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Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Vegan Unplugged and an Amazing (Technicolor) Chickpea Salad!

Since we live in the same house, it’s pretty easy to keep tabs on what my husband, Jon, is up to, at least most of the time. This includes the progress of his publishing company, Vegan Heritage Press. At the risk of blatant commerciality, I really must let you know about his latest title, Vegan Unplugged: A Pantry Cookbook and Survival Guide, a book Jon wrote and for which I contributed the recipes.

This is no ordinary vegan cookbook. First of all, it’s pantry cooking, and I’ve devised 80 recipes—all made with nonperishable ingredients. (They’re so simple, even Jon can make them.) You can make these recipes in fifteen minutes or less, often using only one pan. Second, Vegan Unplugged is an emergency guide for you, your family, and companion animals to be prepared for those times you may find yourself without electricity due to power outages. It’s also great for camping or those times when you just don’t feel like cooking.

The recipes include Almost-Instant Black Bean Chili, Pantry Pasta Salad, and Fire-Roasted Blueberry Cobbler. One of the great things about the recipes is that in addition to being ideal in an emergency or when the refrigerator is bare, they’re also extremely adaptable and can be augmented with fresh ingredients for quick and easy meals.

For example, the recipe above is the Amazing Technicolor Chickpea Salad. In an emergency situation, it would be made strictly with pantry ingredients, but because I had access to fresh veggies, I was able to make it with fresh roasted beets (instead of canned) and serve it on fresh lettuce leaves.

Vegan Unplugged is available now on Amazon (where it only costs $10!), Barnes and Noble, or it can be ordered through any bookstore. Do check it out, and, if you’re so inclined, subscribe to Jon’s new blog, aptly called Vegan Unplugged.

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I ordered mine weeks ago and CAN'T wait to get it!! I love your cookbooks and the hardest part is deciding which recipe to make first.
I bought the earlier incarnation of this book, Apocalypse Chow, years ago when I was looking for recipes for post hurricane conditions. I had no idea it was vegan! I found the recipes to be delicious and I have to credit the book as one of the factors that eventually led me to give up meat altogether. Having vegan recipes I knew my family liked was the first step on that journey. I have my emergency food box (as recommended in the book) all set up and ready to go should a storm come our way. We'll be able to ride out the aftermath in true vegan foodie style. :)

I've recommended this book to everyone I talk to about hurricane preparedness, by the way; I'm so happy it's in print again. Oh- I have to update the Shelfari book shelf on my blog!!
Hi T.M., Thanks for your kind words about my books. I hope you enjoy Vegan Unplugged when you get it!

Hi Kim, I'm glad you enjoyed Apocalypse Chow (now out of print) and it's wonderful to know that it helped you go vegan. By the way, Vegan Unplugged is way more than an incarnation of AC -- is been revised with new chapters, a new organization, updated information, and a dozen new recipes. So, I do hope you'll recommend Vegan Unplugged to everyone now instead!
You and your husband are a great team. Your recipes have never ever let me down. Apocalypse Chow is a witty, delightful, and incredibly useful and inspiring book. I can't wait for Vegan Unplugged.
Robin....just got this book and the recipes look delish! Now I know what to pack in our truck camper! I haven't had a chance to read thru all of it yet since I am downloading McDougall's Advanced Study Weekend right now but those Samosadillas will be the first thing I try!!!!! This book is gonna be a lifesaver for me! We don't have hurricanes in Arizona but do much camping and I always have a hard time figuring out what to make for food, specially since my other half isn't vegan!
Thanks, Cyndi. Hope you enjoy Vegan Unplugged!

We love the samosadillas, Nancy. I often make them for a quick and easy lunch. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Why not make both, Whitney? Then you can enjoy leftovers the next day!
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