OK, that's only a slight exaggeration. I've been a follower of Bianca's blog "Vegan Crunk" since day one. Literally. Fall of 2007, I still remember. A fellow vegan who cooks like I DO!!
(And ironically, my Google stats show that her blog refers more viewers to my blog than any other address on the Internets.)
If you read my blog, you know I'm all about comfort food; gravy, things covered in gravy, fried things and warm, cozy, down-home cooking. Bianca is a blogger after my own heart. Many of her recipes have inspired me to try similar ideas here, and attempt to (successfully!) recreate and vegan-ize favorites from my childhood.
Now, I admit, I didn't realize 'till I was an adult, that even though I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, many of the foods of my childhood were actually Southern-style recipes. Black-eyed peas, grits, okra and greens - all staples that I assumed everyone ate. And I'll admit I had no idea what the term "Crunk" meant until I actually got Bianca's cookbook and read the introduction.
I had the opportunity to meet Bianca last year at VidaVeganCon (and was completely flattered that she had wanted to meet me as well! .. ahhhh star struck) - We spent a great lunch-hour comparing notes. She is, of course, just as fabulous in real life as on her blog!!
When I heard Bianca was doing a cookbook, I was completely excited and counted down the days 'till it arrived in my mailbox as if it was Christmas! Like a kid in a candy store, I poured over every recipe repeatedly, drooling just a bit, trying to decide what to make first.
But, the other night I realized I could rave and rave about this cookbook forever, but a picture or two might make it just a bit more convincing... So I whipped up Bianca's Fried Green Tomatoes, doused them with a good bit of luscious Country Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and remembered to snap a couple pictures before we gobbled them all up. I used semi-ripe tomatoes from my Mamma's garden and the results were spectacular. I wish I could share a few bites with every reader. You'd run out and buy this cookbook tonight, based on the ranch dressing alone, I promise!!
Have I convinced you yet? If you're interested in easy-to-make, rib-stickin', home-style vegan cooking that will impress the pants off anyone (not just fellow vegans), this is absolutely the book to get, I promise!