Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Web of Inspiration

Ever wonder what other vegans eat day in and day out? You can find out on the Web, since plenty of vegan bloggers post descriptions and photos of their meals. Their work is proof that vegan meals are colorful, creative and fun. Many of them include recipes, too. Here are a few that I find to be particularly inspiring:

First is Dinner With Dilip, who is just down the road from us, in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Dilip Barman, the president of the Triangle Vegetarian Society, draws from a seemingly inexhaustible fountain of ideas for meals. The blog also contains interesting comments on restaurants and happenings in that area.

Next up is Veganimprov, which is notable for its improvisational approach to vegan cooking – as it says, it's "Like jazz for food." It's also notable for including information about what wine accompanied each meal.

Jennifer McCann packs festive vegan lunches for her son, and chronicles them on Vegan Lunch Box. The site also includes reviews of books and products. It is so popular that McCann now has a cookbook out, fittingly titled Vegan Lunch Box. Then, for photos and descriptions "about what one grownup vegan takes to work for lunch everyday," head over to the Vegan Lunchcast.

Some blogs, such as What Do Vegans Eat? are explicit about answering that common question. This blog has regular contributors, but also invites readers to share their own photos and descriptions of vegan food. Others like this include What the Hell does a Vegan Eat Anyway? and Eat Air – A Vegan Food Log.

I could go on, but if you explore you're sure to find some favorites on your own. And most of these sites also have links to their own favorite blogs, so you could keep exploring … at least until it's time for dinner! Please let me know if you find - or, especially, if you write - a notable blog like this.

A follow-up: A while back, I wrote about Wildwood’s plain soy yogurt, the best non-dairy plain yogurt I’ve found. But the closest source I knew of at that point was in Charlotte. Now, I’ve found it closer to home – at the Deep Roots co-op, on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro.

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