vegan baker

the big jump
February 17, 2008, 10:42 pm
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This post is not about lemon pound cake. It’s about how I need to move on up to the big house of stoves that actually work, unlike the one I baked this in.

The transition I am looking at these days is the one from home cook (warrior of the decrepit oven, king of the lazy substitution, master of using up leftovers) to professional pastry chef, a mysterious and elusive creature in the vegan world.

Here is a little Associated Press article about vegetarian cooking programs. One of the four is raw, and another is macrobiotic. I think it should be clear after my last post that I don’t like to muddy veganism with faddish, spurious health-consciousness. So that leaves the School of Natural Cookery in Colorado and the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC. It’s not much of a choice, since I don’t think I’ve ever been to Colorado and my parents live 30 minutes out of Manhattan (yes, I do find it mortifying to stay with them, even temporarily, thank you for asking.)

So for those of you who see me in Jersey, I’ll probably be around this summer or fall. I’ll undoubtedly be saying “chef” a lot. I hope you find it endearing.


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