Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Veganomicon

Before I went back to college this year I had very little interest in cooking. I thought it took way too long and was ridiculously dangerous. (You may laugh now, but think about the last time you burned or cut yourself, or when you saw someone who cooks on TV slice their finger open. The open flames alone is enough to make anyone a little apprehensive.). Throughout high school and my first two years of college I refused to learn to cook or help. I truly believed that toast and mac and cheese out of a box were hot meals. 

Now that I am no longer forced to eat the gross food in the dining hall, my desire to cook has grown enormously. I no longer view it as a nuisance, but rather as a skill that increases my independence. It is also a perfect activity for people who like instant self-gratification, especially those who like to eat.

At this point I have been feeding myself for well over six months and I am starting to get incredibly tired of the few things I can make. I bought the recipe book "Veganomicon" after a recommendation from someone I interviewed for my upcoming project on veganism. 

Image courtesy of Post Punk Kitchen

When I first saw the book it was love at first sight. The front cover is colorful and beautiful, while the book itself is packed full of hundreds of vegan recipes that are well organized and simple to make. 

I don't think I have ever been so excited to have time to cook. This book means I won't have to be bored all of the time, and the recipes that can be done in 45 minutes or less will become my new go-to meals. From desserts (most important, obviously) to main courses and snacks, "Veganomicon" makes vegan cooking easy, flavorful, and fun for everyone, not just vegans. (Keep your eye out for all the things I will make after my finals next week.)

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