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The US cover on the left. The Canadian on the right.

I’ve been waiting for this day for over 2 years. I finally get to tell you a bunch of stuff about my book, its launch, some practical information, and a fun pre-order surprise too! I’m going to lay this all out in slightly longer bullet points so that I don’t talk TOO much because I don’t want to bore you guys–I could honestly go back and forth about this book, the work that went into it, and its life cycle for days and days. I’m sharing some sneak peek photos here too! Get yourself a cozy drink and settle in?

Roasted Chili Basil Lime Tofu Bowls.

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Left: red flannel beet hash with avocado. Right: my kitchen.

The First Mess Cookbook will be out March 7th, but can be pre-ordered now. More about that below.

-There are 125 recipes in this hardcover book that weighs a little two pounds. It’s comprised of almost entirely fresh material–just a few well-loved blog recipes in the mix.

-The book is divided into the following sections: Mornings and Breakfasts, Soups and Stews, Salads and Dressings, Hearty Mains and Big Plates, Vegetables and a Couple of Grains, Energizing Drinks and Small Bites, Desserts and Small Treats.

-There’s a beautiful photo for every single recipe, plus some bonus photography throughout for that little touch of “atmosphere” ;)

-Every recipe is vegan, and there are symbol notations for gluten-free, cane sugar-free, sugar-free, nut-free, and oil-free options.

-I wrote a big, feel-y introduction on how I got to this stage in my career/life, what kinds of things you’ll need in your kitchen in order to cook from the book, and some light observations on my favourite ingredients for plant-based cooking success.

-There are two covers. The blue-ish background one is the US version. It features live arugula from Slegers and it was taken on my parents’ concrete garage floor. The one with the pot pies/cute little casseroles on the cover will be released in Canada because reminders of cozier fare to get us through the winter are essential. Despite the different covers, the book is exactly the same on the inside.

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Left: Eggplant “Bolognese” Pasta. Right: A rabbit in my Dad’s swiss chard row.

Thai-ish Cabbage Slaw

If you enjoy the content from the blog, my Instagram account, or any sneak peeks via the #FirstMessCookbook hashtag, you’ll probably love this book. Even when I make a salad or a vegetable side here, I always try to make it hearty and filling somehow–the book follows through on this effort. When the recipe isn’t an outright main course, there’s usually a healthy fat or protein-rich component involved to make it feel satiating anyway. I’ve tried mightily to position this book at the intersection of hearty, elegant, earthy, and seasonal.

This book will give you a glimpse into how I cook for myself, my family, and my people at large for plenty of occasions, whether that means a quiet earl grey latte with lots of vanilla for me and me alone to enjoy in the early hours–or it’s a gluten-free, cane sugar-free, totally vegan, and utterly delicious coconut cream tart because I need to impress some semi-skeptical omnivores. I know that sometimes I go funky with the ingredients for drinks and such here (like the cordyceps from earlier this week hehe), but rest assured that the focus of this book is recipes made with accessible and seasonal ingredients. Simple and great!

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Left: celery roots. Right: Shaved Root Salad with Crispy Lentils & Horseradish Dressing.

Sunshine Everything Crackers

There’s a few tricks, too. I show you how to make fresh almond milk in less than a minute, the easiest shortcut to steel-cut oatmeal that won’t have you hovering over the stove just stirring and stirring, how to make luscious (non-banana-based) ice cream without an ice cream maker, the pantry ingredients that pretty much guarantee a lifetime of flavourful food, and, most importantly, how to make raw cookie dough into a semi-sensible afternoon snack.

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Left: local berry baskets. Right: Raw Raspberry “Cheesecake”

Garlicky Winter Vegetable and White Bean Mash with Mushroom Miso Gravy

Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Books-a-Million // Indiebound

Indigo //

Book Depository (free shipping worldwide)

Google Play // iBooks // Kindle // Kobo // Nook

The thought of real people finally having this book is, somewhat predictably, thrilling one moment and scary the next. I think that’s normal for any creative work that’s put out there, and I’m finding a bit of calm just in that thought alone. Off and on, this project took up over 2 years of my life, so just flipping through these pages gives me so many vivid memories of time, place, and feeling. I really gave this thing everything I had, and it’s my hope that the sincerity translates when you finally get to see it. Until then, all my gratitude and love, all the time :)

  • Floortje12/01/2017 - 5:02 am

    Hi Laura,

    I just pre ordered your book! I hope to recieve it very soon in The Netherlands! I am a big fan of your recipes and very inspired by your photo’s! Enjoy the ride! Greetz Floortje from HollandReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth12/01/2017 - 5:08 am

    Immediately pre-ordered your book! I’m not at all ashamed to say that I have been stalking your blog since the first inkling of a cookbook. I’m SO looking forward to reading it! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hanna12/01/2017 - 5:10 am

    Congratulations Laura! It looks beautiful and delicious. Can’t wait to see it.ReplyCancel

  • Aleksandra Peyrer-Navijalic12/01/2017 - 5:15 am

    Hi Laura,
    so excited about your new book. The photos/dishes look fantastic and I can’t wait to get it. Cogratulations! It really looks like a labour of love.ReplyCancel

  • Abigail12/01/2017 - 5:33 am

    The Lime Tofu bowl looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to get this and try your recipe’s.

    Abigail Alice ReplyCancel

  • Carol12/01/2017 - 5:42 am

    I can hardly wait! Your book is released on my Birthday so it must be my karma to have it in my life. I have been a big fan of your blog for years and have made loads of your delicious recipes. This is just icing on the cake. All the best to you Laura, from one Pices to another :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lena12/01/2017 - 6:07 am

    AHHHH, Immediately ordered your book. I guess (and hope) I’m your first german “customer” #fangirling

    all the best
    (aka theghostonmyback)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica12/01/2017 - 6:22 am

    I’m SO excited for tour cookbook! I was one of your recipe testers, I make some of the recipes that I tested very frequently – including my favorite if them just last night for dinner! Can’t wait to have a compilation of your amazing work all in the book. Congrats on your cookbook!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lee12/01/2017 - 6:28 am

    I’m so happy for you Laura :) The photos are gorgeous and I can’t wait to cook from your book. Thank you for making it more acessible ingredient-wise!

  • Lacey12/01/2017 - 6:52 am

    There’s so many new vegan cookbooks that have come out/are coming out, and I can say without a doubt that yours is the one I’m most excited about! I love the vibe of your blog and Instagram feed and absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Congrats on your labor of love :)ReplyCancel

  • Karlie12/01/2017 - 7:49 am

    AH i can’t wait to order!ReplyCancel

  • christine desroches12/01/2017 - 8:52 am

    Yay!!! Hugest congratulations, Laura! It all looks beautiful and I can’t wait to get my copy. Very excited for this one! xoReplyCancel

  • Julia12/01/2017 - 8:52 am

    Ackkkkk! SO STOKED to get your book!! Congrats:)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie12/01/2017 - 8:58 am

    Preordered! I have been waiting for this book since first coming across your blog a few years ago. Your photographs are always so beautiful and recipes are over the top delicious. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Newman12/01/2017 - 9:16 am

    Congratulations Laura, I look forward to receiving my hard copy soon!ReplyCancel

  • Tyra12/01/2017 - 9:36 am

    This is a GREAT accomplishment. I look forward to ordering the book. With a household of 8 I’m always looking to keep it fresh, exciting, tasty and healthy in the kitchen and this new resource will help me do just that.ReplyCancel

  • Karen12/01/2017 - 9:53 am

    Huge congrats on the final rollout, Laura! Having recently become a big fan (by some fluke, your blog has missed my regular reading radar until now) I couldn’t be more excited. I love the way you describe your targeted recipes – in that sweet-spot of an intersection between hearty, elegant, comforting and seasonal…precisely the recipes I gravitate toward year-round as I generally don’t feel my best eating precious or dainty types of meals. (BTW, I loved that creamy mushroom and kale stew that we discussed the other day – so simple and so satisfying!) Best!ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker12/01/2017 - 10:25 am

    YAY!!! I seriously can’t wait to get your book and I already know it’s going to be the most gorgeous thing EVER. Cheers to all your hard work and long days, you deserve it girl! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Shauna12/01/2017 - 10:26 am

    Congratulations, Laura! It looks beautiful. Thank you for explaining the difference between the Canadian and American covers. I always wonder how authors chose and why they are different. I’m looking forward to receiving it!ReplyCancel

  • erin scott12/01/2017 - 10:45 am

    Laura! Huge congrats. Your book looks so delicious and absolutely gorgeous. I’m so excited for you (and for all of us!)

  • Sara @ Cake Over Steak12/01/2017 - 10:45 am

    I CANNOT WAIT!!!! Also, your kitchen is #goals.ReplyCancel

  • Tuulia Talvio12/01/2017 - 10:57 am

    The book looks absolutely gorgeous. You’ve done an amazing job, Laura! Enjoy this moment to the fullest, as it’s so exciting and truly a unique moment in life. Can’t wait to have a copy! <3ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout12/01/2017 - 11:11 am

    Laura! This is gorgeous! Congratulations! I can’t wait <3ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bryan | Downshiftology12/01/2017 - 11:30 am

    So exciting!! Big congrats Laura and I can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty!! xReplyCancel

  • Shannon12/01/2017 - 11:30 am

    Yay! So incredibly excited for this book. I have mad respect for your recipes – and I’m not even vegan! but because of your blog, I probably eat at least 3 vegan meals a week now. ReplyCancel

  • Alice12/01/2017 - 11:31 am

    Oh mannnn, those photos look incredible! Congratulations on your book and I’m so excited to see it. By your description it sounds amazing. :)

    Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that both Amazon UK and DE offer preorders for the book, which is convenient for all of us living in Europe as they both ship all over. (As an alternative for anyone that doesn’t like Book Depository.)ReplyCancel

  • gratitudealways12/01/2017 - 11:33 am

    I pre-ordered, too! So excited!ReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon12/01/2017 - 11:59 am

    girl! it looks amazing! I can’t wait to get a copy — congratulations x a million!!!ReplyCancel

  • Grace Rusch12/01/2017 - 12:13 pm

    YES!! So looking forward to cooking from this book. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda | Pickles & Honey12/01/2017 - 12:18 pm

    The biggest congrats to you, Laura! Your book looks gorgeous and I can already tell just from this post that you gave it everything you had. I’m so excited to see it live in person!ReplyCancel

  • Julia Samersova12/01/2017 - 12:37 pm

    Ordered! So excited!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full12/01/2017 - 12:44 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pre-ordered the cookbook literally the second it came on Amazon, and I CANNOT WAIT until it comes out!! I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU LAURA!!!! Sending so many hugs!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! The book looks so beautiful- and I love the fonts on the covers. It’s obvious you’ve poured your heart and soul into this, and I can’t wait to break into it and cook.ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha12/01/2017 - 12:49 pm

    Just ordered! I can’t wait to start cooking from it <3ReplyCancel

  • Beverley Haun12/01/2017 - 1:04 pm

    Just ordered one cookbook for me and one for my daughter. I live in Peterborough, but grew up in Fonthill and always feel like I am visiting home when your recipes and photos arrive in my email.ReplyCancel

  • Mark Guncheon12/01/2017 - 1:05 pm

    Congratulations! Hard work pays off and just think of all the wonderful meals you and your family had to eat.ReplyCancel

  • Megan12/01/2017 - 1:21 pm

    I was thrilled to pre-order your cookbook. How exciting. Huge congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Alex12/01/2017 - 1:43 pm

    So exciting! Congratulations, Laura. Love that Canadian cover :)ReplyCancel

  • Kris12/01/2017 - 2:04 pm

    Looking amazing– huge congratulations!! The recipes (as always) look incredible and so very appealing! Thanks for the sneak peak:)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Gordon12/01/2017 - 2:14 pm

    YAHOO! Can’t wait! Huge congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Ashli12/01/2017 - 2:57 pm

    I am so excited to get this book – I have been waiting impatiently since you first announced it!! Pre-ordered a few weeks ago, so now I’m just counting down the days! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel12/01/2017 - 3:27 pm

    Cannot. Wait.ReplyCancel

  • Emmaline12/01/2017 - 3:28 pm

    Preordered today and so psyched for the bundle of recipes to tide us over till the book’s release date!! I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited to receive a cookbook – congrats on your hard work, long hours, and thanks for your inspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate12/01/2017 - 4:46 pm

    Congrats x1000, Laura! I’ve been eagerly awaiting your book for a long time. Can’t wait to get my copy!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor12/01/2017 - 4:49 pm

    Can I just say I am SO glad you decided to release this in March? I find that at the end of February is when I start getting to the end of my rope with the winter “blahs” (I live in Newfoundland -__-) and cooking my way through it always seems to help. Can’t wait! :)ReplyCancel

  • Krystal12/01/2017 - 5:49 pm

    YAAAASSSS! I pre-ordered this in December and CAN.NOT.WAIT. to get it! I’m planning on working my way through all of the recipes and having a very happy tummy. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cristina12/01/2017 - 5:56 pm

    Congratulations, Laura! Can’t wait til March!ReplyCancel

  • Marie12/01/2017 - 6:06 pm

    I pre-ordered the book in early November! I am SO excited I can hardly wait! How nice of you to create a pre-order bonus. Looking forward to downloading that soon! Thank you for all your efforts! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • sasha12/01/2017 - 6:58 pm

    pre ordered, huge congrats xReplyCancel

  • Smadar12/01/2017 - 7:32 pm

    So BEYOND excited to get my hands on this cookbook. You create the most ridiculously delicious recipes. I never get bored of cooking healthy foods thanks to you.ReplyCancel

  • Amy C12/01/2017 - 10:15 pm

    One of the fondest memories I have of my mat leave last year was recipe testing for you for this cookbook – buying new ingredients, trying new techniques and sampling new creations. I have been waiting with excitement for this day to arrive ever since. Looking forward to seeing your final work and the recipes you decided to share with the world. Congrats from Toronto!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey13/01/2017 - 12:13 am

    It looks STUNNING! Congrats, lady. I can’t wait to see it!! xReplyCancel

  • Betty Bake13/01/2017 - 2:35 am

    congratulations!!! wow – it all looks super beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jo13/01/2017 - 5:48 am

    Congratulations on the book! The photos look great! Now I’m curious about that mashed white bean and mushroom miso gravy yummmReplyCancel

  • Lizzie13/01/2017 - 11:21 am

    I can’t wait!! I’ve been following you for years and I’m so excited to have your work sitting on my kitchen shelf :) You do such a good job making plant based eating delicious and filling, and you have taught me so many creative ways to use staples. Good job! And, congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara D.13/01/2017 - 12:07 pm

    Congratulations, Laura. I am so excited to receive the cookbook, your blog is a favorite of mine. I look forward to feeding my culinary inspiration as soon as it arrives :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy13/01/2017 - 12:27 pm

    Just pre-ordered! That white bean mash with mushroom miso gravy will be the 1st thing I make! Can’t wait. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • ceecee13/01/2017 - 12:31 pm

    I love the Canadian cover!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • kathleen13/01/2017 - 3:28 pm

    Congrats! What a labor of love. So excited!!ReplyCancel

  • Nina Olsson - Nourish Atelier13/01/2017 - 7:13 pm

    Stunning, your phototography and styling is amazing! This is going to be a modern classic! Oh that bolognese… I bet every recipe will be super delicious, your book will have a steady in my kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Hillary13/01/2017 - 7:29 pm

    Hi Laura!!
    I’m in Canada, and I’m somewhat of a cookbook collector, I’ve been waiting for yours forever. I LOVE the US cover, If I preorder from vs .ca will they still send me the Canadian cover? Haha, don’t get me wrong I love them both, so it certainly won’t stop my purchase if I can’tReplyCancel

    • Laura14/01/2017 - 7:20 am will send you the American cover as long as you’re okay with any added shipping cost ;)

    • Amanda14/01/2017 - 10:51 am

      I was looking at the world-wide distributor as it comes with free shipping and is only $5 more in Canadian. It appears to be offering the American cover. :) I also prefer the American cover, so I totally understand! (The Canadian version is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but I really like the American one.)ReplyCancel

  • maya kuijper14/01/2017 - 2:36 am

    Congratulations Laura! Your book looks absolutely stunning, I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. So excited. xoReplyCancel

  • Amanda14/01/2017 - 10:50 am


    You’re book looks absolutely stunning, and I cannot wait to have a physical copy in my hands. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Create N Plate14/01/2017 - 12:34 pm

    Every single photo here looks absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to see the book in person! Congrats on this, it’s so exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Shores14/01/2017 - 4:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! So proud of you! I have been waiting for your cookbook! I preordered it. It wasn’t clear to me how you would know that in order to download the 10 new recipes on Feb. 6. Let me know when you can. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Laura14/01/2017 - 4:10 pm

      Hi Susan,
      As long as you save the confirmation email/receipt from the online retailer that you pre-ordered the book from, you’ll have everything you need come February 6th. All instructions will be available here at that time as well.

  • Hannah16/01/2017 - 6:18 am

    Congrats Laura your book looks beautiful. I just wanted to say you helped me on my way to becoming fully plant based. Book ordered :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder16/01/2017 - 12:46 pm

    Oh Laura, this is so incredible. I can’t imagine how much it had to have taken to document this piece of you to share with us all – and I know we are going to be better for it. Thank you for creating this for us – I cannot wait to dig in to it’s pages soon! xxReplyCancel

  • Jill16/01/2017 - 3:46 pm

    Congrats. I just ore-ordered for kindle. I can’t wAit!!ReplyCancel

  • LuAnn Bermeo16/01/2017 - 9:05 pm

    Just preordering this evening. I’m looking forward to downloading the preordering bundle and even more to receiving my beautiful new book soon!ReplyCancel

  • Kris17/01/2017 - 9:23 pm

    Laura, This is SO, SO, SO, SO, SO amazing! You know how happy and proud I am of you!! xoReplyCancel

  • Nicole17/01/2017 - 11:24 pm

    Congratulations! It looks beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Maria19/01/2017 - 5:08 am

    Congratulations Laura! Can’t wait to get my copy right to Mallorca. Thank you for your hard work! Xx mariaReplyCancel

  • Caitlin | Our Natural Heritage20/01/2017 - 5:07 pm

    Congratulations! It looks yummy and stunning and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!ReplyCancel

  • Djoeke22/01/2017 - 2:32 pm

    Looking really forward to your cookbook! I just pre-ordered it, it looks amazing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess @Nourished by Nutrition22/01/2017 - 6:34 pm

    Congratulations! This is quite an accomplishment!! I’m definitely planning on pre-ordering my copy. I know your recipes will be incredibly nourishing and equally delicious. I can’t wait to read it cover to cover. xx, JessReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth Stelley23/01/2017 - 6:02 pm

    I just pre-ordered! So excited!!ReplyCancel

  • Liberty Browne23/01/2017 - 7:17 pm

    Just preordered your book ✌️Am looking forward to finally seeing what you’ve been working on. Love your recipes so I’m so excited for it! x LibertyReplyCancel

  • Sonka6725/01/2017 - 2:03 pm

    Hi Laura, I have been following since Ginger, citrus + black sesame carrots w/edamame from April 2013, that photo to this day resides in my recipe library, what a stunner, just pre-ordered your book, can’t wait, wish you all the success in your future, SonjaReplyCancel

  • Amanda | What's Cooking20/04/2017 - 10:09 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I made the weeknight dal for dinner tonight and it was soooooo good! The added spices at the end are genius. It’s unbelievable how much flavor and texture is in something so seemingly simple. I served it over basmati rice and it was JUST!! Thank you for your beautiful book. You really are such a talent.ReplyCancel

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