A former steak-lover himself, Chef Tal struggled for years on a vegan diet that left him filled with cravings for meat and dairy. Frustrated by the limited options available and unwilling to sacrifice the delicious flavors he associated with eating meat, he decided to create vegan meals that could hold their own at the center of the plate.
Chef Tal found that by applying traditional French culinary techniques to meatless cuisine, he was able to create delicious meals full of rich flavor and healthy fat-meals that any food-lover, even devoted meat-eaters, would find completely satisfying.
Seventy groundbreaking recipes later, Chef Tal is ready to share his magic. The Conscious Cook features vegan versions of tried-and-true dishes such as Oysters Rockefeller, Caesar Salad, Corn Chowder, and Paella, as well as adventurous new cuisine like Lemongrass Consomme with Pea Shoot and Mushroom Dumplings and Peppercorn-Encrusted Portobello Fillets. A full-color photo accompanies each of the recipes. Also included are engaging stories from influential people in the vegan world; a peek into Chef Tal's pantry and kitchen; a guide to eating seasonally; and a selection of dinner party menus.
Above all, The Conscious Cook shows readers that avoiding the health risks and ethical dilemmas of eating meat and dairy does not mean sacrificing taste or satisfaction. The starters, soups, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts here offer culinary adventure that will truly revolutionize the way the world experiences meatless food.
Chef Tal Ronnen is one of the most celebrated vegan chefs working today. In 2008, he became known nationwide as the chef who prepared vegan meals for Oprah Winfrey's 21-day vegan cleanse. He consults with restaurants, universities, and corporations around the country on vegan menu additions and conducts master vegetarian workshops at Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated culinary schools nationwide. In addition, he has worked at the top vegan restaurants in the United States, including Sublime in Fort Lauderdale and Candle 79 in New York City. Chef Tal lives in Los Angeles and Vancouver.