August 20th, 2007

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Cookbook for my Boss

I work at an art center and gallery in Minneapolis, and my boss, who is a bit of a chef and often makes the hors d'oeuvres for exhibition openings and large events, mentioned that she wouldn't know how to begin to cook/bake for me when she brought in homemade scones and cheesecake this morning (even though she went out of her way to make a dish I could eat at a small event). I offered to buy her a cookbook, and she said if nothing else, she'd be really interested in seeing how the recipes worked without animal products.

Now, she's very Italian, and very much an artiste and a bit of a snob when it comes to cooking. So I'm looking for something that might actually spur her to make something vegan for an opening- careful complicated flavors and beautiful presentations, but preferably nothing with too "strange" ingredients for a non-vegan. I'm not afraid of egg-replacer, but I think she'd turn her nose up at it.

So, the books I'm looking at:
Candle Cafe Cookbook
The Artful Vegan
The Vegan Gourmet
Lois Dietrly's Sinfully Vegan
Vegan World Fusion Cuisine

I've only seen the last one in person, and was curious what the community would say about which one to purchase for my boss?
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Bloodroot cookbook; Southwest corn enchiladas, chilled lemon leek soup

I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, and i don't think i ever will be. However, over the past 5 or so years, I've taken to only eating meat maybe once or so a week. I prefer veggies and grains and tofu anyway.

Anyway, for the past year, I've had a veggie/vegan (mostly vegan, occasionally he'll have dairy.) partner. We go out to eat a lot together and cook together a lot, as you can imagine. This weekend, we drove up to a vegetarian-feminist restaurant in CT called bloodroot. The place is phenomenal.

Anyway, they publish all of their recipes in 2 books- the vegetarian book and vegan book- and i just want to reccommend them to anyone out there. The foods are arranged seasonally, and so so good. I had the best chocolate ice cream i've ever had there- and it was vegan.

You can buy the books here:

There's also some recipes on the site.

Anyway, i wanted to point this out to people, i was really happy with the food, and, quite honestly, the place is lovely, if you're ever in the bridgeport area. There's no waitress and you have to bus your own table. There's a bookstore and events and 2 lovely cats!

Yesterday I made the Chilled Lemon Leek Soup and the Southwestern Corn Enchiladas.

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make my lunch!

hey everyone

a friend of mine is coming over for lunch tomorrow, and i have no idea what to make
he's vegan, i'm on my way to being vegan. normally when we have lunch, it's just veggie burgers.
but that gets boring after a while, so i'd like to be creative

i don't have anything in my kitchen other than tomatoes (a LOT, so bonus points if you give me a recipe that uses 'em). i'm going grocery shopping tonight, so please give me ideas.