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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Midweek Munchies "Cookbooks"

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Midweek Munchies: What Vicki is contributing for the week


Several weeks ago I called our library to try and put some vegan cookbooks on hold. I had a couple titles in mind, and one of them was Vive Le Vegan!. Turns out they didn't have that cookbook by Dreena Burton, but offered to let me borrow it through an inter-library loan system. To my excitement, they called Friday and said that Vive Le Vegan! had arrived from Kitsap Regional Library (in Washington I think) and I could come pick it up. I have been reading it since then, making lists of ingredients I'll need for certain recipes, and really just enjoying the forwards to recipes and her notes. Well, now I don't want to part with the book and I have to give it back on 5/5. So, of course I have ordered my own copy of Vive Le Vegan, as well as Everyday Vegan and can't wait until they arrive. And, at my library, I completed a "purchase suggestion" request for both of Dreena's cookbooks and was basically told that it was a done deal because they don't have (m)any vegan cookbooks and are open to suggestions. Will you leave a comment about your favorite cookbook?

It occurs to me that my family's shopping list has greatly changed since I joined Midweek Munchies and began reading your blogs and learning more and more. I'm buying so many different things that I had never heard of, cooked with, or eaten before. Our diet is more varied, healthful, and adventuresome. Thanks so much!
Many of the items on this week's list are ingredients needed for recipes I can't wait to try from Vive: Quinoa Spring Salad, Chickpea Ratatouille, and Molasses Baked Beans.

Dry/Bulk:
*Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour* (Arrowhead Mills)
*Quinoa Pasta* (Garden Pagodas)
Navy Beans
Quinoa (I found it, Kai!)
Dried Cherries
Pistachio Kernels
Golden Raisins

Spices & Such:
Chipotle Chile
Paprika
Red Curry Powder
* Blackstrap Molasses*
Nayonaise (Art agreed to try it, he's the mayo man - any input?)
Earth Balance Shortening Sticks (is this the stuff, Catherine?)
Tofu Pups (the girls really dig these & I have an idea to give them a twist...)

Produce: (stocked up from the Farmer's Market)
Red Pepper
*2 Red Onion*
Hand of little Bananas

Miscelaneous:
Kirk's Castile Soap (we usually buy it by the case)
Silicone Pastry Brush $4.75 (see photo)

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14 Comments:

Blogger jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I really like the pastry brush, and I look forward to hearing about it's uses. I picked up my first fancy silicon spatula last weekend, too.

and this reminds me..crap it's Wednesday and I forgot about my midweek munchies picture, so that's another to-do for after work.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

my fave cookbooks are Vive le Vegan by Dreena Burton and La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Krammer. The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook by Cathe Olson is also quite good, not all vegan, but many vegan recipes.

i'm so excited, i have Vegan with a Venegance, Vegan Planet and The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook all coming in the mail (for my birthday!), and i've heard all good things about all of them. i'll definately post a review once i get them and use them!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

vegetarian cooking for everyone by deborah madison. some of the recipes aren't vegan but easily veganized.
the candle cafe cookbook fully vegan
japanese vegetarian cooking by patricia richfield yum. if you like japanese food the recipes in here are wonderful and most of the recipes are vegan with tofu easily subbing for egg when required.
raw food real world by sarma melngailis and matthew kenney. raw vegan. not unappetizingly overwelming in it's greeness (no kale salads with seaweed croutons and algae dressing). recognizable, delicious food.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

Let me know how those molasses baked beans come Vicki!!! I love baked beans!!! and that Japanese cookbook sounds like it could be a keeper! I might go looking for it!

3:30 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hey Vicki,

I buy both the Earth Balance Shortening and Earth Balance Buttery Sticks. The Buttery Sticks I use just like butter, (on toast, sometimes when pan-frying, in cookies, etc.,) and use the shortening when a recipe calls for such (pie crusts, some cookies, etc.) It's a good buy, though -- unlike Crisco, EB shortening is trans-fat free.

I have a silicone pastry brush, but a much earlier model. I've seen the kinds that you bought, and really want to try them! Let us know how it works out!

My favorite faux mayo product is Vegenaise, btw. (I actually prefer it over regular mayo!) It's in the refrigerated section, if your store carries it.

In terms of vegan cookbooks, I currently don't own any! I do a ton of research on the web, however, and have lots of links on my blog to great sites with great vegan recipes! (I think I might ask for a copy of "Vegan with a Vengeance" for my birthday, though!)

Catherine

3:44 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Hi Jess! I'm pretty excited about the pastry brush too. My other one shed in the baklava. arrgh.

Hi Michelle! I also ordered La Dolce Vegan. Please let me know what you think of Vegan with a Vengeance. Happy Birthday!(When is it?) Mine is coming up also (5/10) & that's why I'm treating myself to 3 cookbooks!

Hi Anonymous! You are my first anonymous comment! If I knew who you were, I send the BIG $$$ prize. Thank you for dropping some cookbook knowledge -- these are titles I haven't seen/heard about & I'll investigate. You have my friend Cinda interested in the Japanese cookbook. Hope you come by again.

Hi TurquoiseCRO! I will let you know about the baked beans -- I plan to make them Friday evening for when "you know who" gets home! If you get that Japanese cookbook, you gotta blog what you make.

Hi Catherine! Guess I'll just buy up all the Earth Balance stuff I see. We like the tub just like butter. Ah ha! The Vegenaise is in the refrigerated section, that's why I couldn't find it. But the stuff I bought was on the shelf -- they should have a road map for us beginners. Is your birthday coming up too?! When?

9:29 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

Hello vicki!how are you,hope you & your family had a good easter holiday. But tell me, do you have 48-hours days??you seem to be full of energy, i hope i'll be the same when i'll be a mom!!
have a great weekend!
luna

2:41 AM  
Blogger EatPeacePlease said...

Vicki- I am wanting to try the quinoa spring salad myself. I love quinoa and it only takes 15 minutes to cook.

Way to go on going for both of Dreena's books. They are awesome and so handy and well, you already know about all those little side notes.
I have to say that How it All Vegan is a good "Starter" book there are some simple recipes and many are made with "common" ingredients. I have yet to try anything from VwaV but that's because so many recipes are for the oven, and well...
I do like seeing all the VwaV creations on peoples' sites.

My favorite books are Vive le Vegan and How it all Vegan/Le Dolce Vegan. I have all of Sarah's books but I don't care for the second one as much. I have used the first book since it came out and it is falling apart on me (that's how handy it is). Dreena's books are great especially now that she blogs about them. I love photos of foods and in Dreena's case she is making them "for real, at home" and giving additional tid-bits and advice. She has a lot of tastes that I like too and I find almost no modification needed- ever.

Can't wait to hear about/see your new creations. I am glad to hear that you are branching out and using new ingredients.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

Fifth time to try to post is a charm...

I have to comment on your dog... similar markings to our dog pup except pups body os halk black, your dogs body looks white. Same black eye though:

http://thebakehouse-recipes.blogspot.com/2006/04/our-dog-pup.html

I have a pastry brush like the one you bought except mine is blue. I like it alot and used it to schmear thin frosting on hot cross buns, to coat a variety of christmas goodies with chocolate, and brush sauce onto grilling tofu. It cleans up well and doesn't leave those nasty natural bristles in the food.

Sure, Art can chit chat with my DH (Dave), unless it's the kind that says you gotta tell your wife to quit giving mine so many ideas, she's keeping me way to busy. Dave is a pretty handy guy. He built a raised bed and a cold frame for me last year. I killed everything in my cold frame though because I left it covered to long after the sun came out... fried my baby plants very quickly.

I look forward to hearing about your black strap molasses experience.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

my birthday is May 12.. two days after yours, and i am celebrating with 3 new cookbooks for myself too LOL! we should have an online birthday bash together, and cook up lots o' yummy vegan food!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

My birthday isn't until May 30th . . . so I have a little ways to wait, yet! I'll have to start sending out the VwaV vibes . . .

I forgot to mention that I also get a lot of cookbooks from the library. Unfortunately, our main library is closed right now (it was recently completely relocated and rebuild,) and the collection is being moved to the new location. A lot of books are out of circulation right now. Soon, though, I'll get ahold of many, many new ones!

7:25 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Hi Luna! Great to see you, happy weekend to you also.

Hi Leslie! I'm now on the look for How It All Vegan - thanks for the suggestion (I also saw it on your bookshelf). Curious why you don't use the oven? Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!

Hi Dori! I checked out Pup's picture, and I think you pasted Jolie's face on your dog's body for a prank! That's the same spot. I hope my pastry brush gets to do what your has! ummmm, hot cross buns. cold frame...what? blackstrap is for a recipe from Vive that I'm making tomorrow.

Hi Michelle! Yes, let's have an online birthday bash! Are you in, Catherine?

Hi Catherine! Does your library have a good selection of vegan cookbooks? Our does not, so I've submitted several purchase suggestions. They are usually good about buying new books.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Well, I only found one vegan cookbook the last time I went, (and it didn't really catch my interest), and several very, very good vegetarian cookbooks (The Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook and Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian) which were not heavy on the eggs and cheese. The trouble is, half the library is downtown, which is currently unavailable because it's being moved from the temporary building to the new building. The library finally opens again in a couple of weeks, so I'll have a full report after I go browsing!

And, I'm on for the online May-Birthdays Bash. What shall we do?

5:04 PM  
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