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So Long, and Thanks For All the Faux-Fish

Posted Dec 06 2012 4:02pm
Well guys. It's been real fun, but I am taking a long hiatus from the internet in general, just to see how much of my life I can get back. No more Facebook, no more Twitter, no more blogging, and hopefully no more lost weekends spent hunched over the keyboard! I'm going to use the internet for emails and paying bills, and that's pretty much it. I'm committing to one full year of the minimal-internet lifestyle and next year (probably somewhere around Vegan MoFo time) I will assess whether or not I want to start blogging again. And I might! So, check back next November to see if I come back or not. In the meantime, enjoy the recipes.


As a farewell gift to you, I am doing one last giveaway. Microcosm Publishing , a fantastic independent publisher based in Portland, Oregon, was very generous with some prizes for you guys. Four different cookbooks to give away (two of each, so eight total!), along with four cool handmade vegan-themed cloth patches. And even a couple of stickers for two lucky winners.

Here are the cookbooks I'm giving away, with descriptions provided by the Microcosm Publishing website. Seriously, these things are awesome! Two super-good-karma-lucky winners will each receive all four books, plus two patches, and one sticker. BAM! How kickass is that?!

HOT DAMN AND HELL YEAH
THE DIRTY SOUTH COOKBOOK
"A new, completely redesigned and re-written third edition with a new recipe (Crazy Hippie Spring Rolls!) of two great vegan cookbooks combined! An anthology of Vanessa's "The Dirty South", meets Ryan Splint's Australian masterpiece "Hot Damn and Hell Yeah". HD&HY is a finely illustrated and designed collection of recipes that aren't afraid of spices but are suited for those into easy to find ingredients that don't taste like sawdust. The Dirty South is a unique take on southern cooking, vegan style with some tasty delectables, especially for those not afraid of garlic or baking. Sizzling with great cooking ideas and recipes, nutrition isn't always the first priority for either of these editors but the recipes are damn tasty!"

BAREFOOT AND IN THE KITCHEN
"This heavily illustrated vegan cookbook is packed with delicious recipes and entertaining essays. Not at all an exclusive affair, Barefoot and in the Kitchen works with ingredients available to folks everywhere—not just those with access to fancy health food stores. Make a basic white sauce, your own seitan, mac'n'cheese, cornbread, and cookies. Folks who have been vegan for awhile will love variations like stuffed shells, dirty rice, and "Cinnamon Buns of Doom." For Ashley resistance is tasty and once you try out these recipes your resistance will taste good too!"

FIRE AND ICE
"Traveling chef Joshua Ploeg presents 80 new and delicious, gourmet vegan recipes. Joshua is the epitome of the post-punk ethic manifest into his passion; traveling the country on buses and trains he presents gourmet dinner parties for you and your friends presented out of his backpack, circumventing the corporate route of disseminating his food, recipes, and love. This collection in particular is primarily spicy recipes and beverages (fire and ice, eh?) - blazing tofu, curried pineapple cream cheese, chicken yassa, garlic linguine, pineapple gazpacho with dates, blackeyed pea salsa, curried banana sandwiches, spicy basil turnip and tofu, iced tea with mango syrup, numerous alcoholic drink recipes, and much much more! A fun little foray into the world of punk rock's gourmet chef!"

SO RAW IT'S DOWNRIGHT FILTHY
"Let us not understate the might and magic of Joshua Ploeg’s cooking. The dude’s meals sparkle in your mouth; they burst and bloom; they explode and breakdance and pirouette! Joshua’s the “traveling vegan chef” and he is—as we speak, no less!—touring the world making insane-in-the-membrane multi-course DIY meals at shows and dinner parties. Revel in the majesty of easy and cheap recipes like his Mushroom-Pear Salad with Five Spice. Give yourself a massive high five after fixin’ up his pho (which is pho-king great!). Go bananas with his green curry, his incredible Shitakesbury Steak, his OMG-worthy raw Shepherd’s Pie! Want some more? There’s more, much more: 28 slammin’ pages with tips on all-things raw, raw-related articles, and awesome-a-licious recipes like Garlic-Sunflower Pate, Cashew Sour Cream, Melon Gazpacho, and Gumbo! The raw diet does not have to mean a pile of wilted lettuce with lime squeezed over it or a handful of stinkin’ peanuts! The raw diet can be a party!"

*And, just so you know, if you don't win, you can purchase all four books for only $20 right HERE .



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