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 Mark 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.
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 NutritionFacts.org. 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.
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.
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!