Vegans everywhere have heard it, and most of us have heard it multiple times – “But where do you get your protein?!” I even got where do you get your protein-ed by a liver doctor just a couple of months ago! (For the curious, I stared at him incredulously and said, “Plants have protein. That’s where cows get it!”) So, obviously, the short answer is: plants. Plant foods offer more than enough protein to satisfy, with rare exceptions, the protein needs of most humans. Many plants even have more protein than animal sources! As vegans, we get our protein from pretty much everything we eat.
Hello, world! Today, I get to talk to you about my favorite cookbook(s)! You may not understand the scale of this undertaking. We have a lot of cookbooks. A lot. Seriously. There are three shelves on our baker’s rack of cookbooks, and we’ve run out of space and started stacking them in front, too.
For today’s prompt, I narrowed it down to three finalists: the Native Foods Cookbook, pretty much anything by Bryant Terry, or the vintage (1958!) Polish cookbook that I found in Portland last year. Every one of them was a contender for solid reasons. I am an oddity in modern American society – fourth-generation born in the U.S., but I can only claim one national heritage: Polish. Therefore, you can imagine how much fun I’ve been having veganizing recipes from Polish Cookery; I wouldn’t be surprised if my grandmother cooked from that book. On the other hand, Bryant Terry’s recipes are astounding – creative, down home cooking for a modern vegan world. Not at all the heritage I grew up with, but an amazing world of food I’ve come to love as an adult. In the end, I decided to cook from the Native Foods Cookbook, if for no other reason than I’ve been obsessively cooking from this book since we got it a few months ago, and every single meal has been phenomenal. Continue reading