Diet For a New America, by John Robbins. But by no means was I well educated in day-to-day vegan cooking and whatnot! I yearned to be vegan with all my heart, but my head had to play catch-up! All I knew was that certain foods were not going to be purchased or eaten anymore--a boycott, plain and simple. But beyond that, it was all just a journey into a vegan wilderness. But it was a journey I was excited to embark upon! I'd just have to do without those familiar, yet cruel, foods. And do without them my husband and I did! No butter, cheese, milk, eggs, meats! I didn't even enjoy the compassionate alternatives or faux varieties of such items! The fact of the matter was that I didn't realize they existed!
So you can imagine the joy I felt when we discovered vegan mayo... OH MY GOSH! Follow Your Heart Vegenaise? Pure Elation! It had been so long... And Earth Balance vegan "butter"?! WOW! I'd been using peanut butter to make cinnamon toast, and mashed bananas to make frosting!!! It never was quite what I wanted. But now, all was well--my vegan journey was comfortable and complete!
It seems silly today, but my Jordan and I were very lonely vegans for well over a year. Outside of ourselves, we didn't know a single vegan! We didn't think to visit a health-food store to look for alternative foods... we thought they only stocked vitamins. We also didn't understand the magnitude of blogging and networking or we certainly would have tuned in sooner... it would have been so easy to tap into the culture and be in-the-know about all things vegan. Oh well. We eventually stumbled on a few old time acquaintances who happened to have chosen the vegan path as we had. Through them, we became connected to even more vegans in the Salt Lake Valley! What joy! We were no longer alone!
I always swear to people, (well, not swear, but you know what I mean...) that How It All Vegan! saved Jordan's and my vegan butt! Even though it was a year later that we discovered a local health food store carrying a plethora of additional and "unknown" ingredients we could use to make the remainder of recipes with, still, we wouldn't haven't known what to do or how to proceed with the very real everyday food questions and concerns we had as brand new vegans without this book. It was a timely find, and a blessing to be sure!
chili to chocholate cake from Sarah's and Tanya's cookbook and verdict is always the same: FABULOUS!!! I have already shared a few of the recipes from this cookbook here in my blog, as well as Jordan's and my variations on them. That was before I realized the power of networking that blogs can accomplish. I want to honor the authors--not tarnish there source of income by putting their work all over the web. So I will not be typing out their recipes word-for-word on my blog anymore. But I just may type up a review and add a photo of their tasty creativity here for you to browse! Then maybe you'll want to check out How It All Vegan! at the library for six months straight too! :) Or perhaps you'll behave like a normal person and just go buy it! Who knows! :)