Cookbook Review and Giveaway: The Nut Butter Cookbook by Robin Robertson

Dianne September 1, 2014 47
Cookbook Review and Giveaway: The Nut Butter Cookbook by Robin Robertson

The Nut Butter CookbookNut butters are not just for sandwiches. I love swirling almond butter into my oatmeal and adding a few spoonfuls of cashew butter to my stews. I’ve also sometimes use nut butter in the place of oil in baked goods such as muffins and banana bread. Robin Robertson’s new book The Nut Butter Cookbook is chock-full of recipes that use nut butters in creative ways.

 

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The Nut Butter Cookbook contains recipes for everything from soups and starters to main dishes and desserts. It also contains instructions for making your own nut butters, nut creams and nut cheeses. The Plant-Based Dietitian Julieanna Hever wrote the book’s forward, explaining the health benefits of nut butters and dispelling some nutty nutrition myths. (Pun intended.) There are handy charts at the back of the book that contain information about nuts, such as how much protein, calcium, and zinc can be found in a one-ounce serving of almonds, and how many calories are in a serving of peanuts. The book also contains helpful indexes of gluten-free and soy-free recipes, for those with food sensitivities. The recipes in The Nut Butter Cookbook are versatile, so if you want to make a recipe that calls for cashew butter, but all you have on hand is almond butter, you can make a swap and the dish will still taste delicious. Seed butters can be swapped for nut butters for those who may have nut allergies.

 

Roasted Nicoise SaladWhen a new cookbook arrives, I usuall sit down with it and a stack of sticky notes and mark the recipes I want to cook, but I haven’t been able to do that with The Nut Butter Cookbook because every single dish looks delicious! Since it’s summertime and the weather has been warm, I’ve been eating quite a lot of salads, and I really love the recipes in the salad chapter. I can’t decide which one is my favorite – Could be the Indonesian Gado–Gado which is made with shredded cabbage and carrots and drenched in a spicy peanut sauce? Or maybe the Roasted Niçoise Salad with a creamy Cashew Goddess Dressing that I want to pour over everything? Perhaps it’s the classic Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

 

Penne PastaOf course, you’ll find far more than just salads in The Nut Butter Cookbook. Thai Tofu Vegetable Wraps have become a lunchtime favorite of mine. Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream is super quick and easy to make, and it seems like the quintessential warm weather pasta dish. The Cashew Queso Sauce that accompanies the Quinoa and Black Beans dish is so good that I caught my naughty cat Archie on the counter licking the pot. But my favorite recipe in The Nut Butter Cookbook is hands down The Sichuan Stir-Fry with Fiery Peanut Sauce. If I was forced to pick just one meal to eat for the rest of my life, it would that one. It’s a mix of tofu and veggies cooked in a deliciously spicy peanut sauce and it’s my favorite recipe in the book.

 

Robin has graciously given us a copy of The Nut Butter Cookbook for one lucky Chic Vegan reader. Follow the instructions below to enter. U.S. residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight eastern time on Sunday, September 7. Good luck!

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47 Comments »

  1. diana @ veggienextdoor September 1, 2014 at 7:21 am -

    Cashew cream because it goes with everything!

  2. Angela @ Canned-Time.com September 1, 2014 at 11:19 am -

    My favorite would be walnut
    With a little swirl of maple syrup.
    Looks like a dreamy book for homemade buyer nuts like me ;)

  3. Mary September 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm -

    Almond butter is my current favorite.

  4. Katie Dawson September 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm -

    Oh boy, I love nut butters, but right now I am having an obsession with peanut butter

  5. Sara September 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm -

    I’m a traditionalist…I love peanut butter! Eat it just about every day.

  6. vegancatlover September 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm -

    Currently back to being obsessed with natural crunchy peanut butter! Yum!

  7. Kelly G. September 1, 2014 at 2:50 pm -

    I’ve never tried it, but I bet pecan butter is amazing. Happy VeganMoFo!

  8. Dianna September 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm -

    I love almond butter! I see these recipes of yours with nut butters and it makes me want your cookbook and one for each one of my daughters! SO many GREAT ideas!!!!! :-)

  9. Millie September 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm -

    I have been waiting for a book on nut butters and am so happy to see it. Thank you!

  10. sarah September 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm -

    good ole peanut butter!

  11. Millie September 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm -

    My FAV nut butter is Walnut….but I love them all.

  12. Becca September 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm -

    I’m a big almond butter fan. Nice way to make sure I get my calcium in for the day.

  13. Lydia Claire September 2, 2014 at 2:02 am -

    Peanut butter is definitely my favorite!

  14. Corrine September 2, 2014 at 2:04 am -

    I’d say my favorite is almond butter. =)

  15. Siri September 2, 2014 at 5:22 am -

    Anyday it will be cashew or almond butter for me please. Love their creamy consistencies and the fact that they go with almost everything. :-)

    Siri

  16. Alison L. September 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm -

    Almond or Cashew but a special treat is pistachio!

  17. Jeri Lynn September 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm -

    Cashew!

  18. Ashley September 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm -

    Almond butter!

  19. Tracy September 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm -

    Oh, man – hazelnut butter FTW, though I love them all!

  20. Jennifer Manriquez September 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm -

    I love them all, honestly, but I probably get the most mileage from plain jane peanut butter. I use it in everything from cookies to soups. Love it!

  21. Amber September 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm -

    Sunbutter! Oh man, is it good! :]

  22. AnneMarie September 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm -

    Cashew butter is my most recent favorite, but that could change at any time :)

  23. Mary September 2, 2014 at 9:51 pm -

    Almond butter

  24. Rebecca Silence September 4, 2014 at 11:20 am -

    We just bought a Vitamix so that we can make our own nut butters! This recipe book would be well appreciated in our household. Current favorite: 1 tsp of almond butter swirled into a mug of hot cocoa – yum!

  25. Nileta September 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm -

    Almond

  26. Amanda J September 5, 2014 at 10:40 am -

    I love almond butter but I have not had the chance to try cashew or walnut butter and I think I would really love those!

  27. lyn September 5, 2014 at 2:26 pm -

    Has to be peanut butter, I have it on toast all the time

  28. Emily G September 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm -

    Almond Butter in my smoothies!

  29. Patience September 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm -

    Cashew Butter (so rich and delectable I think a more descriptive name for it should actually be “Crack” Butter….!)

  30. Ed September 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm -

    Peanut butter on toast
    Peanut butter cookies

  31. Kristin Troska September 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm -

    Sunflower Nut Butter

  32. Jenny K September 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm -

    My fave nut butter right now is peanut butter, it’s so versatile!

  33. Carolsue September 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm -

    I like cashew butter

  34. alisa September 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm -

    i love both peanut butter and almond butter! i’d love to try cashew butter

  35. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine September 7, 2014 at 8:57 am -

    Cinnamon Raisin PB!

  36. Rebecca September 7, 2014 at 9:15 am -

    Peanut butter – still learning about the other “butters!”

  37. Lisa September 7, 2014 at 9:33 am -

    I love nut butter!

  38. Gretchen Jasek-Chin September 7, 2014 at 9:59 am -

    almond butter

  39. Susan September 7, 2014 at 10:58 am -

    Peanut butter is my favorite, but I haven’t tried one I don’t like!

  40. Zyxomma September 7, 2014 at 11:41 am -

    My favorite is raw almond butter, which, because of the ridiculous US law that calls pasteurized almonds raw (meaning only not roasted), I have to buy imported. Almond butter is great for sauces, dressings, and even “emergency” nut milk (made by blending almond butter with water, either in the Vitamix or, for a small serving, with the immersion blender). It’s not a perfect substitute for homemade nut milk, but will do in a pinch! Health and peace.

  41. Paige c September 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm -

    I love trader joes cashew butter!

  42. Liza September 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm -

    My fave but butter is a blend of almond butter + coconut butter!

  43. sonja September 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm -

    It will always be crunchy peanut butter

  44. kendy September 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm -

    i eat peanut butter every day! always looking for a way to use it!

  45. Debbie September 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm -

    Peanut butter!

  46. Joy September 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm -

    Generally almond butter, but pretty much anything that’s not peanut butter is good!

  47. Tatiana September 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm -

    Nut butters… oh my! Crazy about them all, but macadamia butter is just so delicious. It has a delicate and just gorgeous flavor….
    And Pistachio butter, dear lord. O.K. now I gotta go and grab a spoon, I can´t help it ;-)

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