i had been looking forward to the sexy vegan cookbook for ages. brian (the author) used to write incredible guest posts for my old blog, and i knew from personal experience that his home delivery service was delicious. naturally when the highly anticipated cookbook arrived in the mail, i had no idea what to make first.
luckily, brian helped me with the decision. his book is littered with witty side notes, and in the soup section, he mentions that soup is his favorite food. it was decided: i’d first make a soup recipe. while thumbing through the several appetizing options, i noticed that brian called out minestrone as his favorite soup. the favorite of the favorite! i bought all the ingredients that day and set out to make the minestrone that night.
i’m happy to report that it lived up to the double favorite bar in every way. it was simple to make, healthy, flavorful and hearty. it coved all the necessary bases: beans for protein, noodles for carbs, and loads of fresh vegetables.
can’t wait to work my way through the rest of the sexy vegan cookbook!
for more sexy vegan, check out his site here. buy the cookbook here. and attend the LA vegan beer and food fest, where he’ll be cheffin’!
the most recent addition to my overflowing vegan cookbook arsenal is chloe’s kitchen (by food network’s cupcake wars champion chloe coscarelli), and i must have thumbed through it at least a dozen times before deciding what to make first. the book is rife with tantalizing recipes (creamy scalloped potatoes, LA chimichurri tacos, double double drive-thru burgers!), and after much deliberation i arrived at the vegetable-laden asian entree, chinese takeout chow mein.
bursting with flavor and simple to prepare, this dish was an instant hit at our house—in fact, we’ve already bought ingredients to make it again this week! it maintained the look and feel of old school chinese takeout, without the icky greasiness or animal bits. plus, this was a meal that tasted just as good left over…and it gave me an excuse (as if i need one!) to bust out the sriracha. a+!
i’ll report back as i try more recipes from chloe’s kitchen, but so far i’m off to a really good start. almost every recipe is accompanied by a giant, full color, mouthwatering photograph…so i’m having a hell of a time deciding what to make next.
you can find chloe’s kitchen on amazon, and probably at your local book store!