Loved the recent FreshAir interview with Grant Achatz, a chef who lost his sense of taste as a result of tongue cancer. I remember reading about him in the New Yorker a few years ago.

I read Vegan With A Vengeance this weekend. While I'm not vegan I'm definitely interested in incorporating more vegan meals into my routine. The book didn't blow me away, but I'm gonna try some of the recipes and I think it would be a good intro cook book for someone new to veganism.

Image: from my long morning run yesterday.

Interesting: Puerto Rico Is Losing Its Young and Affluent to the Mainland: "Puerto Rico lost more residents to the United States than it took in during the last decade those who left during the recession were likely to be younger, better educated, and more affluent. From 2005 to 2009, Puerto Rico saw more than 300,000 residents leave for the mainland."

So intense: Giving Life After Death Row: "Eight years ago I was sentenced to death for the murders of my wife and three children. I am guilty . . . I spend 22 hours a day locked in a 6 foot by 8 foot box on Oregon’s death row. There is no way to atone for my crimes, but I believe that a profound benefit to society can come from my circumstances. I have asked to end my remaining appeals, and then donate my organs after my execution to those who need them. But my request has been rejected by the prison authorities."


Valeria said...

The impressive thing about Vegan with a Vengeance is how well she knows her recipes. The pad thai recipe, for instance, is discussed to the second at times, dead on. It definitely becomes more apparent once you get into it. :)

Amanda said...

I'd recommend Appetite for Reduction by the same author as VwaV (just because I really like the recipes- they're easy and tasty) and Viva Vegan! by Terry Hope Romero.

Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler said...

The Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy is my go-to gravy recipe. I've brought it to a few holiday dinners (where I was the only vegan) and everyone loved it.