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VegCookbook Club Update!

Hello VegCooks,

In July, I announced that I’m stepping down as the VegCookbook Club’s organizer. The good news is that three VegCookbook Club members, Elizabeth ThompsonJulie Gerdes and Christine Day, are organizing the next version of the VegCookbook Club!

They have created a Facebook page called The Veg Cookbook Club, a new Instagram feed (@thevegcookbookclub), and a new hashtag, #thevegcookbookclub. They are also working on a new website which will be found at thevegcookbookclub.com.


In September, The Veg Cookbook Club will be cooking together from any cookbooks by Robin Robertson.


In October, they will be cook together from the new Chloe Coscarelli cookbook, Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen.

Thank you Elizabeth, Julie and Christine for keeping the VCBC going in its new form!

Pesto + Marinated Tomato Sauce from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Pesto from Moosewood Cookbook

My senior year of college, I lived with four other women in a house with a kitchen (previously I’d lived in the dorm and eaten at the campus cafeteria). Sunday-Thursday, each of us would cook one dinner. Two of the women were vegetarians, and I was somewhat veggie, so most of our joint dinners were vegetarian. We cooked a lot from The New Basics Cookbook, The (original) Moosewood Cookbook, and The (original) Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

I think we ate the Pesto and Marinated Tomato Sauce from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest at least twice a month, if not more, so I’m rather sentimental about these recipes ( :

When I made them this month, they were just as tasty as they were 25 years ago, especially at this time of year, when tomatoes and basil are in season.

Marinated Tomato Sauce from Enchanted Broccoli Forest

The Pesto recipe was the first homemade pesto I’d ever made (it was the early 90’s and pesto was just becoming popular in the United States). I’ve made the Marinated Tomato Sauce more times than I can count. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like this recipe, so it’s the perfect vegetarian dish to bring to potlucks and have at parties. Plus, it’s crazy simple to make and double.

You could veganize the Marinated Tomato Sauce recipe by replacing the mozzarella with vegan mozzarella, or tofu, and veganize the Pesto recipe by replacing the parmesan cheese with vegan parm, or nutritional yeast (although, you might need to change the proportions for the pesto because vegan parm and nutritional yeast are such different textures than parmesan cheese).

VegCookbook Club Story Swap:

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More Quick-Fix Vegan (our May VegCookbook)

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More Quick-Fix Vegan Round-Up

Hello VegCooks!

How have you liked our May VegCookbook, More Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson? I’ve tried five recipes so far:

Farfalle with Madeira Mushrooms

Very yummy sauce!

Farfalle with Madeira Mushrooms
Rotini with Broccoli and Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

OK, but I probably wouldn’t make it again.

Rotini with Broccoli and Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Moroccan Couscous Bowl

Tasty!  I loved all of the different colors and textures.

Moroccan Couscous Bowl

Fiery “Korean” Stir-Fry

My favorite recipe of the five. Really delicious.

Fiery "Korean" Stir-Fry

Sushi Bowl

This was good too. Robertson has a real knack for creating original and delicious flavors.  The only drawback was that it didn’t make great leftovers.

Sushi Bowl

VegCookbook Club Story Swap:

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May 2014 VegCookbook: More Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson

more quick fix veganI know that many of you get your VegCookbooks at the library, so I wanted to announce our May VegCookbook early, to give you time to get your copies, especially if there is a waiting list.

Our May VegCookbook will be Robin Robertson’s newest VegCookbook, More Quick-Fix Vegan: Simple, Delicious Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less. I don’t know about you, but that is about all the time I have to cook dinner these days, so I’m hoping that this cookbook will help the hubs and I have more home-cooked meals!

She has four recipes from More Quick-Fix Vegan on her website:

You can learn more about Robin here:

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.

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)


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)


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)


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


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


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


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


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:



Comfort Loaf with Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Comfort Loaf with Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Happy Meatless Monday, VegCooks!

Last week, I made the Comfort Loaf with Creamy Mushroom Gravy from our May VegCookbook, Vegan on the Cheap. I wish I had as much success with wheat gluten as all of you who have been raving about the Wheatballs, but I have yet to make anything myself with wheat gluten that turned out well : (

My Comfort Loaf was OK, but not great. It crumbled when it came out of the loaf pan and was a funny texture. The Creamy Mushroom Gravy, on the other hand, was fantastic.  Soooooo yummy, and it made a lot.  I’ll definitely make it again, especially during the colder months and holiday season.

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P.S. I’ll announce the June VegCookbook on Wednesday!

Penne-Wise Peanutty Pasta + Blushing Fettucine Alfredo

Hello VegCooks!

So sorry for the delay in getting our weekly round-up posted. I started a new consulting gig yesterday, and some friends threw a party for me lat night – just because! How nice was that?

Anyway, last week I tried two more pasta dishes from our May VegCookbook, Vegan on the Cheap: the Penne-Wise Peanutty Pasta + the Blushing Fettucine Alfredo. Both were delicious.

I didn’t make any changes to the Penne-Wise Peanutty recipe, except to exclude the crushed red pepper.

peanutty pasta

I also didn’t make any changes to the Blushing Fettucine Alfredo recipe except that I used Newman’s Own Marinara Sauce, rather than making the Marinara Sauce recipe in the Vegan on the Cheap.

Blushing Fettucine Alfredo

VegCookbook Club Story Swap

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