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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


French for Vegans -- Continued

When I posted about my French dinner last week I got lots of nice comments and e-mails, not only about the meal I prepared, but also about plans for a vegan French cookbook.  They also asked me to share my thoughts about my old restaurant days when I worked in French restaurants.

The photo above was taken in 1986 (!) in front of Marianne, a then-popular French restaurant in downtown Charleston, S.C.  That’s me in the front row (third from the left) — the only one wearing white pants.  Assembled with me were many of the top chefs in Charleston at the time.  The reason we were all together was to cook a multi-course benefit dinner for a charity fund-raiser — on our only day off.

After working as a cook for several years in Pennsylvania, I move to Charleston in 1983 when I was hired as a chef for a Charleston restaurant. I worked as a chef at a few other restaurants in Charleston during those years, but the only strictly French restaurant was called Amalie.  It was an intimate, elegant space down at the Battery looking out onto the Charleston harbor. Those professional years in restaurants gave me the background I needed for my current career, developing recipes from various cuisines for my vegan cookbooks.

As for a French cookbook, the answer is yes.  For many years, I've been planning to write a "French for Vegans" cookbook.  Somehow, other projects always seem to get ahead of it, and so it has remained simmering on the back burner for a long time.  With all the interest and enthusiasm I'm hearing from you all, I hope to move on to it after my current project is finished.

In the meantime, my new book, Quick-Fix Vegan will be out very soon and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.  Work (and recipe testing) is currently going on for the new slow cooker book. 

Thanks again to one and all for your interest and your kind comments, notes, and messages. Your appreciation for my work sustains me.


Is Quick Fix Vegan a totally different book from QF Vegetarian? I own the vegetarian one already and have enjoyed cooking from it! Thanks.
I'm sure I will want to test for you if you write a French cookbook! Que je suis si heureuse de ce projet!
Yes, Quick-Fix Vegan is a completely different book from Quick-Fix Vegetarian. I like to think of it as "volume 2" -- QF Vegan picks up where QF Vegetarian left off. (Thanks for asking!)
Sounds like a plan, Vegyogini. You can set me straight with my French grammar and spelling! :)
I went to France and struggled finding good vegan eats. I couldn't wait to go home and "veganize" some of the dishes. I look forward to hearing about your french culinary adventures!
thank you! I've been burnt before buying books that turned out to be reprints with new titles! Have preordered the book and am looking forward to cooking from it!
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a French Vegan cookbook!! I'm French (now living in Toronto) and since going vegan, I must say I truly miss the je-ne-sais-quoi of French gastronomie. I'd be ecstatic to be a recipe tester for that book =)
What a brave woman to wear white pants in a kitchen! Hoping the French book happens.
Ha! Not brave, Tami, just liked to stand out in a crowd in those days! ;)
Very late commenting on this, however, I'm so excited that you're considering a French for Vegans cookbook. This is the cuisine I miss the most and the thought of your culinary expertise creating this cookbook is very, very exciting!
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