"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon, or not at all."
-- Harriet Van Horne
In January, I started a new blog, VegCookbook Club, in the hopes of connecting with people who love to cook from cookbooks as much as I do, particularly vegan ones. To me, each vegan recipe feels like a little science experiment + a food adventure. Will this really taste as good without cheese? Thicken without eggs? Be as delicious without bacon?
I've shared photos below of some of my favorite recipes from the 8 VegCookbooks we've cooked from in 2012. If you'd like to start your own cookbook club, or connect with other people who love vegan cooking, check out the BlogHer posts, Cookbook Clubs: How to Start Your Own, and 10 Tips for Starting a Virtual Social Change Book Club, the VegNews article, 3 Ways to Share Your Love of Veg Food, the Goodreads group, Vegan Cooking and Cookbooks, and the BlogHer group, Vegetarians and Vegans.
Goddess Nicoise from Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Beautiful, delicious and nutritious. It takes a little while to prepare all the components, but it's worth it.
Red Beans with Thick Gravy and Roasted Garlic on Coconut Quinoa from The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry. These were hands down the most ridiculously scrumptious beans I've ever eaten.
Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. I've lost count of how many times I've made this delish dish. It's perfect to bring to a potluck, especially when you think there will be limited vegetarian, or vegan options.
Lemon Basil Pasta from Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay Nixon. My favorite thing about this cookbook is how quickly all of the dishes come together. I think sometimes vegcookbook authors forget that most of us don't have time to cook beans from scratch, grind spices, or make our own soup stock. At least I don't. Do you?
Spinach Piña Colada Smoothie from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. I love the idea behind this cookbook. I mean, who doesn't need to eat more greens? I made all of the green smoothie recipes that didn't require a Vitamix. They were all good, but the Spinach Piña Colada Smoothie was outstanding. The recipe is available on VegKitchen.
White Bean Pesto Spread from Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton. We're not done cooking from this one, so I can't tell you my absolute favorite recipes yet, but this dip was very tasty. I also made the Mac-oh-geez recently, which was incredible creamy and good, without the usual nutritional yeast "cheesy" element. The Mac-oh-geez recipe is available on Plant-Powered Kitchen.
We have four months, and four more VegCookbooks to choose in 2012. Which are some of your favorites?
Britt is a blogging coach and big vision consultant who blogs at Have Fun * Do Good and VegCookbookClub. She also hosts the The Big Vision Podcast and the Arts and Healing Podcast. You can follow her on Twitter at @bbravo, on Pinterest at @bbravo, and learn more about her work at brittbravo.com.
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