Monday: Meatless recipe sources and news!

December 20, 2010
Your veggies are here! Now...what do you do with them? (Read on.)

Hi everyone, and happy pre-holidays!
If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you know I’ve committed to the Meatless Mondays campaign, and I’m in good company: celebrity chef Mario Batali also joined up with MM, along with lots of other people who have discovered that making even this small change can have a big, very positive impact on their health, the environment, and even their wallets.

With Meatless Mondays in mind, some of you have been asking me for good vegetarian recipe resources (beyond, of course, the Meatless Mondays site, which has great recipes and info), and I’m happy to share them:

* Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero is The Ultimato in vegan cookbooks. It’s filled with great recipes and the kind of instruction that could have you thinking about auditions for Top Chef or Next Food Network Star. And the baked goods? This is where I found the Lower-Fat Chocolate Bundt Cake that all of Jersey City was buzzing about. (And JCitizens are pretty discerning about their cake.)

* The Post Punk Kitchen is the online home of Isa and Terry, and it’s a veritable hub (a hub, I tell you) of great vegan recipes. Go to theppk.com.

* The Kind Life is the website run by Alicia Silverstone, actress and animal rights activist. The site has a ton of great recipes with a macrobiotic influence, though Alicia is vegan (macro usually includes fish). There are also great tips on health and living in fine vegan style (no animal products whatsoevah). I love Alicia’s mission–living not only cruelty free, but as kindly as she can to herself, other beings, and the environment. I also love that she’s blogging herself, not getting someone else to Vogue-blog for her. Alicia’s philosophy and recipes are combined in a beautiful book called The Kind Diet, which is as lovely as the food is yummy. Visit thekindlife.com for more info.

* Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is known as “the vegan Martha Stewart,” and if you take a look at the great videos on her website, compassionatecooks.com, you’ll see why. In addition to nutritional info on vegetarianism and veganism, videos, podcasts, and veggie-related resources, you’ll find some of the recipes featured in her books The Vegan Table and The Joy of Vegan Baking. Go vegan Martha Stewart!

These are just some of the great meatless resources I’ve found while doing my research for Meatless Mondays, and I’ll share more with you as I go along.

And now the news: First of all, Cherries in Winter got an amazing review in Womanaroundtown.com. Many thanks to Merry Sheils and Womanaroundtown for that early holiday gift!

And in a foodie mashup, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Veganomicon, is doing an event at Barnes & Noble in Brooklyn, NY on February 23, 2011 at 7 pm for her latest book, Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes. It’s an “in conversation with” style book signing, and I’m honored, pleased, and thrilled to pieces that Isa asked me to be the interviewer for the Q&A part of the event. If you’re in the area, stop by!

Happy cooking, baking, and holidays!
xx,
S

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