Veganism is a hot food subculture, one of those food movements embedded in the idea of protecting the planet and animals and ensuring that we all get the respect we deserve. The catch? Many vegans seek out foods that are non-meat representations of meat. This is a bigger article that has been months and years in the making but it makes no sense for anti-meat anything eaters to eat recreations of meat. Artist Joseph Shuldiner must agree with this and has used his creativity to make one of the best, most naturally focused vegan cookbook ever made–and it’s all based on an LA food source.
Pure Vegan is his book and it has been out for months. The book is very luscious and represents these very raw foods in their true states but tries to be removed from the politics of the culture (as he says in the introduction, that conversation simply doesn’t interest him). There is no fashioning beans into burgers or using grains as new forms of meat: his recipes are all about taking vegetables and making them sing. Shuldiner really employs his talents as an artist and–like any good chef–uses food as paint colors, employing their inner beauties as the basis for dishes. His recipes have an ease and elegance that makes veganism seem attractive to even the meatiest of meat eaters. It’s a delicious looking book as well, one that uses lots of beautiful photographs from Emily Brooke Sandor and himself.
We’re not vegans–nor do we desire to be vegan outside of the occasional juice cleanse. If we were going to make the jump, we’d want to be like Shuldiner’s LA made, super designed, and new, sometimes exotic version of vegan. We’ve all seen this book around town and we have been meaning to share it for months and months and months. Just in time to gift it for the holidays, too. You can pick up the book from Amazon.