Shiitake mushrooms, commonly known in Chinese as “fragrant mushrooms,” have a rich, savory flavor that can enhance the taste of other foods, such as the fresh bok choy in this recipe. For an even more intense flavor, use dried shiitake mushrooms, which should be soaked in hot water for 30 minutes to soften. Rinse them, cover with fresh water, bring to a boil and simmer for at least 20 minutes with a dash of Shaoxing wine, some crushed ginger and spring onion and salt to taste. Leave them to steep in the liquid until you want them. Reprinted from Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking* by Fuchsia Dunlop. Copyright © 2012 by Fuchsia Dunlop. Photographs copyright © 2012 by Chris Terry. With the permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company. All rights reserved. more→
This raw dish makes the perfect lunch or dinner. It’s easy to make, delicious and great for you! Adapted from Rawmazing: Over 130 Simple Raw Recipes for Radiant Health* by Susan Powers (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012). more→
Here’s the comforting classic, mushroom-barley soup. It’s nothing fancy, but always so satisfying. Change it up by using different kinds of mushrooms. I like to use a combination of baby bella (aka cremini) and shiitakes. more→
There are no words to describe this other than as a deep dish of absolute comfort. Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. It’s a bit of a project, but not difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion meal. Photo by Susan Voisin of FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→
Who says it’s not easy to be a vegan in Paris? I beg to differ. There are a number of fantastic vegetarian and vegan eateries all over the city of lights. Tender seitan, far better than any I’ve had in the U.S., is a common offering. This simple dish of seitan and mushrooms in a sweet paprika “cream” sauce is an amalgam of seitan dishes I enjoyed at Le Potager du Marais and Les Cinq Saveurs D’Ananda. Photos by Evan Atlas.
Thick, hearty udon or soba noodles make this quick soup substantial, yet it’s not too filling to serve as a first course for an Asian-style meal, like a colorful veggie stir-fry. more→
A small amount of vegan cream cheese gives these stuffed potatoes a rich flavor. Serve them with a big tossed salad with chickpeas or beans, and steamed green beans or asparagus, or other favorite green veggie. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Though anise-flavored fennel is a great veggie, most of us don’t think to use it for everyday meals. Sautéed with leeks and mushrooms, it makes a nice accompaniment to pasta and grain dishes. more→