I want to write a cookbook.
I’ve always wanted to write one. This blog was started 18 months ago because I wanted to create a platform for myself where I could be start to collect and test recipes. Since I’m at the very beginning of this project—no recipes written down, just lots of scribbles in a notebook beginning– I’ve decided to fill the next two weeks with research. I’m revisiting some of my favorite cookbooks.
One of my new favorite books is One Part Plant.
The more I read about vegetarian and vegan cooking, the more compelling I find it. Jessica Murnane embraced a vegan diet after being diagnosed with endometriosis. Transitioning to a plant-based diet helped her manager her symptoms. Her journey is deeply personal, and it inspired me to reassess the way I think about the food on my table.
As an avid and enthusiastic snacker, the first recipe I tested came from the snack section. The pistachio-coconut bars are winners. They didn’t take very much time or energy, and they were the perfect lunchbox snack all week.
Jessica now helms a movement—she’s inspiring people to eat one entirely plant-based meal everyday day. I picked up Jessica’s book because I’m vegan-curious. I don’t think my household could handle a switch to a vegan diet. I would have to pry the half and half from Jacob’s cold, dead hands. But I realize that I pick up chicken thighs or pork chops more out of habit than out of craving. Jessica’s book was the latest book to interrupt that. In the last year, writers like Jessica have encouraged me to rearrange my dinner table, putting vegetables at in the center of my dinner table.
So, readers, what are you favorite vegetarian dinners?