New year, new book(s)!

by Terry Hope Romero · 25 comments

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How has your 2011 been so far? I’ve been hitting the cutting board once again; cooking, recipe making, researching and writing. I’m involved in two big projects for 2011; though the foundations were laid months ago it feels more real to launch new projects in this shiny new year.

Big project number one: I’m working on a new solo cookbook with a publication date for 2012. In a way Viva Vegan! was the stepping stone to my dream of working on a great big global book; a vegan vision of region cuisines all over the world. Besides, there is yet more Latin vegan food to uncover, and I’m thrilled to have an excuse to dive into my growing obsession with curries, all things Asian food and Middle Eastern cuisine. Essentially the continuing Terry spin on the great ethnic foods that inspire our vegan way of eating.

And the second project is a collaboration with Isa concerning all things pie; sorry no savory pies, just dessert. This one has a tighter deadline than the former book, and I’ll have more to add come early February.

Will I need testers? Certainly my dears, especially for ethnic vegan book. Currently my website elves are building a new blog-style format for recipe testers. Expect general fixing, updating and more website grooming thrills as well. I aim to have the testing open for business mid-February, with recipe testing itself extending into the fall/early winter in an attempt to cram in all seasons of produce.

Do I have a name yet for the “big” book? Heavens no, but for now it will go by codename: World of Vegancraft. It’s just a name; testers won’t have to commit to the grueling quest for The Scepter of the Shifting Sands*, only be willing to make some curries, noodles, roti breads, soups and dips once or twice a week, such as the lovely Sri Lankan style Butternut Curry depicted above (recipe post coming very soon). So clean out your coffee grinder (get ready to stuff it with coriander and cumin), it’s going to be a fragrant-as-hell 2011.

*Disclaimer: A hardcore mmorpg-ing friend schooled me on this insanely grueling of World of Warcraft task. Though nerd, I’m not of the online gaming tribe; I just like the name. Testers don’t need to know a thing about WoW, all you need is a burning desire to quest on for cooking and eating.

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avatar lazysmurf January 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I would love to test for you new book if you are still looking for people. I LOVE Viva Vegan!


avatar Mandy Clyatt January 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Oh my goodness! Sing me up to be a tester! I’ve never been one before, but I love your cookbooks and I’m always up for spending more time in the kitchen. The project sounds amazing. Please feel free to email me with more details.
-Mandy Clyatt


avatar Mihl January 14, 2011 at 5:25 am

Congratulations! Both projects sound awesome, especially your solo book. I’ve enjoyed testing vfor Vegan Latina so much! And pies, what can I say, I need to learn how to make them.


avatar Kate January 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I love Viva Vegan as well and just became obsessed with Indian cooking after completing my first successful dal. If you need testers, sign me up!


avatar Ryan January 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I would also happily test for the new book. Loved Viva Vegan and made many of the recipes for my world languages department.


avatar Libby January 15, 2011 at 2:10 am

Sounds like you have a lot of great things going on so far. Love ethnic foods, so if you’re needing another tester, I’m open for it. :-)


avatar Apricot January 15, 2011 at 8:42 am

Heck, yeah! Count me in if you want me. I’ve never been better situated for international ingredients.


avatar Benoit Fournier January 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

Yes! I’m sure to devour this new book as much as VV. Let me be the 10 000th person to offer his services as a tester. I’d love to.


avatar Nancy January 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Sounds yummy!

If you’re open for more testers my spice grinder is available. :-D


avatar Kara January 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Wow, two more cookbooks this year, I cannot wait! I own all of your and Isa’s cookbooks and am looking forward to another installment. I would love to be a tester for your new cookbook. Please feel free to email me with the details! Thank you in advance.


avatar Joanna January 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Sounds like a busy but thoroughly exciting 2011 for you — and sign me up as a tester should you need any! (I’m particularly excited to see Malaysian curries in the global vegan book. :)


avatar Tara G. Warrior January 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Can’t wait for your latest creations! I’d love to be a tester.


avatar Julia McKinney January 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

If you are still looking for testers I would love to be included! I loved Viva Vegan as well as the other cookbooks you were involved with.


avatar Angela January 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I would love to be a tester if you still need any. Viva Vegan is one of the best cookbooks ever, vegan or otherwise. I just love your (and Isa’s) creativity. :)


avatar Maggie January 17, 2011 at 12:28 am

I would love to be a tester if you need any more of them–I’m a big fan of cooking new things for my friends, and I adore Viva Vegan.


avatar Terry Hope Romero January 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

Hey everyone! Thanks for much for you questions and emails about testing recipes.

In response to requests for testers…I’ll be sending out an official call out for testers sometime late next month. If for some reason you don’t hear from me after I’ve posted here about testing, please remind me that you’re still interested in helping out.



avatar Johanna January 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I can’t wait!. I have to say after owning about a million cookbooks, it’s a little more fun to have one which is all the same kind of food. I find that books only, say, having 2-3 recipes which are Mexican, Asian, etc uninspiring. I love Viva Vegan. I don’t know why it took me so long to buy it. I make so much seitan now. You know, your chipotle sausage works great in place of chipotle in adobo or smokey tempeh. I recently used it in a vegetarian times recipe for Tempeh Au Vin. I kind of thought the tempeh “bacon” a la Lightlife, was overkill any way, but a waste of money since I had the chipotle sausage on hand. I also used the steamed, white seitan for Isa’s Seitan Portobello Tempeh Stroganoff. It fried and crisped quicker than store-bought, and kept its texture after mixing it in.


avatar Lee Ann January 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I’d love to be a tester too.
Looking forward to the “official call”.


avatar Claudia January 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I’d absolutely love to test for this, since I could live off the kind of food you’ve described and everything I’ve tried from Viva Vegan has been excellent. I introduced my mum to the quinoa salad with peanuts and it seems to have become a regular in her kitchen.


avatar Shellyfish January 31, 2011 at 8:25 am

This is such exciting news! I’m going to pimp myself like crazy – I would love to test for you!


avatar ArtistViv March 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’m so excited to offer to test for your new book. My husband and I have recently gone vegan and I’ve been cooking up a STORM! Would love to have a chance help out. I really, really hope I’m not too late.


avatar Amanda March 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Super congratulations to you – that’s wonderful! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us – you’re recipes never dissapoint !!!


avatar lisa March 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

I saw pictures of things for your new solo book and they look amazing! I don’t see an official call for testers anywhere, so if you’re still looking, I’m definitely interested. I tested for Viva Vegan and had a great time of it.


avatar Lauren (PB&G) July 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I know this is a day late and a dollar short, but it could be fun to take part in perhaps another World of Vegancraft adventure in the future. I used to be a WoWer (still get the bug once in a while there) and never had the patience to get a scepter. I couldn’t eat it, I lost interest. ;)


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