Monday, April 14, 2008

First Mutual Menu Giveaway: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Something I've wanted to do for quite some time on Mutual Menu is have occasional contests where we give away cookbooks and other items we really love. We're finally getting this rolling after being inspired by Vegan Soapbox's Cookbook Giveaway and Elaine Vigneault's post on why blog giveaways are great.

Our first giveaway is a brand new copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by vegan cookbook heavyweights, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero (they've also co-authored the recent Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook and Moskowitz created the seminal Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock) . Vegan Cupcakes seemed an obvious first choice for many reasons. One, who doesn't love cupcakes? Two, the book is compact, cute, full of scrumptious pictures, and written in a friendly tone. It's also the first vegan cookbook I ever purchased and every creation I've made so far--Golden Vanilla, Apricot-Glazed Almond Cupcakes, and Lychee Cupcakes with Coconut Glaze--has been delicious. Additionally, the book contains many practical tips and troubleshooting for successful cupcake baking so anyone looking to enhance their baking repertoire in general will find much to learn here.

A major deterrent for many when it comes to adopting animal-free eating is the idea that food will not taste good anymore or that some food items, such as baked goods, will be impossible to replicate. I can assure you, you don't need chickens' eggs, cows' milk, and butter to make delectable cakes, cookies, pies, and other treats. Vegan Cupcakes is a testament to this fact.

Brian and I bought this book on Sunday at Robin's Bookstore in Philadelphia, which was one of the places we went to on our first date. It was in Robin's where I first realized I was going to know Brian for a very, very long time.

OK, back to the book, we will pick one person at random and send the cookbook to them. To enter the giveaway, just leave one comment to this post (be sure to include your e-mail address when signing on to comment). Entries will close on May 12, 2008. Unfortunately, to keep shipping costs down and post office visits short, we can only ship the book to those in the USA. Depending on how the first giveaway goes, we may, however, open up later contests to other countries.

Visit The Post Punk Kitchen for recipes and community. Visit Robin's Bookstore and buy some books. Visit Vegan Soapbox and enter their cookbook giveaway too. Please do spread the word and invite others to enter and read as well.

*Picture courtesy of The Post Punk Kitchen.


Sky said...

I've always wanted that book, and despite my fear that it will make me 200 pounds heavier overnight, I am officially entering the running. :)

sfordinarygirl said...

Awesome! I've heard so many good things about this cookbook and I love cupcakes. Count me into the running

E said...

I've read many reviews of that cookbook and have tasted some samples made by friends who own it. I hope I win!

Elaine Vigneault said...

This so great that you're going this!

Don't enter me in the contest, though... I already have that cookbook - it's GREAT!

Jamesina said...

you have a lot of great ideas. thank you for sharing them on your blog.

how sweet you are to share a cook book too.

i would love to make (and eat) some vegan cupcakes

Marisa L. B. said...

I love Veganomicon and would love this cookbook too! Thanks!

kelly g. said...

Oooo, I've had this book on my wishlist since it came out.

(BTW, found you via Elaine. Hi, Elaine :)

Mary_Freebies said...

Sounds like a book I want to read. Thanks for the chance to win! :) == internationalfreebies AT gmail DOT com

noemi said...

that book is popping right now!
via Elaine.

noemi at hermanaresist dotcom.

Joselle said...

Thanks to everyone who has entered so far. I'll email the winner sometime after May 12.

sfordinarygirl, in the event that you win, I just need your contact info since your blogger page is not working. If you want to, just send your email address to mine j_marise [at] yahoo [dot] com.