This week I was asked to review a gorgeous cookbook called Beautifully Real Food by Sam Murphy (check out her Instagram here) which comes out tomorrow! The book is filled with the most divine-looking food and lovely photos, and if you’re thinking of going vegan, you’ll get plenty of inspiration from the recipes inside, from salsa to main meals to desserts and smoothies.
The author Sam Murphy is sort of Instagram-famous – something you can definitely tell from the photos, which are all really tempting and inventive. With loads of different sections, the whole book takes you through from breakfast to lunch, dinner and dessert.
There’s twists on classics like macaroni ‘cheese’, but there’s also definitely recipes in here I would have never thought of trying, like make-your-own vegan sausages and ‘peanut butter and jelly’ smoothies.
The book does contain a lot of recipes that are on the pricier side, which is a little annoying for me as I’m on a budget. Many of the recipes contain a lot of ingredients, or fancy ingredients that I can’t afford, like spirulina or flaxseed, so if you’re on a tight budget you’ll have to substitute a lot. If you’re looking to make something special however, then this book is definitely for you – I know I’ll be earmarking a few of the recipes for when I have friends over!
Overall, the book’s inventive meals and delicious-looking photos make it a great gift for any of your veggie friends, so I can definitely recommend Beautifully Real Food for anyone who needs some good vegan inspiration.
If any of you get your hands on the book when it comes out, why not whip up a recipe and post a photo in the comments below?
Trying one of the recipes myself:
Below you can see that I tried to make Sam’s “Super Rad Coconut Bacon” – I went veggie when I was around 16, so I do remember what bacon tastes like, and the marinade for this recipe is actually quite close to life, really dark and smoky, so it’s worth giving it a try if you’re veggie or can’t eat bacon for religious reasons.
Here is the recipe from the book and a photo of my finished result! As a side note, French supermarkets tend not to have the more obscure vegan ingredients, so I made a few substitutes… They still tasted great though.
Super Rad Coconut Bacon
Two young green coconuts, flesh only
80ml of tamari (I had to use regular soy sauce)
Three tablespoons of maple syrup
Three tablespoons of liquid smoke (I couldn’t find this so I used a shit-tonne of smoked paprika)
One teaspoon of onion powder
One teaspoon of garlic powder
One teaspoon of smoked paprika
Half a teaspoon of sesame oil
- Scoop the flesh out of the coconuts, clean any residue or dirt off them and slice the meat into bite-sized chunks.
- Whisk together the rest of the ingredients.
- Sit the coconut meat and marinade in a shallow bowl for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and cook the coconut for approximately 30 – 40 minutes, flipping it over halfway.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To reheat, lightly warm it in a pan or microwave.
Serves two to three
You can get your hands on a copy of Beautifully Real Food now on Amazon!