Sunday, December 9, 2012

Joni's Top 10 Picks for this Holiday Season (Plus a Giveaway!)

Here they are, in no particular order, my Top 10 Picks for this Holiday Season!   And in order to help at least one of you out, I will be giving away a copy of my book, Vegan Food Gifts, to one of you so you can make some of your own gifts this year.  Simply leave a comment telling me about one vegan gift you'd recommend giving, or would like to receive, this year!  I will choose one of you at random this coming Thursday at 9 am PST.  If you enter, don't forget to check back to see if you have won!

The Contest is now over.  Congratulations to #5!

YAY!  I will be contacting you shortly, so I can mail you your book.  Happy Gifting!

These caramels are amazing.  With over 20 flavors to choose from, it's hard to choose, so for only $22, I go for the sampler!

Our Hen House: a place to find our way to change the world for animals

#9 Flock Member status on Our Hen House
For as little as $10 per month, you can make that lucky someone a flock member, or simply make a one-time donation to Our Hen House so that they can effectively mainstream the movement to end the exploitation of animals. You can help them to produce consistent, top-notch content (written, audio, and video), by supporting the work of Our Hen House.

#8  Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero
This book is not only full of delicious and fantastic recipes from all over the world, but it is a joy to look at as well.  This hard cover book is beautiful.  The fonts are fun,  the photos are gorgeous, the layout is exceptional.  Right now, I am totally digging the Jamaican Plantain and Pumpkin Curry.

#7 The Koala Ripper Pullover Hoodie by Herbivore Clothing Company
What's not to love about this awesome unisex hoodie?  Stolen from the description on Herbivore's website-- "Those of you who grow up skateboarding will appreciate our tip of the cap -- and those of you who didn't -- cute Koala, huh?" 

#6 Dessert Cup Pan by Wilton
This pan is genius!  Check out how I used it to make some tarts, and then get one and see what you can do with it!

#5  Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen
One might accuse me of being biased when recommending this book.  If loving it because it's full of delicious sandwiches, breads, spreads, amazing photographs and all around fantastic theme (I mean, seriously who doesn't love a good sandwich?) then, so be it.

#4 Immersion Stick Blender by Kitchen Aid
I used to se another brand, because it was cheaper, but I broke 3 of them.  I fibnally bought this one, and it really is a dream.  It has 2 speeds, it's very sturdy, and the motor purrs like a kitten.

#3  Cookin' Crunk by Bianca Philips
I haven't been this excited over a cookbook in ages.  I think I have bookmarked every single page.  This is my kind of food!  My husband is still raving about the Fried Tofu Chicken and Wafflewiches!

I used to be loyal to the Vitamix, and that surely is a great blender.  But this, I am afraid to say, is my new favorite.  Green drinks and smoothies are, well, smoother!

#1 Vagabond Status on Citizen Radio
This listener supported podcast is headed up by 2 vegan progressives who will challenge you to get off your ass and do something about it!  The show is free, but for only $10 a month you can give a subscription to a starving punk rock college student who may or may not already be a maniac.


  1. Cookin' Crunk and Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day have both been at the very top of my wish list since the moment I heard of either of them (I've been waiting sooo long for Cookin' Crunk!!!)

    1. It is so good! What are you waiting for?

  2. I look forward to vegan truffles every Christmas from my husband. I've been doling out three varieties of muffins to friends and family. Really want a copy of YOUR book though! Thanks.

  3. I would give people a copy of "Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites" because it has FABULOUS recipes in it!

  4. I would actually really love if my entire family could give a few dollars and purchase me a Vitamix or Blendtec! I've wanted one for soooo long and just don't have all of the money to spend on one right now:( They have givin a few to buy my grandmother a sensor operated garbage can, I think it should be fine to get this for me;)

  5. I think vegan cookbooks are a great gift for a lot of people. I love books with lots of additional information: 500 vegan recipes (of course!), any of Dreena Burton's, Vegan with a Vengeance, or Veganomicon. I think the casual style of these books (and a lot of others) makes vegan cooking seem a lot more approachable.

  6. I think Vegan cupcakes take over the world is a great one to give to non vegans. It shows how delicious vegan cakes are and how easy to make. Cake is always a good place to start!

  7. I'd give a gift basket with a gift card to Better World Books to build a vegan cookbook library extraordinaire...
    (Better World Books matches each purchase with a book-for-book donation and supports literacy initiatives in the US and around the world!)
    Plus these supercute salt and pepper shakers...
    My favorite vegan-lovin' elephant-huggin' tees...^1&desc=Adult%20T-Shirts
    And a giant plateful of vegan brownies!

  8. My hubby and I make Vegan Cookies for all of his coworkers. I'm happy to receive any gifts as long as they are vegan!

  9. great list! I already bought Vegan Eats World for two people! I am also planning on making loads of biscotti for gifts. Plus I always give some of my canned tomatoes, applesauce, and dried apples - all from my garden. This year I also made quince jelly and quince jam, so I"ll give that out too. If time permits, I'd also like to make some raspberry jam and apricot jam. I love canning!

  10. Lots of good Christmas gifts here! Several of these are on my list, including your Vegan Food Gifts! One of my favorite vegan gifts to give & receive is pottery from VeganDish by Jeanette Zeis. I love her nutritional yeast flake jars & soy milk creamer pourers. Super cute!

  11. I'm getting Terry's new book and I'm so excited! I also want the "only kale can save us now" shirt from herbivore. I'm planning on baking cookies and cupcakes as gifts this year too. exciting!

  12. Great list! Terry's book is great!

    This year I went DIY and made these bath bomb cupcakes:

  13. That is a nice list. I just wish that I knew someone else who would appreciate Vegan Eats World. I'm a sad sack at the moment, and the greatest gift that I could get would be a happy household.

    1. Chin up, mama! What don't kill ya makes you more strong!

  14. nancyedavis@yahoo.comDecember 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    OK, I am going to make this comment all about me. I would want Vegan Food Gifts as my gift.

  15. I make some yummy vegan cupcakes that I like to give!

  16. Vegan Sandwiches save the day! Everyone loves sandwiches, especially fun vegan ones.

  17. everyone is getting cookies this year! and possibly some cookie jars so they can make their own.

  18. deb m ( 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    I'd love if someone made ME some vegan cookies!! I seem to end up doing all of the baking!

  19. I am making my mom a huge crocheted blanket, made with vegan yarn! Can't wait! I need this book!!!

  20. I would love a nice vegan purse...I have been using canvas bags and I feel like a bag lady :-)


  21. I would love to give Vegan Food Gifts to my sister since she (like me!) loves to make people gifts for the holidays (and I already bought VFG for myself because I couldn't resist it and it is awesome!!)

    I'm doing a secret (though soon to be released) vegan food gift for my family this year! Oh, the suspense, I know :-)


  22. had my eye on these vegan bowls for a while...

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All recipes written by me, Joni Marie Newman, unless otherwise noted. Please feel free to refer to or link back to any of my recipes, but please ask for permission, or remember to give credit when reprinting recipes in their entirety. I do provide links to affiliate programs (such as Amazon) in which I receive a small commission for items purchased. I do not provide paid reviews. All reviews done on products or books are of my own unsolicited opinion. On occasion I may receive a book or product to review. I will note when this is the case, but rest assured, it will not affect the authenticity of my review. Thanks!--Joni