It has been fun to read the reviews of this book over the past week from so many of my favorite bloggers. In that time two things that have become blatantly clear. 1) Angela is widely loved and has been hugely influential to so many people (myself included) and 2) This cookbook is AWESOME.
Angela is someone I have looked up to for a long time. She is impassioned, inspired, and dedicated. She clearly loves and is loved for what she does. And despite all her accomplishments and recognition, she is kind, loving, and totally down-to-earth. I was, of course, extremely flattered (to put it lightly) when she asked me to review her new cookbook.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook has quickly become a favorite among my (ridiculously) large collection. With 100+ recipes (most of which are gluten-free) from breakfast to dessert and everything in between this book has it all. The top things I love about this book are:
1. Almost every recipe is accompanied by Angela’s beautiful, mouth-watering photography. Pictured above is just a few examples. As a visual person, this is a huge factor in determining wether or not I will buy a cookbook and/or how often I will run to it for inspiration and motivation.
2. It is very accessible. The recipes use easy-to-find ingredients and have so far been very fast to throw together. In the past few weeks I have made the Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup, Portobello “Steak” Fajitas, and Quick & Easy Chana Masala. These three meals were incredibly quick yet unbelievably delicious. I have also made the Mushroom-Walnut Pesto Tart (which does take a little extra prep time but well worth it), and the Chilled Chocolate Hazelnut Torte (more on that in a minute).
3. The book begins with a comprehensive chapter on how to stock a natural foods pantry. More than just providing a list, Angela gives nutritional information, recipes ideas, and thorough explanations for each staple in her kitchen. Next you’ll find a similar section on Angela’s favorite kitchen tools and utensils. These sections are what enable even the most novice of cooks and newest of vegans feel comfortable with the recipes that follow.
3. Probably the most significant reason that The Oh She Glows Cookbook is already one of my favorites is the very personal feel to the book. Just like reading her blog, Angela opens herself up to her readers through her stories and pictures. The love that was put into this book saturates every single page.