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did any GREAT vegan cookbooks come out this year?

I've really been loving Mollie Katzen's new book "The Heart of the Plate," which came out in 2013. It's vegetarian, not vegan, but she always points out how to modify a recipe. (In most cases it's easy and obvious.)

Mar 20, 2014
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Anyone familiar with Sur La Table enameled cast iron cookware?

Hi ninrn. I'm sorry I can't speak to their enameled cast iron, but since you're still looking for an answer ... I can say that I've been VERY happy with the SLT stainless/triply cookware, and think it's of comparable quality to (and much cheaper than) All-Clad. If they put the same manufacturing standards into their ECI, I bet you'll be happy. If you can, wait for a sale; their own branded stuff gets marked down as much as 40%, probably putting it at the same price point as Lodge and the others. Plus, SLT has a pretty generous return policy, so if you're unhappy after using it they'll take it back, though I'm not sure in what time frame. Good luck!

Feb 26, 2014
herring in Cookware
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Can you be a Vegan or Vegetarian without using Soy products?

You're welcome! And good luck.

Oct 15, 2013
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Newly married with lots of le Creuset - Which pieces should I keep?

I agree. I'm also a vegetarian, and have a 3.5, 4.5, and 7.25 french ovens. I use the two smaller ones far more than the 7.25--to the extent I don't even keep it in my tiny kitchen. I find the 4.5 big enough to cook chili, curry, stews, soups, etc for the two of us plus leftovers. (I also mostly use them on the stovetop.) I only use the 7.25 when cooking for a big group. But like Ranier said, it's an expensive piece and if you have room for it, my guess is that you'll be glad you have it.

I also have a 3.5 braiser, which I don't use that often, but probably would if it fit on my stove better. And since you already love the 1.5, you'll probably find uses for the 3.5. You probably don't NEED it, but it's nice when you're cooking something that doesn't need the high sides of a french oven ... like shakshuka (eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce) or even just carmelizing onions in the oven. And, of course, braising.

It may seem like an overwhelming array, but other than the skillet, which I can't get too excited about, you have a nice set of pieces that I suspect you'll use regularly, even if some pieces less frequently.

May 10, 2013
herring in Cookware

Best Vegetarian Chili Recipes?

The chili recipe in Jack Bishop's A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen is by far the best I've made. I found a link here; I think this blogger cites his recipe exactly: http://www.justveggingout.com/2009/10...

I don't bother with the beer since I never have it on hand, and I use some of the Trader Joe's Soyrizo in place of some of the tempeh (also TJ's). I also add more kidney beans than he calls for, because I like a higher bean-to-tempeh ratio. But all that is small stuff--it's a great recipe. Very satisfying.

Mar 20, 2013
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

how about a COTM for us vegheads

I love the idea! I can't buy a cookbook a month, but would participate when I have (or already want) the book, or can find recipes online.

Jan 27, 2013
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Make-ahead vegetable dish for Christmas Eve

All great ideas, but I should have mentioned that I need to transport it from home, to work, then to my friend's place, which involves a couple of subways and a commuter train. So I think a soup/stew is asking for trouble. I love the idea of a kale salad. That would hold up a lot better than a traditional mixed-green salad.

For some reason, I keep making ratatouille and I keep finding the results "meh." Do you have a recipe or strategy, jerirl, that's particularly good?

Dec 20, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Make-ahead vegetable dish for Christmas Eve

I need to bring a vegetable dish to an Italian "seven fishes" Christmas Eve dinner. I'm working that day, so I'm looking for something I can prepare on Sunday and either re-heat at my friend's house or serve at room temperature. Everything I've come up with (aside from a platter of roasted vegetables) involves grains of some sort, but I think there will be enough of that on the table already. I'd like to keep this dish veggie-heavy, if not exclusively veg. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

Dec 20, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Can you be a Vegan or Vegetarian without using Soy products?

I don't think the OP was asking for permission to adopt the label of vegan or vegetarian, and didn't use the word "requirement." I read the question as "can I meet my nutritional needs as a vegan or vegetarian who doesn't eat soy."

I think generally the answer is yes if it's just a matter of avoiding tofu, soy milk and the like. But will47 raises a very good point regarding how diligent you will need to be if very small amounts bother you. And depending on where you live, your options may be more limited when eating out.

You might find the book "Becoming Vegan" helpful (http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Vegan-...) -- it is PACKED with nutritional info, and will provide a good guide (or starting point) for ensuring you're getting enough protein and/or whatever else you're concerned about nutritionally by giving up soy.

Sep 26, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Scanpan Cookware?

I also love my Scanpan. I have just one, the 11" fry pan. I've never had anything stick and it allows for browning and fond creation, which I've never before seen in a nonstick pan. Full disclosure: I don't cook meat, but the Scanpan does a beautiful job searing scallops and carmelizing other food. I have the CTX version.

Aug 09, 2012
herring in Cookware

Sara Moulton's new healthy eating column

Her new column will be for the Associated Press, so hopefully it will find its way into many local newspapers and/or online outlets. I'm looking forward to it -- I've missed her show! The column launches Aug. 6.

Aug 02, 2012
herring in Food Media & News

Pig ricotta? (And why we drink cow's milk.)

This is a fun piece from Slate on how cow's milk came to be the dominant milk in the U.S., and the pros and cons of other mammals' milk.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/fo...

Aug 01, 2012
herring in Food Media & News

beans for breakfast -- veg version

The crepe idea is good for weekends, but too much for my hectic mornings. I've never had ful, but it looks/sounds interesting. Do you have a favorite recipe?

Jul 25, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

beans for breakfast -- veg version

Oooh ... dal is a great idea!

Jul 24, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

beans for breakfast -- veg version

My latest favorite breakfast is a bowl of warm black beans with chopped avocado, nectarine (or mango) and grape tomatoes mixed in. I'm looking for other bean-oriented ideas that are preferably vegan but could include eggs.

I realize I'm somewhat replicating two threads here, but I'm hoping for a more specific list of ideas. The "beans for breakfast thread" in Home Cooking didn't have enough veg ideas and the "vegan breakfast ideas" thread on this board lacked bean ideas. Thanks in advance for your creativity!

Jul 22, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

OK, I'm concerned about the lack of posts on Veg. & Vegan! Let's make a concerted effort to amp things up. Ideas? Post in this thread, if so!

Thanks IndyGirl, and I agree! I'll try to do less lurking and more posting.

Jul 22, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

What is the best unsweetened soy milk?

I also like the Trader Joe's soy milk, and it comes in the aseptic packages as well.

Jun 08, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Recommendation for vegetarian cookbook?

I mentioned Olive Trees and Honey upthread -- it's really becoming one of my favorites! And you're right, it's also just a great read. Your south Indian cooking idea very good.

Jun 01, 2012
herring in Home Cooking

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies - Does this recipe sound good?

Thanks Trish! I'm not an experience baker and even less experienced with vegan baking, but I'm definitely giving these a try.

May 11, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Homemade Stock

Yes, thanks onceadaylily -- I was referring to her "Classic Indian Cooking." Let us know, Rella, if you find other soups it works well with!

May 06, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

NYT article on going vegan

I agree. I've been (semi?) vegetarian for 15+ years, but I've recently been experimenting with veganism. I live in NYC and love to cook, and there are many stretches during which it seems pretty easy. But I travel a lot and dine out for work fairly often, and it can get difficult or frustrating in a hurry. But like you, pikawicca, I do it for health reasons, so while there are times I see it as a challenge and strive to figure something out, there are also plenty of times I'll just say "fine, I'll have the fish" because a piece of salmon over lentils seems healthier than a pasta dish or other alternative.

May 05, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan lunch in soho?

+2 on Spring Street Natural. Also, it's more casual (seating is mostly at counters and there's no wait service) but many of the dosas at Hampton Chutney are vegan or can be easily modified. (You might want to call ahead to check, but I'm fairly certain they use oil and not ghee.)

May 05, 2012
herring in Manhattan

Faux Meat - Recommendations

Janet, all the Trader Joe's I've been to in NYC have had Soyrizo. It's in the refrigerated section with other fake meats, tofu, tempeh, etc. If you don't see it, ask--don't miss out!

May 05, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Beginning My Vegan Journey

Good luck! You'll find lots of great ideas here to help. Since you mentioned nutrition, especially with regard to your daughter, I wanted to mention "Becoming Vegan." It's dense, but it's the most comprehensive book on vegan nutrition I've come across. There's also a chapter, "Raising Vegans," specifically about kids. http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Vegan-...

Dr. Neal Barnard has many books and has been one of the most vocal advocates of adopting a vegan diet (albeit more from a health perspective) and he has several books on the topic.

Enjoy!

May 05, 2012
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Vegan foods at Trader Joe's - What's good?

Oh, yes, I should have mentioned that aspect -- the Italian sausage does hold together very well, so, from a structural integrity point of view, you COULD grill it. You're right in that the chorizo really only useful in recipes that use it crumbled. But it's sooo good!

Apr 25, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks

I'm surprised no one else has mentioned Heidi Swanson's two books, Super Natural Cooking and Super Natural Every Day. I've enjoyed reading those books but I don't LOVE them the way some people do. They're worth taking another look at, and maybe worth a thread as to what people have had success with.

Also, I love Olive Trees and Honey, which is a collection of vegetarian recipes from Jewish communities around the world. There's a lot of really interesting (and delicious) recipes in there that I haven't seen elsewhere, particularly from Sephardic areas.

Apr 25, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan foods at Trader Joe's - What's good?

Thanks for the clarification, cheesecake17--that's exactly the two types of ice cream I was talking about!

Apr 25, 2012
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Vegan foods at Trader Joe's - What's good?

I've never tried grilling them, LulusMom, sorry. I don't have an outdoor grill and I'm just not in the habit of using my grill pan. I have to admit that I find them particularly delicious when I slice and sautee them, so the maximum surface area gets brown. Let me know how it works out if you try grilling.

Apr 25, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan foods at Trader Joe's - What's good?

Oh, I also like their soy ice cream. The mini sandwiches are good, but I especially like the cherry chip (or something like that), which comes in a tub. I think it's made by the So Delicious brand.

Apr 24, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan

Thank you, CH!

Yes, love love love the new board!

Apr 24, 2012
herring in Vegetarian & Vegan