June 7th, 2006

Letting the chicory speak to us

With the Vegan Cupcakes book out the door we can finally start working on the next cookbook which means I finally get to start cooking real food again. I'm sorry to break it to you that cupcakes aren't real food.

My philosophy has always been that if you can't put together a good salad on your own then you - wait, I can't insult my readership. I will rephrase. Some people are lactucally challenged and need salad recipes so I'm biting the bullet and including salads this go 'round. But don't worry, we will not insult you by asking that you put chickpeas and lettuce in a bowl and call it a day (even though chickpeas and lettuce are really good!) We're  going to innovate, sit in our gardens of light and peace and let the chicory speak to us. "I want pears" it seems to say "poppy seed polenta croutons, please" it whispers.  We're going to come up with some new and interesting combos that you don't already find in every vegetarian cookbook.  Barring that we are just going to bite off the menu of thai restaurants. Like this Jicama, Watercress and Avocado Salad with Spicy Citrus Vinaigrette that I came up with yesterday.

Jicama Salad

There's no title for the next book which is stressful because I just think of it as "the next cookbook" and it sounds really ominous. I can tell you that it's going to be a big endeavor, we are aiming for 400 recipes. So we're about 1/60th of way there. It's coming out in Fall of '07 so I'm being all leisurely about it, just making fresh summery things like I haven't a care in the world. But by Thanksgiving I should be freaking out and throwing pie crusts at people again.

Oh, and I keep saying "we" because Terry and I are writing it together. Which is great because Terry is all "green tea" and I'm all "pumpkin" and it's a nice balance.