April 2020: Rebecca
An avid home cook and baker, Rebecca has dreams of opening her very own vegan bakery. Until then, she'll hone her skills by sharing her creations with friends and family. (Cinnamon rolls are her favorite.) A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rebecca moved to the Triangle in June 2012.
Eat for the Planet by Zacharias & Gene Stone (Abrams $19.99). One of the most common questions for vegan and plant-based eaters is, “Why?” While we all have unique answers to that question, this book helps explain the environmental impact of how we currently sourced much of our food as well as some easy steps to start eating more plants.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper $16.99). This might just be the book that set me on the course of my love for cooking. As beautifully written as you’d expect from any of Kingsolver’s other books, I loved following along with her family’s adventure in eating locally for a year. Must-try recipe: Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
One Part Plant: A Simple Plan for Eating Real, One Meal at a Time by Jessica Murnane (Harper $28.99). I love this cookbook’s gentle approach to encouraging people to eat more plants. As someone who uses a plant-based diet to manage her endometriosis symptoms, I like that the recipes are free of common allergens and inflammatory foods (e.g., soy and gluten). Must-try recipe: Easy Spicy Miso Soup (also try adding ramen or kelp noodles)
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon (Avery $25). When I first decided to go vegan about seven years ago, Angela’s recipes were the first that I tried—and they continue to be staples in my diet. Another great cookbook for those with food sensitivities looking for whole food, plant-based options. Must-try recipes: Enlightened Miso Power Bowl & 15-minute Creamy Avocado Pasta
The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons by Laura Wright (Avery $30). Laura’s approach to plant-based cooking is simple yet elegant. I often use her recipes for special holiday meals with my omnivore family. Must-try recipes: Weeknight Root Vegetable Dal & Fudgy Nut & Seed Butter Brownies
The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Little Brown $32). It was hard for me to pick a favorite of Isa’s many cookbooks, but I love that this one is organized by holiday—even if I rarely restrict these recipes to their designated days. Must-try recipes: Challah & Curried Candied Yams
The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko Schinner (Ten Speed Press $22.99). Miyoko’s name might already be familiar to you—she makes some of the most delicious vegan cheeses and butters on the market today—and this cookbook tells you how. Excellent for home cooks wanting to get back to basics with recipes for making your own tofu, pasta, condiments and more. Must try recipe: Glorious Butterless Butter
Yumuniverse Pantry to Plate: Improvise Meals You Love—from What you Have! —Plant-packed, Gluten-Free, Your Way! by Heather Crosby (The Experiment $24.95). The subtitle of this book will tell you why it is a favorite—Heather gives you the guidelines for recipe building, with some base recipes to get you started if you’re not so comfortable coloring outside the lines in the kitchen. Must-try recipe: Fire-Breathin’ Fermented Veggies
Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy’s Heart by Timothy Pakron (Avery $35). This cookbook is so photographically beautiful that I want to have it on display in my kitchen all the time. Although most of these recipes are not intended for quick weeknight meals, the depth of flavor that Timothy has built into them is worth the extra effort and ingredients. Must-try recipe: PLTs (potato “bacon,” lettuce & tomato sandwiches)
Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar by Amy Chaplin (Artisan $40). This is a how-to guide to cooking almost everything as much as it is a cookbook. My copy is permanently creased to open to the “bean cooking times” but I also adore her meal plan guides. Must-try recipes: Chickpea Pâté & Seeded Whole-Grain Crackers
Do you consider yourself an environmental ally? Maybe you recycle your household goods, ride a bike, and avoid too much air travel. But did you know that the primary driver of climate change isn’t plastics, or cars, or airplanes? Did you know that it’s actually our industrialized food system?
“A profound, graceful, and literary work of philosophy and economics, well tempered for our times, and yet timeless. . . . It will change the way you look at the food you put into your body. Which is to say, it can change who you are.” — Boston Globe
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"This book is joyful, playful, delicious, and guess what? It will also change your life. I invite you to follow Jessica into the vast green wilderness."
The New York Times bestseller from the founder of Oh She Glows
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The blogger behind the Saveur award-winning blog The First Mess shares her eagerly anticipated debut cookbook, featuring more than 125 beautifully prepared seasonal whole-food recipes.
Bestselling author, vegan goddess, and comfort food queen Isa Chandra Moskowitz is back with her biggest book ever -- to prove that making festive vegan food for any occasion can be easy, delicious, and super fun.
A guide to creating vegan versions of pantry staples--from dairy and meat substitutes such as vegan yogurt, mayo, bacon, and cheese, to dressings, sauces, cookies, and more.
YumUniverse Pantry to Plate: Improvise Meals You Love—from What You Have!—Plant-Packed, Gluten-Free, Your Way! (Paperback)
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What you crave + What's in your cupboard = Joyful cooking your way
Heather Crosby loves a good recipe, but most of the time, she simply cooks pantry to plate. What’s that?
Celebrate the gorgeous and delicious possibilities of plant-based Southern cuisine.
Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar (Hardcover)
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