Thursday, May 6, 2010

Betty Crocker, Caribbean, and Asian Vegan Cookbooks

Most of you are familiar with the concept of the movie Julie & Julia, based on a true story where a food blogger cooked her way through Julia Child's infamous Joy of Cooking.  After watching that movie, and seeing the horribe lobster killing scene, a vegan couple decided they would try something similar, veganize an entire cookbook. Originally, they were also going to tackle the Joy of Cooking, but ultimately they chose the Betty Crocker Cookbook as their inspiration. They've been blogging the experience and the recipes ever since at

The recipes they share definitely utilize a lot of analogues, and that's to be expected. The recipes also look super tasty! There's a reason that Betty Crocker cookbooks are still around after all these years, it's the comfort food many of us grew up on. It's nice to know there are vegan alternatives available for many of those recipes now, and someone else has done all the dirty work (ie. recipe adjusting/recipe tasting) for us. I believe that if the Shannons have enough interest, a vegan version of the Betty Crocker cookbook might come to life. In the meantime, you can follow along and try some of their recipes right now.

Speaking of vegan cookbooks, there is a new Caribbean cookbook coming out in October, Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion, and I am super intrigued by the food. I don't usually get to eat a lot of Caribbean-inspired food, so these recipes feel enticingly exotic to me. I check in on the blog it is inspired by, Vegan in the Sun, every now and again, and always see photos of food I wish I was eating. I'm pretty sure I'll be buying this cookbook when it arrives.

I've also been wanting to do a lot more Asian cooking. I actually grew up on a lot of Chinese food, which I love, but for some reason I don't cook it. I also love Thai and Vietnamese and I enjoy some Indian and Japanese. I haven't had much Korean or other East Asian foods, but I'd like to. I'll try anything (vegan)!

Anyway, so I'm looking for a good Asian vegan cookbook. I'm open to recipes with strange ingredients, just not lots of recipes that require super-extensive meal prep. Any recommendations? I was considering these two:


Missantrhopics said...

Get the one that says "30 minutes" on it LOL. I'm so lazy.

Kenike said...

I'll have to wait til July for that one. In the meantime, I will prolly look at the other at the bookstore and see what I think from the recipes. Cookbooks are really hard to rate without trying the recipes tho.