Crazy Sexy Cookbook Giveaway & Holiday Recipe Roundup

Hi Sweet Friends,

The weeks leading up to launching The Spotlight Crash Course were filled with excitement, butterflies and creation. Now that it’s out in the world, I’m coming up for a little air and realizing that the holidays are already here! There’s a blanket of snow outside the window (dotted with paw prints) and twinkling lights strung throughout the house. It’s heaven. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to some festive cooking and nesting at home with my family (Buddy’s first xmas!).

There’s nothing like a brand spankin’ new cookbook (or an oldie, but goodie) to get me back in the kitchen. I have to admit that I’d fallen into a rut of late night takeout dinners while in full throttle launch mode. And that’s okey dokey! It’s easy to eat on autopilot when you’re busy, especially during the holidays. Pssst…take a moment and give yourself a break if you’ve been beating yourself up for being less than perfect lately—in any area of your life.You don’t need to be a shining example of personal care this time of year. Or get back on track in the blink of an eye for that matter. Gradually works just fine too.

In the spirit of rest and rejuvenation, I spent the weekend cleaning the house, stocking the fridge, snuggling with my family and playing in the kitchen. I also let my computer collect some much needed dust. Once again, the kitchen was filled with mouth-watering aromas as I let my mind wander into the lovely meditation that chopping, measuring (sorta) and stirring allows.

While writing Crazy Sexy Kitchen with the talented Chad Sarno, I had the pleasure of connecting with some of the most talented chefs on the planet. Their cookbooks cover the gamut of plant-powered cuisine, from fancy and elegant meals to comforting and quick dishes. Depending on my mood, I can always rely on one of these geniuses to guide me as I pull together some nourishing nosh.

Since this is the season of sharing food and cooking up a storm, I wanted to shine a light on my favorite cookbooks and gift a lucky giveaway winner a new (and hot) cookbook library!

Enter to win these phenomenal cookbooks here AND read on for some delicious festive recipes.

Crazy Sexy Cookbook Giveaway Prize:

Even if you don’t win, you really can’t lose with these cookbooks. If you’re looking for some inspiration, consider taking one (or more) for a spin!

Holiday Recipe Round-up

In case you aren’t the lucky giveaway winner, I don’t want you to miss out on the deliciousness in these cookbooks. So here are a few holiday-inspired recipes to get you excited about the kitchen and hopefully help you plan your holiday feast.

Holiday Dinner: Marinated Mushrooms, Mashed Root Vegetables, Stuffing, Cranberry and Brussels Sprouts

Holiday Dinner: Marinated Mushrooms, Mashed Root Vegetables, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Brussels Sprouts (Living Raw Food, Photo Credit: Tara Donne)

Madeira Peppercorn Tempeh

Madeira Peppercorn Tempeh
(Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Photo Credit: Andrew Scrivani)

Candle 79 Butternut Squash Chestnut Soup

 Butternut Squash–Chestnut Soup with Caramelized Pears
(Candle 79 Cookbook, Photo credit: Rita Maas)

Beet, Fennel and Fig Salad with Cranberry-Sage Dressing

Beet, Fennel and Fig Salad with Cranberry-Sage Dressing
(Candle 79 Cookbook, Photo credit: Rita Maas)

Fran Costigan Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies
(Vegan Chocolate, Photo credit: Kate Lewis)

I hope these recipes fill your table and tummy with joy and that you’re allowing yourself to receive the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation over the holidays.

Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite holiday dish? Let’s recipe swap!

Peace & sauce-covered pages,

Kris Carr