Monday, April 23, 2012

Practically Raw: Some Favorites in Photos

Flaxjacks with Miso-Maple Butter
We all know the benefits of adding more raw whole foods to our diet, but it wasn't until I saw some of the wonderful recipes Amber Shea Crawley was creating, that I realized it could be easier -- and more delicious -- than I imagined.  That's why I published Amber's book, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make and because a picture is often worth a thousand words, I decided to share some of my favorite photos from the book.  If you'd like to dip your toe into the world of raw food, check out Practically Raw.  With cooked options for many of the recipes, it truly makes it easy and nearly effortless to enjoy more raw foods.

Parisian Street Crepes

Chia Porridge with Blueberries
Deconstructed Sushi Bowl
Mushroom-Nut Burger

Raspberry Lemon Mousse Tart
Warm Apple-Walnut Cobbler

Cocoa Corruption Smoothie

All photos from Practically Raw by Amber Shea Crawley (c) 2012. Published by Vegan Heritage Press.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Easy Pantry Cooking for Convenience and Emergencies

With natural disasters once again taking the headlines, I am compelled to write a post about Vegan Unplugged because it's the very reason why Robin and I wrote this book after our experience with Hurricane Isabel back in ’03 and we had to live without power for over a week.

The tornadoes swathing the Midwest, which they say will continue into May, are just a reminder that while only the most devastated areas will find their way onto the evening news, many people in the surrounding areas will live without electrical power for weeks.  This is where Vegan Unplugged comes in. It shows you how to make excellent, quick meals without electrical power, right out of your pantry.

People who use the book love it for everyday cooking, too.  This is why Vegan Unplugged is spreading by word-of-mouth. It’s a book you’ll be glad to have in your home, so it’ll be there where you want it, and, more importantly, it will also be there when you want it.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

VHP Author Develops Vegan Butter without Palm Oil

Bryanna Clark Grogan's Vegan Butter on Photo by Christina Hoheisel. 

Recently, Vegan Heritage Press author Bryanna Clark Grogan (World Vegan Feast) accepted the challenge to develop a butter alternative that uses no palm-oil

Why was this oil a problem? Sources for palm oil in Indonesia and other localities routinely burn forests, and experts say this displaces and kills the native orangutans, who are threatened with extinction by the practice.
Bryanna, a gifted food technician, solved the problem with an ingenious recipe you can find on The photo is by talented photographer Christina Hoheisel.

Congratulations to Bryanna for creating this amazing recipes and kudos to Erik at for sharing it with the world.