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What Should our April VegCookbook Be?

Hello VegCooks!

I thought we’d do a poll this time to choose our April VegCookbook. Please vote by March 25th in the poll below. I’ve put links to the books on Amazon below the poll if you want to read more about them.



mayimsvegantableMayim’s Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours
by Mayim Bialik

morequickfixvegan

More Quick-Fix Vegan: Simple, Delicious Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less by Robin Robertson

new vegetarian cooking for everyone

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Straight-from-the-Earth

Straight from the Earth: Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone by Myra Goodman

Penne Arrabbiata + “Cuban” Black Bean Soup

Hello VegCooks!

First off, I want to say thank you for all of the thoughtful comments in response to my request for feedback about how useful the VegCookbook Club Story Swaps are to you, and if I should continue to do them. I’m going to mull over all of your great suggestions and figure out what would be best for the Club and fun for me ( :

Last week, I made two dishes from The Vegan Table by our February VegCookbook Club author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

The Penne Arrabbiata was very yummy and quick to make.  I added a ton of  extra garlic and served it with a side of Nate’s Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs. This was my first time trying Nate’s Meatballs and they were delish.

pasta arrabiata

I also made the “Cuban” Black Bean soup. It has a strong banana flavor (the recipe calls for three bananas) that I simultaneously liked and didn’t like, if that makes any sense. I liked the “Caribbean” flavor of the soup, but sometimes the banana flavor was too weird. I served it with slices of Italian Field Roast Sausage and avocado to give it a little more savory flavor.

"Cuban" Black Bean Soup

What have you been VegCooking?

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 VegCookbook Club Story Swap

30 Day Vegan Challenge

Color Me Vegan

The Joy of Vegan Baking

The Vegan Table

Vegan’s Daily Companion

Kale Chips, Penne with Veggies, Three-Bean Chili, Warm Spinach Salad + Garlic and Greens Soup

Hello VegCooks!

Sorry it’s been so long since I did a round-up/VegCookbook Club Story Swap. I think I’ve mentioned that I have a new, almost full-time job, and I’m having trouble finding time to blog here regularly.

Plus, y’all been cooking up a storm. It’s hard to keep up! Over the three weeks, 25 of us have made and shared almost 120 recipes from our January and February VegCookbooks!

Just out of curiosity, how useful/interesting are the VegCookbook Club Story Swaps to you? Should I continue them, or do you follow along with people’s VegCooking on your own?

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Since I last posted a round-up a few weeks ago, I’ve made a bunch of stuff from The Vegan Table by our February VegCookbook author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau:

I made the Three-Bean Chili last weekend for the Super Bowl. Very yummy and so colorful. I didn’t include the suggested cayenne powder ’cause I’m a spiciness wimp. I’ll definitely make this again.

Three Bean Chili

This is the second time I’ve made the Warm Spinach Salad, but this time I used 3/4  of a cup of balsamic vinegar rather than the suggested 1 cup because my notes said, “Good, but less vinegar, or more oil.”  It was just as good the second time, but still too vinegar-y. I’ll use even less vinegar next time.

Warm Spinach Salad

I also made the Garlic and Greens Soup last night. It’s raining like crazy this weekend in the Bay Area, and lots of people at work have been sick, so it seemed like a good time to eat a head of garlic.  The soup has a surprising sweetness that I really like, but it’s not very filling. If I make it again, I will add white beans, so that it can more of an entree soup.

Garlic and Greens Soup

Last weekend I also made the Penne Pasta with Fresh Vegetables, which was delicious, but it doesn’t make great leftovers. Because the vegetables are fresh, they get increasingly soggy and limp with each day. I would only make this again if I knew it could all be eaten the day it was made. I would also sauté the Field Roast Sausages in a separate pan before I added them to the the dish to give them some crispiness.

Penne Pasta with Fresh Vegetables

Last month, I tried two more recipes from Happy Herbivore Light and Lean by our January VegCookbook author, Lindsay Nixon. I liked Scott’s Burrito fine, but decided that I prefer for my burritos to be a little warm.

Scott's Burrito

The last thing I made from Happy Herbivore Light and Lean was the Kale Chips. I made a mistake that I’ve done before when making kale chips: I wash the kale and then put it in the oven without drying it off first. Don’t do it! It take for-ev-ah for them to crisp.

Kale Chips

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 VegCookbook Club Story Swap

February: The VegCookbooks of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Color Me Vegan

The Joy of Vegan Baking

The Vegan Table

Vegan’s Daily Companion

January: The VegCookbooks of Lindsay Nixon

Happy Herbivore

Everyday Happy Herbivore

Happy Herbivore Abroad

Happy Herbivore Light and Lean

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Our February 2014 VegCookbook Author: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Everyone seemed to enjoy cooking from one VegCookbook author’s collection last month, so I thought we’d do it again in February!

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Our February 2014 VegCookbook author will be Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen is the author of six books:

30-Day Vegan Challenge

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Color Me Vegan (our February 2013 VegCookbook)

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The Joy of Vegan Baking

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On Being Vegan

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The Vegan Table (our February 2012 VegCookbook)

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Vegan’s Daily Companion

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To learn more about Colleen, check out some of her social media channels:

If you’re a newbie here, you can read about how to participate in the VegCookbook Club on our About and Love Notes pages. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com.

Butternut Bisque with Coconut Swirl + Cast-Iron Stir-Fry + Tofu-Mushroom Stroganoff

Your votes are in! The VegCookbook you enjoyed cooking from the most with the VegCookbook Club in 2013 is . . . Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz! Your second choice was Eat, Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton, and third was Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

Since our last round-up, I made three more recipes from Isa Does It: The Butternut Bisque, which was good. We’ve been having it as a “starter” over the past few nights.

Butternut Bisque

The Cast-Iron Stir-Fry which I *loved* (I made it in a wok). I’ll definitely make this again, but will probably top it with less basil and no avocado.

Cast-Iron Stir-Fry

And the Tofu-Mushroom Strogonoff. The sauce for this recipe was phenomenal and I’ll definitely make it again. It had way too much tofu for my tastes, so I would cut that back next time. Yummy.

Tofu-Mushroom Stroganoff

Below is our last round-up for 2013. Some of you early birds have already begun trying recipes from our January 2014 featured VegCookbook author, Lindsay Nixon!

VegCookbook Club Story Swap

Lindsay Nixon’s VegCookbooks (January 2014)

Isa Does It (November)

Betty Goes Vegan (August)

Eat, Drink and Be Vegan (July)

Vegan on the Cheap (May)

How It All Vegan (April)

Vegan Brunch (March)

Color Me Vegan (February)

Crazy Sexy Kitchen (January)

What have you been VegCooking?

Poll: Which Was Your Favorite 2013 VegCookbook?

Hello VegCooks!

2013VCBCIt’s time to vote for the VegCookbook you enjoyed cooking from the most with the VegCookbook Club in 2013! The VegCookbooks are listed in the poll (below) in the order that we cooked from them.

A big thanks to all of you for being such fun and enthusiastic cooks.

When I started the VegCookbook club two years ago, I wrote in my first post:

My hope is that the VegCookbook Club will:
• Be a fun and creative community
• Provide inspiration, support and motivation for us to eat less animal products
• Encourage us to cook more often for ourselves, our family, friends and community

You’ve made my hopes into a reality. Thank you!

Our January 2014 Featured VegCookbook Author: Lindsay Nixon

Happy holidays everyone!

A big thanks to all of you who shared ideas for our 2014 VegCookbooks on the blog and Instagram.

Some of you liked the idea of cooking from one VegCookbook author’s cookbooks each month, so that more people can participate in case they’re unable to get their hands on the newest cookbook. I don’t think we’ll do that every month, but I *definitely* think we should add it to the mix starting with January 2014:

Our January 2014 featured VegCookbook author will be Lindsay Nixon! Lindsay is the author of four VegCookbooks:

Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great (December 3, 2013)

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Happy Herbivore Abroad: A Travelogue and Over 135 Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes from Around the World (December 4, 2012)

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Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes (December 6, 2011)

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The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes (February 1, 2011)

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Here’s Lindsay’s social media 411:

If you’re a newbie here, you can read about how to participate in the VegCookbook Club on our About and Love Notes pages. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com.

P.S. I’ll post a poll for us to vote for our favorite VegCookbook of 2013, as well as a final round-up of our December 2013 VegCooking before the end of the year.

Coconut and Red Lentil Soup + Pesto Soup with Gnocchi, Beans and Greens

Last week was REALLY cold for California standards so making soup was definitely in the cards. I made two: The Coconut Red Lentil Soup from our January 2013 VegCookbook, Crazy Sexy Kitchen . . .

Coconut and Red Lentil Soup

and the Pesto Soup with Gnocchi, Beans and Greens from our November VegCookbook, Isa Does It.

Pesto Soup with Gnocchi, Beans and Greens

What have you been VegCooking?

VegCookbook Club Story Swap:

Isa Does It (November)

 Betty Goes Vegan (August)

Eat, Drink and Be Vegan (July)

How It All Vegan (April)

Vegan Brunch (March)

Color Me Vegan (February)

Crazy Sexy Kitchen (January)

Call for 2014 VegCookbook Ideas!

The VegCookbook Club will be two years old in January (yay!) and it’s time to start thinking about what VegCookbooks we want to cook from together in 2014.

Some new and upcoming VegCookbooks that caught my eye are:

happy-herbivore-light-lean-small-bookcover.e6521c5db7a7Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great by Lindsay Nixon (pub date: December 3, 2013)

mayimsvegantable

Mayim’s Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by  Mayim Bialik (pub date: February 11, 2014)

ohsheglows

The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon (pub: March 4, 2014)

new vegetarian cooking for everyone

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison (pub date: March 4, 2014)

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More Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson (pub date: March 4, 2014)

veganeatsworld

Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet (paperback version) by Terry Hope Romero (pub date:April 8, 2014)

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Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry (pub date: Apr 8, 2014)

happycowrestaurant

The HappyCow Cookbook: Recipes from Top-Rated Vegan Restaurants around the World  edited by Eric Brent and Glen Merzer (pub date: June 3, 2014)

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Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don’t Have to Be Vegan to Love by Terry Hope Romero (pub date: Jun 10, 2014)

Chloe’s Vegan Italy: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, and Lots of Creamy Italian Classics–Veganized! by Chloe Coscarelli (pub date: Sep 23, 2014)

What new and old VegCookbooks do you want to cook from together in 2014?

Below is a list of VegCookbooks we’ve cooked from together so far:

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2013

“Hide the Lentils” Tomato Sauce + Immune Me Juice

Last week, I dove back into two 2013 VegCoookbooks: Crazy, Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr, and Eat, Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton.

I didn’t have a juicer when we were cooking from  Crazy, Sexy Kitchen in January, so I was excited to go back in and try some of the juice recipes. I made the Immune Me Juice, which was very tart, but definitely felt like it was doing something.immune me juice

I also made the “Hide the Lentils” Tomato Sauce again from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.

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This time around, I pureed it with my immersion blender. I liked it, but should have followed my notes from when I made it in July: “When I make this again, I’ll add some olives and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to give it some zing.”

What have you been VegCooking?

VegCookbook Club Story Swap:

Isa Does It (November)

Vegan Indian Cooking (September)

Eat, Drink and Be Vegan (July)

Vegan Brunch (March)