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La Dolce VeganLa Dolce Vegan
Sarah Kramer
This popular Vancouver author makes vegan cooking fun and tasty.

CB: The first album/CD/eight track you bought?
SK: Grease, which was followed quickly by Saturday Night Fever.

CB: What was your first car?
SK: I didn't get my driver's license until I was 34! I commute in a 1980 electric car, it looks like a Smart car.

CB: Your favourite junk food?
SK: Raisins (CB feels this doesn't really qualify)

CB: What kitchen gadget or piece of equipment can't you live without?
SK: My 'Man Handle.' It's a jar opener from the ‘50's. If you have this you don't need a man.

CB: Your favourite ingredient, or food?
SK: Cracked pepper.

CB: Most over-rated ingredient, or food?
SK: Saffron.

CB: What was the first cookbook you used?
SK: A vegetarian cookbook originally from the 70's that my mom had – Laurel's Kitchen.

CB: Your favourite authors, doesn't have to be cookbook authors?
SK: Douglas Copeland.

CB: Your favourite city?
SK: Victoria, BC.

CB: What is your greatest extravagance/indulgence?
SK: The Go-Go's. (As in the band.) I go to see them all over?

CB: Your favourite movie?
SK: Umm, how about favourite 3? 1. The Wizard of Oz 2. Saturday Night Fever 3. Grease

CB: What was your first job?
SK: I was a telephone solicitor for a non-profit groups like Big Sisters.

CB: What kind of music do you like?
SK: Everything but definitely punk rock.

CB: Your favourite sports team?
SK: Uh, pass.

CB: Your pet peeve when dining out?
SK: Children who aren't well behaved.

CB: Your favourite drink?
SK: Water.

CB: If you could change one thing in the food & wine industry what would it be?
SK: I wish someone would invent/create a great vegan cheese!

CB: Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
SK: My fans, because they inspired me to write up the next meals. And Fergus, my dog (a poodle terrier).

CB: What four people, alive or dead, would you invite to dinner? (assuming you would invite your significant other to have six around the dinner table!)
SK: Douglas Coupland, Jane Wiedlin from the Go Go's, Julia Child, and my mum.

How It All Vegan!How It All Vegan!
Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer
A great book for the beginner vegan or vegetarian, the recipes are quick and simple, requiring no more equipment or ingredients than what probably inhabit the shelves in your kitchen already! Filled with great kitsch black & white photos. Softcover, 224 pp. $21.95.

The Garden of VeganThe Garden of Vegan
Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer
A continuation of the tasty, simple alternatives to meat and dairy consumption outlined in their first volume, this book also gives helpful hints to living a total vegan lifestyle. Please try the Pear Ginger Pecan Bread on page 172. Softcover, 256 pp. $22.95.

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