Happy Friday (did you know the French don’t really say Happy Friday?) but to all of you today, Happy Friday! It’s still rainy and cold here – I’m waiting for the week where I can write that the weather was just gorgeous – but I’m over it and excited for The Kale Project’s first giveaway: Wild About Greens, by Nava Atlas from Veg Kitchen.
When the idea for The Kale Project first came to mind, I checked on Amazon for cookbooks all about greens and the only one available was from 1996 and only 50 pages. Luckily, seasoned cookbook writer & Veggie queen Nava Atlas released her compilation of greens recipes with gorgeous photos this spring. I ordered it am absolutely in love with everything about this cookbook. And I’m lucky to have her as this week’s For The Love of Kale feature with a giveaway of her book!
Leave a comment about how you will cook with kale next for a chance to win.
Describe what kale tastes like in one sentence.
That’s a tough one! Kale had a gentle “green” flavor somewhat akin to spinach or broccoli, and if you coax out its best flavor, it can be more on the slightly sweet side — never bitter.
When did you first try kale? How was it prepared and what did you think?
My gosh. I really don’t remember! And if the first time I tried it was so unmemorable, I honestly don’t know what I thought!
If you were serving kale to a kale virgin, how would you prepare it?
I’d make something that has some familiar flavors and work the kale into it. Massaged kale salad, much as I adore it, might be too intense for a “kale virgin” (love that term!). So I would prepare a dish of garlicky potatoes sautéd in a little olive oil, then add some ribbons of kale and continue to sauté until it’s bright green and just tender. Then I’d embellish with briny black olives, and salt and pepper to taste.
When did you first start eating and cooking natural foods? What attracted you to the movement?
I became a vegetarian many decades ago, and vegan ten years ago. Initially I wasn’t attracted to any movement; I simply couldn’t stand the sight or taste of meat. I do now feel I’m part of the vegan movement. I’m attracted to this community for its compassion and dedication to the animals and the earth. I also think the food is awesome, and getting better all the time!
What are your favorite food spots in the States?
I live not far from NYC, and the city is just loaded with fabulous vegan eateries. I can’t even choose a favorite. But almost any large city anywhere in the world (including Paris, of course!) offers such pleasures to those of us on plant-based diets. One just has to look. Giving a shout-out to Paris vegetarian restaurants, I just love the assiettes that offer 6 or 8 little dishes arranged beautifully on a plate!
What do you think will be the next “big thing” for the natural food movement?
That’s a great question and I’m not sure I can answer that! I do sense that even as the raw food movement is growing, recently there has been a bit of pushback against the idea of a 100% raw diet as unsustainable and perhaps not completely healthy. Those of us who are vegan have this sense that vegan is already mainstream, but you just need to leave urban areas to know that it’s far from that. That being said, I do think that the idea of vegan diets, as well as people doing their best to consume more plant-based meals, is going to continue to gain traction.
The love affair with leafy greens is going to continue to gain momentum as well. They’re the most nutritious foods on the planet, abundant, easy to grow, and relatively inexpensive. What’s not to love?
Thanks again Nava! Don’t forget to comment about how you will next use kale to be eligible for the giveaway. It does not matter where you live! It ends next Friday, July 20 at 11:59pm EST.