Canadian Cookbook Cover Reveal + 5 Years of Blogging

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There are so many exciting things going on today, I can hardly contain myself.

First, I’m happy to reveal the official Canadian cover of my cookbook at long last!

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What do you think? As you may know, I have a long, passionate history with parfaits so I think it’s quite fitting. I love how fresh, healthy, and colourful the cover is. The U.S. cover, while super fresh and colourful too, is completely different. I’ll be showing you that cover in a future post.

Some fun facts about the book:

  • More than 100 vegan recipes – including over 95 gluten-free recipes!
  • Around 100 full-colour, full-page photos
  • 8×10 inch trim size
  • Very nice paper quality and thickness
  • A huge vegan pantry section detailing all of the main ingredients I use
  • 10 recipe chapters: Breakfast; Smoothies, Juices, and Tea; Appetizers; Salads; Soup; Entrees; Sides; Power Snacks, Desserts, and Homemade Staples

 

For more info on the book and where you can pre-order online, please see this page. I’ll be updating it with other retailers soon!

A little story for you – this cover photo wasn’t the original parfait photo. When my editor told me that they were selecting my parfait photo for the cover, I panicked a little. You see, when I shot the photo I wasn’t planning on it being the actual cover photo and even though I liked the shot, I would’ve spent more time styling it had I been shooting for a cover. It’s like your significant other telling you that you are going out to a nice restaurant and then you find out you are actually going to dine with the Royals. No matter what you had on, you probably still feel underdressed. You feel me? So, I persuaded my editor to let me reshoot the cover, even though I knew they were in a big time crunch. Promising it would be back by the end of the day, I raced around town to assemble my props and ingredients, baked the granola, meticulously styled the parfait, and spent a long time trying to get the perfect angle I needed for the cover.

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I had a laptop tethered to my camera so I could see the incoming shots and another laptop next to that one with the original parfait photo on the screen. If it wasn’t the perfect angle with the right amount of space for the title (after being cropped to 8×10” trim), I knew it wouldn’t be accepted. I also took the same shots with about 4 different spoons because I couldn’t decide which one looked best. Some things never change!

Thankfully, we all ended up loving this photo more than the original so it was worth the extra effort.

This concludes my Canadian cover story. :)

As it turned out, I ended up re-shooting tons of recipes in the book, especially the photos that I shot early in 2012. My photos have changed a lot in a year so the ones I shot in 2012 stuck out like a sore thumb and were driving me crazy. If I write another book, I’ll try to shoot the photos as close together as possible (probably near the end since I ended up re-testing many recipes anyway) so my style doesn’t change too much.

5 Years

Today also marks this blog’s 5th birthday! Oh how they grow up so fast. My very first post, Boo, was written on October 31, 2008. Here is the very first thing I said on my blog 5 years ago:

“Am I ever glad it’s FRIDAY!!! What a long and exhausting week.”

and then I talked about the weather. Oh boy. Some things never change.

It’s hard to believe I’ve shared almost 500 vegan recipes since then. I’m often asked by friends and family if I’m ever sick of creating recipes and taking pictures, but if anything, delving into something so much has only increased my interest for it. Sure, some days I want nothing to do with it, but thankfully that’s rare. I can honestly say that I love what I do and you, my lovely readers, are a huge reason why. It’s been really fun to get to know many of you and be a part of this community. Even if we’ve never met, I hope that some day we do.

Each year, I feel like I can trust my instincts in the kitchen more. This is something I rarely did when I started out. Everything felt much more rigid and intimidating, but I’ve noticed a real shift in recent months. I thank the cookbook for really pushing me out of my comfort zone. It’s starting to feel more enjoyable, especially with photography. I’m learning to trust myself (and the food) and this doesn’t just apply to the kitchen, but in many areas of my life. So my advice is not to get discouraged if you are new to cooking (or photography) and feeling overwhelmed, it takes time to feel comfortable!

Eric and I have many fun things planned for the future of this blog, starting with our very first vegan recipe app that will be launching soon. Eric is building it on his own and I am helping with the design work and recipe uploading. It’s going to feature the popular recipes from this site as well as totally new recipes you won’t find on this blog. We’re hoping to release it by the holidays, but I won’t make any promises yet!

Aside from some new projects, I want to keep growing as a writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. The saying, the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know, rings true. And that’s exactly why I don’t get bored with it. Most of all, I want this blog to continue to be a place of inspiration for a compassionate plant-based lifestyle. Every time I hear from a reader who has fallen in love with a recipe or got their meat-and-potatoes dad hooked on veggie burgers, it really makes me feel like I’m on the right path doing what I should be doing. Who knows what I’ll be doing in 10 or 20 years down the road, but for now this feels right and I couldn’t be happier to be here.

I’ll leave you with this…

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We decided to go with a cat theme this year. Sadly, I can only take credit for the gut-scooping. Eric is the master carver (and crazy cat man, obviously).

If you are looking for last-minute Halloween recipes, see this page. I have lots of recipes from vegan candy (think homemade Twix, Rolos, etc) to dips, soups, and everything in between!

Happy Haunting!

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{ 244 comments… read them below or add one }

Colleen October 31, 2013

So excited for your book Angela! Your blog transformed my life about 2 years ago and I have been anxiously awaiting! Good Luck with the launch!

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Stacy L. October 31, 2013

Be-au-ti-ful!!!! Wow! Congratulations and I can’t wait to see the US cover as well! Congrats on 5 years of blogging and I can’t wait to download your app whenever it becomes available!

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Courtney October 31, 2013

I must say I have veering off my vegan/clean eating diet the past couple months and finding this blog has helped turned me around. Love all these exciting and great new recipes to try out. Can’t wait for the cook book :)

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Michelle @The Adirondack Chick October 31, 2013

Congrats! Such wonderful recipes and inspiration.

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 31, 2013

Congrats on your anniversary!

BEAUTIFUL cover! When you took the pic, did you know it would be the cover or do you have a say in that kind of stuff? Can’t wait to see the US cover!

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Jen October 31, 2013

Your blog is always refreshing and informative to read; congratulations on both the book & 5 years of blogging!

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Aimee @ Simple Bites October 31, 2013

Whew! I’d be a big ball of stress. You definitely nailed that cover re-shoot, though. Isn’t Andrea the best? She picked a good cover dish. I think it totally pops.

Can’t wait for your BOOK!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Yes, she is. :) She has a great eye!

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Emily - It Comes Naturally Blog October 31, 2013

Congratulations! I love the colours on the cover, and you definitely chose the right spoon – it enhances the colours in the parfait (only my opinion obviously). Can’t wait until your book comes over to the UK!!! xx

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 31, 2013

Congratulations Ange!!!! 5 years is a huge deal and I’ve loved watching you grow the whole time, as a writer, photographer, and wonderful friend. The cover photo is absolutely beautiful – you’ve done a great job and I am so excited for your book to come out. You’ve got crazy talent, brilliant ideas, and an imagination for recipe creation that never ceases to amaze me. Happy blog anniversary, and Happy Halloween!

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A. Cook October 31, 2013

The cover is beautiful–glad the extra work was worth it! I can’t wait to see what the U.S. one looks like!

Also, congratulations on 5 years of blogging! Your blog continues to be one of my favorites and I’m sure I speak for all of your readers when I say how much I truly appreciate all of the time and energy you put into every aspect of it.

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Laura @fivefocus October 31, 2013

The cover looks terrific! So bright and playful…I can’t wait for the book…. HUGE congrats. This must the the thrill of a lifetime!

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Lili October 31, 2013

I’m tempted to pre-order, but I know that it will take a few days to arrive. Will it be at Chapters or Costco so I can pick it up immediately?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Hey Lili,
The book is officially released March 4, 2014 – but pre-orders can arrive in your mailbox a bit early (or so I’ve heard).

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Heather November 1, 2013

I pre-ordered mine already. I’m excited…maybe it will come a little early

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 1, 2013

Thanks so much Heather :)

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janae @ bring joy October 31, 2013

“The saying, the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know, rings true.”

Yes! For me, the more I learn, the more humbled I am. I’m realizing how much work is involved in making anything worthwhile–be it a blog, a family, a book.

I’ll be hitting my 5 year blog-versary next year. Though, unlike you, I have been consitent in my blogging efforts until recently. Have you ever read the Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp? That book helped me realize that there’s rarely ever really succesful creative people who were just “born that way.” Creativity requires discipline, consistency, & LOTS & lots of work. Anyway, congrats on the 5 years & the cookbook. The cover is gorgeous–well worth the time & effort you put forth.

P.S. Why are you having a Candian cover & an American cover? Just curious why they can’t be the same…?

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janae @ bring joy October 31, 2013

I meant to say: “I HAVEN’T been consistent in my blogging efforts until recently.” Amazing how one word can completely change the meaning of something!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Hey Janae,
I haven’t read that book, but I’m going to check it out this weekend for sure! I just finished a book and I’ve been looking for something good. Thanks for the tip…it sounds inspiring!

As for the two covers – I actually have two amazing publishers behind my book! Penguin in Canada and Avery in the US. Two editors and design teams means two different opinions on the cover. Does that make sense?

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janae @ bring joy October 31, 2013

It is a great book–definitely worth the read.

The two different publishers make sense. That must get a little crazy, trying to deal w/ two different design teams!

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Leon October 31, 2013

Love the cover! Very nice and colourful. I have a feeling I’ll try every single recipe when it comes out. Just curious. why are the US and Canadian covers different?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Hey Leon, About the different covers – see my reply to another reader in this thread. Thanks!

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nelia October 31, 2013

I found your blog a while back and It has become my daily check in.
Although I am not vegan I have started to eat better because of your blog.
I have made many recipes and have enjoyed them very much.
I am always thrilled when I see something new to add to my arsenal.
I have shared your site with many friends who always come back to me to say how much they love your recipes.
Good luck with your cookbook. I’m sure it will do well.
Keep those great recipes coming.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Thank you Nelia, that means a lot to me!

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Sara October 31, 2013

This must be so exciting for you. As someone that just started a healthy food blog 4 months ago I am pleased to know that pictures, writing, and recipes get better and better as you learn and evolve. Congratulations! I hope to get there one day too.

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Britt @ My. Daily. Randomness. October 31, 2013

Happy 5 year blogiversary Angela!! The book cover looks amazing – fresh, colourful, simple, and eye-catching! Can’t wait to see the rest of your book!

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Meghan October 31, 2013

Pre-ordered!! I CANNOT WAIT.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Wow, that was fast!! Thank you for your support!

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Shundara@SavyNaturalista October 31, 2013

Happy 5 year blog B-day!! I love the cover it tells a story of how beautiful and easy vegan recipes can be! I can’t wait to see the U.S cover!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 31, 2013

This is SO exciting! Congrats Angela, I love the photo and can’t wait to see the US cover as well. 5 years is crazy, keep chugging gurl!

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Ashley October 31, 2013

That cover is gorgeous! I can’t wait to preorder the U.S. edition. Congratulations on five years of blogging– your blog was one of the inspirations for me to start my own.

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Kier October 31, 2013

Love the cover – and how the colors in the spoon match the fruit. Congratulations on the cookbook and 5 years!

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Rachel October 31, 2013

Wow gorgeous cover and I think a parfait is so fitting – I only discovered your blog a year ago but have been an avid reader ever since. And I literally have had your overnight oats every single day for breakfast since I first saw the recipe on your site. I am so excited to get your book (and since I’m in the US – I can’t wait to see what the cover looks like :-)). So happy for you and thank you for all you do!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

It’s good to know I’m not the only one eating vegan overnight oats every day. heh. I seriously rarely go a day without a big bowl or it or chia pudding! Thanks for your lovely comment!

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Amanda October 31, 2013

Congrats on five years and a gorgeous book cover! I am totally guilty of judging cookbooks by their food photography, and I have no doubt that yours is going to wow everyone, especially with 100 pages of beautiful recipe photos!
I think I started reading your blog almost four years ago (it was one of the first on my reader) when I was in a crappy place career-wise and I would follow along with your posts as an escape from cubicle life. I especially remember your own career-related posts and all that you went through in switching gears to do what you love. They gave me hope that I could do the same (thank you so much for that), and I also learned a lot about vegan cooking in the process (including green smoothies!). I can’t wait for your cookbook, and cheers to another year of blogging! <3

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Thank you Amanda! I adore you and your blog, so this is a huge compliment. Keep up the great work!

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Joanna October 31, 2013

I looooooooooove the cover. So gorgeous. Much better than the carrot cover. Cant wait for the book!

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Chef Amber Shea October 31, 2013

The cookbook cover is BEAUTIFUL, Angela. I can’t wait to see the U.S. cover – I’m sure it will be just as gorgeous.
I’m so excited for your book and ready to hold it in my hands. Hope the last few weeks/months of work on it go smoothly!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 31, 2013

Congratulations Angela! It look beautiful, awesome job :) XO

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Abby @ Chnage of Pace October 31, 2013

Wow- congratulations on both your cookbook cover and five years of blogging. I bet you never guessed this is where it would take you!
I love the cookbook cover. The spoon choice was great :)
Can’t wait to get a copy of your cookbook and perhaps give a few out as gifts!

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Jennifer October 31, 2013

Happy Anniversary!!! I started reading your blog 4 years ago today:) and Oh She Glows is my first blog to follow. So, thank you for 4 years of entertainment (Sketchie and Eric), encouragement (running, yoga, try-a-tri) and knowledge (not all protein has to come from meat). Keep up the great work you do. I have to ask – will the US cookbook be available before Christmas?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

That’s amazing you’ve been reading for so long! Thank you. The book will be released on March 4th, both here and in the US. Pre-orders tend to arrive a bit early. The original publish date was supposed to be late December but it got pushed back. Hope it’s worth your wait!

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Denele October 31, 2013

Happy Blogiversary! The cookbook cover looks fantastic – I promptly went and pre-ordered it. Looking forward to the tasty recipes and delightful photos!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Thank you for your support, Denele!

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Audrey October 31, 2013

I love both covers – the US one is on Amazon.com. Other than the cover, are there any other differences between the two versions?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

There won’t be any content differences between the two books. However, the Canadian cover is supposed to have “French flaps” while the US version will not. Unless something changes between now and next year, that is.

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juniperlee October 31, 2013

I love this cover soo much better than the carrot cover as well. But as I live in the US… I will be happy to get this book either way. I can’t wait to try all the yummies!! Congratulations!! :)

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George October 31, 2013
Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

I’ve heard that about the colour blue too. It’s also known as a trust-worthy colour. I take it all with a grain of salt. Plus, you can’t judge a book by its cover, right? hah. ;)

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Brenda Finney October 31, 2013

All your hard work has paid off, I hope you are as proud of yourself as we are of you!!!! Way to go Angela!

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EyeCandyPopper October 31, 2013

Double celebration today! Congrats on the 5-year anniversary and the launch of your cookbook. Time sure flies by when we’re having fun! Congrats again! All the best!

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Sean M October 31, 2013

The book looks gorgeous! You’ve given me so many ideas and helpful hints. I can’t wait for this to come out!

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Alex @ Kenzie Life October 31, 2013

I LOVE the canadian cover! It looks amazing! I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out so I can get copies for all my friends who think vegan food is “weird”…I’ll show them! Or actually, you’ll show them ;) Is it weird that this morning I thought, “Oh it’s Halloween….oh yeah it’s Angela’s ‘blogiversary’”? It has been a fun few years reading so thank you for the effort you put into the blog and recipe creation.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

hah that is impressive – what a great memory you have! Thanks for your enthusiasm, it really means a lot.

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Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) October 31, 2013

Happy Blogiversary!! Love the cookbook cover, cannot wait to get my hands on it!

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Shelley L October 31, 2013

Just pre-ordered the book…I’ve been so excited for it since I first heard the news. I’ve been reading your blog for about 3 years now and still look forward to every post and delicious recipe. Your blog really helped me to transition into veganism without relying on tofurky or other junk products…who needs fake food when you can make delicious, beautiful and nourishing meals from whole foods! I also love to make Oh She Glows recipes for my friends and family – vegan or not – because they never fail to be crowd pleasers. Thank you for all that you do here on the blog, I look forward to watching you grow and can’t wait for my book to arrive!!

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Katie @ 24 Carrot Life October 31, 2013

I cannot wait to see the US cover of the website, and to get my very own copy. Will you be doing any US book signings? I just want to say that I am absolutely in love with your blog and have been following it for about 3 years. I love seeing how you have grown and it constantly keeps me inspired to continue with my blog. Thanks, Angela and congrats on all your latest success!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013

Hi Katie, Thank you! I would like to do some book signings, but it’s still very much up in the air right now. The funding will have to come out of pocket, so I will have to see if I can save my pennies and make it happen! I would love to meet you sometime.

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