Practically Raw Vegan Cookbook Giveaway

I recently received a copy of Amber Shea Crawley’s new cookbook, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make

I’ve known Amber for three years and not only is she sweet and kind, she has a hilariously dry and witty sense of humor which I adore, but she’s also an amazing chef and now published author. And we both happen to have a big sweet tooth, another reason I love her.

Here’s a sampling of the raw or practically raw vegan food found on the pages of Amber’s new book:

Parisian Street Crepes

Mushroom Nut Burger

Flaxjacks with Miso-Maple Butter

Deconstructed “sushi” bowl

Build-Your-Own Energy Bars

What I love most about Amber recipes, not only in her book but also on her blog, is that she provides:

Substitution options and variations. If you don’t want to use maple syrup, use agave. If you don’t have basil, use parsley.

Cooking and baking options. You don’t have to be 100% raw to appreciate her recipes.

Her ingredients are also pretty mainstream and not too many “specialty” and hard-to-source ingredients.

She is also budget-conscious and does not have you running to the store to buy exotic and pricey ingredients to then use 1/2 teaspoon of it.

Also included in the book is a comprehensive first chapter covering nutrition, kitchen and cooking equipment, ingredient and pantry lists, and her overall , philosophy.  The last chapter of the book includes sample meal and recipe plans. She did not miss a beat with this book.

Here are a few of my own favorite easy, raw, vegan recipes:

Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls and 2-Minute Peanut Sauce (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Raw Vegan Caramels (GF)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I can’t wait to dig into Amber’s book and get busy in the kitchen.

If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Amber’s Book comment below to enter.

1. What type of raw or almost raw recipe appeals to you the most? (links welcome)


Have you ever made raw/almost raw or no-bake recipes? (links welcome)

2. For a second entry, Twitter Follow @AverieCooks and and then tweet the following:

“I entered to win the new Practically Raw Vegan Cookbook from @AlmostVeganChef in the @AverieCooks Giveaway”

3. For extra entries and you must leave a separate comment for each:

Facebook Like LV&Y/AverieCooks

Facebook Like Almost Vegan

Twitter Follow Amber @AlmostVeganChef

Pinterest Follow Me & Re-Pin Something of Mine

Instagram Follow Me

Stumble Follow LV&Y & Stumble This

or post this Giveaway on your blog

Contest ends Thursday, March 15, 2012 and winner will be chosen randomly. Open to continental U.S. residents only.


  1. I love working with kelp and asian sauces.

  2. I love raw food that resembles an old favorite, like raw pizzas, ravioli, or pasta made in creative ways! The more veggies, the better!

    I liked both you and Almost Vegan on facebook, tweeted about the giveaway, followed you on Pinterest, and repinned one of your pins. :)

  3. The only things I can think of that have been no-bake are desserts like peanut butter chocolate oatmeal squares. (I feel like there have to be more…but they’re not coming to mind.)

    And on a total sidenote – I really appreciate your description of this cookbook. It definitely sounds more interesting/practical/useful than a lot of raw cookbooks I’ve seen. I live in a pretty rural area of central Kentucky, so a lot of the ingredients in raw cookbooks are things I either can’t find or don’t want to pay exorbitant prices for at the local health food/organic shop. Might have to look into purchasing this…if I don’t win it, that is. =)

  4. This book seems so interesting! The best “raw” recipe I have ever had is Flax crackers that a friend made in her dehydrator. I would love to replicate something like that.

  5. I would love to win a copy of this cookbook, and I think it would be a great way to introduce myself to raw foods. Thanks for the opportunity! I think I’d have to try the Parisian Street Crepes recipe first :)

  6. I love raw desserts because they taste amazing. I don’t always love raw meals (except for in the summer) because I run cold and I always feel suuuper cold if I eat too many cold things in one day.

  7. I love raw foods, i always feel so much better! I’d make the energy bars or larabars

  8. I made a raw red lentil hummus which was really yummy! The Raw Vegan Caramels look wonderful to try and the Vegan Spring Rolls with peanut sauce sound really good. Is this an autographed copy of the cookbook?

  9. That sushi bowl looks AMAZING! My favorite kind of recipes are dinner recipes- Anything to get the boy to eat more veggies is great too :)

  10. I love anything with raw vegetables and no bake vegan dessert balls.

  11. The nut burger sounds great.

  12. I would love to get my hands on this. Looks right up my alley

  13. I follow you on twitter and Facebook

  14. I love savory recipes as of late…probably because I’ve got enough of the desserty kind. I especially like anything with cabbage or broccoli.

  15. I FB like LV&Y.

  16. I FB like Almost Vegan

  17. I follow you in Pinterest and have repinned your Vegan Slaw Dressing recipe amoung others!

  18. I stand by my assertion that raw tacos are the best raw food. YUMS.

  19. I have never made anything no-bake or raw to my knowledge. I am a vegetarian and would love to get to know more about raw and get some new recipes to try out on the husband. This would be an awesome addition to my cookbook collection. Thank you for the opportunity (:

  20. follow amber on twitter!

  21. Anything sweet such as raw no bake, PB Banana Cookies, or Oatmeal Raisin – I love my sweets!

  22. everything looks SO delicious! all the food and the desserts shown are making me hungry. i would absolutely make all of these. having a few not so restricted options makes it easier to stick to the lifestyle… so thats awesome that you have that in there. It makes it easier to cook for myself when these non raw options will suit my boyfriend…bc its always better to eat together even if the dishes arent the same

  23. I love her site, too! My fav raw recipe is cookie dough balls. YUM! I make them in my Vita, which you inspired me to get!

  24. I like you on FB and Twitter!

  25. I like almost raw recipes for dessert. Especially in the summer, less oven heat is better.

  26. i love making raw cookie dough bites! so irresistible :)

  27. I am a Hugh dessert person and anything sweet is my favorite, chocolate even better. I saw that you have the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls and they look so good! I would love to make those!

  28. I Facebook Like LV&Y/AverieCooks

  29. I Facebook Like Almost Vegan

  30. I Twitter Follow Amber @AlmostVeganChef

  31. I Pinterest Follow Me & Re-Pin Something of Mine
    I re-pinned some of your chocolate desserts! jummmm

  32. I stumblefollow you – afrugal

  33. I love balls / bars / raw cookies… though I think my favorite part is eating the batter straight out of the food processor!

  34. Salad!…That’s why I need this book!

  35. I have made the choc chip cookie dough balls before and they are delish!

  36. I have made raw recipes, often by accident because I’m fooling around in the kitchen trying to make something I’m craving…like date nut energy bars, that sort of thing. Amber is sooo inspiring and totally fun and I’d love to learn how to make her yumful recipes…thank you!

  37. I really like the idea of making my own raw energy bars!

  38. I like you on FB! (as Cat P—- S—-)

  39. I like Almost Vegan on FB too

  40. I follow Amber on Twitter (as picatasi)

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