Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review & Giveaway: The China Study All-Star Collection

When I was invited to review The China Study All-Star Collection, the "sequel" to The China Study cookbook that I reviewed last year,  I felt like I had won an award!  I am a big fan of so many of the contributors and am excited to add some new authors and their recipes to my plant-based books collection.  What fun I have had!

The CSASC is filled with "whole food, plant-based recipes from your favorite vegan chefs".  Many of these chefs are considered "big-wigs" in the plant-based community.  Two of my favorites are Lindsay Nixon, of Happy Herbivore fame, (I have included her recipe for Minestrone in this post) and Dr. John McDougall from the McDougall Program; their recipes feel like home to me.

Last week I prepared a couple of recipes from Laura Theodore, author of "The Jazzy Vegetarian," that my family devoured right away, Spaghetti and Wheatballs on page 154 and Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies on 259.  When your family asks you to make a double batch of both, you know you have found winners!  Another recipe found in this book that has been a winner with my two boys is the Quick Burgers by the Happy Herbivore on page 124.  Oh my, they are so good and they truly are quick!

Guess what?  I get to give one away!!

The giveaway starts today and will end at midnight tomorrow!!  I will announce the winner on my 48th birthday which just happens to be this Friday, the 25th (had to sneak that in there).  The ONLY thing you must do to enter is leave a comment with a valid email or a blog address where you can be reached; you would be surprised the number of people who do not do do that and miss out on a great giveaway.  You can also earn an entry by liking my Plant Proud Living Facebook page.

I  discovered that you do not actually have to leave a comment on Blogger to get an entry. Just click the "enter" button on the raffle copter below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Everything Minestrone
by Lindsay Nixon, The Happy Herbivore

1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups sliced or chopped vegetables
Crushed red pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can white beans (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Line a large pot with a thin layer of water and sauté onion, garlic, and a pinch of crushed red pepper, if using, for a minute.

2. Add Italian seasoning and continue to cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add all remaining ingredients, including choice vegetables, except beans, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.

3. Bring to a boil then cover, decrease heat to low, and let simmer until vegetables are tender, about
10–20 minutes.

4. Add beans, if using, cooked rice, or pasta (see Tips), and continue to cook until thoroughly warm.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Fire-roasted tomatoes are especially good here, and feel free to substitute leftover cooked pasta or rice for
the optional beans—or use all three!

I typically use carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash, but use whatever you have on hand.


  1. Happy Birthday!
    Just liked your FB page. Off to spread the word about the giveaway. This book looks excellent!! Some of my favorite authors and new ones to discover!


  2. Happy Birthday! I hope its happy.

  3. This book looks amazing! I liked your FB page. Exciting!

  4. I'm excited about this giveaway. I really need new recipes for my husband who is new to plant based eating.

  5. I would love to win this book. I need new recipes for my husband who recently became plant based.

  6. Wow looks good!

  7. Wow that sounds like a great cookbook.

  8. Happy birthday early and I am making soup today. Looks delicious! I like your Facebook page too.

  9. I would love to have this cookbook - and Happy Birthday!

  10. That looks yummy! HaPpy birthday!

  11. HaPpy birthday! Those recipes look yummy!

  12. That looks yummy! HaPpy birthday!

  13. This book really is an all-star line-up, thank you!
    And happy [early] birthday!

  14. You are amazing.. what a blessing you are to your family..and us!

  15. You are amazing.. what a blessing you are to your family..and us!

  16. I love living plant-strong! Hope your birthday is delish! kelliegreen at gmail dot com

  17. I found your blog today. I love HH and would love to add a new "baby" to my plant based collection. I LOVE to cook!

  18. Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this looks wonderful!

  19. Happy Birthday! I'm always excited about a new cookbook and this one sounds great. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  20. Ahh!! I got to review this one too!! I love this cookbook!!
    Don't include me in the giveaway ;-)


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