Chakra Caesar Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons

[This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with cookbook authors, bloggers, women entrepreneurs and home chefs whose work I enjoy and admire. If you’ve got someone in mind you’d like me to approach for an interview, please shoot me an email at rickiATrickihellerDOTcom, or leave a comment here and let me know! And now, enjoy today’s installment!]

angela liddon oh she glows on ricki heller blog

[photo credit: Dave Biesse]

If you’re vegan, if you read food blogs, if you like to experiment with cooking and baking, or if you’re simply someone who eats food every day, you are likely already familiar with Angela Liddon, the creative force behind the powerhouse blog, Oh She Glows. I first “met” Angela soon after she started her blog when she emailed to ask some questions about my former bakery, Bake It Healthy. Angela went on to run her own highly successful Glo-Bakery online for several years. I knew immediately that Angela possessed warmth, intelligence, humor and immense talent; but it was shortly thereafter, when she decided to run a post about my Almond-Crusted Root Vegetable Fries and my blog received almost as many visits in that one day as it had the previous month–well, that’s when I knew for certain: this woman had gone supernova!

I honestly have never met anyone who doesn’t think Angela is the bomb. She’s just as beautiful, friendly and approachable in person as she is on her blog; and this woman has a true gift when it comes to creating delicious and stunningly photographed recipes. I had the great pleasure to meet Angela in person at one of her birthday bashes a few years ago, and then the opportunity to meet up again at the last year’s Vida Vegan Con:

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As no doubt many of you already know, Angela’s first cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook, was recently released to thunderous acclaim. It’s a stellar collection of new recipes, with a few reader favorites from the blog thrown in. I was blown away when I first peeked inside: like her blog, Angela’s book is filled with her signature style, combining everyday ingredients in novel ways to create unique and irresistible dishes that appeal to anyone, vegan or not. And, of course, there are the photos (a few of which you see peppered throughout this post, along with a couple of my woefully rough Instagram pics!). It’s truly an incredible accomplishment by an equally incredible blogger, writer, and recipe developer. (And. . . .just yesterday, she made another major announcement!! Huge congrats, Angela and Eric!!)

I’m so very delighted to be able to share my interview with Angela today!

vegan, gluten-free chickpea salad from Oh She Glows

[From instagram, the Perfected Chickpea Salad Sandwich, made here with my own grain-free bread. Love!]

If you could have dinner with any other food writer, food blogger or cookbook author, who would it be (and why)?

I would love to sit down and chat with the talented, inspiring, and courageous Jo-Anne McArthur, who is an award-winning Canadian photojournalist documenting the plight of animals in factory farms, the mink fur trade, animal lab testing, marine parks, and zoos across all 7 continents. Jo-Anne says her mission in life is to raise awareness about animal issues and to photograph the predicament that animals are in because of humans.

“I truly believe that it’s innate that we’re all compassionate and that if we are given the opportunity to care, we will.” ~ Jo-Anne McArthur

She is a huge inspiration!!

Also – Eric Tucker, renowned chef from Millennium restaurant in San Fran, would be up there for sure. I had the pleasure of meeting him very briefly and experiencing his menu at Millennium last year. He creates fresh and unique ingredient pairings, beautiful presentation, and everything obviously tastes incredible. I would want to pick his brain and find out how he comes up with such incredible flavour combinations. What are his daily inspirations, etc.

Vegan gluten free recipe from Oh She glows on

[Angela’s Present Glo-Bars granola bars. Photo credit: Angela Liddon.]

I can’t wait to try more recipes from the book—they all look great to me! I’m sure you’ve been asked this before. . . but which is your favorite recipe? (Okay, you can pick three). 😉

It changes daily, but today they would have to be…

  • Oil-Free Baked falafel Bites (healthy, crunchy baked falafel bites with a homemade salsa all served over lettuce wraps and cashew cream. A light appetizer or meal.)
  • Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip (people will hunt you down at parties for the recipe!)
  • Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte (a serious crowd-pleasing dessert recipe that no one can resist. No one.)

What surprised you most about the process of creating a cookbook?

How many tears I shed over it. Haha. I’m only half joking. It was a long journey, so I guess you could say I was surprised by how many hurdles there were along the way and how long it took to create the book. I think it was a good thing that I was so naïve going into it. Almost 3 years later, I can finally say it was all worth it because I learned so much and I was forced to keep improving my skills at a very quick rate.

Vegan, gluten-free, candida diet tofu scramble on

[From instagram, the Sunrise Scramble, here with my own Best Home Fries Ever.]

It seems like scores of new food blogs are popping up daily. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in 2014? What are the qualities you think make for a successful blog (or blogger)?

Three things that keep me coming back to food blogs are:

1) Authentic writing voice. You don’t have to be the best writer out there, but be authentic! It really helps people connect with your blog and story.
2) Vivid photography. A blog with great food photography will keep me coming back again and again. We eat with our eyes, after all!
3) Reliable, well-written recipes. I want recipes that I can trust, so I tend to keep coming back to the ones that provide consistent results and clear directions.

Angela Liddon smoothies on

[Flu-Fighter Sunshine Smoothie, Morning Glory Smoothie and Tropical Beauty Green Monster.

Photo credit: Angela Liddon.]

What’s next for you?

Oh gosh, this is turning out to be a busy year! There are a few things I have to keep under wraps for now, but I can tell you that my husband and I are working on our first Oh She Glows App. It will feature all the best recipes from my blog and new updates weekly, as well as a shopping list, food photography, and so much more! We’re also hoping to start up a new business sometime in the near future, but I’ll keep you guessing on what it is.

Thanks so much, Angela!! 

And in case you’re not yet tempted enough, here’s a sample recipe from the book. This Chakra Caesar Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons is even anti-candida diet approved!

Vegan, gluten-free, anti-candida Caesar Salad recipe on

[photo credit: Angela Liddon.]

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful post and for including me in your series Ricki! I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying the book so far. By the way, I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since the VVC! We have to plan a date soon!

    • It’s my absolute pleasure, Angela. 🙂 Yes, I’m loving the book!! And say what?!! Holy moly, time does fly!! Would love to have a meetup soon (introduce the little one to raw vegan food early–LOL!). 😉

  2. Fab post… I have just received my copy of Angela’s beautiful book and can’t wait to get stuck in! 🙂

  3. Great article Ricki! By chance, have you discovered Joy McCarthy, a Toronto Holistic Nutritionist? She reminds me so much of Angela. She is beautiful inside and out, smart, caring, and has also just released a book via Penquin, called JoyousHealth, also set up, and photographed with sassy class. Please check it out.. I see you and Angela, and Joy loving each other, and each others work. Recently Joy had a twitter fan who sent a photo of her two favourite cookbooks, Joy’s and Angela’s ! Joy is a genuine sweetheart. She displayed this duo book photo in the upper left corner of her twitter for a good while. i would love for you to interview her Ricki, Pleeease ! Thanks for sharing. I am a fan!

    • Thanks so much, Sara!! And yes, of course I know of Joy!! We were both speakers at the Gluten-Free Garage a few months ago and I agree, she’s totally lovely in person. 🙂 I would love to do an interview with her–I will definitely get on it and try to make it happen for you!

  4. Who doesn’t love Angela and her blog?! Although I haven’t met Angela in person her warmth and generosity really comes across in her writing.
    I made the Caesar salad just recently and loved it, especially those nutty croutons!

  5. Lovely interview – and photos (all of them 😉 ) and recipe!

  6. great post – I love angela’s recipes and her blog – so beautiful and so healthy

  7. It’s wonderful to read about a vibrant, authentic blogger making it big. Angela’s awesome!

    To boot, this recipe sounds amazing! Love reading all the “whole” ingredients. 🙂

  8. Hi Ricki!!!

    great post, I am a huge Oh She Glows fan too. After seeing the recipe for the perfected chickpea salad, I made it today for lunch. I have been searching for your grain free bread recipe that she used on the photo, but in vain! I can’t seem to find it. Can you direct me to the recipe?
    Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Anna,
      Thanks so much–glad you like the post! That photo is actually one of my Instagram photos that I used to illustrate the recipes I’ve made from the book. The bread is my own recipe, which will be published in my upcoming book in the fall. Sorry if that wasn’t clear! I included credit to Angela on all of her photos; the ones without credit are mine. 🙂

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