Transforming vegan cooking from "oat cuisine" to "haute cuisine"
Sampling ruby-red organic berries at a farmers' market. Comparing thirty varieties of rice noodles in a Vietnamese food store. Ordering “good & greasy” vegetarian rotis from a street cart. This is the life of the urban vegan, and author Dynise Balcavage brings this cuisine to life in The Urban Vegan. Designed to help vegans—and all readers—find inspiration for a healthy, varied, and delicious diet in each city market, restaurant, and corner store that they visit, this book presents 250 delicious, and even decadent, original vegan recipes inspired by the colorful culinary landscapes of urban areas.
Accompanying the recipes are shortcuts, entertaining ideas, and menu themes that will please even omnivores; an overview of the vegan pantry; and helpful icons that alert readers to low-fat, kid-friendly, fast, omnivore-friendly, and frugal recipes at a glance.
Dynise Balcavage has been cooking since age seven, and writing professionally for the past 16 years. The author of 11 books for young readers, she recently published recipes in Herbivore magazine and Végétariens magazine (France’s first vegetarian magazine), and has written for VegNews. An interview with her in Herbivore ran alongside an interview with Rory Friedman (author of Skinny Bitch and Skinny Bitch in the Kitch). She and her husband were also featured in an article on interdietary relationships in The New York Times.
Dynise’s blog, Urban Vegan (http://urbanvegan.net), details life as a city vegan and the ups and downs of living with an omnivore spouse. She gets more than 30,000 visitors each month and more than 2,500 web sites currently link to her. Urban Vegan made the top 10 food blogs nationwide in the 2007 Bloggers’ Choice Awards and Philadelphia Weekly featured it in September 2007 as one of Philadelphia’s top food blogs.
Dynise volunteers for Philly PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), and is an activist for countless animal rights organizations. She lives in Philadelphia.