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The Oh She Glows Cookbook Review + Giveaway (Closed)

I was excited when the publishers of Angela Liddon’s “The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out,” Avery Publishing Group, recently contacted me to offer a copy of her cookbook to review. Naturally I said yes, and having just returned from a trip, I was in quite the mood to get back to my kitchen and try out and share a few new recipes. The “Oh She Glows Cookbook” is a spinoff of the highly successful, overwhelmingly popular, remarkably healthy and inspirational vegan blog “Oh She Glows” by Angela Liddon.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook

The Oh She Glows Cookbook” includes over 100 wholesome & plant-based recipes; 75 new vegan recipes and over 25 updates on reader favorites from the Oh She Glows blog. The cookbook also includes many allergy-friendly recipes with over 90 gluten-free recipes, and many recipes free of soy, nuts, sugar and grains, too. She creates nourishing and all-natural vegan meals that are packed with nutrient-rich, whole some veggies and fruit, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. No artificial substitutes or processed imitation products, which sets her cookbook apart from many other vegan cookbooks. Along with the delectable recipes, the thing I appreciate most about this cookbook are the stunning full-color photos by the author and photographer, Angela Liddon.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook

So far I’ve tried few recipes: “Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip” (Page 83, Appetizers), “Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta” (Page 181, Entrees), “Marinated Balsamic, Maple and Garlic Tempeh” (Page 199, Sides), “Salt + Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas” (Page 221, Power Snacks) and “Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust” (Page 247, Desserts). Most of her recipes are pretty easy to tackle, but most require adjustments and/or ingredient substitutions based on my personal taste or preferences. Some of the components that I loved, like the “cheese sauce” from her “Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip” (Page 83, Appetizers), would work nicely as a base for a variety of different dishes.

Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip

The back cover of the book summarizes it best:

Whether you are a vegan, “vegan-curious,” or you simply want to eat delicious food that just happens to be healthy, too, this cookbook is a must-have for anyone who longs to eat well, feel great, and simply glow!

The Oh She Glows Cookbook

I have permission to share three recipes that I’ve tested from the cookbook:

“Eat Your Greens Detox Soup” (Page 139, Soup)
“Walnut Avocado & Pear Salad” (Page 103, Salads)
“Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette” (Page 283, Homemade Staples)

Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip

Page 83, Appetizers

Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip

The “Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip” recipe is available at “The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out (”

This is the first “Oh She Glows” dish I made and I really wanted some cheezy comfort food after returning from Hong Kong and Taiwan. I halved the “Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip” recipe, which was a perfect portion for two. I would use the full recipe for leftovers. I added a tablespoon of hot water in addition to the recipe to get my ‘cheese sauce’ silky smooth, since I don’t have a high speed blender my sauce needed that little something extra. For a spicier version, I would use fresh jalapeños instead of cayenne pepper. I didn’t like the addition of marinara sauce because the flavor of the marinara sauce still came through a bit strong in the end while overpowered some of the other flavors of the dish. As an alternative to the marinara and white onion, I would use a fresh chunky salsa to provide that tomato and onion flavors. So far I liked the cheese sauce in Step 1, I plan to use it on pizzas and naan breads or possibly snack on its own with fresh jalapeños as a spicy nacho cheese.

Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip

Walnut, Avocado & Pear Salad

Page 103, Salads

Walnut, Avocado & Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps & Red Onion

Get the “Walnut, Avocado & Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps & Red Onion” recipe here.

The “Walnut, Avocado & Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps & Red Onion” is a nice, hearty salad, but has too many components and there’s a bit of disconnect between the marinated portobello and the rest of the salad. I love the Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette, but don’t think the marinated portobello (it was marinated in Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette, too) enhanced this dish. To keep flavors cleaner, I would prefer some nicely salted and seared trumpet or oyster mushrooms. One ripe pear (Bosc) was big enough for the recipe so two wasn’t necessary.

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup

Page 139, Soup

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup

Get the “Eat Your Greens Detox Soup” recipe here.

I am now a fan of Oh She Glows’ Eat Your Greens Detox Soup and made it twice last week. I halved the recipe the first time and it was perfect for one. I doubled the recipe the second time with orzo and it was so tasty! The soup was very delicious and packed with flavors – ground cinnamon, ground cumin, fresh ginger and fresh lemon juice; all pack a punch, but in a harmonious way. I like a fresh herb garnish; some dill, chives or fennel fronds should go nicely on top of this soup. It took about 18 to 20 minutes in Step 3 for the veggies to be tender. I used exactly ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper in the soup. I added kale for the last 5 minutes of cooking in Step 4, so the soup will be ready in 20 minutes!

Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta

Page 181, Entrées

Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta

The “Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta” recipe is available at “The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out (”

I really wanted something creamy and of course, pasta, and read that it was one of Angela’s husband’s favorite meals and that he prepares it often. We both love creamy pastas. The tomato-based creamy sauce was tasty, but the basil was too overpowering – I didn’t like the extreme basil flavor. I would use ¼ cup of packed fresh basil (not 1 cup) so all the flavors are there. I used 15-oz canned tomatoes (without liquid), 3 TB nutritional yeast and 2½ TB tomato paste, which all worked great.

Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta

Marinated Balsamic, Maple & Garlic Tempeh

Page 199, Sides

Marinated Balsamic, Maple & Garlic Tempeh

The “Marinated Balsamic, Maple & Garlic Tempeh” recipe is available at “The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out (”

The “Marinated Balsamic, Maple & Garlic Tempeh” is great on sandwiches, wraps and as a snack. The flavors are a bit tangy and sweet, perhaps additional spices, dried chili flakes and/or liquid smoke will make it tastier. After reading another food blogger’s cooking notes about the tempeh being too acidic, I doubled the maple syrup and garlic, halved the balsamic vinegar (since it is very sour), but it still lacked the garlic flavor. I might try using garlic powder next time. I’ve always wondered what to do with the remaining marinade especially with garlic sitting there. I reused the marinade to make a 2nd batch.

Marinated Balsamic, Maple & Garlic Tempeh

Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

Page 221, Power Snacks

Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

The “Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas” recipe is available at “The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out (”

I was glad that I tried the salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas because I am up for anything salt and vinegar. I roasted the chickpeas for about 15 to 20 minutes more in Step 5. They were very tangy due to the vinegar, but pretty tasty. Some had a bit of crunch. I would like them crunchier. I am very eager to try my own flavored roasted chickpeas now, thanks for the inspiration, Oh She Glows!

Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust

Page 247, Desserts

Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust

The “Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust” recipe is available at “The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out (”

I know it isn’t Thanksgiving, but I have always wanted to try a pumpkin-based dessert. Luckily, I found a canned organic pumpkin puree for “Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust.” At first, it appeared as an ‘egg custard’ tart, which was pretty cool. When frozen, the pumpkin flavor wasn’t there, and it was mostly maple and coconut. The longer I let it thaw, the stronger the pumpkin flavor got but it was still a secondary flavor to the maple and coconut. I would add extra pumpkin puree and extra pumpkin pie spice mix (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cardamon), and use less maple syrup (about ½ cup).

Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust

The baked oat crust reminded me of raw Lärabars and didn’t really satisfy my pie crust lust. I would use a different crust such as a homemade graham cracker crust (using the graham cracker recipe from Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts for a start).

Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust

Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust

Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette

Page 283, Homemade Staples

Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette

Get the “Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette” recipe here.

For the “Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette”, I used a teaspoon of dijon mustard since we use extra spicy dijon, but it worked well so far. If you are a fan of dijon mustard, follow Angela’s recipe! The vinaigrette is tangy from the vinegar and unsweetened apple sauce with garlicky flavor and sweet from the maple syrup. Additional freshly ground pepper is a must to make the vinaigrette slightly peppery. I made my own unsweetened apple sauce; it’s a pretty easy recipe (view here). This dressing is a good one for making as a double batch, because I can imagine it being perfect on a variety of salads and it will keep for up to two weeks.

In addition to the recipes I’ve tested and included, I’m especially interested in trying her smoothies, “Delicata Squash, Millet & Kale Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing” (Page 119, Salads), “Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado-Cilantro Cream Sauce” (Page 147, Entrees), “Classic Glo Bar” (Page 215, Power Snacks), “Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites” (Page 235, Power Snacks), and “Crispy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies” (Page 265, Desserts).

Giveaway (US residents only)

It’s an amazing and beautiful cookbook and now you can win one here at Vegan Miam! Avery Publishing Group have kindly sponsored for one Vegan Miam reader (US residents only) to win a copy of “The Oh She Glows Cookbook” (paperback).

• This is a sponsored Giveaway provided by AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Open to US residents only (sorry international readers!).
• The Giveaway entry period begins Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST and ends Monday, May 12 at 11:59 PM PST.
• One winner will be drawn randomly by using Gleam and will be notified via a certified vegan miam email, unless otherwise stated. Winner must respond with current/correct address within forty-eight (48) hours or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be drawn.
• One winner will receive a copy of The Oh She Glows Cookbook.
• Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by AVERY. Vegan Miam is not responsible for any unsent, lost or stolen prize(s).

The Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway

Disclaimer: This cookbook was kindly sent to me to review. All reviews are my own personal opinions, I have not been compensated to provide any feedback positive or otherwise. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.

Have you tried any recipes from “The Oh She Glows Cookbook?” What is your favorite plant-based meal?

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  • Reply Katrin 2014-05-02 at 5:35 am

    Everything looks so delicious! I am trying new recipes at the moment because I am so bored of the stuff I usually cook. :) So this book looks really exciting! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Sara 2014-05-02 at 5:40 am

    I really want to try that raw pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin and I am trying to add more raw foods to my diet.

  • Reply Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraff 2014-05-02 at 5:48 am

    It all sounds delicious. I find I often tweak recipes to my tastes but love getting inspiration from cookbooks (am trying to use them a bit more lately).

    As for the marinade, I often make tofu bacon with a marinade and often use the leftover marinade as extra flavouring for soups and stews.

    Love your photos – how do you get the broccoli that soup to look so green – I am in admiration as mine never stays green enough.

    Johanna @

    • Reply vegan miam 2014-05-04 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks Johanna for the marinade tip, I will save them for other dishes! Hehe, it’s the turmeric that makes the broccoli greener 😉 Actually that soup was so hard to photograph!

  • Reply janet @ the taste space 2014-05-02 at 5:57 am

    Nice review, Rika. I learned long ago to modify the recipes to your own tastes (especially Angela’s). Like for the detox soup (which I love!), I added edamame and cooked brown rice to make it a meal. To make the chikpeas crunchier, making sure they are dry before baking helps.

    • Reply vegan miam 2014-05-04 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you Janet, I appreciate your comment! Andrea from CookEasyVegan also added edamame to the soup, and I want to try that because I love them! Thanks for the tip on these roasted chickpeas!

  • Reply Abby Bean 2014-05-02 at 6:44 am

    Your photos are stunning, but I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who felt the recipes needed a bit of tweaking. Happy for the book, but hoped to be able to enjoy more as-is; sometimes I just want to blindly follow a recipe and have it turn out grand on its own (please don’t include me in the giveaway as I already have the book).

  • Reply Tiffany Ried 2014-05-02 at 6:46 am

    I love Oh She Glows. Her blog is always so inspirational! Can’t wait to try her book!

  • Reply jacquie astemborski 2014-05-02 at 7:45 am

    i have been reading her blog for a while now and have enjoyed it. I’m love to win the book so i could cook from it.

  • Reply Andrea 2014-05-02 at 11:26 am

    I don’t want to win the book because I already have a copy, but just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your review. It’s true that recipes are just a guide and we need to adjust them to our tastes, no matter how good a book is! My husband made one of the recipes with edamame, and even though I love edamame, I had to remove about half of the beans because it was just overwhelming. My favorite recipe so far is the eat your greens detox soup, made with half dried shiitake mushrooms and half button mushrooms. That recipe is pretty perfect as is.

    • Reply vegan miam 2014-05-04 at 7:31 pm

      Mmmm, shiitake mushrooms and edamame, I will add them next time in Angela’s soup! Sounds so tasty! And thank you Andrea!

  • Reply Terri Cole 2014-05-02 at 12:42 pm

    I really want to try that detox soup! I eat a lot of plant-based soup as part of my weight-loss strategy. It’s my secret weapon!

  • Reply Vicky Rockcliffe 2014-05-02 at 1:21 pm

    Wow! Great honest review and beautiful photos. I’ve had my book a couple of weeks now but haven’t had time to make anything yet but I’ve got a few days off work next week and I’m planning to try some recipes. Thanks for the tips!

    I’ve had my eye on the salt & vinegar chickpeas too, last time I roasted chickpeas I left them too long but having also seen Sharon of Bit of a Good Stuff’s recipe, I am also inspired to try my own flavours.

    • Reply vegan miam 2014-05-04 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks Vicky :) Sharon’s roasted chickpeas? I’ve to go back to her blog and try it!

  • Reply Sharon 2014-05-02 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Rika! Just catching up with all your wonderful blog posts that I missed during my break. Great review of Angela’s book! Your presentation of the dishes is truly stunning ♥ I haven’t got a copy of the book myself but it’s on my birthday wish list. Good luck to all your US readers. This is one fab giveaway!
    p.s. My Violife cheese arrived yesterday and I’ve got to say it’s the best giveaway I’ve ever won! Thank you SO much! I couldn’t believe the size of the box that arrived from Greece! They sent me every cheese in their range and I’m going to slowly work my way through all your recipes 😀

    • Reply vegan miam 2014-05-04 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Sharon, so glad to hear from you! How was your trip?! I’ll get back to your posts soon this week – quite busy at the moment! Thank you for your comment! I’m happy that your cheese arrived, I hope you like the cheese! I can’t wait to see what you will do with them! Wishing you a great week! x

      • Reply Sharon 2014-05-15 at 12:57 pm

        We had such a beautiful time on our trip ♥ I’ve finally got round to posting a few pics on the blog :)
        I’ve resisted using the cheese so far as I want to photograph them first! I’m hoping to do this tomorrow, then the first thing I’m going to make is your mac n cheese 😀

  • Reply Justin and Lauren 2014-05-02 at 3:57 pm

    I might just have to pick up this cookbook – I’m a fan of the site and everything here looks so yummy! Wish I could participate in the giveaway but will just have to go out and buy myself a copy! :)

  • Reply Eileen 2014-05-02 at 4:29 pm

    This cookbook sounds great! I’m excited to try it out–especially that beautiful pie. Because who doesn’t like pie? :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Reply Tom DeSimone 2014-05-03 at 9:19 am

    That soup!! Wow. Sounds delicious. Beautiful photo by the way.

  • Reply Melissa 2014-05-03 at 6:01 pm

    I really want to try the pumpkin pie! All the pictures look so beautiful and delicious.

  • Reply Michelle Cantu 2014-05-03 at 8:29 pm

    Can’t wait to try everything. The pasta looks so yummy.

  • Reply Ashley 2014-05-04 at 8:14 am

    oooo this all looks delicious!!! fingers crossed! :)

  • Reply Karen D 2014-05-04 at 11:30 am

    The nacho dip & the pumpkin maple pie look especially good to me. To pick a single food, I guess I’d have to say tempeh. I make my own, and it’s really good, if I do say so myself.

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodRecipesHQ 2014-05-04 at 1:00 pm

    Angela’s dishes are fantastic. I’ve been following her blog for a long time now and was always satisfied with her recipes. I would definitely enter the giveaway if I lived in the States!

    • Reply vegan miam 2014-05-04 at 7:28 pm

      I wish this is an international giveaway!

  • Reply Marina D 2014-05-04 at 2:05 pm

    I would love to try any vegan dessert in this cookbook, I have a huge sweet tooth!!

  • Reply Koko ( 2014-05-04 at 2:21 pm

    Aw, wish I could enter this!! I love how Angela keeps her foods very natural and wholesome. I have been following her blog for quite awhile. Again, I really appreciate your honest opinions on these recipes. I would love to try the life-affirming nacho dip but I’m so with you on the salsa thing. I saw the recipe, and marinara seemed a bit strange to me! The tomato pasta looks soo good, and I would probably enjoy the strong basil flavour. You did awesome making all of these recipes! So thorough :-)

    • Reply vegan miam 2014-05-04 at 7:36 pm

      I wish this is available to Canada ;( Salsa makes sense, right?! Thank you, Koko for your comment, I looked up the hotel you mentioned about, wow, a raw bar, that’s crazy! Thanks for the recommendation!! x x

  • Reply Vegan Richa 2014-05-04 at 7:20 pm

    I have the book, so i am not entering the giveaway. I am always blown away by your thorough review, which are honest and so balanced. thank you for the effort rika!

    • Reply vegan miam 2014-05-04 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks Richa! Which recipe was your favorite?

  • Reply Candy Hoffman 2014-05-05 at 10:49 am

    I would make those salt and vinegar chickpeas. Beans are a really important food that everyone should eat more of! I love using the reason that they have scientifically been proven to help you live longer!

  • Reply Kelsey C 2014-05-05 at 1:41 pm

    All of these recipes look so amazing. I’d love to grab the cookbook to see the rest!

  • Reply Denise @ Pink-Vegan 2014-05-05 at 2:36 pm

    I LOVE Oh She Glows recipes !!

  • Reply Denise @ Pink-Vegan 2014-05-05 at 2:37 pm

    My favorite recipe is :


  • Reply Heather 2014-05-05 at 4:02 pm

    I have been wanting to buy this cookbook! That nacho dip, the soup and the marinated tempeh look delicious, and the enchiladas you mention sound good too. Let’s be honest, I want to try them all!! :)

  • Reply Rebecca 2014-05-05 at 5:01 pm

    That Nacho Dip looks spectacular!!

  • Reply The vegan 8 2014-05-06 at 3:04 am

    Wow so cool you got to review her cookbook!! You have been busy in the kitchen lady! Everything looks great! Sounds like everything pretty much needed adjustments though for your taste preference… Sounds like it was fairly easy to do though. :) I really enjoyed reading the review!

  • Reply lisacng @ 2014-05-06 at 11:39 am

    I’d love to try the dip and the roasted chick peas! What plant-based food matters to me most…I guess I love basil and scallions :).

  • Reply Cam 2014-05-06 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this cookbook since it came out, and you just sealed the deal that I will be picking up a copy. Super excited to try the “Marinated Balsamic, Maple & Garlic Tempeh” – never made my own tempeh before, but I’m sure her recipe is easy enough. Yum!

  • Reply Michelle 2014-05-07 at 4:42 am

    One of plant-based food that matters to me most is zucchini noodles! I like them because they are easy, healthy, satisfying and just really cool when you think about it. I think Angela’s Empowered Noodle Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce would be really fantastic with zucchini noodles.

  • Reply Keenzi 2014-05-07 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for the thorough review and the great pics and links. Though now I’m craving that dip! : )

  • Reply Katt Linde Ⓥ 2014-05-07 at 7:23 pm

    Ive been following Angela Oh She Glows for awhile but I love your honest review, I will keep reading your cookbook reviews from now on, every time I see a cookbook review on someone’s blog, they say all the good things about it. I want to try her Raw Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Baked Oat Crust and I go crazy for hemp and nuts, they are a huge part of my diet.

  • Reply Katt Linde Ⓥ 2014-05-07 at 7:23 pm

    And the photos look beautiful.

  • Reply The Peace Patch 2014-05-08 at 9:32 am

    My favorite meal lately is a big veggie wrap with hummus. Now thought I am so craving a big plate of nachos. Your reviews are always so helpful and inspiring too…to play with flavors and ingredients. Many thanks! :)

  • Reply Kelly @ Life made Sweeter 2014-05-09 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for the great review Rika! Love Angela’s blog and everything looks incredible – especially the raw pumpkin pie and detox soup :)

  • Reply Hjb 2014-05-09 at 8:27 pm

    I would love to try the tomato basil pasta. All the recipes look good. I would love to see any that might include kale as that is my favorite vegetable

  • Reply Amanda Vickery 2014-05-10 at 9:32 pm

    I’ve been eye-balling this book :) Hope i can win it!

  • Reply eternitysojourner 2014-05-11 at 8:49 pm

    Wow! All looks so tempting!

  • Reply Bitter and Murky 2014-05-12 at 12:41 am

    the nacho dip, looks yummy!

  • Reply Lisa Marie Berry 2014-05-12 at 11:10 am

    The walnut pear and avocado salad looks amazing.

  • Reply Richelle Collins 2014-05-12 at 12:03 pm

    such an awesome giveaway! I’ve been eying this book since she first released it. Cannot wait to try the detox soup and nacho dip!

  • Reply Amy @ Elephant Eats 2014-05-13 at 11:33 am

    I’ve heard so much about this cookbook, and wow, all those recipes look awesome!

  • Reply Louisa [Living Lou] 2014-05-14 at 8:39 pm

    What a great, in depth review! I’ve been thinking about buying this cookbook and I love that you tried so many recipes. Photos are all stunning as usual!

  • Reply Elpoo 2014-05-15 at 3:45 am

    I have made about 25 of the recipes so far. Not one dud. Beautiful photography and manageable recipes. I can’t recommend this cookbook enough!

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