Introduction to an Imaginary Cookbook, Part 1

Like most of us, my first culinary memories are inextricably linked with my Mom. This may seem an odd place to start in a vegetarian cookbook, but I’ll never forget her veal. It was lightly breaded with flour and egg, and pan fried. I couldn’t get enough, and I would wolf down my first piece …

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Mangoes And Curry Leaves – Cookbook Review With Recipe For Bangla-Flavored Fried Zucchini

Bangladeshi-Style Fried Zucchini

Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid are one of the greatest cookbook writing teams alive today. Their ability to travel the world and fully engage with the people they meet allows them to bring back incredible stories, photos and recipes.

I’ve owned Home Baking: The Artful Mix of Flour and Traditions from Around the World …

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Sugar High Friday – Mysterious Cupcakes

When I heard that Fanny was hosting Sugar High Friday and devoting it to cupcakes, I knew  immediately that I’d participate. I first met Fanny when she commented on these Caramelized Pear Cupcakes with Blue Cheese Frosting that I published only a few weeks after I started this blog and we’ve been pals ever …

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Quinoa Cakes With A Farmer’s Market Riot – Recipe

On the way home from the farmer's market, Sarina and I joked that I wouldn't be able to resist playing with the molecular gastronomy toys, turning the zucchini into gel, the tomatoes into powder, spherifying the cukes and making the corn into a tableside sorbet with liquid nitrogen. But it was just a joke. With …

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Kisaku Sushi – Seattle, WA – Restaurant Review

Vegetarian Sushi At Kisaku Sushi In Seattle

Some folks might think that a vegetarian reviewing a sushi restaurant is like Ralph Nader reviewing Fashion Week. In some sense that is probably true, since I can’t give you any report on the quality of the fish, but we can still talk about the rice & nori, which …

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Goat Cheese And Fig Buttons?

I don’t really even know what to call these, and I’ll be the first to admit that is one sloppy plate. I was just hell-bent on trying out an idea, and since we have a new baby and aren’t getting much sleep, sometimes all I can do is to try and make an approximation and …

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Healthy Thai-Style Salad of Grilled Eggplant, Tofu, and Watermelon – Recipe

I'm calling this a Thai-style salad, but it could just as easily be Vietnamese or Cambodian. It was ultra-refreshing, and because the dressing is oil-free, very low calorie as well. This kind of salad can work either as part of a larger Southeast Asian spread, or by itself as a light meal.

I've seen watermelon used …

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