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 Post subject: Tell-A-Vision of your own cookbook(s)
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:23 pm 
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If there were no limits to your own resources- whether financial, imagination, cooking ability, etc., what cookbook(s) would you create???

I'll start us off...

1. Vegan Chaat Bible (insert your synonym for the word "bible")
veganized versions of favorite chaat; there are chaat cookbooks out there, but as for my favorite kind of dish, it deserves more attention; it would have a special section for different yogurts and yogurt-making approaches

2. Chaatfusion Confusion
a similar, but smaller book with fusion-inspired chaat, inspired by tostadas, tapas, and more...

3. Amazing and quick desserts

4. Nasty Green Smoothies
A kind of anti-cookbook...An entire book devoted to recipes for smoothies that taste so nasty, even God won't drink them! No pretending that they taste good; just give me heavy-duty nutrition which in bio-available form!

5. Vegan Eats (the Islamic Republic of) Iran
Inspired by Vegan Eats World, it would be veganized versions of some Iranian staples, including a whole section just on tahdig, some that perhaps even improve on tahdig? Would a sofrito work as a tahdig crust??? Would it be better? Sowhan and a well-tested recipe for persian ice cream(you know, the saffron-pistachio-rosewater ice cream)...sections on lesser-known stars of regional Iranian cuisine...lots of full-color pictures of mullahs eating these delectables who grace the pages of the book...call it post-punk meets Shi'ite Islam in a vegan venue...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:22 am 
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Ha, I like your ideas. I would contribute a satirical forward to your green smoothie book.

I started making a zine of veganized Canadian cuisine years ago and I still haven't finished it. I would like to write that book.

I'd also love to write a literary food memories/fiction/stories cookbook, but it would probably be dumb. Believe me, I've tried.


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I would like a kind of encyclopedia of vegan food. I really enjoy no-frills cook books in a strange way (the Veganomicon comes a little bit close to this), and I kind of like the idea of one that is literally:

Part one: milks, yogurts, cheeses
Part two: mockmeats (etc)
Part three: white and beige foods (pasta, potatoes, rice and alternatives like grains and cauliflower rice).
Part four: green vegetables
curries, gratins, soups etc etc etc etc etc

It would be called something like Encyclopædia Veganica (copyright me, right now) because I like fancy names.

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Gulliver wrote:
I would like a kind of encyclopedia of vegan food. I really enjoy no-frills cook books in a strange way (the Veganomicon comes a little bit close to this), and I kind of like the idea of one that is literally:

Part one: milks, yogurts, cheeses
Part two: mockmeats (etc)
Part three: white and beige foods (pasta, potatoes, rice and alternatives like grains and cauliflower rice).
Part four: green vegetables
curries, gratins, soups etc etc etc etc etc

It would be called something like Encyclopædia Veganica (copyright me, right now) because I like fancy names.


Veganica? I like!

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vijita wrote:
Ha, I like your ideas. I would contribute a satirical forward to your green smoothie book.

I started making a zine of veganized Canadian cuisine years ago and I still haven't finished it. I would like to write that book.

I'd also love to write a literary food memories/fiction/stories cookbook, but it would probably be dumb. Believe me, I've tried.


ooh, i think the literary food memories/stories would be an awesome book!

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I have no interest in writing it, but I would love a vegan cookbook full of Nepalese and Tibetan recipes. I've fallen in love with those cuisines via restaurants and I want more.

A low sodium vegan cookbook would be great, since I have to follow a low sodium diet.


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vijita wrote:
Ha, I like your ideas. I would contribute a satirical forward to your green smoothie book.

I started making a zine of veganized Canadian cuisine years ago and I still haven't finished it. I would like to write that book.

I'd also love to write a literary food memories/fiction/stories cookbook, but it would probably be dumb. Believe me, I've tried.


wow, what are some examples of favorite Canadian dishes?

Honored you'd write a forward!

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poutine, fry-bread, Halifax donair, Quebecois meat pies, vegan pemmican (a thing!), faux lobster...man I can't remember what else I had in there! Definitely had more First Nations dishes but I can't remember the names.


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Ooh, dig out the pemmican one, please!

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An as-yet-unnamed Vegan Jewish cookbook. I'm actually working on this very, very slowly. I'm maybe ten percent of the way through what I want to do.

I also used to want to make a casserole book, but Julie Hasson made one that i adore.

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mollyjade wrote:
An as-yet-unnamed Vegan Jewish cookbook. I'm actually working on this very, very slowly. I'm maybe ten percent of the way through what I want to do.

I also used to want to make a casserole book, but Julie Hasson made one that i adore.


wow, i'm intrigued! What - if you don't mind sharing- are examples of some favorite savory Jewish dishes?

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I've got a list of about a hundred recipes. A handful are onion rolls, brisket, chicken noodle soup, schnitzel, and schav. It heavily leans toward Ashkenazi, American, and Middle Eastern dishes, since those are what I'm familiar with.

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mollyjade wrote:
I've got a list of about a hundred recipes. A handful are onion rolls, brisket, chicken noodle soup, schnitzel, and schav. It heavily leans toward Ashkenazi, American, and Middle Eastern dishes, since those are what I'm familiar with.


chicken noodle? i'm intrigued! good luck with your cookbook!

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Schav!!

100 recipes for Disco Fries
Granola bars of the world
Grains + beans mix and match (my ideal vegan diet - various grains and bean dishes with lots of different spice profiles, separated by type of grain/bean or region of the world, haven't decided)


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Ariann wrote:
Granola bars of the world
Grains + beans mix and match (my ideal vegan diet - various grains and bean dishes with lots of different spice profiles, separated by type of grain/bean or region of the world, haven't decided)


I would kill for semi savoury granola bars.

Also, beans and grains are my most fave thing also. I want all the beans and all the grains.

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The culinary chestnut, just various recipes about the chestnut.


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Schav!!

100 recipes for Disco Fries
Granola bars of the world
Grains + beans mix and match (my ideal vegan diet - various grains and bean dishes with lots of different spice profiles, separated by type of grain/bean or region of the world, haven't decided)


granola? how unexpected! it's funny what gets us excited@

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Ooh, dig out the pemmican one, please!


Yes this!


Your zine sounds so amazing!

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I would call mine "Vehicles for Creamy Sauces"


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Ooh, dig out the pemmican one, please!


wow, i'd never heard of pemmican! is it something like lard???

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I would call mine "Vehicles for Creamy Sauces"

There's a cookbook at my work with a chapter called "Crispy Things." I think it would pair beautifully with your creamsy sauces.

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Two of my favourite cookbooks are Olive Trees and Honey and Mediterranean Harvest because they're encyclopedic in size and scope, and cover so much about history, culture and tradition (same with Ethnic Vegetarian), however they're vegetarian books. I would love to see someone do something similar regarding Jewish, Mediterranean and African-influenced food that is entirely vegan. I'd also like to see a big glossy hardcover book with luscious pics dedicated to French cuisine, and also a book that's all about sauces and condiments. I also came up with an idea for a book of bowls recipes that's ring-bound with the pages split horizontally into sections on sauces, proteins, greens/veg, and grains, that you can flip around to create different combos. Please and thank you!

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If I had the money and resources, I'd like to write and publish a book of very simple, tasty and somewhat nutritious recipes titled, "How to feed yourself when you're broke as hell and severely depressed" I'd distribute if for free through the local Canadian Mental Health branch.

Being creative and planning meals and shopping on a budget for someone on a disability income, and doing it while coping with a mental illness - well it's pretty damn tough. A lot of so-called budget or on the cheap vegan cookbooks are way off the mark for people who really are poor and not at all well.

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I think lots of older (seventies and eighties) vegetarian books are very frugal, using basically dry goods (lentils, beans, millet etc) and root vegetables. The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen is also very budget-friendly, I think.

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I agree Gulliver. Most of my early days of vegan cooking were very legume and root vegetable/frozen veg heavy. My favourite comfort foods are still like this.

But sometimes even rinsing beans and chopping an onion, or peeling a potato is beyond hard. Meal ideas like peanut butter on toast plus a glass of frozen orange juice- in addition to where to buy those items the cheapest are what's needed. A free booklet would be nice, because in Canada, most people on a disability income cannot afford the internet and only have access an hour at a time at the library. I think adding the legume/pulses root veg recipes would work in the booklet too, for just the poor as fork, but functioning a little better times.

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