December 26, 2010
Yesterday was Christmas, which means today I’m exhausted! haha No seriously. I’m exhausted. Wiped out. Beat. Done. To’ up from tha flo’ up. So I’m gonna keep this one short. One of the favorite gifts I received yesterday, wait. That sounds bad. Like now, on my blog, that is out there on the infinite world-wide web of internet, for alllll the world to see, I’m really going to rate my Christmas gifts? Divulge which gift I liked best? That would be bad. Rude. Uncouth. Straight jacked. I’m not that tired.
Let me say this, one of the many glorious, stupendous, wonderful, and thoughtful gifts I received yesterday, that I am equally excited about, is the vegan cookbook The 30 Minute Vegan. Clearly my family knows that I don’t like to muss around in the kitchen for too long, considering the only other cookbook I’ve ever been gifted, is when my sister gave me Rachael Ray’s 365: No Repeats, A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners, A 30-Minute Meal Cookbook. That’s right. They know I like my cooking time to be short and sweet. Just like this blog post was supposed to be.
Moving on… the cookbook is by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray. Reinfeld is founding chef of the celebrated Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, and has been preparing vegan cuisine for more than 15 years. He is the author of Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, which won a Gourmand Award for “Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA”. Murray is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw. She teaches classes internationally, on vegan cooking, baking, and raw food preparation.
The back cover of the cookbook reads: “Busy vegans, rejoice! A fun and user-friendly guide, The 30-Minute Vegan is for people who want to cook fresh and healthy vegan cuisine, but don’t have a lot of time (or don’t want to spend what time they do have, slaving away in the kitchen – I added this part. This is actually not on the back cover of the cookbook.) With over 175 simple and delectable whole foods recipes, The 30-Minute Vegan demystifies the art of vegan food preparation for both experienced cooks and novices alike, with chapters devoted to smoothies and satiating beverages, snacks, wraps, rolls, wholesome suppers, guilt-free comfort food, and of course divine desserts. With at-a-glance cooking charts, delicious raw foods recipes, kid-friendly dishes, and exciting menu suggestions for every occasion, The 30-Minute Vegan is an essential everyday cookbook for vegan cooks everywhere.”
Well I’ve only briefly flipped through this cookbook, but am excited to try it out. Some of the recipes that have already piqued my appetite are – Indian Chai Latte, Mushroom Spinach Crepes, Mediterranean Hummus Wrap, Japanese Soba Noodle Bowl, Rainbow Kale Salad, Mexican Tortilla Soup, African Sweet Potato Soup, Baked Plantains, Jalapeno Poppers, Thai Green Curry, Jamaican Vegetable Medley, Moroccan Couscous, Live Lemon Bars, need I continue? The index of this cookbook reads like an international passport for the tastebuds! I guess if I can’t afford to go to these places in person, I can at least go to them in my mouth. Wait. That sounds wrong. Clearly I am that tired.