Today is National Pie Day! It’s your duty as an American to eat pie! Or make some pie! There’s a cookbook just for that! Don’t forget savory pies either, those totally count! I wish I didn’t have a job so I could be at home right now, making and eating pie until I groan!
And if you can’t buy vegan pie near you and you’re too lazy to bake one, just make a “crisp” and call it good: Microwave some apple slices with cinnamon, sugar, and Earth Balance and throw some oatmeal mixed with sugar and melted EB on top! I just made that up in my head, no idea if it’ll work, but it sounds awesome.
Drool-worthy strawberry rhubarb pie photo by Veganbaking.net via flickr.com
Cookbook review: Vegan Pie in the Sky makes pie vegan, delicious, easy to make »
Here are a few things to like about Vegan Pie In The Sky:
2. It comes in an adorable square shape.
3. It proves that your pies can have flaky crusts, delicious fillings, and be gorgeous baked goods without animal ingredients like butter or eggs.
Those are all pretty good selling points, I think, and plenty of reason why you should pick up VPITS, or perhaps give it to your favorite baker as a holiday gift. The book looks small, but it’s 75 (!) recipes that covers everything from making the perfect pie crust to filling said crust with deliciousness—including 18 chocolate pies!—to topping it off perfectly. As a bonus, many of the fillings are gluten-free, and you can always experiment to make the crusts gluten-free as well by using your favorite flour sub.
Look, what I’m saying is that I don’t even really like pie, and I still want to make all of these. If I haven’t convinced you yet, check out the four sample recipes on the Post Punk Kitchen site.
Terri Coles lives in Toronto, where she enjoys barbecuing, feeding feral cats, going to local music shows and getting really mad about hockey games. She blogs about her adventures in plant-based eating at The Vegina Monologues. We edit out all her extra vowels.
My Thanksgiving, by Rachel.
This year for T-day I got to visit my in-laws in south Florida. They’re nice folks but they’re meat-eaters. This made me sad for many reasons, but mostly because the last two years I got to host vegan thanksgiving at my own house and it was SO FUN to plan and cook super yummy food that I could eat all of and that involved no carcasses.
But I can’t always have my way, so the vegan husband and I made the very best of it. Bonus: in Florida you get to eat Thanksgiving outside!
Here’s how we made the out-of-town thing work:
1. We arranged ahead of time to cook our own little sub meal. Main dish (curry-crusted tempeh from The Millenium Cookbook), side (red wine roasted Brussels sprouts from Vegan Holiday Kitchen, review forthcoming), and a dessert (the pumpkin pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky). This worked because we’re more passionate cooks than the in-laws. In other situations, that might not be OK, in which case I’d probably have to cry or raid Whole Foods or something.
2. We gave our hosts a shopping list ahead of time, and we brought some of the weird stuff, like agar powder, with us. We also brought little Ziplock baggies with the spices we needed for each dish, because buying a zillion spices is a lot to ask.
3. We scaled down our ambitions a little. For example, we made pie in a store-bought crust, which we wouldn’t have done at home. It still rocked.
4. We were clear on our mission: This was not an attempt to win over any carnivores with amazing vegan food; this was making sure husband and I had enough to eat that we liked. If no one else had taken a bite of our stuff, that would have been OK. Same if nothing else had been vegan (though a family friend nicely made the effort to veganize her dishes too).
Next year in my own kitchen! But this year was really nice. People even ate most of the Brussels sprouts!
Top 10 links of the week: A slinky catwalk through the sexy hallways of veganism! »
[Now THAT is a bird video. It made my sister cry]
First up: Why Eating Animals is a Social Justice Issue by Malenie Joy.
A vending machine that dispenses meat. What. The fuck.
Um…sex with animals linked to penis cancer. You heard me.
Britain Some British conservationists want to make an island for orangutans! HOW MUCH DO I WANT TO GO THERE?
Another from The Gothamist, NYC’s pet shops are filled with puppymill dogs. Adoy!
From Refinery 29, uggo sweaters for the 1%! Lots of wool, lots of fur, lots of fug.
Turns out, elephants in the Eastern Congo are dying due to human conflict more than anything else. Shit is effed.
Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero are getting love in The New York Times for their book, Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-this-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers and More Go ‘head, ladies!
You guys know that Isa and Terry have a VEGAN PIE COOKBOOK coming out and that it’s up for preview on Amazon?? And, they are generous souls indeed because they’re sharing this recipe for Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie WITH US EXCLUSIVELY. J/K, any idiot with an internet connection can get it but still, aren’t you glad that we’re the idiots who told you about it?? I cannot wait to get a copy of Vegan Pie in the Sky in my hot little hands, OH MY! (I’m rhymin without even trymin!)
I’ve pre-ordered my copy and you should too because it’s motherfucking pie season, yo! Let’s bake, bitches.