Ah, holiday time is here, and for most of us, that means a time to feast. I’ve been feasting even a bit more than usual, as this year’s holiday has also matched up with my 40th birthday – which means it’s been celebrations a-plenty. At these times – in fact, at all times – good food is essential. Thankfully, over the past few years, making good vegan food has gotten easier than ever, primarily because of one woman: Isa Chandra Moskowitz.
Who is this person? Well, let’s look at what I’ve been feasting on lately, and it will come into focus. For my birthday, it was delectable chocolate mocha and also rum and raisin(!) cupcakes. Both earned rave reviews, but the kudos belonged to Moskowitz, whose amazing book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World was the inspiration. Of course man cannot live by cupcake alone, so we also had Lemondrop and Chocolate Mint Icebox (with real pieces of mint tucked in) cookies. Again, these were off-the-chart delicious, and everyone – vegan and non-vegan alike – dug in. These beauties came from Moskowitz’ latest book, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.
Moskowitz’ genius is not restricted to sweets. Her Veganomicon, pictured above, is an amazing cook book filled with suggestions for every day of the week – a lifeline for new vegans looking to get out of an eating rut. Still, for my money, her must-have book is also her newest: Vegan Brunch, a superb little collection that will have you creating all sorts of new traditions. Yesterday, we started a new Christmas brunch tradition with Cocoa-Raspberry muffins (yummier than you’d believe) and yes, an alternative main dish. Hey, I love tofu scramble as much as the next guy, but aren’t there some good savoury alternatives? Well, there are now, yesterday my wife and I enjoyed an amazing Tofu Sausage Pepper omelette, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Moskowitz managed to come up with a silken tofu/chickpea flour mixture that comes very close to duplicating the egg itself. It takes a little work to put together, but well worth it.
Next Christmas is obviously some way off, but if you’re looking for some gift suggestions for the vegan in your life – look no further. Moskowitz and her post-punk kitchen is turning the vegan cooking world upside down. Indeed, though we have many vegan cook books, none get more use than the four Moskowitz books currently inhabiting our world. Vegan Cupcakes take over the world indeed!
Note: I’m not sure if these books are available at NZ bookstores, but Amazon will ship them from overseas. We’ve purchased all four that way.