Monday, April 25, 2011

Blooming Platter Cookbook Giveaway!

It's time for another cookbook giveaway here at Vegan Heritage Press. Spring has sprung and there's no better time to showcase the newest book from VHP. 

The prize is a copy of our latest title, The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes by Virginia Beach author and artist Betsy DiJulio.  Filled with creative vegan recipes that feature seasonal produce, this book can help you cook through the seasons to make the most of what's fresh, all year ‘round.  I am so very proud of the job our editors and designers have done on this book, and of course, the author herself.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this post and tell me what's your favorite seasonal vegetable and how you like to prepare it. 

For a second chance to win (and to help spread the word about this great new cookbook), link to this post from your blog or FB or Twitter page and leave a second comment.

If you subscribe to this blog and "Like" Vegan Heritage Press on Facebook, let me know, and you’ll qualify for a third chance to win this great new book. (All this is will help us spread the word about the terrific The Blooming Platter Cookbook.)

The contest closes on Sunday night, May 1 at .  The winner will be announced here on Monday, May 2.  Good luck!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mango-Coconut Cream Sorbet

If you’re looking for a perfect Springtime dessert, try this Mango Coconut Cream Sorbet.  It’s one of many delicious “Spring” recipes in The Blooming Platter Cookbook by Betsy DiJulio, recently published by Vegan Heritage Press.

As light and refreshing as it is decadent and delicious, this sorbet would make a great dessert for Passover or Easter.  With only three ingredients, it’s a cinch to make, too. Here’s the recipe:

Mango-Coconut Cream Sorbet
This recipe is from The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes by Betsy DiJulio © 2011, Vegan Heritage Press.
Yield:  about 1 quart

1 (15-ounce) can Cream of Coconut (try Coco Lopez brand “lite”)
2 fresh ripe mangoes, pitted and peeled
Juice of 2 fresh limes

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Cover and chill for 3 hours or overnight.
Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.

In other news: A great recipe from another terrific Vegan Heritage Press cookbook:  "Around the Clock Coffee Cake" from American Vegan Kitchen by Tamasin Noyes is now posted on

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Blooming Platter Cookbook


I’m delighted to announce the publication of our latest title: Betsy DiJulio’s The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes. It’s the book that helps guide your cooking with creative recipes using fresh ingredients throughout the four seasons of the year.

Just in time for all the great Spring produce, The Blooming Platter Cookbook is rooted in regional American favorites and global cuisines, but the recipes celebrate the essential tastes, textures, and beauty that only fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs can bring to the table.  You can find the book on and or you can order it through your local independent bookstore.

The Blooming Platter Cookbook has something for everyone, as the recipes range from simple to decadent and from casual to elegant. Each recipe exalts at least one fresh seasonal ingredient: the crisp tart apples of fall; tender young asparagus of spring; dynamic leafy greens of winter; and the plump juicy berries of summer.

A creative artist, vegan blogger, and freelance writer, Betsy DiJulio wrote “The Veggie Table” column for Norfolk, VA’s Virginian-Pilot newspaper. You can visit Betsy’s blog at

The book has 8 pages of full-color photographs, food-related quotes, and menus to save time in meal planning. For more information about The Blooming Platter Cookbook, visit Vegan Heritage Press. Click here to read the press release.

Monday, April 4, 2011

VHP Cookbook Contest Winners!

It's time to say "congratulations" to the winners of the Vegan Heritage Press cookbook giveaway. But first, I want to say a big “thank you” to everyone who helped me launch the new Vegan Heritage Press blog and Facebook page by entering the giveaway contest. And what an amazing cookbook giveaway it is -- with 3 prizes PLUS 1 Grand Prize! So who won?

I let do the heavy lifting to pick the winners at random and here are the results. The four winners and their prizes are:

#79 – Krystal Fawn - Vegan Fire and Spice
#33 – Jennifer C. - American Vegan Kitchen
#25 – Helen - Vegan Unplugged
And...#54 - Hungry Vegan Traveler -- the GRAND PRIZE WINNER (of all 3 books)

CONGRATULATIONS to all four lucky winners! (Winners: Please e-mail me with your mailing address and I’ll get your books in the mail to you.) Again, I want to thank everyone who entered the contest for your great comments, for subscribing to this blog, and for “Liking” Vegan Heritage Press on Facebook.

Stay tuned for more contests, recipes, and all the latest news on the VHP cookbooks…including a big announcement later this week….