Cookbook Review: Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World & Giveaway

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When Allyson Kramer asked me to be part of her virtual tour for her new cookbook launch for Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World* (GGFVE-FATW), I was totally thrilled. I was so excited when I received my copy for review and I’m even more excited to be bringing you this review, a recipe from the book and cookbook giveaway (see end of the post for more details).

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I decided to try 3 recipes for this review, I ended up making 5 โ€”the 5th is in the oven right now and won’t make it in this post but I can already tell it’s going to be so good. I was delightfully surprised with the flavors of the dishes I selected to make for the review, I’m not sure why. I love the recipes onย Allyson’s blog and I reviewed her first cookbook last year, Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats, so I should’ve known what to expect. Yet she snuck up on me and BAM! delicious meals. Mauro and I just couldn’t get enough of some of them. Here’s what I made: Cocoa Almond Truffles (Brigadeiros), from Brazil (recipe below); Roasted Fennel Salad with Caramelized Onions, a fusion dish; Save the Fishies Cakes, from the UK; Roasted Tomato and Beet Bisque, from Belarus; and Smokey Tempeh “Bacon”, from Nepal (still in the oven, no pic, sorry).

I started off making the brigadeiros, just because I had to see if they were going to taste like the ones they make in Brazil. Plus, let’s keep our priorities straight, dessert first, people! This ooey, gooey version of a truffle is a staple at any celebratory party or catered event in Brazil. There are even gourmet brigadeiro stores at malls there. What defines a good brigadeiro is a caramel chewiness and a melt-in-your-mouth quality at the same time. It will also be hard to roll when making them, they tend to stick to your hands, but wash off easily. I followed the recipe with a couple of exceptions, I used this canned Soymilke Soy Condensed Milk* and I used shredded coconut and cacao nibs instead of nonpareils. They came out with the perfect texture, flavor and yum. Being an experienced brigadeiro maker, I can say that the recipe would have turned out equally as good following Allyson’s instructions to make your own almond condensed milk. I just had a can of the soy condensed milk, so I used that instead.

The next recipes I tried were the Roasted Fennel Salad with Caramelized Onions and the Save the Fishies Cakes (STFC). Disclaimer: Since we have year-round CSA shares, we eat as seasonally as possible and I try to use the ingredients I have on hand for recipes โ€”this drives Mauro nuts because I don’t always follow recipes to a T, which is the case of these two recipes. I didn’t have spinach or any apples for the salad, so I subbed them with romaine lettuce and kohlrabi, respectively. We scarfed down this salad in 2 minutes. Mauro’s not a big fan of fennel, but he loved how the caramelized onions and the lemon juice balanced it out. We both felt the kohlrabi was a perfect fit, adding the crunch but not interfering with the flavor. As for the STFC, I didn’t have any jack fruit so I took a gamble and used a can of heart of palms I had in the pantry. The cakes were delicious, but I think the stringy texture of the jack fruit would have made them better. If you try this recipe, please use the right ingredients. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last but not least, I made a blonder version of the Roasted Tomato and Beet Bisque. I had all the ingredients for this recipe, or so I thought, until I started peeling the beets and found that they were white and variegated beets. So the soup didn’t quite turn out the right color and the beet flavor wasn’t as bold as the darker beets would have made it, but the soup turned out absolutely delicious. It was rich and creamy, not too tomatoey, not too beety and it went well with the leftover STFC from the previous night. I will definitely be making this soup when I get more beets from the CSA.

I hope you enjoyed the review. Don’t forget to see the recipe, tips and giveaway below. Allyson is an amazing cook and recipe writer. She makes gluten-free and vegan so easy and the flavors of her recipes are simply delightful. Read my review for her first book Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats and watch our interview with her last year, in case you missed it.

Recipe – Cocoa Almond Truffles (Brigadeiros)

Brigadeiros are similar to truffles in texture and flavor, but they come together much more quickly and easily than a traditional truffle. The key to this recipe is making your own condensed almond milk, which I’ve included a recipe for below. I recommend using unsweetened store-bought almond milk rather than using homemade almond milk, as it seems to yield the most consistent results when condensing the milk.

Yield: 20 Candies

For the Condensed Almond Milk:

3 cups (700 ml) almond milk

1 1/2 cups (300 g) sugar

Combine the ingredients into a 1-quart (946 ml) sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce to a constant simmer (not too high as to bubble over) and let cook until reduced to 1 cup (235 ml) liquid, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir at least every 5 minutes, to ensure reduction is occurring and the almond milk is not sticking to the bottom of the pan. It should be the consistency or runny caramel when finished reducing.

For the Brigadeiros:

1 cup (235 ml) condensed almond milk (recipe above)

1 cup (80 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder

Dash sea salt

1 tablespoon (14 g) coconut oil

1/4 (48 g) chocolate nonpareil sprinkles

To make the Brigadeiros:

Combine the condensed almond milk, cocoa powder, sea salt, and coconut oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Let the mixture cook until it begins to easily come away the bottom of the pan when stirred, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool just long enough to make it easy to handle. Roll into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls and then roll into the chocolate nonpareils to coat.

Recipe Shared with Permission of Fair Winds Press

Tips for making the Brigadeiros:

A few tips on how to roll the mix into truffles:

  1. Make sure the mix has cooled and it is firm but not hard.
  2. Oil the palms of your hands.
  3. Scoop a small spoonful of the mix into the palm of one hand and gently roll it into a ball (too much pressure will make it stick). If it’s too sticky and you can’t roll it, put it in the fridge for 10 minutes for it to firm up a bit.
  4. Roll it into the nonpareil, coconut, cacao nibs, etc.
  5. Place into paper liners.
  6. Alternatively, you can bypass the rolling process and scoop the mix into mini glasses and use mini spoons to eat them.
  7. Store the finished goodies in the fridge and pull them out 1/2 hour before you’re ready to serve them.

GGFVE-FATW Giveaway – Ended

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win a copy of GGFVE-FATW. I’ll randomly choose one person on Monday, July 8th 2013 at 6:00pm. US residents only, please. Happy commenting and good luck!

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And the winner of the giveaway is… Karen Faivre.

Thank you to everyone who commented. Please consider supporting Allyson Kramer and all her hard work by buying the cookbook.

About Lydia Grossov


Lydia has been a passionate cook since she was 13 years old, a vegetarian/now vegan for a over 21 years, a graphic designer for over 18.... read her full bio or send her a message here.

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30 Responses to “Cookbook Review: Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around the World & Giveaway”
  1. Dina Gold says:

    Everything I’ve heard about this author leads me to just know that this is a cookbook I need in my collection!

  2. The truffles look so very delicious but I must admit, the Roasted Tomato and Beet Bisque would be perfect on this kinda cool day. Plus I love the idea of a rosy pink soup! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Many thanks!

  3. I love love loved the first book and am excited to look through the new book, especially now with the preview of the yummy truffles. I think this makes vegan-gluten free eating much easier and much more exciting.

  4. Caitlin says:

    I’d off to win! The stfc sound delicious!

  5. Squee! Those STFCs look mighty yummy… still have to try kohlrabi!

  6. Amanda J. says:

    I am always in need of gluten-free eats, recipes, and help! This book would be so fantastic to have in my kitchen!

  7. Karen D says:

    Would really love to win this cookbook! It sounds great!

  8. Melissa Dion says:

    I would like to try some more gluten free recipes, so this cookbook would be super helpful!

  9. Jen T. says:

    I’d love to try this cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Kelly G. says:

    Because one can never have too many cookbooks! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Bill says:

    Doing more gluten-free cooking lately so would love to try done of these out!

  12. It looks like a great book! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. BTW, I’m a starving writer, who spends most of her money eating gluten free, vegan and organic. Books aren’t even in the budget right now.

  13. Oh, this looks good. Love a chance to win it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! #fb <3 Gaileee

  14. sarah says:

    mmm! these look delish!

  15. Oh, I’m so excited about this book! I would absolutely love to win it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Lydia Claire says:

    I have this book on my wishlist at Amazon. I’d love to win it!

  17. Corrine Greenfield says:

    This is a great book to add to our growing collection of healthy vegan cookbooks!

  18. Deana says:

    I love checking out Allyson’s blog, manifest vegan, for all of her recipe ideas and would love to have a copy of her new book. I’ve enjoyed all the dishes I’ve made following her directions and I think I’ll have a blast taking a culinary tour vegan style in my kitchen.

  19. Lakshmi says:

    This book sounds divine, would love to win it!

  20. Wehaf says:

    This sounds great; I’m gluten-free and dairy-free and it is so hard to find good recipes!

  21. HilLesha says:

    Sounds like my kind of cookbook! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. leslie says:

    Yum yum! I love vegan cookbooks, Thanks for the giveaway!!

  23. Jennifer K says:

    Oh I really want this book!!!

  24. Karen Faivre says:

    Mmmmm. It all looks so delicious!

  25. Christine Uniejewski says:

    I began looking into GF as a way to help my son. I am ready to try it out and this would be a great way to help me find tons of recipes the whole family would like!

  26. Barb K says:

    This cookbook looks like it has some really great recipes. Can’t wait to try them.

  27. Cassie says:

    Yum! Please enter me ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Crissy D. says:

    I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book. I am inspired by new recipes and trying new things.

  29. Korie says:

    I’m vegan and my best friend is GF. We always have trouble when we get together deciding where to eat/what to make! This book would be a great help!

  30. Allison Litten says:

    As a new vegan raised in a foodie family, I am always looking for amazing recipes to fit my tastes. This book looks like my ticket! Plus, my dad has just had to go gluten free, so this would be an amazing resource for my mother as she cooks for when I come over for dinner!

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