Vegetarian delight: An interview with Lacey Sher

The Oakland chef, caterer and restaurateur is the author of the recently published “You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan!: 200 Recipes for Simple and Delicious Animal-Free Cuisine.”

What’s the origin of the book?
I had a restaurant, Down to Earth, in New Jersey. My partner and I decided to put together the recipes of all of the food we served there.

Are you a vegan?
I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years, about nine of them, vegan.

Does the book offer a particular philosophy?
We promote whole foods and eating close to the foods’ source — and far from the package.

Are there misconceptions about the vegetarian diet?
People think you need a lot of protein, but it’s really about balancing.

How do you feel about soy?
It can be major for beginners, but you don’t necessarily want to be a “soyatarian.” Choose soy in whole form, such as tempe or beans.

What’s your favorite recipe in the book?
The chocolate cake; it’s simple and awesome. I also like the Blue Corn Hempeh, a Southern-crusted blue corn tomato pudding.

What’s next for you?
I’m going to open a vegetarian wine-bar-cafe called Encuentro with Eric Tucker of Millennium.

Do you ever eat potato chips or a Snickers bar?
Of course! I eat chips, the natural ones. And I eat chocolate — good chocolate.

Article excerpted from www.sfexaminer.com
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Posted on September 28, 2011, in vegan, Vegan's Delight, vegetarian and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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