Thursday, May 25, 2017
NYC Vegan Cookbook
Until then, I can pretend, thanks to a new cookbook by Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman of Vegan Mos. This awesome vegan duo lives in New York City, and they've just published a new book called NYC Vegan.
New York is a melting pot of course, so the cuisine in this book runs the gamut from traditional Jewish to Caribbean and Americanized Chinese to Puerto Rican. The book is organized into chapters on basics, breakfast (called "Breakfast at Tiffany's -- how cute it that?), lunches, spreads and dips ("Start Spreading the News" -- again, cute!), suppers, sides, and desserts.
I picked a couple dishes to get started, but I have many more bookmarked. This week, I made the Tempeh Reuben, which is the sandwich featured on the front cover of the book. I LOVE a good reuben, and I was totally impressed with Ethan and Michael's version with tempeh bacon rather than a vegan version of corned beef.
I used Lightlife's Fakin' Bacon, but any homemade tempeh bacon would do. They don't provide a recipe for tempeh bacon in the book, but I feel like most vegans can make tempeh bacon in their sleep. Or just buy it pre-made like I did. There's also vegan Swiss (I used Chao instead), kraut (I used Bubbie's), a dressing made with ketchup and vegan mayo, avocado, and tomato. I used a Jewish rye bread from the Whole Foods bakery.
From the breakfast chapter, I made their Matzoh Brei.
This is a traditional Passover dish typically made with eggs and matzoh, but their vegan version uses silken tofu in place of eggs. I had leftover matzoh from our Easter/Passover potluck that needed using. I'd made vegan matzoh brei before using Isa's recipe in Vegan Brunch, but it was a savory version. This one had maple syrup in the recipe and more on top, but it's served with ketchup so you get that awesome savory/sweet thing. Loved it! Perfect served with vegan sausage and fruit.
I ALMOST made their Street Meat Platter, an ode to combo platters served by Middle Eastern street carts in New York. It combines beefy seitan (recipe is in the book), chicken-style soy curls (also in the book), white rice, tomato, lettuce, white sauce, and pita. Looks soooooo amazing, so I'll definitely make that next. I just didn't get around to it before this review.
There's also a recipe for Rice Paper Ham in the breakfast chapter that blew my mind. You can use RICE PAPER (like for spring rolls) to make HAM! WHAT?! Will totally try that asap.
Other fun things you'll find: New-Fashioned Jewish Chick'n Soup, New York-Style Bagels, Sundried Tomato Basil Spread, General Tso's Chick'n, Latkes, Seitan Piccata, Knishes, Classic NYC Pizza, Platform Churros, Black and White Cookies, and New York-Style Cheesecake. So much goodness!
So while I may not get to visit New York City any time soon, at least I can eat like a New Yorker now.