One of the biggest hazards of living in my neighborhood is that there is a huge Barnes and Noble right next door to Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's is below street level, and the easiest way to walk to and from TJ's is to go through B & N. So I do a lot of book browsing pre-and post-grocery shopping.
This evening it started to rain just as my girlfriend and I were leaving TJ's. We had no umbrella, so that left me with no choice but to browse the vegan cookbook section -- and how amazing is it that this corporate bookstore has a vegan cookbook section? And guess what they had -- first time I've seen it in a store -- Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero! After leafing through I decided I had to have it,even though there are quite a few recipes I won't be able to use (a chapter each on breads, noodles, and desserts -- known to me as heroin, crack, and meth -- plus a lot of recipes with nuts, which I guess are angel dust). Actually, I probably would have bought it for the spice blend chapter alone -- harissa! berbere! preserved lemons! Jamaican curry powder! niter kibbeh! -- but there are plenty of great-sounding bean, grain, and veggie recipes, plus some really interesting looking stuff with tofu and seitan. So I'll have lots of new recipes to blog about in the weeks to come.