SmartCooks here lighting a candle to Candle 79 Cookbook: Modern Vegan Classics from New York's Premier Sustainable Restaurant. Oh, that I could have found this book/e-app during the Holiday Season!
For Christmas dinner, I searched for a vegetarian meal menu, with soup, entree, and 2 sides (salad and vegeys). I surfed half a dozen well-known blogs and sites that feature vegetarian dishes (e.g., Bon Appetit, Food 52) as well as strictly vegetarian sources (e.g., Vegetarian Times etc). Nothing jelled. So I eventually pulled a menu from a number of sources. (And it was Scrumptious! as was the whole meal!)
It was only after Christmas that I came across Candle 79 Cookbook and downloaded the e-book (thanks to the wonder of Kindle iPad apps). The Cookbook represents the best of the Candle 79 restaurant, whose mandate is to bring elegance to vegetarion cuisines and make concepts such as 'local', 'seasonal,' 'organic', and 'vegan' part of the culinary mainstream. The Cookbook has well over 100 recipes, all easy for a home cook, divided into appetizers, soups, entrees, salads, desserts, drinks, brunches etc.
Candle 79 Restaurant was started about 20 years ago by Joy Pierson and Bart Potenza who won $53,000 playing a lottery. They decided to invest the money in a restaurant devoted to vegan cooking and opened Candle Cafe and then later Candle 79.
According to a New York Times review, the Restaurant ambiance and dishes made him "see the light" about vegetarian cuisine. The clientele includes luminaries such as Paul McCartney and Woody Harrelson.
PLUS the Restaurant boasts eco-friendly liquor. (Husband will be thrilled that there's Maker's Mark bourbon, which has a low-carbon distillery so he can drink in good conscience and digest the vegetarian food more easily).
I looked up Smoked Paprika Hummus, which the New York Times food critic described as "one of the more enjoyable hummuses" he has had in New York. The authors recommend dried chickpeas, which need to be soaked overnight, but also says canned chickpeas will do (so I did).
Here's the recipe from the Cookbook. It makes about 3 cups and is perfect for three days' worth of 4 p.m. snacks just before a January Get Fit workout. The hummus pictured is served with grilled paratha bread (Indian flatbread), olives, roasted garlic and a drizzle of red pepper oil.
Smoked Paprika Hummus