December 7, 2010

PPK December Update: World Travel, TV & Aprons

by IsaChandra

Terry and I returned yesterday from 2 weeks of traveling in Paris and Barcelona.

After much jet lag and catching up on Dexter, we commenced this morning with scrambled tofu, roasted potato and herbed whole wheat scones. Mostly because the whole time we were gone, no matter how perfect the baguette, I just kept missing scrambled tofu.

I’ll be posting travel stories from both cities, but in the meantime, let’s get caught up on some PPK December going-ons.

On Thursday night 9pm EST, the Cooking Channel (Food Network’s sister station) will be airing their first ever vegetarian special, “Veg Edge!” The hour-long special is a look at vegetarian food and culture in 5 cities: New York, LA, Seattle, Austin and Portland. I am honored to part of the Portland segment which is actually full of vegans. Our segment includes Food Fight, Blossoming Lotus, Portobello, Native Bowl, Homegrown Smoker, and Oregonian Food Columnist Grant Butler. Why not have a little viewing party and let the Food Network know that we want this kind of plant-based programming in the future? They were great to work with and very receptive to vegan food, so fingers crossed. Here I am filming a little something:

And today is a super special day...Appetite For Reduction is officially available! It actually shipped early so lots of you have been cooking from it and providing feedback already, so thanks. It means a lot to me, and nothing beats watching the photos and reviews roll in. You can read more about the book here, and I’m always available to answer questions on my message boards or Facebook. Need to know what wine to serve chickpea picatta with? No problem! And I can even help style your hair. Actually, I’d probably be better at styling your hair than suggesting a wine.

We also have a bunch of new handmade, one-of-a-kind PPK aprons for sale. Many of these aprons are made from the fabric seen in the photos of Appetite For Reduction, so wear a little part of history.

Now that I’m home I’ll return to blogging recipes to help get us through these cold winter months. Thanks so much for a fabulous 2010, let’s make 2011 even better with vegan food, friends and fun! And figs. And forks. And falafel.

  • December 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm: b.a.d.

    Wow, that is excited I wish I had the Food Network. Do you think they will be showcasing any of it on their website?
    Congrats either way! Keep up the good work!

  • December 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm: Allychristine

    so sweet.

  • December 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm: blisslikethis


  • December 7, 2010 at 7:14 pm: Tami

    Nothing says welcome home like tofu scramble!
    The new aprons are beauties and can’t wait to see the show Thursday night!

  • December 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm: Laura Brown

    I have PCOS too — I lost a lot of weight over the past few years, partly thanks to going veggie, but still have to watch what I eat. Vegan with a Vengeance and Vegan Cookies invade Your Cookie Jar are two of my most frequently used cookbooks, so imagine how excited I was when I saw you’d written a book for people with my condition. It’s going on the Christmas wish list right now!

  • December 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm: Marika

    GREAT news all around! Welcome back – looking forward to hearing more about the trip…and that apron kicks ass! WANT.

  • December 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm: Anita

    So exciting! I will definitely be watching on Thursday and can not wait. Congrats on an amazing year. Love you girl!

  • December 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm: Catalina

    Tofu scramble was also the first thing I made after being in Europe for two weeks. Baguettes are indeed one of the most delicious things on the planet, but I missed my noochy scramble.

  • December 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm: Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day

    Oh how I wish I had cable… !! Maybe it will somehow go up on You tube?

  • December 8, 2010 at 2:40 am: kathy ward

    my brother bill filmed you in portland @ blooming lotus. despite his sarcasm re vegan foods that i fed the our parents….he let me know that he filmed you (along with my nephew helper).

    your new book is wonderful for those of us following low fat vegan diet for pcos or metabolic syndrome, etc. and for its nutritutional info. thanks so much! i will be gifting this cookbook for the holidays.

  • December 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm: Patice

    Looking forward to the iPad version of the new book! Congrats!

  • December 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm: Michelle

    I too have PCOS and am looking forward to trying the recipes in this book. Today is blackened tofu, butternut coconut rice and jerk asparagus.

  • March 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm: Lou

    next time you guys over europe way come to england and say hi, we would really like to see you and get you to sign our stuff : D
    i got a bit hormonally upset (im 5months pregnant) when i found out you were doing a bake sale in usa, im in the wrong continent! i got over it after i made myself cake and played pretend