This thick, cold potato soup has mysterious origins, but most tend to believe it was invented by a chef at the Ritz Carlton in New York City in the early 1900s. But it really came to popularity in the 1950s. I heard a mention of Vichyssoise on Mad Men recently, and that reminded me that I absolutely had to veganize this for my new "Vegan Through the Ages" cookbook, where I'll be veganizing trendy food from decade's past. This creamy, potato-leek soup was perfect for today's 100-degree temps.
I served my soup with another recipe I created for my cookbook — Wartime Wheat Bread:
I based this off several 1940s-era recipes for homemade loaves. It's a fairly simple loaf made with whole wheat pastry flour and quick-rise yeast, which seems to have been popular in those days.
Okay, so now time for an awesome announcement! I've been chosen to speak again at the second bi-annual Vida Vegan Con food blogger's convention in Portland! It's scheduled for May 24th-26th at the Portland Art Museum, and tickets go on sale Sunday, July 1st. Check out the Vida Vegan Con website for details, but if you plan on going, you'll want to get your ticket quickly. The event sold out last year.
There really are no words to express how awesome it is to be in the company of fellow food bloggers in the vegan mecca that is Portland. I count last year's event as one of the top five highlights of my life. You can check out my old posts on VCC here, here, and here.