Hey friends! So, normally I don’t post two blog posts back to back, but since Thanksgiving is tomorrow (YAY!!) I thought it would be a good idea to post today instead of tomorrow. So, today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on a vegan cookbook called The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon. I’m always on the hunt for new cookbooks and there are certain things that make cookbooks better than others (having pictures of the food, for instance). So, if you’re trying to find a new cookbook keep reading as I do the work for you and give you my full and honest review of the Oh She Glows Cookbook!
As I said above, there are some things that make cookbooks better than others. If a cookbook has most of the points I look for, then I generally give them a thumbs up. However, if they lack in two areas, or they severely lack in just one area then I most likely will be disappointed, hardly use it, and want to return it (even though I almost never return things because I’m 1. kind of lazy and 2. forget about it) So, that is what I’m basing my review off of - my 6 points to deciding whether or not I like a cookbook. Let’s get started!
Nice, close up pictures for each recipe
Can I get a hell yes?? If there’s one thing I don’t like the most, it’s when a cookbook only has pictures for a few of their recipes - or worse, has none at all! When I’m looking for a recipe, I’m honestly not looking at the text at all. I don’t care what it is yet, all I care about is what it’ll look like in front of me when it’s done. That’s my thought process, plus I’m a very visual person. My rule of thumb is: If it looks good in the picture then 98% of the time it’ll look good when I make it and it’ll taste good! The other 2% is for the times that I completely messed up a recipe, or unfortunately, it just wasn’t as good as it looked (looks can be deceiving - even for food!)
The Oh She Glows Cookbook has amazing pictures of EVERY single recipe; Hallelujah! This makes it super easy for me to skim through the over-300-page cookbook to find a recipe that I think will knock my socks off. Bonus: all recipes I’ve made so far in this cookbook have tasted even better than it looks in the pictures - BOOM!
Serving sizes are shown
It seems like it would be completely obvious these days to show how many servings each recipe yields. However, I still come across cookbooks every now and then that don’t say this and it drives me bonkers! I usually look for a recipe that yields 6-8 servings; that way I’ll have enough for the entire week. If I can’t tell how many servings are in a recipe, then I’m afraid I’m gonna have to let ya hit the road, Jack - and don’t come back (okay, maybe that was a bit harsh :P)
This cookbook shows how many servings each recipe will yield, which saves me a lot of time when I’m figuring out what to meal prep. A lot of her recipes yield around 3-4 servings, which unfortunately don’t work for me, but there are definitely a lot of meals that serve 6 (sometimes more) servings. Of course, you could always double a recipe to make it yield 6 instead of 3, but I honestly sometimes don’t like to mess with recipes because, in my experience, doubling a recipe sometimes won’t come out the same. I wish this cookbook had more recipes that yielded bigger servings, but I’m happy with the selection there is.
Easy to read formatting
There’s nothing worse than having flour all over you, hair in your face, salt in your eyes (don’t ask haha) and not being able to read the ingredients or instructions in the cookbook. I love that this cookbook has a medium sized font for the instructions so I can easily read and not lose my place. I also like that the ingredients are in bold so that I can tell the difference between ingredients and instructions easily. The formatting of this cookbook is very simple and I loooove it that way.
An education section
Now, this isn’t exactly necessary for me, but I do love it when an author of a cookbook goes out of their way to actually teach about the different foods and what kinds they suggest. This is super helpful when you’re going through recipes and wonder what they would use and why. This section became super useful for me when I read the words “press the tofu” for the firs time. Thanks, but no thanks Google, Oh She Glows has got my back on this one.
Angela also goes further by telling and explaining her favorite kitchen utensils. I love this because it makes me feel like if I have what she has my food will come out just as good ;) Just kidding (kind of), but all jokes aside, I do really enjoy reading what other people use to cook with. It gives me new ideas that I may have never thought of before.
Walks the walk and talks the talk
It’s great when a cookbook has perfect pictures, amazing stories behind the recipes and a great design, but that means nothing if the food doesn’t turn out well. I’ve used Angela’s Oh She Glows Cookbook for awhile now and I’ve got to say I keep finding myself reaching for this cookbook more than all my others. It literally has everything I love in a cookbook AND the food always comes out perfectly. Below are a few pictures of recipes I’ve made with Angela’s cookbook (click on the picture to enlarge it), be ready to drool (okay… maybe don’t drool, but you know what I mean!)
A variety of recipes
Except for cookbooks that say they are specifically for one type of food, I expect a wide variety of recipes. I love when cookbooks have breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks and even more! It gives me more to look through and more chances to make something. The Oh She Glows Cookbook does a really great job of presenting a nice variety of recipes. Everything from breakfasts, smoothies, lunches, dinners, snacks, her famous glo bar, desserts and more! Honestly, if I had to pick one good thing to say about this cookbook it's that I know I'll always be able to find something no matter what time of day it is. Here are just a few of the names of her delicious recipes:
- Creamy vegetable curry
- Grilled portobello burger with sun-dried tomato kale-hemp pesto
- Taco fiesta potato crisps
- Effortless vegan overnight oats (this is seriously SO delicious)
- Velvety pumpkin pie smoothie
- Gym rat smoothie
I could go on forever. As I said earlier, they don't just sound good - they taste good as well! Overall, I am super happy with the Oh She Glows Cookbook and it has definitely been worth every penny. If you've been looking for a new cookbook or even inspiration for recipes I would highly recommend this cookbook! You can find it at Angela's website.