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Serving up creamy, rich vegan desserts since the beginning of ‘vegan desserts,’ and there’s still nothing better

Ramekin of chocolate mousse on top of The Farm Vegetarian Cookbook, Vegan Pie in the Sky, Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts

Blending silken tofu up in order to create a creamy dessert is one of those things that sounds like only a vegan could love. Tofu, in my dessert? Yes, tofu in everyone’s dessert! It works perfectly, seamlessly every time.

I have long maintained that this is the absolute best, most…

Romy Gill’s ‘Zaika: Vegan Recipes From India’ is all about creating big flavors with simple ingredients

A hand holding the book “Zaika” by Romy Gill, which has illustrations of various vegetables and fruits on a dark green cover

“For me, to write this book was very, very important,” chef and writer Romy Gill tells me over the phone from her home in the United Kingdom. The book is Zaika: Vegan Recipes from India, and it is a homage to her mother and the way she grew up eating…

Vintage Veg

1981’s ‘World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking’ taught Western home cooks how to use spices other than salt and pepper

Madhur Jaffrey’s World of the East Vegetarian Cookbook book cover is pictured, with an Asian-inspired font and illustration

Madhur Jaffrey is the queen of Indian home cooking, a title she’s held for quite some time thanks to the numerous influential cookbooks she’s published. I have so many of her books that I’ve not actually used all of them, including World of the East Vegetarian Cooking. …

Vintage Veg

Revisting a 2003 vegan cookbook from the iconic organic, vegan restaurant that once stood in the East Village

A blue neon sign reading Angelica Kitchen

Out of all the vegan restaurants in New York City lost to time, I miss Angelica Kitchen most of all. There is a specific kind of mood, a certain tone in the weather, that can stir up a desire in me that could only be sated by a macrobiotic tempeh…

A rectangular sheet pan pizza with crispy, browned potatoes and basil and pine nuts, next to 4 retro Baby-Sitters Club books

A richly satisfying vegan pizza recipe, in tribute to an unbelievably satisfying TV-watching experience

In Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited, Captain Charles Ryder realizes he will be returning with his battalion to the same castle where he spent much of his youth. This unexpected reminder of times past shakes him to his very skeleton, and the outside world is silenced as he’s left…

Vintage Veg

Ginny Callan’s 1987 cookbook takes a seasonal, local approach to meatless cuisine that’s still refreshing over 30 years later

A hand holds up a paperback copy of “Horn of the Moon.”

Ginny Callan ran the Horn of the Moon café in Montpelier, Vermont, from 1977 to 1990 — quite a run for a vegetarian space outside a big city, and she has two cookbooks to show for it: Horn of the Moon Cookbook: Recipes from Vermont’s Renowned Vegetarian Restaurant and Beyond…

Vintage Veg

How ‘The Second Seasonal Political Palate’ helped me find a different way to write about food

A photo of the book ‘The Second Seasonal Political Palette’ featuring a black and white floral illustration

When I found The Second Seasonal Political Palate at Kitchen Arts & Letters in New York City many years back, it felt like a treasure. I had only recently begun to collect and research vintage vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, seeking a political through line, and I knew the out-of-print early…


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