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Women In The Kitchen: 5 Vegan Chefs to Get You Cooking

by Sica Schmitz | Posted on September 16 2016

Los Angeles is the home to not only amazing vegan female designers, but also some amazing vegan female chefs whom I've been lucky enough to meet, usually over a plate of something really delicious. Whether creating unique recipes, writing (cook)books, hosting events, or bringing to life masterpieces in the kitchen, I've admired these women for their equal parts compassion and creativity, which is fortunately now available to any of us at home. 

Wherever you're at in your plant-based journey, there's something for anyone, every diet, and every taste in these 5 resources that'll help make your meals as kind as your closet (and maybe even almost as pretty!).  

Get Cooking with 5 Vegan Women ChefsPhoto by Jackie Sobon

 

VEGAN BOWL ATTACK

The only thing more salivating than the food photos Jackie Sobon takes is the food that she actually makes. She's brought her unique recipes to one beautiful book of one-dish meals that blend textures, colors, and flavors - all from plants. Vegan Bowl Attack has approachable, mouthwatering recipes with stunning photos (done by Jackie herself) which will get even the most novice chefs excited to jump into the kitchen (speaking from personal experience). 

Vegan Bowl Attack by Jackie Sobon

Favorite Recipe: Buffalo Chickpea Mac 'N' Cheeze 

 

VEGAN 101

I attended my first cooking class at the warm, welcoming Spork Foods earlier this year, where I learned to make vegan cheeses and how to pair vegan wines thanks to the sparkly sister duo Jenny and Heather. I highly recommend taking any of their delicious cooking classes, but if you can't, fortunately they are bringing their passion for delicious, easy meals to your kitchen with Vegan 101: Learn to Cook Plant-Based Meals that Satisfy Everyone, a perfect place to start for both the vegans and the vegan-curious. 

Vegan 101: A Vegan Cookbook: Learn to Cook Plant-Based Meals that Satisfy Everyone by Jenny Engel and Heather Bell of Spork Foods

Favorite Recipe: Quesadilla with Creamy Chipotle Bean Dip and Charred Onion Salsa

 

NOM YOURSELF: SIMPLE VEGAN COOKING

Mary Mattern creates fun, funky recipes worthy of her rock-star clientele and luckily we can all enjoy them too thanks to Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking. Based on her own adventures (and misadventures) in the kitchen, she offers beautiful photos, personal stories, and easy-to-grasp ingredients, along with a reassurance that food failures can lead to a beautiful friendship with cooking.

Nom Yourself Simple Vegan Cooking by Mary Mattern

Favorite Recipe: Sweet Potato Waffle Sandwich

 

MY ECLECTIC KITCHEN 

Along with making delicious vegan cheeses you can find at local Los Angeles markets, Yvonne Ardestani makes vegan, gluten-free recipes that won't leave you feeling lacking. Her My Eclectic Kitchen app features hundreds of multi-cultural recipes at the palm of your hand, allowing you to sort by diet (like sugar-free), ingredients, photos, or category. 

Yvonne's Vegan Kitchen

Favorite Recipe: Savory Pumpkin Pie

 

THE BLENDER GIRL SMOOTHIES 

I just met the lovely Tess Masters recently (over food, of course), and besides her charming accent and infectious laugh, she also has the unique gift of making healthy meals actually seem enjoyable. With a little help from her Blender Girl Smoothies app, a blender, and plenty of whole foods, you'll be able to easily add nutrition in between all the vegan desserts the other ladies make far too accessible. 

The Blender Girl Smoothies App

Favorite Recipe: Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale

 

 

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