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Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
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Apr 06, 2012

it was amazing

I am like 90% pescatarian, meaning that throughout a month like 90% of what I eat contains no soil- or earthbound or non-sea worthy animal components except dairy, because I love cheese to an almost shameful degree. The 10% of my diet that is made from earth-roaming beasts comes generally in the form of charcuterie at nice restaurants or the infrequent baconing of some component of a meal or if I go to my parents for a meal, as they eat pretty much only animals and potatoes, in thick animal gravies, and I'm not about to tell my lovely mom and dad that I'm not eating the fare they worked so hard to prepare simply because of my fussy consumption habits. Anyway, I and my girlfriend eat a lot of vegan dishes because you know what? enforced obstructions are a fun way of developing new techniques and learning things. In art as in food. Veganism is like the Oulipo of gastronomy. Or Lars Von Trier's "The Five Obstructions" of the dining universe. I dig it. I don't do it all the time, but I like doing it. Like certain acts of lovemaking. Anyway, I have never disliked a single dish made from this blessed book,The Veganomicon, so if you're vegan or just vegan-curious or just into cooking technique, check it out. A hell of a reliable cookbook.
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message 1: by Drew (new)

Drew "Veganism is like the Oulipo of gastronomy." Awesome, although I think a lot of vegans would disagree.

message 2: by Geoff (last edited Apr 06, 2012 11:35AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Geoff What would they disagree with about that statement?

message 3: by Drew (new)

Drew Oh, I just meant that some (maybe not a lot) of vegans are a little more evangelical - you know, if they're very serious about the lifestyle, they may well think it's a lifestyle that everyone should adopt, and I don't know that too many people feel that way about Oulipo.

message 4: by Drew (last edited Apr 06, 2012 11:50AM) (new)

Drew (And let's not forget the presumably significant number of vegans who don't know what the word Oulipo even means.)

Geoff Militant Oulipoians would be hilarious. Yes, there are certainly people very adamant about that vegan lifestyle. Where a good idea begins to verge into fanaticism is where I jump ship...

message 6: by Drew (new)

Drew Militant Oulipoians - the phrase itself is hilarious already.

Geoff I know, right? Eliminate all conventional forms of narrative or die...

message 8: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis oh yes hey I recognize that obstructionist argument!

MaryAnn Allen So I had use a dictionary today thanks.

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