Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Sexy Vegan Cookbook- Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude- A Review and Giveaway

Brian L Patton, the author of The Sexy Vegan- Extraordinary Food for and Ordinary Dude, was kind enough to send me a review copy of his book and oh, thank goodness he did!  This is a really unique cookbook.  Yes, it has great recipes, but isn't that really just the price of entry when it comes to publishing a cookbook?

Cashew Ricotta


The book is funny. I mean, laugh out loud funny. I love his sense of humor and I actually did laugh out loud more than once while reading-  Brian has a very unique way of telling his story while also giving you really great vegan recipes- and not the type you need weird ingredients for, either.  Every recipe I tried I pretty much had the ingredients on hand.

Plus, any cookbook that starts out with a chapter on "The Most Important Meal of the Day....Cocktails", contains a "Pesto Manifesto" and Pizza's named after Nintendo video game characters really can't be bad, right?

For newbies to vegan cooking he does have some "WTF" references referred to throughout the book- "WTF is Nutritional Yeast?, WTF is arrowroot powder?", etc which I could see being quite helpful.

The Cashew Ricotta (pictured above, stuffed into something ending in "i" as suggested) was absolutely delicious. How could it not be with artichoke hearts as one of the main ingredients?  It has a wonderful depth of flavor,  is extremely versatile and is a new staple in my kitchen. I can honestly say I loved it.

I also fell in love with the Beany Tahini Burgers with Dreamy Tahini Dressing. As a kid, growing up in a home where we ate Middle Eastern  a lot the flavors were familiar and comforting.  The burger has a nice texture that held together well, created with some surprising ingredients- not the least of which are cous
cous and kalamata olives.

Beany Tahini Burger


I am thrilled to offer you a chance to win a copy of this book. All you have to do is leave me a comment below letting me know why you would like to win (along with an email address where you can be reached) and you will be entered. Simple! I will pick a winner on Saturday May 12, 2012.  Good luck!

Bottom line, highly recommended. Go out and get yourself a copy. Today!

56 comments:

  1. The cashew ricotta looks delish. Thanks again for the chance at winning a copy!

    (lldoty@yahoo.com)

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  2. I've been hearing about this book a lot! I'd love to try some recipes out!

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  3. I would love to win one because I've been drooling over the recipes forever! Love your blog by the way, made your mushroom wellington a few weeks ago and my husband has been bugging me ever since to make it again! Thanks for the giveaway :)
    breeleon@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I love the Wellington, too-- I am glad you liked it!

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  4. I am trying to eat more vegan meals and would love a cookbook like this!

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  5. I want to win so I can be a sexy vegan too!

    mgonyeo@hotmail.com

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    1. Lucky you!! You are the winner and will be the sexiest vegan around... Well, maybe other than The Sexy Vegan himself!! Check your email!

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  6. Your blog introduced me to The Sexy Vegan. I love the YouTube recipes that I've seen and would jump at the chance to have an entire cookbook full of good food and good humor!

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  7. I'm so excited about this book! I'd love to win so I can get that chance to make all the recipes! Great blog, great review!
    plantstrongmoma@gmail.com

    ~PlantStrongMoma

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  8. I've been coveting this book and yet another positive review seals the deal!

    (don't want email posted publicly, doubt many do!)

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  9. Funny vegans rule. Plus, his food looks insanely good. I can't WAIT to try every last sexy bite.

    sonia.morin@gmail.com

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  10. I would love to win a copy of this book and try as many recipes as I can! Thanks! mamilroy@gmail.com

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  11. I know you are an amazing cook of both vegan and non vegan meals and I am honestly trying to eat a much more healthy diet. The burger pictured above looks incredibly good! the cocktails and WTFs will be like a cherry on top of a dairy free cake!!

    di2mley@gmail.com

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  12. We could use a few more Sexy Vegans out there! lol, I doubt I qualify but maybe a cookbook would help me out. I normally get stuck in the "friend" zone.
    That burger looks devine. Thanks for the review.
    melissa.l.howe@gmail.com

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  13. I have a copy and love it, I bought my mom a copy and she loves it... I'm running out of money :) Would love to have a copy to give to a very dear friend who is new to the Vegan world. (The cashew ricotta is the bomb)
    EMMorshedi@yahoo.com

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  14. Oh, man! I would LOVE to win this book because I've been hearing/reading SO MANY awesome things about it! Also, I eat the same stuff all the time and really need some new ideas. Finally, it sounds like a lot of these recipes might actually appeal to my boyfriend, who is definitely NOT vegan...yet ;-)

    michellecrisp25@yahoo.com

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  15. Hey I would love to win a copy of Mister Sexy Vegan's book! I've made all his recipes from youtube and think he's hilarious and awesome!
    My email is: greengoddess64@yahoo.com

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  17. This book is on my amazon wish list. I have made a few things from his u-tube videos and they have all been insanely delicious. I would love to win a copy! Thanks for offering the chance :) My e-mail is: sandrajaynedesigns@gmail.com.

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  18. You had me at Cocktails!! Okay and the fact that I'm a Vegan in training and love me some great humor! I'm not typically a cookbook person, I usually read blogs for recipes instead. But this seems like the cookbook that has it all and I would love to win it!

    Thanks!!!
    Lisa

    koehlerl16@hotmail.com

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  19. I would love to win this book because I am so passionate about the vegan lifestyle + cooking :)

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  20. I don't know much about vegasn options and would love a chance to learn!
    thebombbalm@gmail.com

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  21. Well, I already have the book but I will chime in as to how much I enjoy the book & his style of writing. I've made the Chorizo Stuffed Zucchini & the Tofu Scramble. Bought some black salt on "the inter web" & it does have an egg like smell & taste to it. I've been wanting to try the Cashew Stuffed Ricotta so I may do that next. I also thought the QR code was a pretty cool feature.

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    1. Yes!! I agree with that-- QR code is very hip!

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  22. I'm newly converted to this lifestyle, so I'd like to win so I can expand my knowledge! I've had nothing but negative feedback from my meat-loving friends and family, so I'd love a chance to wow them by proving vegetarians and vegans can make equally if not more satisfying meals! Plus my collection of vegetarian cookbooks as of yet is pathetic. ehorrellusmc@hotmail.com

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    1. Congratulations on your decision to go vegan! Hang in there, the nay sayers are still there in my life and it has been over three years now... but I agree- wowing them with vegan food is a great way to at least quiet them :)

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  23. I've never had more fun & love for food since going vegan in November! In February, I took on a new challenge of bodybuilding & have just competed in my 1st figure show...one more on 5/19! So proud to show off these guns made of plants :) ....but also so excited to go back to playing w/ my food after being so restricted in training! This would be the perfect reward at the perfect time! CarrieH79@gmail.com

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  24. Heard lots about this book, I'm very curious to give some of the recipes a try!

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  25. Bought my son a copy. Would love one for myself.

    Cleannup@Optonline.net

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  26. My 16 year son is a runner. For the last several years he has been slowly turning us vegetarian by shear willpower.(I must admit I was resistant.)My last hold back has been feeling that I can no tcook enough variety to meet his nutritional with
    running 5-10 miles/day.I would love to enter your contest. Thank you.

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  27. I would love to win a copy of this cookbook. I read cookbooks the way most folks read novels and it would be great to read one with humor. Thanks for this opportunity.
    Gloria at kers9455@gmail.com

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  28. i would absolutely love to win this book. My husband and i have only been vegan for a little over 6 months, so i'm always looking to expand my vegan recipe collection. This book would be an awesome addition to the dinner table!!!
    nobodysnothings [at] gmail [dot] com

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  29. I blog about vegan food allergy friendly recipes and am always looking for new techniques, I like the idea of a book with ingredient background info!
    - Homa
    Tk0421 at gmail dot com

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  30. I don't know much about vegasn options and would love a chance to learn!
    Thanks!

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  31. As a recent vegan (since January) I have become obsessed with amassing as many recipes as I can. To be fair, I also did this when I was not a vegan, and now have a ton of cookbooks to donate. I've heard here and there about this book and would love to have a copy to keep things interesting!

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  32. I am recommitting to a vegan diet this year and need all the help I can get! This cookbook sounds like a fun way to stick to the plan. Thank you!

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  33. I am vegan who recently relocated to Dallas, TX (not the most veg friendly place on earth) and am living for at least the next month or so without my support system (my amazing wife who does all the meal planning and cooking). I need help! This book may be the key to my survival!!!! My email is derek.young@carlson.com

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  34. Glad to see a recommendation for tofu ricotta - I'd love to add this book to my collection! thelaughingvegan@gmail.com

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  35. This would be perfect for date night!! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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  36. I would like to win because I have NO idea how to make ricotta with cashews!!

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  37. Oh sweet baby, pick me! I rented the book from the library and loved it. Had to return it and would really like to own it.

    pennajenna at gmail dot com

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  38. I would love this book! It would make a great 5 yr anniversary present for myself if u picked me on may 12th :) sdebevoise@gmail.com

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  39. I want to win a copy so I can carry it around this announcing myself to the world as The Sexy Vegan. :p

    I actually really want to try that cashew ricotta that involves artichoke hearts. I <3 artichokes.

    devilkittie at gmail dotcom

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  40. I'd love to learn more of Brian's fun recipes like that Beany Tahini Burger (oh yuuummfulness!), his Most Ultimate-est Breakfast Sandwich and his Green Goblin ice cream!

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  41. I just about took a bite out of the screen when i saw that thick Beany Tahini Burger staring back at me!

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  42. pick me! I'm a college student in need of vegan cookbooks and recipe inspiration! contact at dwellma1@nd.edu

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  43. I could use a little sexy. And I'm trying to give us take-out sushi and go vegan. Perfect!

    The Notsosexypescetarian

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  44. I would love to win a copy of this book to try as many recipes as I can! Thanks!
    barbarapalermo at gmail dot com

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  45. I'd like to win because I've enjoyed his videos on youtube and who doesn't like new cookbooks? Yay!

    monsteratemy at gmail dot com

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  46. I could use a vegan cookbook with edible recipes! Too many vegan cookbooks have recipes for glerge and glop that make me feel like I"m working off time in Purgatory. Oh I hope I hope I HOPE this isn't one of them.

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  47. Oops! didn't leave my email.
    marie at panesko dot com

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  48. This book is unfortunately waste of time and money. Comments are offensive and disgusting (for example: how can you write a recipe while talking about fanning farts to ones face ??)
    In any bit this book is a professional cookbook, but rather author's babbling about star trek and himself.

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