24 February 2012

The Blissful Chef to launch East Coast book tour in March

Blissful Chef Christy Morgan and her widely popular cookbook Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet are hitting the road for an East Coast book tour.

Each stop will feature a chance for readers to meet the mastermind behind the delicious and easy recipes featured in the cookbook. It takes vegan cooking to a whole new level by showing readers that eating without harming the environment does not have to be complicated.

All the recipes are plant-based and free of processed foods, yet this does not make them any less appetizing.

Take, for instance, the Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies or the Lemon Pistachio Shortbread Cookies, both of which provide the taste of comfort food without the negative effects on your body and the environment. If you’re in the mood for something in the morning, try the Gluten-Free Strawberry Lavendar Lemon Muffins or the Coconut Bliss Granola Parfait. For dinner, the Blood Orange and Fennel or the Magical Raw Tacos serve as a great way to feed your family or a dinner party.

Beginning in Miami on March 1, Morgan will travel to various sites around the East Coast for book signings, cooking sessions, and even a vegan cooking and yoga retreat in Boyd, Texas. Some of the other stops include, but are not limited to, Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

The dates listed for the tour can be found on Morgan’s blog. The stops are tentative, but if you Like her Facebook page, you can receive updates on each of the stops.

Blissful Bites, published by the same people who brought us the China Study, includes over 175 recipes and 100 color photographs, and the recipes are organized by season and color-coded for easy reading. The organization by season helps the reader understand which ingredients are in season in their region and which are not, allowing for vegan cooks to obtain as many nutrients and quality ingredients as possible.

Kim Barnoulin, co-author of the No.1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch, said of Morgan’s cookbook, “Blissful Bites will take you on a spiritual journey. It is filled with mouth watering recipes that are healthy and easy to prepare. This cookbook should be a staple in everyone’s kitchen.”

Morgan expressed her reason for writing her book in an interview with the Daily Forage: “I wanted to share with the world how awesome it feels when you eat a plant-based diet and how the animals and planet benefit all at the same time.”

She also said many of the ingredients and recipes are versatile enough that if you can’t find a particular ingredient, is it easy to substitute for something else. Her favorite chapter of the book is the Breakfast and Brunch of Champions, sharing that even on a plant-based diet, you can still have breakfast for dinner.

Everyone is welcome to attend the tour. You do not have to be vegan, just open-minded and willing to learn about the perks of being a vegan and eating a plant-based diet, and when it’s this easy and delicious, what’s stopping you?

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Samantha Wood | @bostonu14 | Blog
Boston, MA Samantha is a journalism student at Boston University who hopes to pursue a career in the health magazine field. She is interested in both nutrition and cooking, especially vegan cooking. She became a vegan while in college and has remained that way ever since. She created a blog to document her efforts and it has become a collection of vegan recipes, restaurants and nutrition information. Samantha hopes to develop her photography skills as well so she can take appetizing photos of all her recipes. She loves chocolate (the vegan kind of course) and dogs, as well as California, where she hopes to live someday.

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