New Giveaway: Win a Copy of Mark Sutton’s ‘Heart Healthy Pizza Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Based Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World’, Autographed by the Author!

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I’m excited to announce yet another giveaway today on Vegan Runner Eats – this time, the winner will get an autographed copy of ‘Heart Healthy Pizza Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Based Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World’ by The bookMark Sutton.

A few weeks ago just after we moved to Washington state, I received a copy of this cookbook from Mark, and immediately started binge-reading it. You may remember from this post that we ran into trouble with getting our worldly possessions transported to us – it took almost a month for them to cross the country, which made me miss my kitchen supplies like never before and left me unable to cook anything more complicated than a veggie burrito. As I was waiting for my kitchen stuff to arrive, I got plenty of time to familiarize myself with Mark’s pizza cookbook and pick a few recipes to make when I would finally get a chance.

Mark decided to write a cookbook dedicated exclusively to plant-based pizza recipes with no oil added after realizing that the traditional version of America’s hands-down favorite food is also very unhealthy. He set on a quest to develop a number of healthier, plant-based recipes for all pizza components, from the crust to the ‘cheese-like’ topping sauces, and eventually put all of his discoveries into his Heart Healthy Pizza cookbook. Mark was especially focused on the health aspect of his recipes: each recipe calls for ‘whole food’ ingredients only, and there’s no added oil or fat (other than naturally occurring in nuts and seeds). He also added a chapter to cover the reasons for choosing a plant-based diet, explain the ways oil and added fat compromise our health, and show why commercial dairy-free cheeses are far from being good for us.

Caponata-1Pizza Caponata I made following one of Mark’s recipes (the greenish hint of the topping sauce comes from oregano)

The plant-based community was so impressed with Mark’s compilation that he got positive shout-outs by such gurus of plant-based nutrition as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. (author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease), Dr. Neal Barnard (president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), and my personal favorite, Dr. Michael Greger of You can see more reviews on Mark’s site over here.

One thing that immediately caught my eye was the structure of the book. Each of the four main chapters covers a different part of a pizza:

  • – Chapter one – Firm Foundations – covers various aspects of making pizza dough at home, and lists a number of recipes for it, from classic to creative and gluten-free;
  • – Chapter two – Amazing Gracious Sauces – lists tips for making pizza sauce, and includes recipes for red, green and white sauces;
  • – Chapter three – No-Nonsense Non-Cheese Sauces – gets very inventive with recipes for topping sauces. Mark notes that he wasn’t trying to recreate the exact flavor or texture of regular cheese, but rather to develop healthy, creamy sauces to complement various pizza topping combinations. He lists a number of grain-, legume-, tofu-, and vegetable-based sauces.
  • – Chapter four – Powerful Pizza Possibilities – is where all the magic happens. While putting together all of the crust/sauce/’cheese’ recipes Mark provides in every chapter may result in an endless number of pizza combinations, he decided to include a few of his favorite, tried-and-true pizza variations. This is especially helpful for people like me who tend to get overwhelmed by endless possibilities and don’t know where to start. Recipes in this chapter are arranged into Old World, New World, and Other Worlds subchapters, and each recipe tells you exactly which crust, pizza sauce, toppings, and ‘cheese’ sauce to use.

FlorentinePizza Florentine with a delicious ‘cheese’ sauce of Oats, Cannellini Beans, and Garlic

For some people it may be a bit confusing to work with a cookbook that lists recipes for each pizza component in separate chapters, not the whole recipe from the beginning to the end on the same page. As I was making my way through reading the book, I realized that this layout is actually more logical because it allows us to be endlessly creative with making various pizzas. I even had a thought, ‘With such a logical layout, this book was definitely written by a man 🙂 ’ One drawback that I found was the lack of pictures. The only picture we see is on the cover, but it would have been nice to have at least a few additional pictures for visual reference.

So far I’ve made two pizzas following Mark’s recipes in chapter 4. The first one, Pizza Florentine, had a basic pizza dough crust, vegetables, and was topped with a delicious Oats, Cannellini Beans, and Garlic ‘cheese’ sauce – the sauce was so good that we used the leftovers for dipping veggies and even topping vegan nachos the following day. The second pizza was Caponata, with basic pizza dough, lots of veggies, and Millet, Sunflower Seeds, and Oregano ‘cheese’ sauce. The sauce was tasty, but the presence of oregano gave it a greenish color – not a big deal for me, but for some people it may look too different from what they’re used to seeing on a pizza. I made both pizzas on a pizza stone (here’s the one I use and like), but Mark doesn’t mention using one as mandatory.

Caponata-2Pizza Caponata

Now that I’ve shared my experience with Heart Healthy Pizza Cookbook, it’s time to announce the giveaway!

Mark Sutton has generously provided me with an additional copy of his cookbook to send to a lucky winner of this giveaway. To participate, you must be over 18, and reside in the US or Canada (sorry international folks!). To enter, pick whatever applies to you in the box below, it’s very self-explanatory (or click on the link if the box doesn’t show).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run starting today, June 9th, until the next Monday, June 16th, at 11:59 pm PST. Once it’s over, Rafflecopter will randomly pick a winner, and I’ll announce his or her name within 48 hours here on the blog and on social media.

Don’t want to wait until the giveaway is over to get the cookbook? Check out Mark’s site over here, where you can buy yourself a copy, and he’ll gladly send it your way ASAP. You can also get the book over here on Amazon.

Disclosure: I am not paid or compensated in any way for running this giveaway. Mark Sutton provided me with a free copy of his book for a review, and an additional copy for this giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own. I do not get a commission if you buy Mark’s book through his site. However, if you buy the book through Amazon, I do get a very small commission that will help me run this site, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support and participation in the giveaway!

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About Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Eventually she embraced veganism as a way to be kinder to fellow living beings and the environment. Alina hopes that this blog helps its readers on their path to becoming vegan and making this world a better place.

45 Responses to New Giveaway: Win a Copy of Mark Sutton’s ‘Heart Healthy Pizza Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Based Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World’, Autographed by the Author!

  1. Shannon says:

    This book sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  2. Ellie says:

    I can’t wait to make pizza! I finally tried bagels and am enjoying one of them now. I just have to believe in my baking abilities! 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to get this book!

  3. we are pizza fanatic family, love to explore more way to make it.

  4. Brenda says:

    This cookbook is all me. I’ll buy it if I don’t win it. 🙂 Thanks for the review! I’ve been working on pizzas, trying to make them more healthy since going plant-based (end of Jan. 2014). I haven’t converted my family yet but I see promise. I actually have enjoyed it and originally thought that I would miss the cheese. Not anymore. I’m very happy with all the flavors of the veggies and my family is happy with whole wheat crust. Looking forward to checking out this book.

    • Alina says:

      Brenda, I used to be a big cheese fan back in the day, but I was surprised to see the cravings go for good once I went vegan. I don’t even miss it anymore!

  5. Andrea Franklin says:

    Sounds like a very resourceful book! Who doesn’t love pizza ! Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Nicole says:

    Looks yummy!

  7. Christa says:

    Love this!

  8. liz says:

    Looks like a great book!

  9. Julie says:

    The pictures look so delicious!!

  10. Laura Podrasky says:

    Awesome book. It sounds like an easy way to convert the kids and others to a plant based diet. Everyone loves pizza.

  11. Joanne Hamel says:

    …what an awesome giveaway!! Thanks for making this possible!! 😀

  12. Simona says:

    Love pizza! I would love to win this book!

  13. Heidi Cusworth says:


  14. Kristen says:

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  15. This cookbook looks amazing! My hunny and I love pizza, always looking for new healthy versions.

    Thank you for the giveaway. 🙂

  16. Shelah says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity…I’ve had my eye on this book for a while!!

  17. Jessica says:

    I’d love this cookbook to learn better cooking and eating habits.

  18. Jen V says:

    Thanks for a chance to win this book!

  19. Jennifer Judd says:

    Love pizza! I need this to keep me going strong as vegan! 3 months and counting!

  20. Nicollette says:

    Everything looks so tasty–great pictures. I can’t wait to try some recipes.

  21. Christian says:

    Healthy pizza?!?!? Amazing 😉 I really want this book

  22. Annie says:

    I so need to get this book. We love pizza, but it’s difficult to fall into the quite unhealthy vegan cheese trap when making our own. Especially important now that we have a family member with a heart condition!

  23. Jenny K says:

    I like that he does not seem to use store-bought veggie cheese in his recipes

  24. Mary says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book; it seems to follow the eating plan we’ve been using for several years.

  25. Jeffrey says:

    I love pizza and am always looking for new ways to lighten it up.

  26. Jo-Ellen says:

    They look wonderful! One of the foods I miss is pizza.

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