Renowned vegan Chef Makini Howell creates innovative, stylish, and seasonal-forward vegan dishes for every meal of the day that will satisfy vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike.
Plum Bistro, Seattle's wildly popular vegan restaurant, is known for its delicious and innovative vegan recipes using local ingredients--and is a local favorite as well as a pit stop for out-of-towners including celebrities like India.Arie and Joaquin Phoenix. This cookbook features Plum's flavorful, comforting dishes for brunch, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and more--with over 60 recipes, including Pesto Plum Pizza, Good Old-Fashioned French Toast, Barbecue Oyster-Mushroom Sliders, Fresh Blueberry Shortcake, homemade vegan pasta, and more. Bring home delicious vegan cuisine with the Plum cookbook, and honor the transformation that is occurring in the way we view food and our personal responsibility to our communities.
About the Author
Makini Howell has been passionate about creating a chic dining experience that appeals to vegans, foodies, and omnivores alike since her days of living in New York City working as a men's denim designer. In 2005 she moved back home to Seattle with the goals of redirecting her family's restaurant business and creating a new perception of veganism. Makini is focused on using organic and non-GMO seasonal produce and herbs from family-owned farms in combinations that are both comforting and unexpected. As an entrepreneur she has developed a sustainable business model using what the earth provides to supply wholesome, nourishing food.
"We so appreciate the wonderfully creative recipes in this very beautiful cookbook! The importance of delicious vegan food helps pave the way for those who desire to make the transition from the standard animal-based diet." —Joaquin Phoenix, Academy Award-nominated actor and activist; Summer Phoenix; Rain Phoenix; and Liberty Phoenix
"Makini Howell’s cookbook will prove to anyone just how delicious vegan cuisine can be. Her food is flavorful, fresh, and mouthwatering. A must-have for anyone who loves to eat. This is a cookbook I will buying for my friends and family." —Kim Barnouin, co-author of the New York Times Best Seller, Skinny Bitch
"The food at Plum Bistro is comfort food, fresh food, tasty and innovative food: a testament to the talented and driven owner and head chef, Makini Howell. It’s one of my favorite vegan restaurants in the world." —India.Arie, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
"What Makini does at Plum and as a personal chef is creative, innovative, and satisfying. . . . Instead of seeing ‘vegan’ as a restriction, she has her own style. I never feel like I am missing anything." —Common, Grammy Award-winning actor, author, artist, and activist
"I dare you to open this cookbook from Seattle's Plum Bistro to any page and not think the recipe you find there is completely irresistible. Tiramisu pancakes? Check. Cauliflower bisque with fresh fennel? Yes, please. Black plum and ginger sorbet? Oh, you know it. Chef Makini Howell's recipes are vibrant, wholesome, and absolutely popping with all the fresh flavors of the season. ...Oh, and did I mention they're all vegan?" —The Kitchn
"From Seattle food icon Makini Howell comes this much-anticipated cookbook, a luscious volume of recipes from the author’s family-owned restaurant, Plum Bistro. Howell’s cooking is all about simple, fresh, and local, and this photo-filled book...showcases such delights as Pesto Plum Pizza, Barbecue Oyster-Mushroom Sliders, and Fresh Blueberry Shortcake. Let the mouthwatering commence." —VegNews
"You don't have to be a vegan to love these healthy creations from the famous Plum Bistro." —Examiner.com
"This colorful vegan cookbook from Seattle-based Plum Bistro captures the spirit and passion of chef, owner, and life-long vegan Makini Hawell with her recipes for vegan spins on pantry essentials, breakfast favorites, small plates, mains utilizing tofu, tempeh, and seitan, and desserts. Many of the recipes are also gluten-free and soy-free, but the book's luscious photos are sure to whet anyone's appetite, dietary restrictions or no." —Portland Monthly
"The vegan chef makes it look easy, with chapters on replacements for conventional staples (egg foam, anyone?), a helpful dissection of meat substitutes, and even a few mostly raw dishes for those in transition. Highlights: tostadas with spicy strawberry avocado relish, and balsamic tofu with white bean sauce and agave pumpkins. Most recipes are soy and/or gluten free and definitely aren’t all broccoli and turnips; expect recipes for sinful—yet morally sound—treats like tiramisu pancakes and tempeh vermouth." —Seattle Metropolitan
"These recipes are for dishes full of flavour, texture and colour. Oh, and they’re vegan." —The Montreal Gazette