books

New vegetarian cookbook “Herbivoracious” leads to dining discovery

Last week, Antonio and I participated in Michael Natkin’s book tour stop in Austin for his new cookbook “Herbivoracious” under the same name as his blog. While we haven’t gotten a chance to cook with it yet (look for future blog posts on recipe adventures we have using this cookbook), we were impressed with the color photography, which Michael took himself.

The event took place at Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street and was catered by its new next door neighbor El Naranjo, who supplied us with wonderful food, including some “can’t stop eating it because it’s amazing guacamole.”  If you’ve heard of the just-opened-last-week-on-Rainey-Street El Naranjo it’s because it was formerly a food truck. The fine dining restaurant is open for dinner only for now and describes itself as traditional Mexican cuisine, but I think you, like us, will find it anything but typical of the Mexican fare you find around here. In fact, we thought it might have more of a South American background from its unique blends.

Sorry for the tangent on El Naranjo, but that just shows how impressed we were!

Anyway, Michael was a gracious host answering all of our crazy questions, such as “Who are you? Why a cookbook? Where are your from? Where are you going next?” All of the answers can be found at his blog http://herbivoracious.com.

We were excited to receive a courtesy copy of his cookbook with an inscription to the OhSpooners. If you are new to vegetarianism, just looking to cut back on meat or want some more vegetarian choices to add to your repertoire, this cookbook may strike your fancy. After the intro, Michael goes into detail on some of the ingredients and hand tools that are used a lot in the book and may not be familiar with readers, such as mirin, panko and a potato ricer.

The book, which includes 150 recipes, is broken down by appetizers/small dishes, soups, salads, 4 main courses, side dishes, desserts, breakfast and sauces, condiments and basic recipes.

The Spooners can’t wait to try it out and report back!

Bringing cupcakes to the masses!

“Jump Little Cake, Jump”

You may have noticed our posts have dropped off a bit this past month. Well, there’s a reason for that!

The Spooners have been on a mission to bring cupcakes to the masses!

Preston Spice, a cupcake is our friend, and we are telling a story about his journey in story form.

We have a Kickstarter (a crowdfunding website that allows people to help get the project funded and are rewarded different ‘party favors’ based on the amount they contribute) going on right now and we have about a month to raise $7,500. This money would allow us to print a first run of the book (1,000 copies), press CDs and get all the copyrights to go along with it.

If you love cupcakes, we want you to be involved!

How?

1. Download a portion of the book and a song at http://noisetrade.com/jumplittlecake for FREE!

2. Sing along and dance to downloaded song.

3. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JumpLittleCake

4. Pre-order a book at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1002202694/jump-little-cake-jump

5. Follow us on Twitter for silly posts, like “TGIF—Thank God I’m Frosted!” and “What does a cupcake wear to work? #cupcakeproblems

6. Give yourself a hug from us for helping out a little cake!

7. Tell a friend about this cupcake’s journey to courage!!