After I left high school in the dust, I spent my late teens and early twenties hitchhiking and living in a van – a 1976 Dodge with the elusive slant six engine. I dubbed it Van-detta, friends called it Her-vana but I quietly ignored them, it was too hippie sounding for me. Although, now that I think of it, it is pretty funny.
I hopscotched in and out of college and university pursuing a theatre arts degree, constantly in motion, packing up and leaving soon as the last exam was written. Saving whatever money I had to pay for lift tickets and seasons passes at ski hills.
These formative years as a vegan meant I learned how to eat and cook on the road, with little money. It’s most likely why Sarah Kramer’s Vegan A Go-Go! A cookbook & survival manual for vegans on the road, resonates with me and is my favorite, most used cookbook.
Ironically, when it came out in 2008, I’d moved back to my home town and settled down considerably. I still leave a lot for work but the routine is more predictable than it use to be. Regardless, this palm sized, perfect for packing, cook book is well worn from traveling to the kitchen counter from the book shelf and back.
I love how the recipes are simple and the ingredients can be found pretty much anywhere. Most make about 2-4 servings, so you can feed the friends that are letting you crash on their couch, or have a couple meals for the road.
My sister is canning tomatoes this weekend and I realized I still have some from last year. With my head in the pantry I saw an almost empty jar of dry red lentils and another of quinoa. In less than a half hour, I made Vanessa’s Lentil Quinoa Stew from page sixty. Possibly the best thing about the book is the final six pages; the bottom, right hand corner turns into a flip book of Sarah smiling, waving and giving the peace sign. Guess, I am a bloody hippie after all.