Cravings are faced head on in Crave Eat Heal, a new cookbook by Annie Oliverio. (Out in stores today!) If you’ve ever wondered how to scratch that itch for something salty, spicy, creamy, or crunchy, Annie makes it as simple as turning to the chapter in question and digging in.
I’ve been following Annie’s blog, An Unrefined Vegan, for years now. Her gorgeous, eye-popping photographs keep me coming back for more, along with her gentle spirit and sharp wit. She was the starting force behind the Virtual Vegan Potluck, which had bloggers from all over the globe coming together to share recipes and support each other’s work. She also wrote A Terminal Illness Primer for Caregivers: Lessons From My Brother’s End-of-Life Journey. It is such a touching and heartfelt resource for anyone who has become a caregiver to a loved one or who seeks to understand the process from both emotional and practical standpoints.
When I heard Annie was writing Crave Eat Heal, I knew she’d bring her signature touch to the project. With enticing color photos and creative recipes, she didn’t let us down. The recipes put an emphasis on whole, unprocessed plant foods, and most of them are gluten-free. Some of the recipes I can’t wait to try include dolmade-stuffed baby peppers with lemon-garlic cashew cream, raw tomato soup, tofu gyros, and butternut squash queso. (Good news – Somer shared the recipe for the queso on Vedged Out.)
As a side note, I was so excited and honored to see two of my pottery pieces gracing a page of Crave Eat Heal. (Page 123, if you have a copy handy!) Although I’m not making hand-built pottery anymore, Annie purchased a couple of pieces from my Etsy shop back when I was still doing it. It was such a lovely surprise to see my bowls there, photographed so beautifully.
I’m sharing a recipe from Crave Eat Heal with you today for Roasted Garlic & Fresh Herb Cream Cheese. As a long-time fan of nibbly nights, this spreadable cheese called out to me. Served with turnip pickles, olives, watermelon, crudités and crackers, it’s perfect for an evening of little bites. The cheese is cashew based along with coconut butter for added creaminess. (Don’t worry, the coconut flavor is undetectable in the final product.) Oh, and did I mention the recipe calls for a whole head of roasted garlic? Finally, it is topped with fresh herbs for a springy finish. I used fresh chives.
The giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Laloofah & Veganopolous. For a chance to win a copy of Crave Eat Heal, simply leave a comment below. Two winners will be chosen – one from the U.S./Canada who will receive a hardcopy of the book, and one international winner who will receive the companion ebook. Let me know in the comments whether you live in the United States, Canada, or elsewhere. Also, please be sure I have a way of contacting you – by blog or by email. The contest ends at midnight on May 10th.