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Category Archive: Books

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  1. Full disclosure: I work at the publishing company that’s putting out this beautiful, full-color cookbook by Cupcake Wars champion and total babe Chloe Coscarelli. She of the endless brown locks and honey eyes. That said I’m not going to review it, per se, but I do want to let you know, from a totally objective and not at all biased whatsoever perspective, Chloe’s Kitchen (Free Press) is excellent and you should pre-order it immediately or pick it up in stores on Tuesday, March 6, when it publishes. (There’s an ebook, too, and I guarantee you it’s good. My group worked on it!)

    Truly, this book is gorgeous. There are full-page, color photos for many of the recipes, plus photographic demos for several of the little things I often scratch my head over (rolling sushi, anyone?). The recipe instructions are straight-forward, and the dishes a mix of healthy (Minted Couscous with Arugula, Butternut Squash, and Currants) and indulgent (Double Drive-Thru Burgers, Sea Salt and Vinegar French Fries) and everything in between (Sweet and Sour Party Meatballs that can be made gluten-free!). Look out for a review of Chloe’s Kitchen by my hilarious co-blogger, Andrea, coming soon.

  2. A generous donor has offered to match every donation made to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary through December 31st. This is a great reason to attend the 2nd Vegan/ Animal Rights Book Swap that I’m co-hosting this Saturday. It’s a fundraiser for the non-profit featuring a mini-bake sale and a raffle with prizes from Raganella, Owl & Thistle, Chavela’s, Terri, and Juice Hugger. Come collect books for yourself and those on your holiday shopping list.

    If you need more than just books, come to the U.S. Veg Corp’s Green Holiday Festival on Sunday: “A one-day Winter holiday festival comprised of various green-minded gift vendors, non-profit information tables, live entertainment, and activities all in celebration of green living. For the first time, get all of your vegan and green gifts in one place!” Sounds fun! Also, leave the pepper spray at home people. There’s a $20 entrance fee so there will probably be more elbow room than there was at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival.

  3. I don’t know about you, but I was all set to break out the Tofurky this Thanksgiving. In the end, though, my cousin invited me over for an intimate vegan gathering, and for a change, a fake roast was not the centerpiece. She said I didn’t have to bring anything, that I should consider myself a guest, but my mother would roll over in her grave if I went to someone’s house and didn’t bring something, no matter what I’d been told.

    Dinner started a little late because the Butternut Squash Risotto didn’t seem to want to cook (man, it’s hard to find a recipe without Parmesan cheese!). But that was fine because I’d made an appetizer: the Artichoke Puffs from Carol Adams’ Living Among Meat Eaters, tasty, flaky little treats filled with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, scallions and garlic. Everyone was surprised I’d made them because I’m not a mushroom fan; in fact, they’re way more mushroomy than artichokey. But these small bites are incredibly savory and flavorful, so if mushrooms are your thing, you’ll definitely want to pull Carol’s book off the shelf and flip to the recipe section. There aren’t many recipes in the book, but the ones that are there were well-chosen, and I’ve never been disappointed.

    Carol Adams’ Artichoke Puffs should really be called Mushroom Puffs. These tasty bites were almost gone before I got a chance to take a picture!

    When the risotto was finally ready, we sat down to eat. And this is how the meal played out: apple and cabbage salad with sesame-tamari dressing; Portuguese kale soup with red beans and Field Roast Mexican Sausages; Candle 79’s Cornmeal-Crusted Tempeh, marinated in garlic and ginger (she never got around to encrusting it, but it was still delish!); a mash of parsnip, potato and celery root; and, of course, the risotto. Everything was amazing—I would make the tempeh any day of the year, and the soup was incredibly flavorful, even if the sausages were way too spicy for my wimpy palate. That said, I would have preferred the risotto seasoned more traditionally; cumin and tarragon just don’t do it for me. But overall the meal was stellar, as was the company.

    Then it was time for dessert. My cousin made the best Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake I’ve ever tasted (she used the classic filling from the spelt crust recipe). Okay, so she bought a premade crust, but she used fresh pumpkin from her CSA share instead of puree from a can—how’s that for ambitious? She also made a cashew cream to go on top, but it was incredibly rich, so I opted for a dollop of vanilla ice cream instead. What can I say, I’m a purist.

    Of course, I’d made a dessert, too. Though delicious, the cookies were a departure from the route I normally would have taken: Chocolate, my ingredient of choice, gives my cousin migraines, and her husband can’t digest tofu. So as you can see, my options were limited. Leave it to Hannah Kaminsky to save the day! Her Maple Pistachio Cremes, from My Sweet Vegan, were pure genius: a sandwich of simple cookies, sweetened with maple syrup, and filled with a thick, rich pistachio paste. The dough was so delicious, I didn’t think there’d be any left to make the cookies with. And the cream was just the right balance of rich and sweet. I’m always amazed when recipes with very few ingredients pack such a flavor punch, and these treats definitely fall into that category.

    Hannah Kaminsky’s Maple Pistachio Cremes are simple and sweet yet rich, the perfect holidy treat for anyone who can’t have chocolate or soy (I used hemp rather than soymilk).

    So yet again, we vegans prove that being animal-free doesn’t mean being deprived, and that we can stuff ourselves with the best of them. How was your holiday? Did you use any of our reader-submitted recipes? Let us know how your Thanksgiving meal turned out. And start thinking about what you’ll be serving for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa!

  4. Now's your chance to read all those vegan/AR books you've been hearing about!

    Now’s your chance to read all those vegan/AR books you’ve been hearing about!

    • Still need to come up with another Thanksgiving side dish? How about our latest reader submission: Sweet Potatoes Caribbean.
    • And Turtle Mountain has launched two brand-new holiday drinks: Coconut Nog and Mint Chocolate.
    • Holiday fare often leads to excess weight gain (if you’re doing it right). Need to lose those extra pounds? Check in with Dr. Frank Sabatino for some plant-based weight loss ideas.
    • Speaking of eating, if sandcastle cookies, fried pickles and kale chips spell holiday spirit to you, you won’t want to miss the Vegan Holiday Shop-Up, on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 12-5pm, at the Pine Box Rock Shop.
    • Then on Dec. 10, join our very own Livi Lane in the County of Kings for Vegan/Animal Rights Book Swap for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary 2.0. Stock up on all the tomes you’ve been dying to read, and grab some issue-oriented stocking stuffers!
    • Speaking of Woodstock FAS, the Guesthouse is open for business! Well, almost. Make your reservations now: Rooms are available starting Jan. 6. I got a sneak peek during Thanksliving, and let me tell you, it’s a sweet place to stay!
    • Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday, which means holiday shopping is upon us. Want to be sure all your gifts come from cruelty-free sources? The Veg Blog just launched a series of vegan-business profiles, the first of which features Herbivore Clothing Company, and the second, jewelry maker McFarland Designs.
    • Still haven’t made much of a dent in that list? On Dec. 11, head over to the Green Holiday Festival, an eco-friendly, cruelty-free shopping event. It’s $20 to get in, but part of that benefits For the Animals Sanctuary.
    • For more information about these and other happenings in the NYC area, check out our Events Calendar.