Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Cookbook Update

Yes, I am still working on the cookbook. I have 60 pages completed so far, and have designed a potential cover. Someone suggested it was a little heavy in the fake meat department and should feature more veggies (and colour). I guess it does look a little tan. But, hey, it's a draft. Then again, fake meat seems to have become my thing lately. I also enjoy the "recipes from the award winning blog" line because I have won one single award. Perhaps I enjoy my own sense of humour too much.

22 comments:

FatMom said...

Yippee! I can't WAIT for the VD cookbook!!!

Bianca said...

Oh, I didn't know you were working on a cookbook! That's awesome! Are you self-publishing? Or do you have a publisher? Or are you waiting until later to find one?

I ask because I'm working on one too. I've got about 100 recipes together, but I'm shooting for 250. And I'm waiting until the end to seek a publisher. I don't know if that's the best route, but it seems like I can go at my own pace without deadline pressure.

As for the cover, I actually like the fake meat stuff. So many veg books focus on veggies, but I LOVE FAKE MEAT so this cover would appeal to me on the shelf.

lauren said...

i guess there is quite a bit of "faux meat" on the cover there... which is great, but it might misrepresent your recipes, bc you make a lot of other stuff too!
you know, (this is a bit off-topic) generally i think vegan "faux meat" gets a bad rap because non-veg*ns see it as us trying to eat something that we're "against". i.e. why do you make food to be like chicken when you don't want to eat chicken?
rather, i tell them i don't see it as faux meat, i see it for what it is... seitan, gluten, tofu, or whatever (though i wish they had better names). you can get similar flavors and textures without the dead animals. then again, i understand that for people transitioning to a meatless diet, faux meat can be helpful and comforting.
but-- if people never ate animals you may still have come up with all these seitan dishes, and noone would think it was weird, because that'd be what was normal.

thedalyn said...

I like the fake meat cover. I struggle at times with other cookbooks because I don't like mushrooms or eggplant--the non-faux(?)veggie alternatives to meat. As a result, I'm all about the fake meat!

Miss Mabel said...

I too am mostly interested in your fake meat postings (I've yet to find a good stick-together hamburger in all the vegan cookbooks I own.)

Maybe you should capitalize on the meat theme! After all, you're The Male Vegan Blogger, and men are supposed to be the ones surgically attached to their BBQs and unable to give up meat.

Maybe you need a 1950s style cookbook cover (as often featured in Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Food.) ;-)

http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/bbtrix/index.html

Aimee B. said...

I'm so happy to see the progress of your cookbook...yay! I think your cover looks great! Personally, my family loves meat alternatives and we eat them at least once a week. This is your "baby," so do it as you see fit. It's going to be spectaclular because your recipes are AWESOME!

gail said...

The brown-ness of the cover just makes for a more "manly man" cookbook, no?

alaskaVeg*n said...

It looks beautiful! Great pictures!

jenny said...

I love the cover mock-up!!! :)

Megan the Vegan said...

great to hear about a cookbook. I will be the first to buy it....I love to find new recipes for fake meat...but I do know how it turns so many off, so you likely want to find some kind of balance to suit different tastes.

Ron Australia said...

The thing I miss about meat is not taste but the texture - I miss being able to seriously chew my food. It doesn't matter what you do with a lentil burger it is always mushy.

If we take the argument against faux meat to its extreme then we can just about cut out many clothing items, handbags etc etc which were just all made from animal skins once upon a time.

I think faux meat has many benefits which in the long run will do the veg*n good. I know from recent experiences that I can have meat-eating friends stay for a weekend now and feed them vegan meals which they will eat and enjoy - the seitan sausages are always a winner.

I do hope your book will available for Australians, VeganDad, because if it is, I will be first inline to buy it.

All the best,
Ron

Jan Scholl said...

will there be soups and stews? I am always looking for more ideas for my slow cooker.

Vegan Dad said...

All,
The cookbook will be recipes pulled from the blog (Jan: I don't really have many (any?) slowcooker recipes--it's not an appliance I really use). I don't want to stop the blog, or stop posting on the blog for the sake of a cookbook. But, for those who would like a book copy for the kitchen, this is for you. I am self-publishing. I will most likely make a .pdf file available for download--that way my readers from all over the world can access it and I don't have to worry about shipping costs. Since I want every page to have colour it can get expensive to use a self-publishing service, but we will see. It really is cheaper to print it off yourself and bind it at a local copy shop. I am open to suggestions re: price. I was thinking under $10.

shelby said...

I can't wait!! =)

Camila said...

you are taking out a cookbook?

that is awesome!!! :D

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

What a great project. And one can enjoy the biggest laughs from one's own sense of humor. Just ask my husband. :)

Bianca said...

That sounds awesome. I'd definitely go for the PDF version, but if it went big-time and hit store shelves, I'd buy that too. Either way, I want one! Can't wait!

VeganLinda said...

I think it looks great and can't wait to buy a copy...or two or three!

bazu said...

I love fake meats and fresh veggies- best of both worlds! And yes, I love the line about award-winning- hee hee.

Anonymous said...

Oh YAAAY! I was waiting for your cookbook so I wouldn't have to lug my laptop to the kitchen every time...I hope all your recipes will be there? Especially the mini meatloaves!

Teresa said...

Your blog here is so good I can't stand it! I was wondering if you would put out a cookbook. I looked around a bit and here it is. I'll be waiting, will purchase and hope it will be a great success.

Speedwell said...

Oh, I can't wait for the cookbook either! And include what you do best. If that makes it heavy in fake meat, WE ARE NOT COMPLAINING AROUND HERE, right guys?