The Veggie Blogosphere
It's that time of the month, which means you, me and other assorted veg-heads gather together 'round the online countertop today at 1 ET and talk about meat-free cooking, eating and shopping.
The idea to offer a vegetarian-only chat spawned six years ago as an experiment, but it immediately became clear that there was a hunger for this kind of information and conversation. But what about the other days of the month? How do vegetarians and vegans learn to be better cooks in our online universe?
Six years ago, the pickings were slim. Now, the Web is more veg-friendly than ever, particularly with the explosion of food blogs in the past few years.
To wit, if you go to blog search engine technorati.com and search for "vegetarian cooking" in its blog directory, you get a search return of 223 blog destinations. So, with such an overgrown garden, how does one pluck the weeds and get to the good stuff?
Your guess is as good as mine. The blogosphere is constantly expanding and evolving, which means search engines are still rudimentary and disorganized, and those time-consuming librarian duties fall on your shoulders.
Below, a handful of veggie-centric Web destinations worth a tour. And by all means, chime in, disagree or share your favorite places to get schooled on vegetarian and vegan cooking.
Albion Cooks, is a meatless chronicle penned by a Brit living in the Bay area. The posts are heavy on the food, light on the personal life notes, which allows for cutting right to the recipe chase.
Vegan Improv is the journal of a vegan in Ottawa, Canada. There are no recipes, just lists of ingredients and photos of his fusion kitchen creations, which include "blackened tofu salad on chocolate chipotle cornbread; kalamata and jalapeno tapenade; artichoke, pepita and carrot salad."
The Great Big Vegetable Challenge is one London mother's attempt to get her "vegetable-phobic" seven-year-old son, Freddie, to change his attitude. She's chronicling their efforts through an A to Z tour of the veggie world, and as of Monday, they've tackled "C is for Chard and Basil Fritters." Complete with Freddie's ratings.
Curiosity Killed the Cook is a smorgasbord of meat-free adventures, the most compelling of which is "Around the World in 243 Recipes," this St. Louis, Mo.-based blogger's virtual tour of the globe. The most recent entry, dated April 19, includes a recipe for "Comoronian Rice Pudding With Pineapple," from the east African islands of Comoros. Pretty cool.
Vanessicipes is a cleverly named journal written by "Vanessa," who lives in Brooklyn and works at MOMA. She also appears to be a prolific cook with an eye for the unusual; some of the most recent posts include recipes such as "Seitan Marbella" and "Spring Sheperd's Pie With Tempeh." Vanessa gets points for contextually linking to recipes from other blogs that she thinks are relevant or complementary.
Slashfood, a member of the huge Weblogs, Inc. family that is now owned by AOL, scours the Web and news feeds for the latest headlines on anything related to food. It offers a robust offering of posts on vegetables and vegetarian cooking that runs the gamut, from recipes to Rachael Ray homages. If you like omnibus content on a given topic, this could be an interesting stop.
Although not a blog, the Vegetarian and Vegan section of the BBC site is a respectable Web destination, nonetheless, with lots of useful background and tips, particularly for those just dipping their toes into meat-free waters. This might be the first news site to devote an entire content area to vegetarian and vegan cooking. A big high-five to those Brits.
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