods.
    I hate them.

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  64. Sweet potato fries it is....yummm

    Love to get the book too

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  65. My idea of pig-out food heaven is a huge bag of Salt and Balsamic Vinegar crisps (or potato chips, if you like), a huge bag of dried mango, and an unlimited supply of freshly made oatmeal and raisin cookies brought to me by a tall Australian surfer.

    One day... one day.

    Amy x

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  66. Portobello burgers with fries or a yummy vegan mac and "cheese." I also live for the vegan carrot cake they serve at Red Bamboo in NYC.

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  67. I can pig out on brownies every day of the week!

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  68. Favorite pig out food right now is tomato joe's bbq chick'n pizza topped with follow your heart cheese, bbq sauce, vegan chick'n and artichoke hearts on a beer battered crust-YUM!

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  69. Mmmm one of my fave pig out foods just happens to be french toast! I will definitely have to give this recipe a try! Congrats on the new book!!!

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  70. chili (non)cheese fries all the way!

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  71. That french toast looks soo yummy.My favorite pig out food is ice cream, i love vegan ice cream.

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  72. Vegan french bread pizza with pesto and daiya!!

    Thanks!!
    Renee

    casey4298@gmail.com

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  73. Hummus and pita chips. Boring but it is my current favorite.

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  74. Pizza is probably my favorite, followed by cookies!

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  75. My favorite vegan pig-outs are tofu scramble and ice cream!

    xmeliss182x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  76. Oreo fudge mint cookies - they taste just like girl scout thin mints.

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  77. please pick me...please pick me!
    My fav is rice (white) with clarified butter and salt...simple and delish

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  78. Definitely a big fatty vegan ice cream sundae with 25 different toppings.

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  79. Tofutti almond bark ice cream is my ultimate weakness.

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  80. Unoriginal, but mac and cheese for sure! It's not a common comfort food here in Australia, so I'd never even tried it before delving into the world of vegan comfort food cookbooks (now my favourite category!).

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  81. Oh my!! I just moseyed on over to Amazon to check this book out. I went ahead and purchased the Kindle edition. Can't wait to try out the recipes and don't know where to start!!! Thank you!

    Favorite pig-out foods? Anything Mexican, of course. Tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, nachos, burritos, spanish rice, churros, yum, yum!!

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  82. This book looks great! And thanks for the freebie recipe :)

    My favorite pig-out food would have to be tortilla chips and salsa or vegan queso!!

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  83. I am SO excited about this book! It's on my "To Buy" list for October:)
    My husband and I love to pig out on anything smothered in the melty cheeze sauce from Fat Free Vegan - seriously, that recipe revolutionalized my vegan world!!!

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  84. I pig out on sweet, munchy things, like animal and graham crackers. I also love homemade popcorn.

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  85. Just in case its Saturday somewhere... :) Nacho's definitely, without a doubt!

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  86. Oh, man! I'm sad I missed this giveaway. I'll still say, though, my favorite pig-out food is a grilled daiya sandwich and a big bowl of chili. YUM. I'll have to start planting the seeds for someone to give me this book for Christmas!

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