As part of the contest to win Del Sroufe’s new cookbook Better Than Vegan, I asked you to tell me how many vegan/vegetarian cookbooks you own. It was fun to see your answers. I decided I would play along so I counted my veg cookbooks as well. Let’s just say I’m a bit of a book collector. I love books, period. I knew I had a bunch of cookbooks but even I was blown away by the number: 54. (Gulp). This doesn’t even include books that are half informational and half cookbook, or e-books. Yep…I know, I have a problem. The worst part is I don’t use them very often since I’m usually determined to create my own recipes. Geez.
Anyway, on to announcing the randomly chosen winner! Congratulations to Cynthia Carignan! She now has 2 veg cookbooks!! Enjoy, Cynthia!! Thanks to everyone who played along.
Imagine being vegan and weighing nearly 500 lbs. Seems impossible doesn’t it? Most people associate vegan with healthy. For many that is the case, but the opposite is also true. Potato chips? Vegan. French fries? Vegan. Soda? Vegan. Vegetable oils? Vegan. See where I’m going with this? Vegan (the absence of animal foods) is only healthy when the diet is comprised of whole, low-fat, plant foods. Vegan junk food is how you get sick and in Del’s case, to 475 pounds! This is the meaning of the title of Del’s new cookbook, Better Than Vegan. Being vegan isn’t enough if you want to achieve optimal health and weight…you must be Better Than Vegan! Del has managed to drop nearly all of his extra weight but doing just that!
Del’s recipes are easy to follow and execute, and of course they’re delicious! To give you an idea of how tasty and easy his recipes are, I made the Smokey Black Bean Bisque (recipe below) and it was phenomenal! Truly. I’m not generally a non-chunky soup fan but the flavor of this soup was fantastic, and even though it’s not chunky, its still nice and thick. Del instructs you to toast and grind the cumin seeds and I’m sure this really contributed to the rich flavor – so don’t skimp and use bottled, ground cumin if you can help it. He also calls for fresh oregano which I didn’t have and couldn’t find at the store, so I used dried. If you do that remember to cut the amount in half. So, instead of 2 tsp fresh, you would use 1 tsp dry. I soaked and cooked my own black beans ahead of time, but canned would be fine – just remember to rinse them. I did not garnish with cilantro because I despise it and think it tastes like perfume. Bleh! For leftovers the next night I roasted delicata squash, filled it with wild rice and kale, and topped it with the bisque – YUM!
Chef Del’s Smokey Black Bean Bisque from “Better Than Vegan”
To be the lucky winner of this great book simply answer the question following the recipe to enter yourself in the drawing. One winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, 1/15/14.
Contest Question: How many vegan or vegetarian cookbooks do you own?