January 11, 2012

Potato Feta Gyros

potato feta gyros

I lived as a vegetarian for 2 1/2 years during my college career; it was the dorm food that sealed the deal. For the first year of my vegetarianism, I was more of a cheese-atarian. I lived in Oregon and it was Tillamook EVERYTHING. My roommate and I ate cheese, pizza, french fries, hummus and stir fry like there was no tomorrow. For a college student, it was all about convenience. Having our own fridge with our OWN food (not managed by parents) was really an exciting thing. That’s why I gained a Sophomore 15 (I managed to avoid it Freshman year due to the crappy food). I clearly needed help!

A few months ago during the busy holiday season, I had the opportunity to meet cookbook author/cool mom Pam Anderson & catch up with her daughter Maggy at a fabulous dinner for her latest cookbook, Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians. Let me tell you, these two are as good as it gets! I know that if they lived closer, Maggy & I would be tied at the hip. Both these fine ladies have a tremendous amount of love to give and their passion for food and helping others is downright contagious!

What I love Pam’s new cookbook is that it’s vegetarian home cooking in an easily digestible format. Pam covers many cooking basics and gives a tremendous amount of tricks & tips for the aspiring vegetarian cook. She’s basically teaching you how to cook without a book! Each recipe has Pam’s suggestions to change things up a bit. For example, there’s a bran muffin section where she shows you the muffin base and then lists add-ins & extras so you can build your own flavor profile. Her suggestions will keep your brain turning with ideas! I love it. Reading through this book is like having a cool mom teach you how to cook and fend for yourself in a vegetarian world. It would have made my college years as a vegetarian a BREEZE!

potato feta gyros

As a part time Vegetarian, I fell in love with this Potato Feta Gyro recipe. I made it earlier this week and boy was it incredibly satisfying and simple to execute. The mashed potatoes are flavor packed due to the feta & roasted garlic and the cucumber yogurt sauce is straight up ADDICTIVE. If only I had this recipe in college!

Here’s the deal!

I have an extra copy of this book that I want to give one to a lucky reader!

Please leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win!

Giveaway ends on Friday January 13th (ooh creepy!).


And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering!

potato feta gyros

First up- cucumber yogurt sauce! Grate the cucumber.

potato feta gyros

Squeeze out all the extra water from the cucumber. Now add the cucumber to a bowl of yogurt, garlic & lemon juice.

potato feta gyros

Add in a little olive oil and stir! Cucumber yogurt sauce is DONE.

potato feta gyros

Time to brown the garlic. This garlic & oil will become garlic oil and it will be a beautiful thing!

potato feta gyros

See what I mean? At this point the potatoes should be boiling on the stove in a huge pot of water.

potato feta gyros

Chop up the lettuce, tomatoes and red onion. Add a little salt on those tomatoes. Set aside.

potato feta gyros

When the potatoes are cooking reserve a bit of potato water. Drain the tators and add in the feta, garlic & garlic oil.

potato feta gyros

Pop the pita in the oven to warm them up. Cover them in foil.

potato feta gyros

Let’s mash those potatoes! Add a little bit of the reserved potato water to lube them up.

potato feta gyros

Don’t forget the red onion. I almost did!

potato feta gyros

Now it’s ASSEMBLY LINE time!

potato feta gyros

A little bit of yogurt on the bottom of a hot pita.

potato feta gyros

Add a little bit of lettuce & tomato.

potato feta gyros

Plop some of the potato mixture on top!

potato feta gyros

And dig in!

potato feta gyros

If you don’t have pita, that’s totally cool. Put it all in a bowl and go to town! Amazing.

Potato Feta Gyros

Serves 4

(recipe from Pam Anderson’s Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals)

  • 1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt (I used 0%)
  • 1 medium hothouse (seedless) cucumber, grated and squeezed dry
  • 9 clove garlic–8 whole, 1 minced
  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3/4 lb small red potatoes
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 4 pita breads, preferably pocketless
  • 2 cup shredded romaine lettuce hearts
  • 1 cup finely diced tomatoes, lightly salted

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine the yogurt, cucumber, minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of the oil, the lemon juice, and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper in a medium bowl; set aside.

Combine the potatoes with water to cover in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the remaining 8 garlic cloves and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a small skillet. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook the garlic, turning, until golden, about 5 minutes.

Drain the potatoes, reserving 1/4 cup of the potato cooking water, and return the potatoes to the pot. Add the garlic and its oil, the cheese, and onion and mash with a fork, adding some of the reserved potato water if necessary, to make lumpy mashed potatoes. Cover and keep warm.

Wrap the pitas in foil and heat in the oven until warm, about 10 minutes.

To assemble, spread each pita with about 2 tablespoons of cucumber-yogurt sauce. Divide half the lettuce and tomatoes among the sandwiches and top each with one-fourth of the potato mixture. Divide the remaining yogurt sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes among the sandwiches. Wrap and serve.

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  • cherry

    these look delicious and easy to prepare! thanks

  • Katie

    Wow, those garlic feta mashed potatoes look amazing! It sounds like a cool concept for a cookbook, I’d love to get my hands on a copy!

  • Jachel

    Easy you say? I like easy.

  • kristel

    this book is exactly what I’ve been looking for – the food that tastes good and is good for me! I zoomed in on the bran muffin page and I already want to make all the variations. The gyros look beautiful too, such a great idea – mashing up potato and feta together. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Nory

    I will never say no to another vegetarian cookbook. I will just have to try and find space to squeeze another one into the house…

  • hatti

    One of my new years plans is to only eat meat 2 days a week, so something like this with delicious veggie recipes in would be awesome!

  • Sophie

    I think this would even satisfy my meat loving Greek partner! Nice recipe.

    Also I love listening to you and Joy on the podcasts! Just so you know.

  • Holly

    Keep those vegetarian or veggie dominant recipes coming. Your dishes always look so delicious throughout their preparation.

  • Carolina Martin

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try this recipe! x

  • Jessica

    I’m an omnivore, but I’d have to say that I’m trying to eat primarily vegetarian or vegan, and this recipe looks fantastic! Potato + feta + garlic… why didn’t I think of that combo before? Thanks for the tips Tracy!

  • Brianna

    One of my goals for 2012 has been to incorporate more meatless meals into my every day life & this book would be SUCH a big help!

  • elisabeth

    I would love to have this cookbook- I need more vegetarian options! Happy 2012

  • Amanda

    Potatoes are god in my house so this will recipe will be included in our canon fairly quickly. And what a wonderful looking cookbook!

  • Danielle C

    Your gyros look pretty yummy! Although I don’t think I could give up meat completely, I am definitely on the lookout for more vegetarian recipes.

  • Kelly

    Me! Me! We have been trying to incorporate more of those lovely veggies in our lives, both my husband and I grew up in a meat n potatoes world…I would love a book like this to set us on the right track!

  • Sonia

    What a lovely and innovative idea of gyros! Being a vegetarian since birth I need some fresh idea of food. I would love to have this book. Thanks for giveaway!

  • Shiowei

    Wow, I am not usually a cookbook-loving person but I would LOVE to have this book! It looks like something I would totally use and get inspiration from!

  • marie

    I totally want that book! I’ll even pay the postage myself, since I practically live at the north pole. Pretty please.

  • Ashlyn

    Those Gyros look amazing!!!

  • Ellen

    I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of that book. I have been eating vegetarian for a couple of months now and I’m kind of in a cooking rut. That book would definitely help liven things up around here. Fingers crossed! Also this gyro recipe looks delicious…feta makes everything better.

  • Erin

    wow, such an awesome idea! the concept of the book is great, can’t wait to read it.

  • Sarah

    I am a sometimes vegetarian and this book looks wonderful. I am totally down with the cheese thing in college. I think I lived off of cheese pizza and french fries for two years. Thanks!

  • sofia

    oooh, i love any sort of tzaziki-like yogurt sauce. looks great!

  • Allie

    I have heard so many great things about this book– thanks so much for giving us a peek into it! As a vegetarian, I’m always looking for ways to make yummy meals without adding buckets of cheese. Thanks!

  • Emily

    As a part-time vegetarian who is trying to eat even less meat this cookbook looks wonderful!

  • Candice

    I’ve been wanting that book! I think it’d be a great way to get my meat loving husband to eat some lighter, less heavier items.

  • amy

    I have used many of Pan’s recipes in the past with great sucess (love her biscuits!). I never win anything, but I hope that changes now. Thanks!

  • Martha

    I was so happy to see this post because *I* am a college student who just switched to a vegetarian diet! This book looks amazing!

  • Erin

    I would LOVE a copy of this book, as I’m hoping to cook more in the New Year! Hope I win. Looks pretty darn tasty!

  • Susanne

    Yum! Great looking book!

  • Jess

    I could use a few more meat free meal ideas!

  • Bree

    Looks like a great book!

  • courtneylaurel

    This book looks awesome! I didn’t know about it before, but as a vegetarian in not-super-veg-friendly Normandy, a cookbook of all veggie food would be a blessing!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)

    this is a really cool idea! i’m not a vegetarian and love the normal gyro meat, but adore potatoes as well. and let’s face it – anything on a pita sounds good to me anyway :)

  • Meagan

    I’ve never had a gyro, these looks amazing so perhaps I’ll give it a try :)

  • Theresa Sea

    Wow, those look amazing! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this cookbook-I’ve been eyeing it for awhile!

  • hanna

    Gosh — a mashed potato sandwich! I’m in.

  • Julianne

    My husband and I are cutting back on meat to save a bit more on groceries and now I find myself quite in need of some tips to dress up our veggies – this cookbook sounds great!

  • Katrina

    Whoop! This giveaway is awesome! I really want this book and just haven’t had the chance to buy it yet! Also, sweeeeet gyros!

  • Sarah

    This looks amazing– potatoes in a pita! Love your recipes, Tracy, and your podcast makes me laugh so much! Keep doing what you do, for real.

    (Ps, does Pam Anderson like sharing the name? I was so confused, but how funny!)

  • Abby Flynt

    I have been a vegetarian for almost 2 years now and could definitely use some tips. I am running low on inventive recipes. These gyros will be made next week for sure!

  • Elise

    That looks delicious! Sounds like a great cookbook.

  • monster jen

    This cook book looks fantastic, I’d love to add it to my small collection! I’ve been a vegetarian for over 16 years but am still learning new amazing food combos and recipes everyday (thanks in part to your inspiring blog!) p.s. Just coming out of my second ‘3-day juice cleanse’! looking forward to some mashed potatoes!!

  • Kelly

    This might be just the book I am looking for. As a vegetarian for over 11 years now, I’m starting to get bored (and considering turning back to meat – oh no!). It looks like with all the variations on meals this book provides, I might be able to feel excited about food again. And this gyro looks delish – I’ll be trying it soon!

  • barefootrooster

    I would love to win this book — this recipe is going in the “to make” pile, ASAP. thanks for running this giveaway!

  • Jimi

    Wow. I never knew a potato gyro could sound so delicious at 7am. Love Pam Anderson’s books.

  • Alex

    I love gyros, it’s one of my favourite meals when I’m in Greece! As a young full time vegetarian, I love simple recipes, and I have to try this recipe once. The yoghurt-cucumber-sauce (Tsatziki in Greek) is just about the best thing in the world! I always have a bowl in the fridge.
    The book looks brilliant! Tips and tricks and easy, delicious recipes is just what I could need.

  • Elizabeth

    Ooooh, that sauce looks goooood!

  • Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

    These gyros look totally delicious, and if I don’t win this book, I’ll buy it! I am a part time vegetarian and always looking for dishes that can satisfy my meat-atarian family. I need great crossover recipes, and I would love to learn how to do it without needing to refer to a book! Sounds great!

  • shannon

    I love cucumber yogurt anything…and that just looks so tasty! I’d love to have this book!

  • Samantha

    would love to have this book!

  • Anne@BakingMe

    These look fantastic! I can’t wait to try out this recipe, what a great giveaway!

  • Mama J

    we’re moving in a 90% veggie direction… i’d love a copy of this book for inspiration. thanks, tracy!

  • Laura

    I would love this cookbook– we try to eat vegetarian at least twice a week but definitely use the same recipes all the time .

  • Deltha

    Love the recipe. Can’t wait to try it out for a meatless night!

    Also, great giveaway! What an awesome way to start the year!


  • Jennie

    Gyros are the food I miss most from my meat-eating days! This sounds amazing!

  • Kat @ The Indie Domestic

    Very cool! I’ve been a vegetarian for 13ish years now (I became veg when I was 11, much to the chagrin of my mother), and it’s nice to see a cookbook that helps you actually learn about vegetarian food and how to prepare it rather than just giving recipes. Good job to Pam and Maggy!

  • Lindsay

    I have NEVER heard of using potatoes in a gyro, how genius!

    Ooh – I, too, have been curious about becoming a part-time vegetarian. I would love to have this lovely book.

  • Rachel

    Oh, I’d love this book, it sounds fantastic! I’m a part time veggie – as a student it is much cheaper like that here in the UK, but as I’m moving to the US next year I think this would be super useful for me!

  • Karen

    This recipe looks amazing, just like all your recipes! Would love to win this cookbook!

  • Gustavo Gutierrez

    Great recipe! Even while we don’t do a “Meatless Monday” (or something similar) in my home, and could never turn into a vegetarian, its a regular thing to eat something healthy while trying new ideas in the kitchen.

  • Carolyn C

    YUM! Garlic mashed taters in a pita?! What a delic idea!! I am totally going to check out this book and maybe sneak this into my boyfriend’s kitchen. HAHA!!

  • Kanto

    Would totally love this cookbook! Been trying to do more meatless meals for the family and a guide like this will be super helpful!

  • Wilma

    This looks sooo good! I’ve been making veggies a huge part of my diet, and not much meat if any, so I’d love this cookbook!

  • Kali

    This looks so fantastic! Definitely need to try it this week.

  • Jessica Passarelli

    I keep seeing this cookbook pop up and I’m dying to read it and grub on easy meatless meals. Awesome!

  • Amanda

    Hi Tracy….potato gyros?! How awesome is that? Can’t wait to make those. Pam’s book looks fantastic too. Even if I don’t win, I put it on my Amazon wish list so I can buy it later.

  • Katherine

    Gyros are my fav!! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  • Amy S.

    That gyro looks wonderful! I splurged a few weeks ago at the farmer’s market on a fancy French Feta. I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy more! I’d love to have the cookbook.

  • Megan (Running Foodie)

    I’ve been wanting this book for a while – what an awesome concept!

  • Allie

    What a yummy recipe! This looks like a great book! I think that I might have to buy it if I don’t win the giveaway.

  • Kelsey

    Yay vegetarians! I want to make those bran muffins too, mmm. Thanks Tracy!

  • Kate

    I am a flexitarian, and I live with a veggie. I am always on the hunt for recipes like this… And am going to be thinking of this all day at work!

  • Susan

    This book looks wonderful. This life-long vegetarian would dearly love it.

  • Rebecca

    I just ate breakfast, but I’m STARVING now thanks to this post. It looks so good!

  • Kate M.

    I love Gyros! I usually like mine with meat but, mashed potatoes can make up for anything!!

  • Lauren

    cucumber sauce XD mmmmmmmmmmm. I love the idea of replacing meat with potatoes… sounds so filling! (not to mention tasty)

  • Barathi

    As a current college student off of meal plan I find myself cooking the same 5 things week after week. Me and my housemates would love this book! It totally sounds like my way of cooking (I never follow a recipe exactly). Also, feta + potatoes sounds amazing, can’t wait to try this dish!

  • Sarah

    This book looks great! I was a vegetarian for years until I became pregnant with my first kid. Then I would have used my car to tag a cow if it meant steak dinner.
    I wish this book was around back in the day, my no meat diet was very boring,

  • jenn geibel

    I love your site! I try not to look at it when I’m hungry, though…. :) I would love to win this book, I’m always digging around for new recipes, this would be great!!!

    Jenn ([email protected])

  • Danielle

    Ive just recently started pursuing a vegetarian diet, so this would be PERFECT!!!

  • Kathryn

    Wow that looks delicious! Neato giveaway.

  • Christine

    The garlic mashed potatoes must be inspired by the traditional greek dip Skordalia – so delicious!

    As a former vegetarian now ethical omnivore/flexitarian/semi-vegan I think I would love this book.

  • Leslie

    Really trying to reduce animal protein in my diet as seems more healthy.

  • Kathryn

    this book and these gyros are both so appealing! mmm!

  • Suzy

    Ooh, I think I might have to try that next week. Been craving making something with pitas.

    This book looks great. I’m all about cooking and adding my own to it and if she encourages that, that’s awesome. I like how it’s for part time vegetarians too, cuz I kind of fall into that category. Definitely going on my wish list.

  • Sara

    These gyros look delicious! I bet the cucumber sauce is good on so many things! I’ve seen this cookbook mentioned on a few other blogs and have been dying to get my hands on it. My daughter and I love to cook together and are part-time vegetarians looking for more meatless recipes so this cookbook is perfect! :)

  • Lacy

    I’m a student – check
    I’m a vegetarian – check
    I love cooking – check
    I love your blog, Tracy! – double check

  • Sara

    Book and recipe looks amazing!

  • Carissa

    I’ve been to Tillamook a few times when visiting my aunt in Portland. Their ice cream & cheese are delicious. I can see why you were a cheese-atarian!

    I still look back on that ice cream cone I ate there with the wind blowing my hair every which way. I should’ve gone back for a second cone…

  • Sarah S

    Sounds like a great cookbook!

  • Alexis

    My new year’s resolution is to eat less meat so this would be great!

  • Christy

    This book looks great! Just the kind of cooking I do most of the time…vegetarian without a recipe. I could always use some inspiration and new ideas :)

  • MaryBeth

    Hi Tracy!

    This looks SO good! I just finished my morning oatmeal and am pretty tempted to run to the kitchen and make these for “dessert”!
    I usually have girlfriends over once a week and make it a vegetarian meal, this looks like the perfect fit for that! :)

  • Evelyn R

    Looks like a great cookbook……thanks for the giveaway!

  • cindy

    these look so good! I was a vegetarian the 2 years I lived dorm style too…it’s the dining hall food, straight scary!

  • Natasha

    Would love to win the cook book!!!

  • Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen

    Yum! I’m totally a part-time vegetarian. I eat meat about once a week. I’m not against it, I just love vegetarian foods. Its hard for people to understand why I’m always choosing the vegetarian option when I’m not a vegetarian. This book looks like a really fun way to cook!

  • Lindsay Myers

    This book looks awesome! Would love to add it to the collection!

  • Sarah

    this 10 year veggie would love that book! *fingers crossed*

  • Hilary

    carbs on carbs . . . yum!

  • Ali

    I was a vegetarian through university and beyond. I’m no longer a full time vegetarian but my family and I only eat meat a couple of times a week; the rest of the time we’re either eating vegetarian or vegan meals and loving it!

  • Amy

    this looks delish and sounds like a great book! this would pair perfect with the chocolate cake as an appetizer! :)

  • Emmy

    Ooh that looks good! I’d love to get the book so I could give it to my sister, who’s a vegetarian. I might have to try some of the recipes first, though…

  • Sarah

    Potato gyros = brilliant! That book looks pretty awesome too!

  • Amanda

    Delicious! Since high school I’ve moved back and forth on the spectrum of meat eating–some months means nothing but veggies, and others I eat bacon everyday. Right now I’m looking for creative ways to eat veggie more. Yum!

  • Lacey Chalenor

    That looks FANTASTIC! I am a potato addict, and never pass up a good yogurt sauce. Can’t wait to try it :)

  • Heather Mulholland

    I really should learn not to read recipe posts so early in the morning. Now I’m incredibly hungry!

  • Danielle

    Yum! And I could always use another cookbook in my library. :-)

  • Melissa S.

    Looks delish! I need to try making these gyros!


    My husband and I recently started juicing. Well, it’s bee a month… so far so good but we’re having a hard time finding some vegetarian dishes that aren’t boring. We’re eating mostly WHOLE foods… very few preservatives, etc. So, this book would be a huge help to keep us inspired and on the right track!

  • Bonnie

    OMG I’m making this tonight!!

  • Christina B.

    These look awesome. I especially like the look of the potatoes. I might make them on their own!

  • Heather

    Looks so pretty, but i’m a texture gal and Couldnt hang with this recipe. Ive tried a crispy potato taco once and couldnt handle that. but I love to hear how everyone else loves it!!!

  • Musketnuss @ I really take the cake

    This looks incredibly yummy!
    Would absolutely love to win this book, it looks great. I’m always looking for simple vegetarian dishes.

  • Becky

    This book looks like something I could desperately use as a new-ish vegetarian!

  • Mary

    Potatoes! Sign me up! Going to the grocery tonight to get the additional few things I need to whip these up.

  • Nicole @ The Dirty Oven

    Looks so good and what a great idea for a cookbook. I was sold on the bran muffins! Thanks again for such a lovely post. You rock!

  • sofie t.

    Healthy AND delicious. I’ll have to try these! :)

  • Jessica @ The Desert Abode

    I’d love a copy of this book! We just started taking a CSA box and it’s forcing us to eat less meat. It’s a different way of cooking, but we’re loving it! :)

  • Jacqueline

    who doesn’t love everything feta?…I’ll have to whip these beauties up soon!

  • Kelli

    This looks so yummy! Also, that book looks fantastic! My boyfriend is a vegetarian and very interested in learning to cook. That book would be perfect for him!

  • tisha

    Goodness! I just happen to have all the ingredients on hand. Can’t wait to whip this together!

  • Ivana

    This looks so tasty! My husband and I have slowly been cutting down the meat and going vegetarian and this book looks ideal for new meal ideas. I am going to make the gyros this week for sure!

  • Renee R

    This book looks like something I could definitely use seeing as that meat just doesn’t cut it for me (it’s a texture thing). Beautiful pictures too…

  • Meggie

    I would LOVE a copy of Pam’s book! I’ve loved all her other ones, and I’m always looking for tips on becoming that woman who can look in her fridge and see a meal!

  • Andrea Y.

    I love the “cook without a book” mentality so many cookbooks have these days. As a part-time veg myself I would really appreciate more tips!

  • Pam

    While I couldn’t be a full time vegetarian I do love meat free meals and try to eat them a couple of times a week, much to the disappointment of my meat loving husband! Would be lovely to know more about making better veggie food!

  • Kathy

    Love cucumbers in yogurt! Looks yummy!

  • Amy

    I bet this would be pretty with purple potatoes!

  • Redhead in the Kitchen

    Yum! I would probably eat a cardboard box for lunch if it had Tzatziki sauce on it. What a great combination of flavors and textures with the potato!

  • jenny

    I’ve been salivating over this book since I first heard about it in one of the half-dozen newspaper food sections I prowl through each week. but your yummy photos–can I please have one of those gyros NOW?–have quadrupled my interest. fingers and toes crossed!

  • Alexa

    YUM!! I love greek flavors SO MUCH!

  • carolin

    That recipe sounds (and looks) amazing! I love cucumber yoghurt sauce! I’ll definitely try this this weekend.

  • Erin

    this is making me so hungry and its not even 9 am. delish.

  • Shannon

    i also did a stint as a vegetarian, but it was mostly just cutting out meat and eating more awesome things like chips and bread, whoops! i also decided that i missed bacon too much to continue being a vegetarian, so gave it up after about 5 years. now that i’m dating a serious vegetarian, most of our meals are meatless. i found that i don’t like cooking meat. sure, i love how it tastes, but handling it raw, ick! sorry boyfriend’s parents, i will never succeed at converting your son back to being an omnivore :(

  • FoodSnob

    I just recommended this book to a friend who wants to learn to cook without a book!

  • Kendra

    I love anything in a pita or pita like bread so sign me up. Also I love your site. The pics are both beautiful and soooooo helpful when trying a new recipe. Thanks!

  • Alex

    Looks like a delicious recipe. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Alexa

    I have all of these ingredients right now..what a happy coincidence!

  • Ciara

    oooh that looks yummy! i think i’m going to have to get this book even when i don’t win it! i don’t like chicken (probably the most inconvenient thing to not like) and i’m not really into most red meat so most nights i eat vegetarian anyway. as fun as pasta is every night this book looks like it’ll have tons of delicious new ideas! thanks for sharing :)

  • Kim

    This looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try it out!

  • neha gattani

    I am a vegetarian and am always looking forward to new veg recipes…..will surely try this one.

  • Caitlin

    Tracy! friday the 13ths are awesome! i was born on March 13th, a friday!

  • Robyn

    i’m totally a part-time vegetarian! i’d love this book! and the hot carb-on-carb action it promotes!

  • Blair

    Looks yummy! As a pregnant lady, I would love ideas about how to get extra veggies into my meals (and future kids’ meals)…

  • Jenny

    That looks fantastic! I would love to win this book!

  • Sonia

    Ooooh cool! This would be perfect for the 1-year Vegetarian project! Thanks Tracy!

  • Beth

    Those sound delish!

  • Lyndsee

    That looks like a great book. I love cookbooks that make you a better cook. Fingers crossed!

  • Michelle

    I am always on the search for delicious vegetarian meals that are new and different! It seems like all the ones you see at the bookstore offer the same things, but these look delicious and her cookbook looks amazing!

  • Grace

    Tracy, your adorable laugh and hilarious antics keep me refreshing my iTunes every Thursday (and periodically throughout the week just to see if you received my ESP message to start making them every day?). 😉 I would love, love, love to win this cookbook, as a semi-vegetarian yogi and passionate baker!

  • Sydney

    One of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat less meat. Perfect giveaway timing, Tracy!

  • Emily D.

    Those sound duh-licious. I’ve been looking for a really great cookbook for a while and I think this might be it.

  • Alli

    Ooooh girl, I wanna kiss you on the mouth! As a full-time veggie head, I covet that cookbook!


  • Sasha

    oo, oo, oo, tracy, pick me, pick me! as a full-time vegetarian, i think this book could really help with my attempt at eating better at home. (you know…more whole, unprocessed, yummy stuff. less processed, boring, bad-for-you stuff.)

  • Dianna

    I would love to add this book to my cookbook collection. I’ve been trying to add vegetarian meals into my husband and I’s diet.

  • Allie

    I’m really trying to get my meat-lovin’ hubby on board with moving more towards a vegetarian lifestyle. We try to go meatless once or twice a week now. But this one sounds like it could inspire me to create some new dishes!

    Love your blog. :)

  • Courtney

    I was a vegetarian for 8 years and still like to eat mostly as one, so I would love this book!

  • Nikki

    The sautéed garlic in this recipe takes it over the top. Looks so good!

  • Dona

    This looks fantastic! I was a vegetarian for over 15 years and have been off the wagon for over 10 but am always wanting to incorporate more meatless meals into my life. But I am not the cook in the family anymore and my partner is a dedicated meat eater. I sent him your spaghetti squash recipe to make for dinner last night and low and behold I got home and he had “improved” your recipe with sausage. It was delicious, but I will have to make your true recipe one day soon! Maybe this cookbook would inspire him to go meatless occasionally (and me to be more active in the kitchen!)

  • morsel

    Happy New Year! I’ve been toying with the idea of eating less meat this year and this cookbook would be a perfect vessel to help. I really enjoy the blog and most especially the podcast with your homie Joy.

  • susan

    Although I don’t consider myself a “vegetarian”, I do seem to gravitate towards more veggies than meat lately…due to my age maybe? This pita sandwich looks so light AND filling, can’t wait to try it.

  • sherri @ the life of a wife

    ooh I’d love to win this cookbook!

  • Brennan

    I am making these this weekend! I already know I would love all of these recipes!

  • Julie @BananasForBourbon

    This is totally one of those recipes that sounds kinda eh from the title. Gyros, ok. No skirts flying. But then (and this is why I love your step by step pics!), I say they weren’t just gyros. Potatoes mashed with feta and browned garlic? Yum! The yogurt sauce looks amazing. Love the idea of shredding the cucumbers instead of just dicing them. Lots of little things that make me want to run out and make this right now. Hooray for gyros!

  • Jessica

    The book sounds incredible and looks like a must have! Besides that – I’m definitely going to be making this Potato Feta Gyros. It is a combination of some of my absolutely favorite things – POTATOES, CUCUMBER, FETA, GARLIC….mmmm. Need I say more?! Thanks for sharing – your blog is amazing! :)

  • Rebecca

    That cookbook looks amazing! It would be a great present for my brother’s finace who is a vegetarian and always looking for new recipes :)

  • adrienne

    That books sounds amazing!

  • Emily G.

    Anything that includes garlic mashed potatoes I’m down with. And feta to boot? Done.

  • ceepee

    This looks like a great book! Often I revert to using meat in meals simply because it’s quicker, but I’d prefer to eat vegetarian more frequently, so this seems like a great resource.

  • Jenni N

    I am totally making these tonight!! Can’t wait to taste them!!

  • susannah


  • arabella

    I would love to win this cookbook! Maybe Friday the 13th will be a lucky day after all? 😉

  • Courtney

    Those gyros look delish! I have been hoping to incorporate more meatless meals into my weekly rotation and this book looks like the perfect thing to get my mind moving. Love your blog!

  • Erin

    I would love love love to win this cookbook! Yay for midweek giveaways!

  • Carol Anne

    So, the first day I come to your blog, I find NOT ONLY photos that may or may not have had me licking my screen (bear in mind that I am at work at this time… wait, forget I said that…) but also there’s an awesome giveaway. Count me in, in, in.

  • Rachel

    Yum, that garlic means serious business.

  • Kristen

    Looks good! Can’t wait to make these…I love sauces! My problem in college was a combo of the unrestricted access to the frozen yogurt machine and the waffle maker…it became an extra 25 pounds problem (25!!). I would call my mom and tell her that I thought the campus dryers were shrinking my clothes…not wanting to hurt my feelings (because apparently I was oblivious) she would just kindly say ‘hmm I don’t think that’s the problem’. Thank goodness I eventually also found unrestricted access the gym!

  • Cristi

    I would love to win a copy of this book! It looks amazing! And I always love your recipes! Keep up the good work!

  • Morgan

    I’m moving to London in 6 weeks and could totally see this being my “desert island” cookbook – will definitely need the help as I’ll be too broke to buy meat with the exchange rate! Thanks!

  • Elexis

    Hey Tracy,

    I’ve been looking for something to spruce up my vegeness and would love a chance at this amazingly sounding cookbook! Thanks for all the beautiful photos on your blog and laughs on your podcast!


  • Marilyn

    Oh gosh – this looks so good!

  • christina

    Looks delicious!!!

  • Leslie

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks amazing!

  • Erin

    These look delicious! I love the idea of learning to cook without a cookbook; just what I need to figure out!

  • Lucy B.

    Sounds like my kinda book! Bring it on… please? :)

  • Julia


  • Ellen

    I am a full time vegetarian and have been lusting after this book since I saw it. I would looove to have it!

  • Morgan Lewallen

    So tatsy looking! I have been a part-time vegitarian for a few months and I’m looking for some new recipies and ideas!

  • Jess

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 21 yrs (yikes!) since I was 11. Now I am trying to expand my standbys…and become a better and more adventurous vegetarian cook…this cookbook sounds perfect!

  • Steph

    I am a full-time vegetarian and cook-book addict!

  • ELindsay

    This looks yummy…making me sooooo hungry right now. Definitely going to try it…I’ll substitute sweet potatoes for the red potatoes and report back.

    • Gwen

      I’d be interested in a sweet potato version, too! Have you (or anyone else) had any success? :)

  • Briana

    I’ve been trying to add more vegetarian meals to my diet and this would be a great help!!

  • Krissa

    I love including lots of vegetarian meals in our diet and would love more ideas!

  • iris

    Oh man, I love gyros…and I love potatoes. This sounds like the perfect combination!!

  • misschels

    Holy Moly, cooking without a book? Who would have thought…oh, the insanity! I love it!

  • Adeline

    Vegetarian here, and always up for trying new books!

    Also, this dish looks incredibly delicious. Think that’ll be my lunch tomorrow, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jenny (VintageSugarcube)

    I love what they’re doing with “Bloggers without Borders”. And I would LOVE the new cookbook. What a super-fun dinner you must have had.

  • Melinda

    This sounds wonderful! What a great meal to try out at home.

  • Sarah

    I am a college sophomore and a recent vegetarian. I am not going to have a meal plan this semester so I would love a cookbook like this!

  • Avital Gertner-Samet

    I almost always cook without a book – sometimes I fail but I keep going because of the wins :) These gyros look delish! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Alexis

    Oh dear lord, that looks delicious!! Love your ideas Tracy!! I need this for lunch and that cookbook too 😉

  • Joy

    That sounds awesome! I am a newlywed and also a sometimes-vegetarian (and sometimes, a vegetarian due to our newlywed budget…) Also, I basically don’t know how to cook. If I don’t win this, I think I’ll put it on my Amazon wishlist!

  • Marie

    This sounds and looks amazing! I’m gonna have to add these gyros to my meal plans next week :)

  • Lacey

    You had me when you put mashed potatoes in a pita.

    This book would be a great help in my NY resolution to eat less processed foods. :-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley

    This recipe is right up my alley! I’d love to see what else the cookbook has to offer!!


  • Kerri

    I was raised vegetarian and my husband wasn’t. Having some new, different ways to make a meat-free meal would be great!!

  • Dana Beth

    that cookbook sounds AWESOME!

  • jenny

    hey! thanks for sharing! i’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years now and i’m still happy with the decision but i’m always looking for new ideas because i don’t want cooking and eating to become boring…

  • Claire Jain

    This looks so good! I’m glad to hear you like the cookbook. Being veggie myself, I would dig this cookbook. My husband and I are resolving to cook more in 2012, and we need all the help we can get!

  • Emily

    Sounds like a great, practical and useful cookbook! oh and those gyros look pretty tasty too with that garlic especially.

  • Kasey

    My husband and I are part-time vegetarians…this book would be wonderful!

  • Sandy W

    I have been a vegetarian for almost 20 years; I can’t imagine a better way of eating for me. This book sounds really great!

  • Ashley M.

    MMMM! I’m always looking for semi healthy things to cook, and going veggie sounds like a plan to me, at least for a while!

  • Betsy

    yummy! I have two of Pam’s other books and LOVE them. This one didn’t make its way under the Christmas tree sadly, and I would love a copy!

  • annie

    I just love Pam Anderson cookbooks! I didn’t know this one was out — I’m excited to check it out!

  • Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest

    I eat a mostly vegetarian diet and would love to win this book because I need to become a better meal planner this year!

  • Vanessa

    These look soooo good!

  • Sam

    I’d like to try vegetarian cooking because I rarely find any good ones… This book sounds great! I might even order one even if I don’t win!

  • Erica

    That recipe sounds delicious! Have you ever tried a Japanese potato? I put some in a miso soup I made..umm…SO creamy and dreamy! Happy Wednesday!

  • Katie

    I am also creeped out by Friday the 13th. But I hope I win!

  • alyssa

    Ahh that book! If i don’t win it then I am definitely buying it!

  • jenifer

    as a full time veg, i’d love to have more ideas! thanks lady :)

  • Jessica

    My full-time vegetarian friend makes gyros like this for me when I visit her. I would love to give her this cookbook as a gift!

  • Rebecca J

    This looks AWESOME. Can I have a copy of the book, please? Pretty please?

  • Laura K

    I’m definitely a part-time vegetarian. This book sounds awesome!

  • kelly

    This cookbook looks like fun. I’m not a vegetarian but I am a veggie lover. I’m always looking for ways to make them more fun so I can get my daughter to love them too.

  • Missy Whipple

    I am always looking for a new vegetarian cookbook. This one sounds awesome!

  • Liz

    I love the term “part-time vegetarian” – that describes my family’s eating habits perfectly! I’d love to check out another take on how to make that delicious and easy, too.

  • Sandra Lea

    I have been a vegetarian pretty much my whole life (a long time) but am always looking for new ideas. Would love to have a copy of this cookbook.

  • Morgansmenu

    Yum! I want to make this for dinner. Cookbook sounds awesome, too!

  • Iris R.

    Those gyros look delicious! I was a vegetarian for five years, up until the last couple years, but I’m still a most-of-the-time veg. I really dislike cooking meat, so I only have it when I eat out, which isn’t that often. Sprouted Kitchen recently did a recipe on lentil meatballs with pesto and they were divine, even for a part-time meat eater. I’m always looking for similar things and I’m excited to try the gyros. This book looks awesome too. I’d love to peek inside at the recipes.

  • Courtney

    Oh man, at first I thought “eh” when I saw the pictures…but after I read the recipe, I want to make this ASAP. It looks so yummy! As does that book. :-)

  • karen

    would love to find a tasty way to eat less meat and more veggies!

  • Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies

    Hi there,
    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win a copy of this book! You can’t win unless you enter, right? :) I have a cookbook collection and would love to add this book to my stash of cookbooks. The gyro looks sooooo delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe and for the great photos. I am also eyeing that Chocolate Bundt cake in the previous posting. Looks great! Have a wonderful day! xoxo Kim

  • Chelsea

    Oh Tracy, you are my favorite. And as a new veg, would LOVE this book!

  • Kelly

    I absolutely LOVE your blog Tracy! This is a recipe that I can totally see myself making. YUM! Thank you!

  • Juliette

    What a great summary of the book! I’m a mostly veg, but mostly cuz I’m lazy. Love the blog (an HomeFries podcasts).

  • Sarah Rae

    my boyfriend and I have recently made the decision to eat mostly vegetarian. we both love to cook and the cookbook would be amazing as we start to figure out our new diets. we will definitely be trying out this recipe soon too!

  • Mallory

    My kind of book! I love vegetables and bran muffins :)

  • Dayanna

    OoOoOoh I am a sucker for a new veggie cook book! (:

  • Liz

    I would absolutely love a copy of this cookbook! I am a vegetarian and I would love to spice up my life with some new ideas. Thanks, Tracy!

  • christina @ ovenadventures

    these would be a great departure from the sort of everyday meals I get sucked into. I am putting it on the menu and putting this book on my wishlist.


  • Bianca

    Hi! This blog post takes things I love dearly and smooshes them together! Your photos + aspiring vegetarian wisdom + cookbooks + a smashing recipe. I’m a flexitarian who cooks without recipes and eats a lot of veggie recipes because it’s cheaper and easier (for me). This cookbook would knock my socks off!

  • Hannah

    I’m coming out of lurkdom because I have been wanting this cookbook for MONTHS! But, since I’m here, I also want to let you know that I love you, and Joy the Baker, and your awesome sauce podcast. Major. Now I kind of sound like a stalkery lurker. Awkward.

  • heather @ chiknpastry

    YUM. that’s a pretty good idea – part-time vegetarian cookbook ;).

  • Danielle

    MAN those potato feta gyros look so good!!! Can’t wait to try those! What a neat book, I don’t cook much and I’m a pescatarian usually vegetarian gal. Great giveaway!

  • Jennie

    that recipe looks so yummy! the cookbook looks great too!

  • Keeley

    One of my new years resolutions is to get better and more comfortable in the kitchen. My boyfriend is also trying to start “Meatless Mondays” so I would love a cookbook like this!

  • Carolyn

    This looks really good! Reminds me of potato quesadillas. Yum.

  • Lauren

    Yummy, I think I could just eat the sauce and pita as an entire meal !

  • Beth

    Have been vegetarian for over 15 years but have really just started to cook! Please help!

  • Moira

    These look fantastic! Simple food are so often the best foods!!

  • Hannah M.

    I’m a college sophomore and part-time vegetarian-I’d love to have this book for when I move out of the dorm next year!

  • Katie M.

    My husband and I have become part-time vegetarians in our first year of marriage. Love all of the meatless suggestions you have on the site!

  • Becky Back

    Oh yum! My kiddos don’t like mashed potatoes, yet (still working on them) but that means more of this for me right!? :)

  • Mary

    my comment is “me me me me me!!” : ) I love Pam’s books.

  • Rita

    Loved this. It seems delicious (it has feta and a delicious sauce)!
    Recently I have started experimenting with vegetarian meals and have been loving it. Both my parents now ask me frequently to cook something vegetarian instead of meat or fish. As I’m always looking for something different to do, this book would be a lovely source of new ideas. :)

  • kc

    tracy: your blog is awesome, your photos are amazing, and your podcast with joy the baker is both hilarious and grounding. thanks for doing what you do :)

  • Bailey W.

    So totally making this for a boy! Can’t believe how tasty that looks! Will def post pictures on my blog once I make it.

  • Dottie

    I have to laugh because I never thought I’d eat as much vegetarian food as I am now. In fact right now, I’m eating the kale coconut salad you introduced me to! This book sounds amazing! Crossing fingers…

  • kendall

    Yay for cookbooks, Pam’s food looks delish.

  • Laurie

    Looks fantastic! I love cooking without a book. Encourages creativity!

  • Laura

    I am a college vegetarian and would LOVE this cookbook!

  • Jill

    Mmmmm–gotta make this.

  • whitney

    I can always use another good vegetarian cookbook! Those gyros look fab!

  • Morgan

    I never thought of using mashed potatoes as a protein substitute but it sounds good to me! Plus, loovvee that pan roasted garlic. Looks AH-mazing!

  • erica sebald

    yUMMMMMM. i may someday regret saying this, but it’s hard to imagine anything having to do with gyros to go wrong! (knock on wood)

  • Kelsey

    Those gyros look phenomenal! Crossing my fingers for a new cookbook!

  • Andrea J

    that is so funny because incorporating vegetarian dishes into my diet is something that I am striving to do in 2012….and I am starting off with your Kale salad!!!! YUM!

  • Meghan

    I love the term part time vegetarian, that’s me! Especially when my boyfriend is out of town :)

  • Sonnet

    This pita looks awesome! Thanks for such a fun giveaway, Tracy!

  • Beverly

    This vegetarian would LOVE that cookbook!

  • Katy Riddle

    I always find it hard to conjure up ideas for dinners that don’t include meat – this book looks lovely and would make me live a more healthy, veggie friendly lifestyle!

    Thanks for another awesome top tip Tracy!
    Katy x

  • Becca

    mmmmm I don’t know if those mashed potatoes will make it to the pita!

  • Lisa

    This book looks great; I love the concept! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  • Katie H

    As a part-time vegetarian college student, this is exactly what I need! I plan on making this recipe soon!

  • Michelle

    Looks delicious! I’ve been trying to eat gluten free lately, I wonder if I can get gluten-free pita bread anywhere!

  • jessicaisbaking

    Love the idea of that book! Sounds delicious!

  • Catherine

    Oh man…that looks like such comfort food!!

  • Vaishali

    yummm…will definitely try this!

  • Steph C.

    Shut the front door! This recipe makes me say “Why didn’t I think of this?!”

  • Jenny

    I recently had to go to a plant based diet for health reasons and I am trying very hard to commit to it. So, I really appreciate seeing others post recipes that are fun and look delish! I just came across Pam and the Three Many Cooks and I am very excited about what they have to share! Thanks for posting this, I love Gyros! Can’t wait to try it!

  • sheri gaspard

    I love having a few nights a week when we omit meat from the menu. It’s sometimes a challenge to find recipes that will work for my family’s taste buds though. Some dislike hummus, others hate olives and capers, one of them complains about it regardless of the ingredients. LOL recipes that are easily customized work best for us. Hope I am the winner!!!!!!!

  • haley

    these look delish!

  • kanani

    mmm, totally getting into eating at least one vegetarian meal a week. These gyros looks awesome!!! the real test will be if the carnivore boyfriend loves it too!

  • jeannette

    you know, i’ve never had a gyro. hell, i don’t even know if it’s hero, jy-ro, gee-ro… whatevs, it looks amazing either way!! and this book is a must have (i’m just guessing here) because who wouldn’t want to learn how to cook without a book?? plus, this would make being a semi-veggie SO much simpler. like you, i struggled to figure out what to eat as a vegetarian and ended up with pizzas and pastas. awesome giveaway!!

  • Jillian

    This sounds great! I’m trying to eat more meatless meals, and I need inspiration!

  • Lauren

    I am a vegetarian college student and would love to add some more meatless recipes to my repertoire! Looks delicious!

  • Amanda

    This looks soooo good! I am in for Mediterranean food of any ilk!

  • Katie

    Oh, I’ve been dying for this book! I met Maggy once a couple years ago at an event and she was so much fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Mira C


    I first started coming here after hearing you banter (hilariously) with Joy on your podcast. Fridays are my favorite days, not just because they lead into the weekend, but because that’s when I listen to the Joy the Baker Podcast.

    I love your recipes, love (love!) your photography, and enjoy picking up organizing and decorating tips (I wish I could make my house pretty like you).

    Hope your year is off to a great start!


    P.S. You TOTALLY paid the cat-sitter enough.

  • Julie @Savvy Eats

    These look delicious, and the cookbook looks like a gorgeous book!

  • Kat

    That looks so GOOD! I’d like to try soon!

  • coachwife6

    I would love it!

  • leah

    Ohhh baby!! These look awesome!! I’d say I’m a part-time vegetarian! I’d love to dive into this book!!

  • Atalie

    That cook book looks amazing!!

  • Kerry

    Totally have everything except the cucumber! Dinner for tomorrow night, for sure. I think this recipe will fit in quite nicely with my college, vegetarian lifestyle.

  • jillian

    yum! not only do potato feta gyros look amazing, but so do your ever-so lovely photos of the food as you cook. i enjoy your blog and appreciate your artistic eye. you are an inspiration! and believe me, i need inspiration. thank you.

  • Erin

    Yum!! The gyro and the cookbook look amazing!!

  • Alicia @ Treble Tart

    Oh my gosh!!! I love Pam Anderson. And I very badly want this book. I’m a full-time vegetarian, and this looks like the absolute PERFECT addition to my [meager] cookbook collection.

  • Isabella

    This looks fantabulous. I am the only vegetarian in my family so it is very encouraging to have inspiration from other sources!
    Thank you for sharing!

  • RainyCityGirl

    Lost time reader, first time poster. I am a lifelong vegetarian..and am smitten with this recipe. I am seriously considering this book, if I don’t win it of course. We share our love of lattes..(I can never do art though) :)

  • brandi

    my mouth was watering at “potato”.

  • rachaeltamar

    I am a part-time vegetarian and I would LOVE this cookbook! I mostly cook veg during the week (more for convenience than anything else) and save the meat for the weekends. Sometimes its hard to try new and exciting things, but that cookbook looks like a total inspiration!

    Love the site and the JTB podcast-IO!

  • Ellie

    Ooohhh this looks so good! I’m usually a meat eater but sometimes I suddenly find myself in a vegetarian phase. I’d love this cookbook in order to help me be more creative when I find myself as an accidental vegetarian!

  • Jessica

    I’m a vegetarian and I am always looking for recipes I can introduce to my family and friends that are completely satisfying yet simple! Looks like a cool book that followers of any diet can appreciate!
    ps. Thank you for often incorporating recipes that easily fit into the ‘satisfying and simple vegetarian category’ – the spagetti squash and mushrooms recipe (with slight modifications) is on my rotation!

  • dyelle

    wow…that cook book looks ridiculously yummy!

  • laura k

    That is a really creative recipe. I can’t wait to try it…and perhaps all the other things that are in this book. I’m a cookbook junkie!

  • Stephanie

    Yum! Those gyros look amazing!!

  • Alexandra

    That looks SO good. My fiance and I are both vegetarians, and tend to get into ruts, food-wise. This is a great new recipe to try!

  • Ali

    This looks wonderful, healthy and delicious! Everything I am trying to make this time of the year. And that cookbook is beautiful!

  • Jackie

    Although I’m not a vegetarian, my homemade meals are almost always vegetarian. This will be a great one to add to the repertoire!

  • Nicole

    Ahhh, I’m always in the market for a new veg cookbook!

  • Leah

    First of all, I for one TOTALLY identify with the cheese-atarian phase you mentioned! I’m a vegetarian who adores cheese, so it’s easy for me to slip into cheese-atarianism (and the associated climbing numbers on the scale). I do a couple vegan months each year to combat this and January just happens to be one of them. So this potato feta gyro has me drooling… and pinning this recipe for use on the first day of February! Looks like an amazing cookbook– I’d love to check it out!

  • Laura

    I am always looking for new and exciting vegetarian recipes. I can imagine that this yogurt cucumber sauce would also be amazing on falafel.

  • Nicole Miller

    Would love to learn more from this cookbook! The Gyro will soon be made for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  • eileen

    would love to win for my mom, the chef!!!

  • matilda

    Looks so good… maybe I shouldn’t read your blog when I’m hungry.

  • Panya

    My husband wants to try this!

  • Debra L

    The potatoes and feta looks so delicious. I have been trying to eat more meatless meals!

  • Valerie

    I would love to win the cookbook as I am trying to eat less meat this new year!

  • Vanessa L.

    this looks delicious… would love to check out that book!

  • Gretchen parkison

    I love Pam Anderson! I love her easy one-dish cookbook and those pitas look like a solid answer to dinner for four on swim night!

  • TeeVee

    Love this blog! This book looks great! Now that my chef boyfriend has his own restaurant and I need to fend for myself in the cooking dept., this is just what I need.! I’ll have to see if they have it here in Canada! Love your blog!

  • JUNG

    So wonderful!!

  • Jennifer P.

    I’m always trying to find new ways to incorporate my former vegetarian life with my husband’s meat and potatoes taste, this book could help! P.S. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat and potatoes too!

  • Lisa

    Another amazing recipe! I made your sour cream chocolate cake last night and it’s already gone!!!

  • j

    Looks so good!

  • brandi

    yummy!!! im going to try this soon!!!!

  • Elodie

    This books so amazing!

  • Cyndi B

    Oh Yummy! I did the veggie thing for 5yrs, unfortunately I was too young to know all the CORRECT things I needed to put in my body so I got sick. I could totally be a vegetarian theses days & I love to do meatless meals. However I am married with kids so we do eat chicken or seafood. Love your blog!! ;o)

  • E

    looks amazing, on both accounts!

  • Tami D

    I am on the way to eating less meat and this cookbook would be a welcome addition to the ones I am collecting. Looks like an awesome cookbook!

  • tricia

    the gyros and the cookbook look amazing!

  • MelissaP

    I am typically not a big fan of cookbooks, but this one looks perfect for me!

  • Danielle

    MMMM! That looks so delish :)


    OMG! That recipe looks amazing and I want that cookbook(I totally involuntarily screamed that in an Oprah voice inside my head)!

  • Molly R.

    I totally feel you on the sophmore 15! i too wish I had this recipe in college, although im sure I would have gone for the double decker egg sanwich instead :)

  • Kira

    This looks great!

  • Rachel

    I studied abroad in Greece and practically lived on gyros for 6 months. They’re so good, but no one around here makes a good one so I have to make my own. I’ve never done one quite like this though and it looks delicious. I’m definitely going to have to try these very soon!

  • Teresa

    I love cookbooks and would love to try this one out!

  • missweb

    This would make a perfect gift for my lovely SIL for her birthday next month! Crossing my fingers.

    kirenmoore (at) yahoo(dot) com

  • Kimberly

    Oooh!! I’ve had this book on order from the library since reading about it on The Kitchn. I’d love to win a copy, but if not, I’m glad to have this recipe to tide me over until I get it.

  • melissa

    i love a new cookbook! and would never ave fathomed a potato gyro!

  • Christina

    This would be a great addition to my budding cook book collection

  • Peggy

    Irish gone Greek, or something like that.

  • rachelsdigestif

    These look delicious!!! I’m a vegetarian (actually pescatarian) who has recently rediscovered her love for potatoes. Lovely photos and post!

  • ChristiL

    My daughter tends to leave the meat on her plate while the rest of us, well, we like our meat. I struggle with what to make for her that is tasty and will introduce her to new veggies. Pam’s book looks like it would be perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • EmilyM

    Nom! I love gyros…of ANY kind :oD

  • sarah

    Yum! Need this book.

  • emilynn

    Pick me, pick me!!

  • juliana

    This is a book I certainly want to read!

  • Kate

    This looks delicious – it’s definitely going on the menu next week!

  • Lindsey

    I already have Pam Anderson’s original How to Cook Without a Book, so I *know* that this would be a good addition to my repertoire, especially since we eat meatless more often that we don’t.

  • Lee

    This sounds delicious. I’d love to win that book.

  • Heather Lee

    The book and featured recipe look amazing…I could definitely use this cookbook!

  • Hannah L

    This looks like a great book! I’ve been a vegetarian for a few years now, and I’m always looking for new techniques.

  • Gwen Edwards

    I’m an Oregon girl and I totally know what you mean about the Tillamook thing! We live in Hawaii now, but still buy Tillamook cheese:)

    Would love to win this book!!!

  • Lydia Joy

    Did I see you make a joke?? “[the cook book] vegetarian home cooking in an easily digestible format” .. maybe it’s just me.

  • SK

    I am a vegetarian and have been fending for myself in this not-so-veggie-friendly midwest world. This cookbook sounds awwwweeesommeeee! It’s midnight here & that pita picture is making me so hungry. Roasted eggplant with spices would also be good instead of the potato on that, me thinks…

  • Wendi Petersen

    I have a 18 year old daughter that is a vegetarian that eats carbs way too much. I think a good cookbook would help her learn creative ways to prepare vegetarian meals.

  • Kellie

    This looks DELICIOUS!! As a vegetarian and a 3rd year college student I am learning to enjoy cooking within my time and money budget. I look forward to trying this recipe!

  • Emilia

    I am a mostly vegetarian cook and am always in need of inspiration! I love potatoes too, so these gyros are right up my alley!

  • Koko @ Koko Likes

    LOVE these tacos!! They look ammmmazing

  • Greta

    Looks delicious…..love all of Pam’s cookbooks. I would love to have this one!


    I’m really intrigued by this book and I know my sister-in-law and family would love it was they eat mostly vegetararian. Love your blog and podcast

  • Carrie

    Keeping my fingers crossed! I have a vegetarian family to feed. :)

  • Sheena S.

    Part-time vegetarian, full-time eater here. Consider me intrigued. Fingers crossed. : )

  • Katie

    Perfect timing! I need a boost into vegetarian eating.

  • Effie T

    I would be a vegetarian if I were able to find enough yummy recipes before I got sick of repeating the recipes I love. I love this book already and I will definitely be trying this.

  • P

    These gyros sound yummy. That book sounds awesome. I am actually a full-time vegetarian, but I get burned out and find myself cooking the same things week in and week out. It’d be nice to get a fresh perspective.

  • Sara P.

    Wow, this book looks great!

  • Vanessa

    This is inspiring as someone who is always looking for creative ways to cook with basic ingredients to make something that is still tasty and affordable

  • Joyce Au

    I love reading your blog! AND ESPECIALLY, listening to your podcast with the oh so lovely, Joy The Baker!

    You guys are amazing, and I would love to get picked for the cook book!!

    All the LOVE from Hong Kong!!

    Joyce :)

  • Jane George

    My daughter would have loved these in college too. She would have eaten them cold for breakfast, she always ate cold leftover taters!

  • Mary

    I ALSO gained the SOPHOMORE not freshman 15. weird how that happens.

  • Kate

    I’m wondering if I can somehow make this into a sweet potato version…

  • Danica

    I. love. mashed. potatoes. TLForever!

  • John

    Great pics, looks like a great book! I have enjoyed her other books!

  • jody

    That looks delicious! and that book sounds fantastic!
    Loving your blog too! x

  • Jessica

    I am a huge fan of gyros (mostly the greesy traditional meat laden ones). I am super excited to try these out!

  • brandi

    wowza – i would never think to use potatoes in a gyro, but it’s such a great idea! We LOVE gyros :)

  • Cristina

    Let me just say that I am a terrible cook and lately I have been trying to become an unterrible cook. And as a veggie, I think this book might just be the answer! Crossing my fingers.

  • heather

    Just found you, and love your pictures and blog. This book looks rad too.

  • ashleyj

    This book sounds interesting. I’m a vegetarian, but as a busy grad student, I have less time to make healthy meals & I loose inspiration. Maybe this book will help me get back on track!

  • Nelly

    Wow, what a wonderful idea! Never heard of potato in gyros! I definitely could use this book since I’m a vegetarian and i’m running out of ideas what to cook! Uhm Tracy, pick me pretty please! :)

  • Linda

    I mostly cook vegetarian, saving the meat for when we eat out. Love the recipe and want to check out the book. :)

  • Katie!


    I have long admired this unique and colorful space that you have carved out of the internet. I look forward to your simple and delicious recipes, playful photographs, and montages of life on the West Coast.

    I’m an East Coast girl based out of Jacksonville, Florida, and I dream of experiencing a taste of what California has to offer.

    While I would love to win a copy of this cookbook filled with step-by-step vegetarian delights, it is already pleasure enough to visit this space and take refuge from my workday spreadsheets and databases.

    Thank you!

  • Sogol

    Yummy – love the recipe, and how fresh it looks. I only eat meat once a weak and I’m getting a bit tired of the same old veggie rotation. Would love a copy of the book!

    Also noticed your lime green dutch oven! Lovely!


  • Tejas

    I would love to get this book.

  • Anna

    I’m still relatively new to the meatless scene, so this cookbook would be a wonderful tool! Looks delicious!

  • Tricia

    I’m a happy meat eater who doesn’t need meat at every meal, so our weekly meal plan often resembles a vegetarian’s who often cheats! I would love to use this book.

  • Sarah @ pão e queijo

    I got this book out of the library and love it! I’ve been a vegetarian pretty much all my life, and love new recipe inspiration :)

  • Lucia

    I’m not vegetarian, but I looove vegetables! So, I probably am a part-time vegetarian, am I not? 😉

  • Lindsey

    Hi Tracy! I’m picking up my very first CSA share on Friday & I would love to cook without a book :)

    PS- Thanks for sharing this gyro recipe, my boyfriend is going to freak when I make these for him!

  • Betsy Wray

    Mashed potato feta gyro! Genius. Need to get this cookbook.

  • Jules

    Hi Tracy, this cookbook is right up my alley. My husband loves meat, but enjoys when I get creative with vegetarian dishes. I am really working on becoming a more diverse vegetarian cook, but at times get “stuck in a rut”. We’ve recently relocated to Northern CA and have space/sunshine (farewell beautiful but chilly/crowded Chicago!) and I am also working on creating the best vegetable garden I can to help motivate my vegetarian desires in the kitchen :) Happy 2012!

  • Morgan

    I just moved an lugged waaaay too many cookbooks up many flights of stairs… But I still want more!! Plus this recipe looks awesome!

  • Tagati

    What a great recipe! I’m mostly vegetarian and eat waay too much cheese. I luv how the feta and garlic spice up the potatoes without using a ton of butter and heavy cream!

    Great giveaway!

  • Rachel

    The book looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • alana

    as a full-time vegetarian, who needs A LOT of help in the kitchen, this would be great to own… cheers!

  • Rebecca

    Those gyros look delicious :)

  • Holly

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 15 years, and have been learning to cook without a book for the past 5. Thank you for this opportunity :)

  • Lara

    Hi Tracy,
    Thanks for the recipe. My 11 year old daughter has decided to be vegetarian a few months ago and I need to figure out how to help her get all the nutrition she needs on this diet. The book would be a great start. Thanks for your blog and it is always fun listening to you on the podcast!

  • Olivia

    Lucky you! I gained the Freshman 15 (+)!!!! gahh!!

    i have recently taken up running, I’m running my first full marathon in march (OAKLAND MARATHON WOOHHHOOO!!). Now that I am running more, I am trying to eat healthy! This book would be a great guide!

  • Abby

    A good gyro veggie or not is hard to pass up! Can’t wait to try this out.

  • Foodiebia

    This recipe looks amazing, and something I never considered! I love how many great vegetarian cookbooks are out there now.

  • Gillian

    I have most of the ingredients to make these and I think I’m going to make them this weekend. Looks REALLY good!! Pam’s vegetarian cook book looks great too. :)

  • Amie Gramo

    Seems like an ah-mazing cookbook!!!

  • Cena Rae

    oohh! this looks tasty, im going to have to make this soon! it would be so lovely to win this book!

  • Cali

    This post made me suuuuuper ready for dinner!

  • Mary

    I would love to get this book! I cook primarily veggie at home anyway and am feeling like I’m stuck in a rut. Great giveaway!

  • Mandy

    Love the blog…. and the post for Potato Feta Gyros. I have started making my own pita/ tortillas and cant wait to try them with your recipe.

  • Lisa Waszkiewicz

    I was sucked in as soon as I saw “feta”

  • Torrey

    These look so good! I was a little skeptical when I saw the name, but it’s so unique. Will definitely have to try these!

  • Lindsay

    These look so good! Great giveaway!

  • Rachel (De Ma Cuisine)

    I’m starving and that sounds amazing!!!

  • Anna

    Dude, feta in mashed potatoes sounds amazing and so does this recipe! I kind of want to turn it into a taco.

    Also that cookbook looks super great, I too became a vegetarian in college partially because of dorm food (so gross) and am now part time vegetarian, or as one of friends calls me, a “bad vegetarian”… woo!

  • Laura R

    Mmmmmm! These look fantastic! My guy and I mostly eat vegetarian and I’m always challenged by coming up with something new, but also simple after a long day at work. I will definitely be checking out this book!

  • Stacy

    I just discovered your blog recently and I am so happy for such a wonderful resource! And there are giveaways too?! Sign me up!

  • Johnna

    love your website! i make that killer garlic bread ALL THE TIME. probably too much! i’d love to make some more vegetarian stuff – i’ll definitely be looking for this book!

  • Beth

    Yum! always looking for meatless options! And, as always, great photos and snappy narration!

  • Cherie

    easily digestible format! That’s a good one! :>)

  • Dawn

    Wow, those gyros look amazing! I hope that I win this book!

  • Sarah L

    I’ve never thought of using potatoes in a gyro. They look great!

  • Darcee

    Another tasty looking recipe!!

  • Annalise

    This recipe looks great! I’d love to try this cookbook out!!

  • helen

    i was a veg for about 2 years awhile back. i still enjoy having veggie lunches and about one vegetarian dinner/week. sometimes i struggle with what to have, though. would love to try the recipes in this book!

  • Faye

    Those gyros look super tasty! I love cookbooks that are guides to cooking without the recipes. yay variety!

  • Mer Windham

    yum! looks delicious and healthy, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jayne

    This is such an easy way to avoid meat sometimes and yet still feel full up (say that 3 times faster!) Sometimes meat feels too much… this is perfect!

  • olga_s

    I would love to win this book! I really hope this is an international giveaway!

  • Clarissa

    I need this book!

  • Madelyn

    A twitter friend of mine recommended your site, and I’m so glad that I’ve found it. I became a vegetarian early (I was 10!) and lost my mom a few years later (when I as 16), so I’ve spent almost 20 years trying to figure out how to cook/eat right. I’ve recently joined a CSA and now that I am approaching my 30th birthday in May, am spending more and more time reading about nutrition and trying new recipes. I’m not the best cook, but I’m trying!

  • Adri

    I made this recipe last night, with a few tweaks/additions of my own, and I just wanted to say HOLY DELICIOUS THANK YOU YUMNESS. I’ve been a vegetarian for 7 years now, and I would have never thought of putting potato into a gyro/pita. It was heaven.

  • Daisy

    These look delicious! Will definitely have to try them. Please enter me into the contest for that wonderful book! :-)

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    Looks yummy. I was disappointed to find out feta is NOT vegetarian, as I love it. Any suggestions for rennet-free feta?

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      Oooooh. It’s not?! They make tofu feta that might work? You need a tangy bite- or you could just omit it?

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