African, Caribbean and Southern Recipes at Afro-Vegan

afro veganLooking for a great add to your vegan recipe book collection? We had the opportunity to have a look at Afro-Vegan written by Bryant Terry; chef, food justice activist and author, and published by Ten Speed Press. It is full of great recipes!

Bryant is renowned for his activism to create a healthy and sustainable food system. He also wants to raise public awareness of healthy eating, especially in the African-American communities where health is directly linked to diet. Some of the ailments that plague African-Americans are heart disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension; directly linked to consumption of animal proteins and easily preventable.

The book is also meant as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle. Many of the recipes go back to the idea that spending time in communities and with friends and family is not only spiritually healthy, but physically beneficial as well.

The recipes are a mix or African, Caribbean, Southern and other Afro-influenced cuisines. The idea was to take these recipes and to take out the animal products and almost “cut and paste” or remix the food to produce recipes with farm-fresh ingredients. This is essentially the heart and soul of Afro-Vegan.

Bryant focuses on whole foods. Everything is fresh. Sauces are made by hand; milks are made by hand; lentils and beans are slow-cooked and not canned; broths are homemade and juices are freshly squeezed.

Some of the recipes you can expect to find include:

  • Stewed Tomatoes and Black-Eyed Peas with Cornbread Croutons
  • Muscovado-Roasted Plantains
  • Blackened Cauliflower with Plum Tomato Sauce
  • Glazed Carrot Salad
  • Savory Grits with Slow-Cooked Collard Greens
  • Chermoula Tempeh Bites
  • Pumpkin-Peanut Fritters
  • Maple-Glazed Banana Johnnycakes
  • Vanilla Spice Ice Cream
  • Spiced Persimmon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze
  • And more!

There are also some Menu Suggestions for light lunches, dinner for two and New Years Dinner.

Another nice touch that he adds is the soundtrack selections with every recipe; not only will you eat healthy, delicious food to satisfy your soul and body, but you will also have some music to play when hosting parties or simply enjoying a relaxing evening at home!

The book is on sale April 8th. Bryant is also author of critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine. He has had work featured in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, O, The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Yoga Journal and Vegetarian Times. He is also host of Urban Organic and among numerous other accolades, he strives to be more active in pursuing a sustainable and just way of living.

Special thank you to Samantha and Natalie at Tenspeed.com for sharing a copy of the book with us.

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