I recently picked up Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution, a book that follows Allen's surprising journey from pro basketball player to urban farmer. His goal is to transform the cultivation, production and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations; especially interesting as I picked up Bryant Terry’s The Inspired Vegan soon after. Bryant Terry sees his cookbooks as “organizing and base-building tools for the food justice movement.” Synchronicity, right?
”More than just a collection of recipes, The Inspired Vegan assembles many of the things that excite me to live, love, laugh, lounge, and lick my fingers….I approached it as a collage, combining my appreciation for food, design, storytelling, music, photography, and other media. To be clear, though, this is a cookbook, and my main goal is to provide you with the instructions and inspiration to prepare delicious food.”
The cookbook starts with Basics, an explanation for the creation of bases, cooking techniques, and other nuts and bolts useful in following the recipes. The recipes follow, divided according to season. Ingredients can be found at farmers’ markets, food coops, and most supermarkets. Menus that include drinks, appetizers, mains, sides, and desserts flow into each other. While Terry is specific in each menu and recipe, he is also eager to have the reader experiment, substituting ingredients or combining foods as desired.
There are so many interesting recipes, it’s going to be hard to choose the first one for our Meatless Monday!
About the Author: Bryant Terry started writing books because he felt called to engage a diverse national audience to confront the racial, economic, and geographic differences among eaters; recognize their own privileges; and reverse the negative impact the industrial food system has on our health, other animals, local economies, and the environment. His latest project is The Inspired Vegan. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen and co-author of Grub. Bryant Terry can be found on Twitter and also on Facebook.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of the Da Capo Lifelong Books. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the book a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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