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Borscht

Borscht

Unless you are already a lover of borscht, you probably won’t believe me when I tell you that this soup — despite all rumors to the contrary — is straight-up delicious.
Black Bean and Corn Salad

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Summer food: because you can’t actually spend 12 hours a day loitering in air-conditioned coffee shops. Because laying on the kitchen floor and humming the same NoFX song for hours at a time will get to you at a certain point. Because humans cannot survive on carrot sticks and ice water alone. Because who even...
Tofu Salad Sandwich

Tofu Salad Sandwich

When I was in college in upstate New York, some of my veg-head housemates were obsessed with Bridge tofu, which we had delivered to our house in a 5-gallon plastic bucket. It may come as a surprise to some of you that different brands of tofu taste and feel different, but they do! And the...
Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup

For someone raised Gentile, I have always had an inexplicable love of matzo. It probably has something to do with never having been forced to eat the stuff for days on end, but whatever: I’m into it. You know what else I’m into? This matzo ball soup.
Vegan Reuben with Corned Beef Seitan

Vegan Reuben with Corned Beef Seitan

Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, this recipe for corned beef seitan should please even the biggest weirdo corned beef purist. What you do with this knowledge is up to you, but I highly suggest getting a bunch of friends together and celebrating with a tray of vegan reubens.
Make Your Own Vegetable Stock

Make Your Own Vegetable Stock

Until fairly recently, I didn’t believe in vegetable stock. I’d tried a friend’s ultra-pungent homemade broth years ago, and let’s just say the experience didn’t exactly inspire me to pursue it in my own kitchen. Plus, I’m cheap, and I was never sold on the idea of buying a box of what is essentially flavored...
Simple Lentil Soup

Simple Lentil Soup

Maybe lentil soup is a mainstay of vegetarian cooking in part because it’s so easy, so healthy, and so delicious all at once. It’s delightfully mellow, which makes it a good dish to serve kids and picky adults, and when you’re sick, it just sounds like the most lovely, comforting thing ever.
Curried Coconut Lentils

Curried Coconut Lentils

I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but here in New Haven, it’s getting cold. Not that I’m complaining! Last night I got in perfect cold-weather form and whipped up a pot of curried coconut lentils.
Garlic Broccoli Stirfry

Garlic Broccoli Stirfry

Is there anything Joy of Cooking can’t do? Obviously the answer to this question is a firm yes. Take, for example, the fact that my version of this book, published a mere 6 years ago, contains only two recipes calling for tofu as an ingredient.
Rancho Beans

Rancho Beans

It’s only autumn, and already I’ve caught the casserole bug. A few years ago, my grandmother gave me a copy of her church’s spiral-bound cookbook, a compilation of all the favorite recipes of the nearby farmers and homemakers. These books are incredible — I have been known to sit and read them aloud for sheer...
Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes

How have I never shared my recipe for vegan sloppy joes? My family hails from right down the road from the birthplace of these messy sandwiches, Sioux City, Iowa, so this is a food I grew up eating in massive quantities. Although sloppy joes are pretty ubiquitous and everyone does them a little differently, this...
Vegan Fried Chicken

Vegan Fried Chicken

Y’all, put down your mice and step away from the monitor. You have to go make this recipe for vegan fried chicken. Right now.