I’m taking a page out of the book Julie and Julia by Julie Powell and am going to cook my way through 2021. However, instead of using Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, volume I, I will be using Evolving Vegan by Mena Massoud aka Aladdin. Thankfully, I’ll only have 79 scrumptious recipes instead of Julie’s 524 advanced French recipes!
Evolving Vegan is a new cookbook that was released back in 2020. But you’ll find more than just recipes in this book. It is also a travel guide that shines a light on inspiring restaurateurs and chefs and their delicious dishes. The recipes are easy to follow with ingredients that are fairly accessible. If you can’t find some ingredients at the grocery store, you’re likely to find them online.
Mena’s book is carefully written, and the recipes are curated so anyone can make these healthy meals. The recipe categories are broken down into breakfast, appetizers, salads soups and sandwiches, entrees, sides, and desserts. It includes helpful metric charts, resources, and includes snippets about the different restaurants and people Mena visited in the making of this refreshing new book.
I’ll be spending the entire new year stuffing my face with pleasant plant-based foods and writing about all 79 recipes. The recipes range from “hashtastic” potato hash with cashew cheese to young coconut ceviche to chocolate mousse with coconut dulce de leche. Thankfully, unlike Julie Powell, I won’t be bogged down with hundreds of recipes to accomplish nor complicated cooking instructions. This will allow me to keep a steady pace without feeling too rushed.
Mena’s passion for plant-based cooking
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the meals within this book’s pages. There is a recipe for everyone. It is, however, a helpful resource for those who want more plant-based dishes in their meal rotation. Mena’s passion for the planet is clear as is his love for sharing the joys of the vegan lifestyle. His enthusiasm about food is contagious and will have you eager to start cooking!
“I started this project to share the stories of incredible restauranteurs, chefs, entrepreneurs, and above all, fellow human beings who are trying to make a difference in the world. It’s not about labels, or eating habits, or any of that crap. It’s about evolving in the right direction so that we can help save our planet, our bodies, and our fellow living souls.”
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Oh, also, none of these awesome recipes are intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you’re looking to improve your health by changing your eating habits, you should consult with your physician or a licensed dietician.