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The Dirt Candy Cookbook
The Dirt Candy Cookbook: Flavor-forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant | Grady Hendrix, Ryan Dunlavey, Amanda Cohen
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Presents recipes for vegetarian appetizers, sauces, entrees, and desserts, that are featured at the author's New York City restaurant, and include such dishes as sound-ground grits, cauliflower and waffles, and caramel popcorn pudding.
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RamsFan1963
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Candy Corn Pizza?!?! I may be sick 🤮🤮🤮

#ChillingPhotoChallenge #candy

@Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid

Susanita I love candy corn, but that's a little much. 1mo
JacqMac No thank you. 1mo
Clwojick 😰 😰 😰 😰 NO thank you. 1mo
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Lindy
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I made only one thing from this cookbook: Carrot Halva. Turned out tasty, but didn‘t set firm enough to pick up in pieces, so I used it to stuff dates. A win, according to the women at book club last night. 😎

DivineDiana This looks delicious! 2y
Soubhiville Oh my gosh, you keep posting the most wonderful looking desserts! Mmmm! 2y
saresmoore As a rule, I tend to dislike “stuffed” foods. Dates are always the exception! These look wonderful! 2y
Mdargusch That looks soooo good! 2y
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Lindy
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In spite of Grady Hendrix‘s comics panel above, these recipes are challenging. There are many steps: it‘s not uncommon for a dish to require 2 days to prepare. Amanda Cohen: “I like it complicated!” Tools I would need to get: a chinois & a Silpat mat. New-to-me ingredients: huitlacoche, vadouvan & Chinese celery. Key techniques: deep frying, smoking, dehydrating (then grinding dehydrated veggies to a powder). An entertaining read, however.

Ingerella I don't think I do it! I'm the queen of the 3 ingredient meal! 2y
TommieMarie74 I‘m with you @Ingerella ... the more ingredients there are, the greater the chance that we‘re ordering takeout. 2y
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Lindy
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I like Cohen‘s take on Nanaimo bars. 🇨🇦 She fills them with mint ice cream. At the start of the section on frozen desserts, she writes, “I believe with all my heart in the classic formula: cake + ice cream = dessert.”

AmyG I got this recipe from my #feedareader swap. I look forward to making these. 2y
Lindy @AmyG Hooray! Report back when you do. It‘s the green pea & mint ice cream that I will probably make, without the Nanaimo bars. 2y
AmyG It won‘t be until June when I visit my daughter in VT because she wants to make them with me. 2y
Lindy @AmyG 👍 2y
LeahBergen A Canadian institution! 2y
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Lindy
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Good advice. Except where will I find a store that carries Broccoli Ice Cream?

Lindy @Simone62 I‘ve got plans to adapt one of Cohen‘s recipes to the kind of ice cream I make. Green peas and mint. 2y
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Lindy
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To make Red Pepper Velvet Cake, you‘ve got to juice a bunch of peppers, dehydrate the pulp for 8 hours, then pulverize half of that into a powder in a blender, and pulse the other half into flakes in a food processor. You take the 4 cups of pepper juice and spend an hour reducing it to 1 cup on the stove. Okay, now you have the ingredients you need to proceed with mixing the cake batter. Innovative, and too much work, but I‘d like to taste it.

Soubhiville Wow, that‘s complicated! But I bet it‘s delicious. The kind of dessert I‘d pay 💰 for at a fancy restaurant, but not ever try to make myself! 2y
Lindy @Soubhiville Yes, me too. Next time I‘m in New York, I will book a table at Dirt Candy. 2y
cariashley I love Dirt Candy and somehow didn‘t know about this book! The broccoli hot dogs I had at her teeny original location were revelatory. 2y
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Lindy @cariashley I believe you! 2y
DivineDiana A bit too labor intensive for me... but will now bump it up on my restaurants to visit in NYC! 2y
Lindy @DivineDiana Yes, definitely worth a visit. They just have daily set menus now, according to their website, but that still sounds appealing. 2y
DivineDiana Agree! 🥦🥕🥒🍓🍌🍋 2y
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Lindy
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I‘m pretty adventurous in the kitchen, but there aren‘t many things in this cookbook that I‘d like to try. Case in point: a replacement for socarrat, the toasted rice layer from the bottom of traditional paella. Restaurateur Amanda Cohen creates it separately with olive oil, corn syrup, sugar, salt, smoked paprika and Rice Krispies. Then adds it to her paella. Nope.

saresmoore Ew. 2y
UrsulaMonarch I'm with you! Why make it sweet??! 2y
Lindy @saresmoore @UrsulaMonarch The sugar is to replicate the Maillard reaction that gives toasted rice some sweetness. I‘m not a fan of cold breakfast cereals, so it‘s the Rice Krispies I object to here. 2y
UrsulaMonarch @Lindy I'm sure it's all in the amounts - just reading corn syrup AND sugar makes it seem to me like it would surpass the Maillard reaction! (Even though I know that's found on plenty of delicious savory things!) 😂 2y
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MisterWhitaker
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This cookbook makes vegetable cooking accessible AND gourmet! Plus it's a #comic

But again @Litsy Grady Hendrix was a secondary writer on this. It's not cool that you listed the actual author last. You gotta fix this.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I wouldn't have expected kimchi and doughnuts to go together! Please post pictures and a tasty review! 2y
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MisterWhitaker
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This is up there with Relish as one of my favorite cookbooks. We need more #comic cookbooks! #comics #graphicnovels

Btw @Litsy the top result for this book lists Grady Hendrix first over his wife Chef Amanda Cohen and artist Ryan Dunlavey. While Mr. Hendrix's input was undoubtedly valuable, he shouldn't be listed before the main creators.

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rach_simone
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Twofer post today! I inherited this cook book when a roommate moved out a couple of years ago. Should really use it more. #Freebie #CookbookFoodThemedBook #riotgrams

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queerbookreader
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Going through some cookbooks for Super Bowl Sunday food ideas, including this *GRAPHIC NOVEL COOKBOOK*. I've said it before and I'll say it again: graphic novel cookbooks are the future. (sorry this photo looks so tacky, that's what happens when I get cocky and dick around with filters and stickers) #veggie4life #happyfridaynightdarlings

LeahBergen One that I just finished and loved is 3y
queerbookreader @LeahBergen I've read that!! Isn't it so beautifully illustrated? 😍 3y
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