Coauthor of bestselling vegan cookbooks – and two of my favorite cookbooks ever – Veganomicon and and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (plus Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and Vegan Pie in the Sky), Terry Hope Romero also wrote two solo books: Viva Vegan and most recently Vegan Eats World. Between her travellings to attend food festivals and conferences, writing and cooking and taking part in the TV show Vegan Mashup, Terry found a way to answer some questions for All About Vegan Food:
About your last book, Vegan Eats World, what can readers find in it that’s completely different from your other books?
Vegan Eats World features recipes inspired by my love of ethnic foods beyond just Latin American cuisine, including Indian, Sri Lankan, Thai, Chinese, Lebanese, Greek, Ethiopian, French and a whole lot more. It’s also a massive book, some 300 recipes. I love my little chapter about creating spice blends; I’ve been buying single spices in bulk from Asian markets for years but only recently have stepped up to the fun of making my own Five Spice or Garam Masala. Everybody should try it!
How was the TV experience Vegan Mashup? What did you like about it the most?
It’s been over 10 years, the days of making The Post Punk Kitchen, since I’ve worked with a creative team to make a vegan cooking show. But it’s still very DIY in many ways, and what I enjoy most is working with such hardcore, experienced foodies like Toni Fiore and Miyoko Schinner. Our production and marketing team are dedicated vegans, and it’s been quite a learning curve to push the show to reach a wider audience beyond the vegan sector. Since we film on location in Portland, ME I must shoot a season’s worth of episodes over a few days. It’s hard work, but over the years of writing, cooking and other demanding work I know the drill.
Vegan Mashup debuted on April 3rd on Create TV, and if you want to see more Vegan Mashup, demand it on your local public television station!
Do you travel for vegan food? If yes, where do you usually go?
I most certainly will travel for vegan food, especially if everybody’s talking about it or if it’s something I don’t see often. I love it when “regular” restaurants carry a few interesting vegan dishes on their menu: it shows that the chef is creative and interested in serving a diverse range of customers. On a regular basis I go all over the 5 boroughs of NYC to find new foods, but living in Queens it makes it easy to find fantastic ethnic food within a short train ride or walk.
Besides writing and cooking, how’s the daily life of Terry Hope Romero?
Writing and cooking are a big part of my day, so what little else is left is divided among reading (food and comics fill my reading lists), playing video games or tabletop role playing games with my friends, going to the gym or doing yoga. I attend half a dozen or more conventions throughout the year, dividing the time between gaming conventions and food festivals. I also just spend a good deal of my time exploring my own city: New York’s neighborhoods offer a nearly endless supply of new and interesting markets, restaurants and shops (see above about traveling for food).
What can we expect from you in 2013? Any new projects coming up?
I’ll be working on a new cookbook this year that won’t be on the shelves until spring 2014, so this will be a year of recipe development. But then again, that’s every year, week, and day! We’re also currently planning out Season 2 of The Vegan Mashup, and I’ll be doing some other consulting work for vegan product manufactures. If you’re attending Vida Vegan Con (a vegan blogger convention in Portland in the spring) you’ll catch me there!
* Photos courtesy of Terry Hope Romero