02 January 2010

Step 1: Inspiration!

Happy New Year!

Everyone knows I'm a cookbook freak. I have at least a dozen veg-friendly varieties, and I always want to buy more. I was 13 when I became a Vegetarian and learned I love to cook - and receiving a Moosewood cookbook from my friend Nancy when I was 21 sealed the deal. Nancy is a culinary guru - I've never seen a larger cookbook collection nor met a better self-taught chef. She's an inspiration. So, the last 7 years has been an adventure in Vegetarian cuisine, and have left me inspired to learn more.

The latest health goal was to eat as close to Vegan as possible. You can imagine my excitement when a lovely friend Dawn gave me Veganomicon AND Vegan With A Vengeance over the holidays. What a doll! I took it as a sign.

Turns out Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero are amazing. I LOVE the Post Punk Kitchen. How did I live without these cookbooks? I think my head might explode from all the deliciousness... but I've resolved to try to cook through both books in as little time as possible. It's 2010, what do I have to lose?!

So that is how this fun started. I just finished my first shopping trip - including several first time purchases! Liquid smoke, vital wheat gluten, non-blackstrap molasses. I thought I was a pretty good veg-chef, but I'm getting a reality check with these books and ingredients!

I can't wait to get started.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you're doing this. I can't tell you how many times I've picked up a cookbook, spent a night drooling over recipes, and never made one.

    Let the cooking begin!