|Lindsay Nixon, The Happy Herbivore
I follow Lindsay's HappyHerbivore.com fat free/low fat vegan food blog and I had the opportunity to interview Lindsay, (via email), as part of the 31 Day promotion
for her new cookbook, Happy Herbivore Abroad. Of course I asked Lindsay about a topic near and dear to me, namely, being on the road as a vegan. I was also invited to do a giveaway of the new cookbook. You can start entering as of today, 12/30/2012 and the drawing will be on 1/15/12. (So before I forget, Happy New Year!!)
I have so far made 2 recipes from the "Abroad" cookbook and both turned out very well. Although I live in Manhattan and can easily hop on a train to Little India where I can find some of the most expansive spice stores in the world, and live, literally equidistant between two Whole Food Markets, there is nothing that you can't find in your local supermarket's spice or produce section in this books ingredient list.
The recipes are basic, simple, require no advanced technique or equipment other than a blender or food processor.
The Aloo Gobi used ketchup which I think came out a bit more in the finished flavor profile than I would have liked but I'll play around with tomato puree and sauce to change that up a bit. (I'm a ketchup addict and pretty much see food as ketchup delivery systems, just so you know). The recipe turned out a dish that was also a bit wetter than my previous attempts yet was no worse for it. It did have a nice gentle Indian flavor profile.
I love the fact that "Abroad" is an easy cookbook. Sometimes you want to put together a recipe with 20 ingredients and sometimes you just want good tasty food, easily made, for your every day meal. It's also a very nice smattering of recipes from all over the globe, so if you're looking for a particular culinary style, you'll in all likelihood find it here.
Although I did, (in the interest of full disclosure), get my copy as a review copy I can recommend this cookbook wholeheartedly.
Here is the interview and the contest information is at the end of the post. Enjoy and good luck!!
1) What was the best vegan meal you "stumbled" into?
2) Do you maintain your dietary "restrictions" regarding ingredients when you eat out? How?
3) I've had this issue even in the US when servers' first language isn't English: How do you handle a situation when you aren't sure what you're asking for isn't being understood completely? (I've found the Veggie Passport app indispensable).
4) If you're leaving on an extended trip, (I go out on the road for 15 days at a time), what few things are definitely in your cooler bag? I am a coffee junkie, (well, for my first cup in the AM anyway), and my daily treat(s) is to have some vegan coffee creamer. I usually take a container with me, (as a crewmember I can bring slightly more than the 2 point whatever ounces of liquid through security), along with some vegan protein bars in case I end up working a 14 hour day with no chance to go and find a meal.
5) What is the worst travel experience you've had regarding meals on the road?