Sunday, October 28, 2012

Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day Giveaway!

Throughout Vegan Mofo, I've been blogging about sandwiches a few times each week. Now, I've always loved a good sandwich, but I must admit that my Mofo theme was influenced by a very special new cookbook — Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes.


My copy arrived from Amazon just a few days before Mofo began, and I knew I wanted to spend much of the month drooling over it and trying a few things. And then, as if by some strange twist of fate, Tami asked me to participate on the Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day blog tour. That means I'll be doing a review here, and then we're giving away a copy to one lucky Crunk reader!


A flip through this full-color volume reveals that same rustic-meets-retro photography that has become so synonymous with Celine's previous work with Joni Newman. That's because Celine does all the photography, and she has a style all her own. Tami's downhome influence shines through in so many of the recipes, which are all comfort food, pure and simple.

The 101 sandwich recipes are organized by type: There's a chapter for breakfast sandwiches (my fave! check out my review of the Country Tempeh Sandwich), topless sandwiches (open-faced if you're prudish), cold sandwiches, diner-style sandwiches, dessert sandwiches, and one devoted to "bold new ground" (crazy sandwiches that push the culinary envelope).

Of course, I flipped the book straight to the Bold New Ground chapter. I love going on crazy new taste adventures. The Mac-Shroom immediately caught my attention:


Why, yes, that is macaroni and cheese on a bun. And it's sitting atop a barbecue portabella mushroom. Brill, huh? The recipe reminded me of the Mac-No-Cheeto Wrap (mac & cheese, BBQ Soy Curls, and peppers on a wrap) from Homegrown Smoker in Portland. BBQ sauce and mac & cheese go together like butter and toast. Oh, and this sauce is homemade with all sorts of stuff you wouldn't expect to find in a 'cue sauce, like apple butter and freshly brewed coffee. But it works! The sauce has a smoky-sweet flavor that is just amazing.

There are so many sandwiches I want to try from this book: the Retro KFC-Style Sandwiches (made with cornflake-crusted homemade seitan!), the Torta de Tofu (marinated tofu, avocado, and veggies on a baguette), the Bananas Foster Cake Sandwiches (basically an ice cream sandwich with cake as the sandwich), French Tofu Salad Sandwich (tofu and white grapes!), and the Navajo Tacos (Indian tacos with homemade fried bread).

If you don't have the book yet, you too can have a list of must-makes. All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me about your favorite sandwich, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a copy of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day. I'll randomly select a winner on Wednesday night. By the publisher's request, the contest is only open to readers in the U.S. and Canada. If you're Blogger profile does not include an email or way to contact you, please leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win.

89 comments:

s said...

My favorite sandwich is avocado and hummus! Great for camping or just whenever.

agentminty said...

My favourite sandwich is grilled avocado and tomato!

Erica Rose said...

Vegan club sandwich, please!

climbinvegan said...

I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... or rather almond butter and blueberry jam :)

radioactivegan said...

I have to go with the classic, peanut butter and banana (but not deep fried - as a Memphis girl, I'm sure you understand).

Kittee Bee Berns said...

cream cheese, tomato, cucumber and sprouts!

Anonymous said...

Ever since the NYT article last week I've been eating nothing but toasted peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. I think it's kind of a vacation from my usual PB and Banana!

FoodandLoathing said...

My favorite sandwich is grilled zucchini, spinach, sun-dried tomato, roasted red peppers and pine nuts (toasted, of course).

kerenmk said...

ooohhh, I'm Israeli, but my brother lives in the US, does it count? My current favourite is pita bread stuffed with cheakpea pancake, which is my favourite alternative to scrambled eggs (cheapea floer, water, tons of spices, nooch and onion/garlic/ shrooms variation), hummus spread and whatever hot and spicy spread that's currently in the front of the refrigirator:Georgian adjika, Yemenite s'hoog or Moroccan Arisa.

Meghan said...

I'm on a peanut butter and marmite kick right now. I hadn't had Marmite until about two weeks ago and now it is ALL I WANT TO EAT EVER.

Beth said...

I love roasted vegetable sandwiches with avocado and basil. Yum!! :)

AlwaysJoy said...

Peanut butter marmalade

JRice said...

Beans and sauteed collards with lots of salsa in a tortilla!

Mel said...

My favorite is hummus, avocado, grilled onion and grilled portobello mushroom.

Jessica Eagle said...

Difficult to say, but my favourite sandwich would be a whole wheat pita bread with hummus, lots of baby spinach, black olives & tomato in it. Miamm!!!

urban vegan said...

That Mac&Cheese Wich is crazy fun, no? Kinda' Paula Deen-esque --if Paula Deen were an enlightened cook like Celine and Tammy are.

Don't enter me in the contest--bc I am also a blog tour guide for this week. Will post as soon as I can.

Candy Beans said...

Wow, these sound fantastic. I am loving the blog tour - it's made me crave sandwiches like no other. I love a really good portobella sandwich with hot mustard and spinach.

Cadry's Kitchen said...

I've heard so many good things about this cookbook this month! If I don't win the giveaway, it's already on my Christmas wish list!

My favorite sandwich is easily the reuben. Even when a reuben doesn't make it to my top five, it's almost always good. With all of that sauerkraut, how could it not be? :)

Barb@ThatWasVegan said...

My favorite sandwich (currently) is baked tofu with vegenaise and a ton of sweet pickles. Weird, right?

Babette said...

It's hard to pick a favorite, but let me think : the sandwiches in Veganomicon are great, and I love the one with seitan in bbq sauce, coleslaw and mayonaisse. Heaven.

Bethany said...

My favorite is avocado, green olives, tomatoes, lettuce, and salt on toast. Yum yum!

Karen L. said...

VWAV Reuben Sammy is my favorite or maybe a tofu benedict...can't decide.

charj said...

My favorite sandwich is avocado, dulse, vegan bacon and sprouts on whole grain toast.

Cat said...

I'm not very creative in the sandwich department (which is why I need this book!) Despite being vegetarian for over 20 years I've just discovered homemade seitan. So the "seitan o greatness" with a little mayo is my current fave.

Anonymous said...

tempeh blt with avocado and vegenaise on ezekiel bread. not very original but classic.
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Jennifer Manriquez (Bankrupt Vegan) said...

My favorite sandwich is the "Mitch Tofu Club" from Spiral Diner in Fort Worth.
It's grilled tofu topped with lettuce, tomato, and bac'un bits. The best part, though, is the chipotle mayo and the extra piece of bread in the middle. I'm drooling just thinking about it!

Laura C. said...

I'm liking a twist on a peanut butter sandwich right now. I spread homemade thai peanut sauce on bread then add crunchy veggies, such as cukes, peppers, green onion, maybe some bean sprouts. Yum! Really perks up a boring day at work.

Jennifer Lynskey said...

My favorite sammich is an earlier adaptation of the ratatouille sandwich on pg 102 as a panini.

Jackie said...

Tempeh bacon, avocado smeared on whole wheat bread and spinach. So good and so healthy!

Wendy said...

A homemade, vegan reuben is my absolute hands down fave! Mmm mmm!!

foodfeud said...

My favorite sandwich is a grilled cheeze with tomato and onion. I've said it before and I'm sticking with it!

lysette said...

Vegemite, avocado, shredded beet, roast peppers, sweet potato hummus, roast corn and sprouts stuffed into a bursting pita. A bit of British Columbia heaven!

Myken Briggs said...

My favorite sandwich is a Breakfast sandwich- "Sausage" patty, tofu scramble and Cheeze sauce all on a delicious french bread bun. mykennena@gmail.com

Audrey said...

I love toasted sprouted bread spread with avocado and layered with tomato, onion, and lettuce.

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Cabby said...

Vegan reuben for me! I haven't attempted to make one, so my favorite homemade sammich is probably a pretty plain vegan grilled cheese!

Maya said...

Grilled cheese, all the way. With tomato, or caramelized onions. Because a vegan grilled cheese tastes so much better than the other kind.

Meredith said...

My favorite sandwich is garden fresh tomatoes, hummus, and fresh basil leaves on some kind of crispy whole grain bread-- so good in the summer!

Laura said...

My favorite sandwich is grilled portabella mushroom, grilled onions, and avocado.

Chef Amber Shea said...

Here's the thing: I'm not a sandwich person. Gasp! But you see, I WANT to be. Matt would love it if I'd make more sandwiches around here, but I have trouble getting inspired. This book would be just the ticket!

Lizzie Bordello said...

That macaroni on a sandwich is kind of blowing my mind right now.

I <3 sandwiches, and one of my all-time faves is one that I get from the deli at my co-op. It's slabs of cajun tofu, avocado, sprouts, vegenaise, and spicy mustard on sourdough. It. Is. Awesome.

Beth said...

PB&J For sure! With Trader Joe's creamy salted pb and strawberry jam. MMMMMM!!!!

Erin said...

My go-to sandwich is smoked Tofurky and edamame hummus (it's an awesome combination), but if I had to pick absolutely favorites I'd probably go grilled cheese and tempeh Reubens.

moonsword said...

My favorite has always been almond butter and homemade blueberry jam on thick slices of freshly baked bread, with kiwi slices and cinnamon. Heated up a little. Smells and tastes like pure heaven. :)

kelly g. said...

So far it's the Black Bean Burger with Onion Rings from Lane Gold's Vegan Junk Food, but I'm always open to challengers!

PeTABoy said...

These all sound so yummy!

I love to sautee bell peppers and onions. Then, I put some tomato slices in the toaster oven with soy cheese on top and bake it at 350 until the cheese is golden. I then put the three on toasted sourdough bread with veganaise.

Jared said...

My favorite sandwich is a tempeh reuben!

Allysia said...

Oh hooray, your giveaway is open to Canadians. :) And I totally remember the mac-no-cheeto, what a carby beast that was, ha ha! My sandwich preference is always rotating, but yesterday I had bahn mi and it's definitely my current fave. (allysiak@gmail.com!)

Hannah said...

Peanut butter and melted carob chips, grilled.

princesstofu said...

the vegan Reuben at ike's place in san francisco. lots of garlicky "dirty sauce!"

Dave said...

Hands down, my fave sammich is PB & radish sprouts on a garlic bagel. I used to eat this daily.

Sydney said...

I just added this book to my Amazon wishlist last night!

I'm hungry, so every sandwich is my favorite at the moment.

I'll go with the tofu banh mi from The Root being my favorite, though.

Lydia Paterson said...

The tofu hoagie at the Fu-Wah market in West Philly. This perfect sandwich got me through grad school.

Anya said...

Roasted vegetable (esp with eggplant)

Muffin said...

I recently had a tempeh BLT at a bar in philadelphia and MAN was it good!!!

Magenta said...

I love spicy grilled tofu sandwich!

Kaycee said...

YUM!! I love grilled cheese with Daiya pepperjack and roasted red peppers and onions, fresh veggie sandwiches on marble rye with tons of fresh sprouts and of course chickpea salad sandwiches! So good! Would love a copy of this book!!

kaycee(at)veganmachine(dot)com

Pam said...

My favorite is a loose mushroom sandwich with a nutritional yeast "cheese" sauce on whole wheat. sooooooo goooooooood

jacqui said...

pappasjacqui@yahoo.com
I love a good grilled cheese, bacon & tomato on rye. Yum!

TeriPDX said...

Mmmm, avocado/mache/spicy green olives on sourdough!

Jody said...

That mac and bbq portobella looks amazing. My fav is something we named the picnic sandwich. It is grilled veggies, onions, greens, brazil nut cheese, and sundried tomato pine nut pesto on a baguette. Wrap it in foil. It gets better the longer it sits before the picnic.

Mara said...

Favorite sandwich - grilled cheese!!

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Kelsey Gardner said...

My favorite sandwich is maple sweet potato with pecan butter!!

Christina said...

I love a good pb&banana or roasted veggie sandwich.

Sheridan & Drew said...

My favorite is a tempeh bacon, lettuce and tomato with vegenaise! YUMM! I need to make those again soon. Drew is crazy about sandwiches - this would be an excellent book to have on hand!

Kimberley Dias said...

In my pregan days you may have found me chomping down on a crispy chicken parmesan sandwich, oozing mozarella & drenched in good old fashion tomato sauce - I know a vegan version would rock my world!

Jan Scholl said...

Peanut butter on tomato bread with sliced onion. Can't beat easy.

Anonymous said...

Homemade za'atar or vegan cheese flatbread wrapped up with fresh mint, tomatoes, and olives or a falafel pita with lots of pickles and turnips. What can I say, I'm part Lebanese, I grew up in this stuff. tabouli (my dad makes the best tabouli on the planet) stuffed in a pita with hummus and olives makes a mighty fine sandwich as well as tomatoes, olives, onions, lettuce, and mustard (I hate mayo, vegan or otherwise). Oh, and a toasted banana sandwich with just earth balance and a mushed up banana is just kickass and a childhood favourite I still love. And don't forget the proverbial veggie burger....Okay, that isn't one, sorry, but it's soooo hard to choose. although, my Scottish grandfather loves an apple and date sandwich. now that's just weird.


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Amelia said...

This is SUCH a hard question. I would have to say either vegan ham, vegan veggie cream cheese with chive and mayo, pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, and sprouts, all toasted on a baguette...

OR BBQ tempeh or tofu with avocado, onions, lettuce, and tomato.

VeganLinda said...

My fave is homemade baked tofu with chipotle vegenaise, sauerkraut, greens, and avocado on Veganic bread.

Sophie said...

I think the one I make most often is pb and bananas, but I also love hummus with red onions, tomatoes and cucumbers.

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dreaminitvegan said...

Grilled Portobello sandwich, with avocado, on crusty French bread. Delish!

Mikelo! said...

I have two favorites:

One is an "everything" bagel with hummus, sprouts and tomato. I could eat that all day.

The other is peanut butter, (vegan) mayo and lettuce. Amazingly, the peanut butter and mayo complement each other nicely, it has a real tangy flavor.

adriana said...

tofu banh mi from my local viet restaurant. it is literally an OBSESSION!

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Rachel said...

Favorite sandwich? Homemade garlic hummus, tomatoes, kale, olives, on seed bread. YUM!

sara said...

my favorite sandwich is a vegan BLT with tempeh bacon, tomatoes, lettuce and veganaise, on rye bread. yum!

My thoughts here and there said...

It's a tough question to answer but I'm going to go with a vegan chili slaw dog. Yum.

PaganAngel said...

I was inspired by Natural High sandwich from Erik's Deli Cafe. A whole wheat pita stuffed with avocado, thinly sliced red onions,alfalfa sprouts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, tomato, and tons of melty (vegan) cheese. It's a calorie bomb, but oh so worth it!

BeeDazzle said...

My favorite sandwich is the Philly cheese steak from Imagine Vegan Cafe! After years of peanut butter boredom and tired ol' tofu my taste buds just about exploded when I ate this. If I was a sandwich I'd do it :)

BeeDazzle said...

I apparently can't follow directions while daydreaming about sammies. I forgot to add my email to my post... bethanybsb20@aol.com

k said...

vwav reuben and portabello bahn mi are in a dead heat. I love sammiches!

Deb Baker said...

I love a vegan BLT, toasted bread, thick tomato slices, Veganaise, baby romaine leaves and tons of Bakos sprinkled on.. sandwiches rule! Would love to win this book. Thanks.

Jody said...

i just found a new favorite- a vegan banh mi (recipe in vegetarian times i think). i made it for a pre-concert picnic with my omni friends and they all loved it! the pickled carrot daikon mixture was the yummiest part.

Abbie said...

My favorite sandwich is a slightly interesting, but delicious combination of tastes and flavors. The coop in Bozeman, Montana has an option to build your own sandwich and you can even watch them put it all together at their deli counter! They have the best grilled Jamaican jerk tofu and I top it with veg-friendly mayo, spicy brown mustard, lettuce, tomato, avocado and the BEST OF ALL, pickled onions made right there at the coop. It's all grilled under a panini press on delicious ciabatta bread. Pickles and all natural blue corn tortilla chips top off this lunch I get to enjoy while I'm in town! My e-mail is tumblesonabbie@yahoo.com.

Chris said...

PB and J is still the best.

Unknown said...

Omg, best sandwich ever would have to be a vegan Ruben. Toasted with extra sauce:) thanks for opening the content to us Canucks! My email is campagna.vanessa@gmail.com.

Melissa Dion said...

I love peanut butter and pickle sandwiches!

ez said...

One of the favorite sandwiches that I have had was a vegan seitan al pastor sandwich from the Cinnamon Snail in New York City this summer. It was seitan, beer-battered jalapeƱos, grilled pineapple pieces, arugula, with spicy vegan mayonaise and spices served on a grilled mutli-grain baguette. SUPER YUM!

Glo said...
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Glo said...

I love Gardein's burger, it's my fav these days, but for a homemade sammy I love tempeh used in place of tuna to make a untuna (and use kelp flaes for the sea flavor) --
I'd love to win this book so I can experiment with all the contents.
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