Cookbook Rec: Nom Yourself

Mary Mattern, author of "Nom Yourself"

Mary Mattern, author of "Nom Yourself"

Recipes are useless if you can't trust the author. A few years ago I made a cake with a recipe from a popular website and I realized that the author had forgotten to add sugar to the list of ingredients before putting the cake in the oven. Crisis averted! 

I have not had any issues with the recipes created by Mary Mattern for her book "Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking". I completely trust her and I love how laid back her instructions are. It fits my cooking style which is one cup of Julia Child plus two teaspoons of Amelia Bedelia.

I made the Cannellini Caprese Crostini for dinner this past week. Loved it.   

I made the Cannellini Caprese Crostini for dinner this past week. Loved it.   

The book includes recipes for a wide range of dishes from breakfast to dessert along with some short anecdotes (Jeremy Piven likes her quinoa recipe! HA!). I've made ten of her recipes so far. The most surprising was the chocolate pudding made with avocado. The fresh orange juice and the cacao cover the taste of the avocado which just leaves you with the creamy consistency from the avocado. Voila- healthy chocolate pudding! 

There are two recipes that are crowd favorites (my fiancé and our guests love them): the Balsamic Garlic Portobello Chop with Chive Mashed Potatoes & Zucchini and the Pear Kale Slaw. I can't gush about her cookbook enough. She has me feeling all "Make Vegetables Great Again." The secret is that vegetables were always great, but some people just didn't know it. 

"Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking" is currently available at all major retailers.

Remember, you deserve to be happy, healthy, and energetic. 

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