Extraordinary Vegan Cookbook Giveaway

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atovegan_extraordinary-vegan_bookWhat better way to start off the New Year, but with the promise of Extraordinary Vegan* food? Chef Alan Roettinger’s cookbook promises just that and will help you get to the next level of vegan cooking.

The book includes recipes from breakfast to tantalizing desserts. The introduction is short and sweet listing extraordinary ingredients—herbs, spices, fats, seeds, flavorings and sweeteners—you should have in stock. Chef Alan then includes a chapter of fundamental recipes, most of which have a QRcode leading to videos of him preparing the dishes, so you can watch and learn. Most of the recipes seem simple enough to prepare, but with combinations of flavors that are bound to impress guests. The recipe below is a great example of how simple and stunning they are.

Happy 2014!

Pears in Pomegranate Juice Recipe


Extraordinary Vegan_Pears in Pomegranate Juice_imageMakes 4 Servings

4 ripe Bosc pears, with stems intact
4 cups pomegranate juice
7 green cardamom pods
1 bay leaf

Select a medium saucepan that will accommodate the pears snugly in an upright position, allowing space for the stems to fit with the lid in place.

Core the pears from the bottom to remove the seeds, leaving as much of the flesh
as possible. Peel the pears, leaving the stems attached. Trim the bottoms slightly,
so the pears can stand up straight. Put them in the saucepan and add the juice. It’s
normal for the pears to turn on their sides and float at first. If you have a large strainer,
set it over the pears gently to keep them submerged.

Break open the cardamom pods and remove the seeds. Crush the seeds to
a gritty powder in a mortar with a pestle or on a cutting board with the back of a
wooden spoon. Add the cardamom seeds and bay leaf to the saucepan. Bring to
a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium and simmer until the pears are
tender, 20 to 45 minutes. To test the pears for tenderness, insert a paring knife into
the thickest part and lift. The pear should slip off easily. Using tongs, grasp the pears
by the stems and lift them out of the saucepan, allowing several seconds for the juice
to drain well. Set them on a plate.

Increase the heat to high and bring the juice to a boil. Boil until the juice is reduced
to about ¾ cup, 5 to 7 minutes. It should be a fairly dense syrup, thick enough to coat
a spoon. If any juice has accumulated around the pears, carefully tip the plate and let
it run back into the saucepan. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool for about
10 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.

Using a large spoon, drizzle the syrup over the pears. Lift the pears with the tongs
and transfer them to dessert plates. Drizzle again with the syrup and serve at once.

Per serving: 250 calories, 1 g protein, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 64 g carbohydrates, 0 mg sodium, 20 mg calcium, 6 g fiber

Variation: Chop 1 cup raw or roasted pistachios into ¼-inch-thick bits. Put the pistachios
in a coarse strainer and shake to strain out any very fine, powdery bits. Put the
chopped pieces in a medium bowl. After drizzling the pears with syrup, roll them in
the pistachios until evenly coated. Carefully set the pears on dessert plates and pour
a little of the syrup around them. Serve at once.

From Extraordinary Vegan by Alan Roettinger. Used by permission from Book Publishing Company.

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Extraordinary Vegan Cookbook Giveaway – Ended

atovegan_extraordinary-vegan_bookWe’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win Alan Roettinger’s Extraordinary Vegan Cookbook. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below telling us why you think you’re an extraordinary vegan, or why you’d like to be one. US residents only, please.

I’ll randomly select one of the comments on Wednesday, January 8th at 8:00 pm EST.

Happy commenting and good luck!


Wow! Reading everyone’s comments has been amazing. So many of you making positive changes and inspiring others to do the same.

The lucky winner for this giveaway is…


Comment number 18. That’s Carolsue’s comment.

Thanks for commenting!

20 Responses to “Extraordinary Vegan Cookbook Giveaway”
  1. Jenny says:

    Happy New Year Lydia!
    After several years of swearing them off, I have a bunch of resolutions this year and if I stick with them, I will become a better person for it. What better way to be an extraordinary vegan than to exemplify the qualities of always trying to be the best person you can be? 🙂

  2. Dina G says:

    I’d like to think I am become an extraordinary vegan because I keep incorporating more and more vegan foods and recipes into not only my diet, but that of my entire family!

  3. Sarah says:

    hm. I think maybe that I truly do it for myself. Although I support animal rights, I don’t pressure others being “that annoying vegan girl”

  4. carogonza says:

    I am not a vegan but want to be able to change my eating habits

  5. Heather S says:

    I’m not currently a vegan but am wanting to change my eating habits and this book looks like it would be a great place to start!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I am working of becoming an extraordinary vegan by practicing positive affirmations so that I will like myself. I realize that only then will I be able to lead others to the vegan way of life. I would so love to have this book to help me with my journey.

  7. Patt K says:

    I really enjoyed his previous book and would love to win a copy of his new one.

  8. greg linsenbigler says:

    The book looks great Lydia! So does the pear dish!

  9. Kaylene Peters says:

    My vegan path is always continuing though I live isolated here as the only one l know who grows more and more in my own yard here for that purpose.

  10. Susan says:

    I’ve been a vegan for 30 years. That’s pretty extraordinary.

  11. Linda Stein says:

    Would love to win and impress people with dishes made from this cookbook.

  12. Sharon Stratton says:

    I am inspired by my 21 year old daughter becoming Vegan, while she works in a juice bar at college… This year is my time to follow in her footsteps and become a healthy Vegan! We can learn so much from our children… I know I have!!!

  13. Teslaca says:

    Those pears look wonderful. I love to cook and would like to become an extraordinary vegan cook. There are many vegan recipes out there, but few that have great presentation.

  14. leslie richman says:

    I would like to be an extraordinary vegan so that I can inspire others to join in the cruelty-free and healthy lifestyle. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Randall D. Clem says:

    Have been a vegetarian for several years. Now mostly vegan. I have a vegan daughter and grand daughter , and 2 vegetarian grand daughters. They have never tasted meat. Would love to have this cook book.

  16. Shawna L says:

    I am an extraordinary vegan because I empower everyone in my life to make better choices and I love to educate everyone about my lifestyle. I have converted my children and my man is now enjoying meatless Mondays 🙂 I am so proud to be part of a community of compassionate like minded people who share my extreme love for all earthlings. I am VEGAN and proud 🙂

  17. Myself and two other plant-based Pioneers are paving the vegan way in a Dutch reformed “meat and potatoes” community in Holland, MI by creating Veg Lakeshore. Our mission is to form gatherings that inspire and educate by sharing experiences, film documentaries and vegan food/recipes to encourage a plant-based diet for health and humanity.

  18. Carolsue says:

    I am just trying attempting to go from Vegetarian to Vegan, so I would love to have some help becoming an extraordinary vegan!

  19. Terri Cole says:

    I think I’m a extraordinary vegan because I have stayed plant-based for nearly 2 years despite constant criticism and zero support from my family. I’m the only vegan I know in real life, and I’m making it work!

  20. Ember Miller says:

    I’m trying very hard to convert my Omni husbandAny new cookbooks with recipes he may like would be helpful!