An Autobiography in Cookbooks - Page 4
My library of vegetarian cookbooks grew considerably in my new home, threatening to take over the garage – so into storage went various books whose pages I hadn’t leafed through in years and whose menus no longer suited the way I was eating – making room for new favorites. Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian dominated the weekly menus for a long time and it is an invaluable resource for, yes, cooking everything vegetable- or grain-related. Bittman seems like a person with endless creativity and imagination when it comes to food. The trusty Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook is handy, though I don’t turn to it as often as other veggie tomes. There’s the 366 Delicious Ways to Cook Beans and Grains by Andrea Chesman which is a wonderful companion for winter menus and the aforementioned Moosewood cookbook and its many companions provide delicious and satisfying meals.
Here we are in the present and it’s all about vegan cooking and experimenting with the surprising variety offered by a plant-based diet. Probably someday soon I will own everything penned by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and/or Terry Hope Romero. Their enthusiasm for vegan cooking makes me look forward to tying my apron on and heating up the pans. Vegan with a Vengeance, Veganomicon and Appetite for Reduction all offer tasty and creative recipes – and the collection wouldn’t be complete without dessert offerings such as Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar or Vegan Pie in the Sky (though I have to wait until October 31 before Amazon ships my copy). Recently VegNews published a sneak peak recipe of their Boston Crème Cake Pie. My mouth couldn’t discern the difference from its dairy-laden counterpart.
I admit to a constant hunger for cookbooks and am guilty of buying them with ridiculous frequency. I get bored and need to explore. I cook three meals a day, plus all of the bread and desserts we eat, so it wouldn’t do to get tired of being in the kitchen. The internet is a great resource for recipes, and I turn to it from time to time for inspiration, but I still prefer having a cookbook opened on the counter, one filled with beautiful, tantalizing photos. Photos of breads, stews, veggies and muffins, cookies and chocolate. Chocolate cupcakes. Where is that Death By Chocolate Cakes book? Suddenly I’m feeling the urge to get into the kitchen to create a vegan-version of those Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes…