8.01.2012

"vegan sandwiches save the day!" + giveaway

Happy August, everyone! 

Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day is in my hands and I am ready to pass it on to one lucky winner! Tami Noyes and Celine Steen are the authors of this can't-do-without cookbook of over 100 to-die-for sandwiches. I know. I tested for them last summer - "the super summer of sandwiches." 


To start the Fall off with a bang (I know, it isn't fall, yet, but ever since we had a cool day here in Chicago my youngest has been on the Halloween kick and I am feeling a little autumn-y even if the weather is not.) By Fall I mean, it is time to blog again. What better way to begin the blogging new year than with a free, brand spanking new cookbook, hot off the presses? Tami and Celine are sending me a cookbook for being a tester and I am getting my own from Amazon (via vegan.com) so I have a copy up for grabs. The only restriction is that I can only ship in the US. 

Since I received the book, the family has been wanting me to actually use it - so, very carefully, I looked at the recipe, from far away in the living room so as not to get it dirty, and made Kate's favorite: Pittsburgh Steak Sandwich. This one is made with a garlicky spread, avocado and Tami's and Celine's Moo-Free Seitan. Cute name, huh? The seitan is robust, the bread is crunchy, being served on a ciabatta bread, and the avocado gives it a deliciously creamy element. We all love this sandwich!


The second sandwich I made last night was an homage to Ray Bradbury. The author of Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes (as well as many, many other works) died last month on June 5, just shy of his 92nd birthday. He was raised here in Chicagoland, in Waukegan, and I still drive by his childhood home, my kids play in the ravine that he made so famous in Dandelion Wine and we are constantly reminded of his legacy. Tami and Celine must have seen it coming since one of their sandwiches is Something Blackened This Way Comes. Great sandwich in honor of a fantastic writer. If you haven't read Dandelion Wine or Something Wicked, you should. His writing is lyrical, poetic and just such a pleasure to read. I sometimes read him just to hear the rhythmic flow of his writing. It is just simply pure. 

This sandwich would have made him happy, I think. The delightful spiciness of the No Cluck Cutlets and the cooling relish with the creamy spread is perfectly wicked. 


I made a little side dish for these wonderful sandwiches, Crispy Kale and Patty Pan Squash.  I used the leftover blackened seasoning mix from the sandwich above as a tie-in, but that is a bonus which I cannot give away. It is in the book, though! Or, you can head over to Tami's and Celine's websites (links above) to get some free recipes, from this very book. Or better yet, get yourself a copy! 

If you want to try to win my copy, please leave a comment and I will let Random.com pick the winner. 







65 comments:

  1. I love eating sandwiches and want new vegan takes on the classics!

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  2. I would love to try the "Something Blackened This Way Comes" sandwich. Thanks for a great giveaway and for the reading suggestions!

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  3. Those dishes look awesome and I do love me a sandwich for a meal. I would love to win a copy and thanks for the opportunity.

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  4. MM MMM (as spoken by Samuel L. Jackson). I would love to expand my vegan sammich repertoire!

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  5. I'm so glad you'll be blogging more again. :) Those sandwiches look divine and I would love to have that cookbook. With Tami and Celine you can't go wrong.

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  6. I love sandwiches and am anxious to get a copy of this book.

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  7. i have a tattoo dedicated to my love of sandwiches! thanks for introducing me to this book and giving me the chance to win it.

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  8. This sounds like a great book. I'm always looking for new lunch ideas.

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  9. My husband is/was a sandwich king. Since we've gone vegan, he is having trouble finding the perfect sammy to make his inner carnivore happy. This book will be perfect! I'm so glad you are blogging again. And just like your kids, I'm ready for the fall and Halloween! Chicago is beautiful in the fall!

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  10. Those sandwiches look delicious - I must have that book :).

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  11. My boyfriend is a recent vegan convert (woo!) and I think he'd appreciate some bangin' sandwich options. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. That blackened cutlet sandwich looks killer. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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  13. I would love the chance to try these recipes!

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  14. I have hit a rut with sandwiches so this book would be such a life-saver! Thanks for doing the giveaway!
    jenncox611@gmail.com

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  15. I would absolutely love a copy of this book. :) bravedancer@sbcglobal.net

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  16. I'd love to have more inspiration for my sandwiches!

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  17. Sandwiches are pretty much my favorite food so I would love to win a copy!

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  18. (NOT for contest entry)
    How lucky you are to have gotten to be a tester for this book.
    So far I am loving it!

    Did you make the cheese for the Pesto Pizza, and if so, do you know if coconut milk can be used instead of the diluted creamed coconut? (I've posted the same question on Tami's site)

    Love your photos!

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  19. I wonder why they call it that a Pittsburgh Steak Sandwich...

    My blog Food and Loathing in the Steel City is pretty firmly Pittsburgh-based, and that doesn't sound like any kind of local fare. Round these parts, they eat steak sandwiches, sure, but they have coleslaw and French fries on them. That's a requirement! I've never actually eaten one, though.

    Anyway, I'd love the book anyway!

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  20. Mmmm....mouthwatering!! Would love to see more sandwiches.

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  21. I would love to win a copy - I've seen pictures from the recipes floating around the blogosphere and really looking forward to trying the recipes!!!

    Melanie C

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  22. I would like a recipe book! I like sandwiches!

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  23. I'm a freshly born vegan and I'd love this book! Sandwiches are so underrated.

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  24. I've been baking far too much in this heat. It's definitely time to expand my sandwich making skills.

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  25. Thanks for the entry!! Looks great1

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  26. Everything you've made looks so yummy! Can't wait to get a copy!

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  27. Would love to win a copy! The photos look amazing.
    Jacqui Pappas

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  28. This sounds great!!! This book will be perfect for school lunch for my kids.

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  29. Mmmm I would love this cookbook

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  30. I love sandwiches and there are many that I miss eating since going vegan. i'd love to win a copy

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  31. sammiches are the best! I would love to win a copy, thanks for the chance!

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  32. Sandwiches are my favorite food! I would love to win a copy :) But if I don't, then I'll just have to buy one!

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  33. All of these sandwiches look delicious! I would love to win a copy of the book.

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  34. What a wonderful cookbook to be giving away!! I am always in search of new, great sandwiches. :)

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  35. Oh, everything looks so good! I could definitely go for one of these mouthwatering sandwiches!

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  36. This sounds awesome, I'm always up a for a sandwich!

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  37. I'm so excited for this book, I love their stuff!

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  38. I. Love. Sandwiches. These look phenomenal. Drooling at work is bad, right?

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  39. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

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  40. Tami and Celine are the best. I hope to win a copy of the sandwich book!

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  41. Sounds like a great book! I would love to get my hands on one!

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  42. Those pictures are great! After many years of being vegan I am only just starting to rediscover my love for sandwiches, so it'd be great to have this book for inspiration!

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  43. I have been eagerly anticipating this one! I love sandwiches and would love to win a copy!

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  44. Oh my goodness how I would LOVE this cookbook! Mouth is watering.

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  45. This book is on my wishlist, especially since my husband is sandwich-obsessed.

    Jessica S

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  46. Mmmmmmm, the only vegan sanwich i usually make is with 12 grain bread, hummos for the spread, and sliced avacado, tomato, lottsa lettuce, sometimes homemade saurkraut. Or whatever else is in the fridge! Looks liked there are tons more options!!! Book sound awesome!!! :)

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  47. I love sandwiches because they're so easy to make for school lunches.

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  48. Dandelion Wine was one of my favorite books in high school - I think it's time to re-read it.

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  49. Sounds great, pictures are mouth-watering!

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  50. Who doesn't love a good sandwich? I would love this book!

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  51. Always love to try new cookbooks!

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  52. I love sandwiches and would really enjoy trying some of these out.

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  53. yum yum yum!! who wouldnt love a vegan sammich!!

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  54. I'd love to win a copy of this book! It''s on my wish list.

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  55. Sandwiches are like my family. And I'm hoping there's ideas for breakfast ones in here.

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  56. I pretty much live on sandwiches and would love to win this!

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  57. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe...I love patty pan squash! Cheers!

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  58. I love sandwiches so much, but haven't had a lot of them since going vegan- I need help to fix that!

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  59. I am currently going to college for Dietetics and I love seeing new healthy recipes! Thanks for the opportunity with this book!

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