Welcome to the first official issue of the Veggiecurean Newsletter!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it brings together my two favorite things in the world: Delicious food and family and friends. As a lifelong vegetarian I’ve always made turkey-free Thanksgiving dinners, but as a relatively new vegan I’ve started hosting vegan Thanksgiving dinners, with the notable exception of my family’s favorite Three-Cheese Mac and Cheese! I’ve also done several ethnic Thanksgiving themes — Indian, Thai, Mexican, even Chinese — instead of traditional American food, but lately my kids have been insisting on the more traditional stuff (still vegetarian, of course!).
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year and you’ll have some vegetarian or vegan guests, here’s a sneak peek at what will be on the Veggiecurean Thanksgiving table to give you some ideas. If you make these dishes you won’t even miss the turkey, and you will LOVE the leftovers the next day! Also, some of these recipes can be prepared in advance so you can spend even more time with family and friends making beautiful memories.
I encourage you to share these recipes with your family and friends, and if you make any of them please share on social media and tag @veggiecurean — we love hearing from you.
My passion for cooking is almost matched by my passion for reading, so I wanted to share with you what I’ve been reading lately.Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing, edited by Sandra M. Gilbert, is my absolute favorite right now — it’s like a literary feast that celebrates all aspects of food, from childhood nostalgia to family rituals and stories to food politics. Reading it is like having friends and family over for dinner; it has stories, authenticity, vulnerability, humor, and a wide range of diverse thoughts and opinions. My two favorite essays from it are “Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace and “Indian Takeout” by Jhumpa Lahiri. I would love to hear from you about your favorite books right now, food-related or not!