Reporting from the Road…

It’s tough to blog while you are traveling, I’ve discovered. Carrying around a computer is a nuisance, and getting out my camera to take a photo of something I’ve cooked is basically unheard of. Even my cooking has gone on break – which is very upsetting to me and all my diners, I can assure you. No one’s been getting to eat these delicious vegan, gluten-free desserts or meals!

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So, since I’ve been on break, I thought I would share with you a list of my favorite blogs and books. Hopefully they’ll tide you over until I start posting again…

Top 7 Cookbooks

The Complete Tassajara Cookbook – Edward Espe Brown
Recipes arranged seasonally using fresh, whole foods based on tasty pairings instead of exact measurements; filled with inspiration for cooking with joyful intention and attention

Local Flavors – Deborah Madison
How to cook seasonal, regional ingredients in simple, timeless ways; written by a former Chez Panisse chef & San Francisco Zen Center student

The Essential Vegetarian – Diana Shaw
Hundreds of light, fresh recipes with lots of variations, information on ingredients, techniques & nutrition

Veganomicon – Isa Moskowitz & Terry Romano
None of that fake meat or egg replacer crap! Just wonderful ways to eat fruits and vegetables, plus great how-to guides – a true vegan classic

Enchanted Broccoli Forest – Mollie Katzen
Great for ideas on vegetarian meals, improvising, and planning menus; beautifully illustrated

Vegan’s Daily Companion – Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
A full guide on becoming & maintaining a vegan lifestyle, complete with stories, recipes, techniques and informational guides on healthful eating & use of unfamiliar foods

Farmer John’s Cookbook – John Peterson
Recipes from a biodynamic CSA, arranged by crop & season, full of random tips on storage, preservation, and philosophical ramblings.

And A Couple Others…
The New Laurel’s Kitchen – Laurel Robertson
One Dish Vegan – Robin Roberston
Organic Cook’s Bible – Jeff Cox
Jerusalem – Yotam Ottolenghi
Vegetarian Epicure – Anna Thomas

Top 13 Food Blogs
*I use Feedly to read all my blogs – it compiles them on one convenient, easy to use webpage

My New Roots
Oh She Glows
The First Mess
Oh My Veggies
This Rawsome Vegan Life
Healthy Green Kitchen
Love & Lemons
Healthy. Happy. Life.
Rawmazing
101 Cookbooks
Manifest Vegan
Edible Perspective
Wild Roots

Other Websites
find local food:
eatwellguide.org
localharvest.org

travel & work:
helpx.net
workaway.info

travel & farm:
goodfoodjobs.com
wwoof.org

awesome online library on agriculture, health & spirituality
soilandhealth.org

I hope this list brings inspiration for your holiday cooking and gifting needs! And wishing you all many tidings of peace and love during this wonderful season!

Right Food, Right Action, Right Awareness

Join me on my journey to learn about food – how its produced, distributed, consumed; how to be a conscious consumer; how to eat “healthy” and more.

I’m headed to Shelter Island, NY for a 9-month farming apprenticeship. At Sylvester Manor, I’ll learn how to plant, weed, harvest, wash and distribute produce. I’ll help out with our CSA and farmer’s market stand. I’ll be involved in cultural outreach and educational programs related to regional, organic, seasonal & sustainable eating. And I’ll be singin’ my heart out through it all.

A long time lover of food, my journey really started last year when I worked as a cook on a small organic farm in northern California. After almost a year of my own personal transformation regarding what I eat and why, I’m ready to share my thoughts with whoever else is interested. Because ultimately, food is an issue that concerns everyone, everywhere – and it’s about a lot more than just getting your fill.

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution