I never used to be a brunch fan. My friends all over the country would rant and rave about the great brunches they attended over the weekend. I don’t think I ever really got it—I mean, breakfast food is for breakfast and lunch is for lunch, so what’s the point of mashing the two together?
But then I got Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Brunch cookbook, and my world changed.
Brunch isn’t simply about serving vegan French toast and cornbread casserole at the same meal. It’s really about spending time with friends and family, enjoying fantastic conversation, and doing all of this while dining on delicious, cruelty-free food.
That’s one of the reasons I love Moskowitz’s Vegan Brunch book. She doesn’t just provide you with great recipes (which, of course, are there), she also gives you great, simple ideas for how to host your own fabulous vegan brunch. From what dishes you need to how to prepare certain items in advance so you aren’t stuck in your kitchen while everyone else enjoys the food—it’s all in there! Check out Vegan Brunch in one of the PETA Mall bookshops (which will direct a percentage of funds to PETA’s work for animals).
And I cannot write about this wonderful book without mentioning the innovative recipes—tofu omelets that will convert any egg-eater (and did I mention no cholesterol in tofu?), perfect pancakes, and the variety of vegan sausage recipes are all some of my favorites. I have been vegan for a long time, and I don’t think I have ever seen a recipe for making my own vegan sausage that seemed worth it, especially now with all the great store-bought meat substitutes available. But let me tell you, these recipes are worth the entire price of the book. Simple, impressive, delicious, and inexpensive … and the best part is that not a single animal will be harmed when you dine on your delicious food (including you!). You can’t beat that!
Now, I can’t wait to host my own vegan brunch. What better way to introduce nonvegans to the delights of healthy and conscious eating?
How about you? What are your ideas for a delicious, cruelty-free brunch?