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!).
Photo 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.