I just bought this cookbook this afternoon while waiting for my new glasses to become uncomfortable (it seems things other than shoes made by Italians are prone to a breaking in period) and I’m already super excited and have hardly perused the recipes! Perhaps I’m just happy to be reading something other than the imminent doom of humanity, or Middle English that I have to read twice to slightly comprehend, but perhaps she just wrote a damn fine preface. I was obviously attracted to the book because of the title as I accidentally became a vegan (it’s all Google’s fault actually). While I say I’m “vegan” I’m kinda fudging the truth. I guess I’m actually a sushegan; which means I’m vegan except for when I eat sushi. I only eat sushi once or twice a month so I figure I’m still roughly 98.39% vegan.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen The Accidental Vegan cookbook yet you should run out of your apartment this instant and go pick it up. Ok, maybe it’s not quite that urgent but it’s due some of your attention. Devra Gartenstein makes some good points about vegan and vegetarianism in her preface; like how people see vegan food as some weird cataclysmic way of life and they can’t eat vegan food until they conform from their evil ways (which isn’t true at all). I find it funny how people think vegan food is weird when they eat it every single day without thinking about it. Aside from her well versed preface, she obliges us with many a great looking recipe that aren’t complicated or include 27.5 ingredients to stress you out before you even open the cupboard. She actually owns and runs the Patty Pan Grill in Seattle, which I haven’t been to but when the day comes that I finally take the 3 hour trip northward I will definitely be stopping in. She also has a blog she keeps up with so check her out.