VeganMoFo VII: Vegan A to Z!

September 1st, 2013 12:01 am by Kelly Garbato

Vegan A to Z - The VeganMoFo 2013 Book Pile (0009)

Behold! The VeganMoFo VII book pile!
Guarded by a stuffed mini-Ralphie, who will be with us in spirit.
Ditto Kaylee, though I’ve yet to find a stuffed animal that resembles my lumpy little girl.

Happy VeganMoFo, ya’ll! This is the month that vegans the internets over gather to discuss and share all things food-related: Recipes. Cookbooks. Tips and techniques. Favorite websites. And most of all: hundreds (thousands?) of gorgeous, melt-in-your-mouth, so-good-you-can-almost-taste-it food photos. Not like we need a special month, but hey. It’s nice to be on the same page for a few weeks, innit?

Because I got hooked on the theme thing last year (Eat to the Beat! Remember me?), I decided to do that same in 2013. Not the same theme, just a theme. I rilly rilly rilly wanted to do a month’s worth of foods found in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, but had to shelve the idea due to lack of time and energy. (Regular readers might remember that I lost my two eldest dogs, Ralphie and Kaylee, back in May – a mere twelve days apart. Not to be a bummer, but I’m still recovering.) But hey, there’s always 2014, right? On the bright side, that’ll give me time to reread the series and hopefully come up with a few more menu ideas. At last count I was still four posts shy of a full month.

So instead of HDM, an alphabet theme! As I understand it, it’s customary to pick an ingredient for each letter of the alphabet and then cook a dish that includes it, preferably in a prominent position (A for apples, B for blueberries, etc.). Because I play fast and loose with the rules, I won’t be quite as strict as this. Mostly the letters will correspond to the recipe’s title, but not always. (This is what they in the biz call a “teaser”!) Living dangerously, this is how you do it.

The goal for the month is to work through all 26 letters of the alphabet (Sundays are reserved for Iron Chef – assuming it isn’t too difficult! *fingers crossed*), while trying all new-to-me recipes. A few are Kelly G. originals, but most come from cookbooks – in this case:

  • Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family by Annie and Dan Shannon (2013)
  • Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food: 150 Down-Home Recipes Packed with Flavor, Not Calories by Alicia C. Simpson (2012)
  • The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe: 150 Plant-Based Makeovers of Classics from France, Italy, Spain…and Beyond by Mark Reinfeld (2012)
  • Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For–From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (2009)
  • Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero (2007)
  • Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson (2010)
  • The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook by Robin Robertson (2002)
  • Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way by Chloe Coscarelli (2012)
  • The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur: Over 140 Simply Delicious Recipes That Treat the Eyes and Taste Buds by Kelly Peloza (2010)

    If this looks like a ridiculously ambitious book pile, you’re right. Truth be told, most of the menu will come from Betty Goes Vegan and Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food, with the other cookbooks contributing a recipe or two each. Not because they aren’t awesome; Betty Goes Vegan and Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food are just my two newest acquisitions, so it makes sense.

    Let the feeding frenzy begin!


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    1. A is for Apple Pie Ice Cream » V for Vegan: Says:

      […] world over gather to drool over their favorite foods. This year I’m doing an alphabet theme, Vegan A to Z, where I try to hit all 26 letters of the alphabet while cooking/baking/eating my butt off. […]

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