Last night it snowed. Today the wind howled and you had to wonder if this winter would ever just give up. But Twitter is abuzz with photos and tweets that proved spring is indeed here. Local chefs are tweeting up a storm of the ramps they’ve foraged and already gotten onto their menus.
I’ve been on a bit of a cooking kick lately, dutifully clipping the most delicious-sounding recipes in my monthly issue of Cooking Light and—and here’s the kicker—actually following through and making said recipes for healthy, delicious weeknight dinners.
In between all the cooking mayhem happening in my kitchen, I started doing some research on other sources for good recipes. That’s when I started noticing something: Philly authors and chefs have a pretty solid showing in the healthy-cookbook department, with a few just-released ones grabbing headlines in local and national media.
Here are four healthy cookbooks by Philly authors I’m definitely adding to my kitchen arsenal.
Our pals at Foobooz have some fun new details on the vegan spot coming to Rittenhouse, courtesy of the meat-free geniuses at Vedge. I’m sure more than a few of you are on the edges of your seats here.
First off, the restaurant officially has a name—V Street—and it’s going to center around an international street-food concept. Mmmmm. I definitely like the sound of that.
V Street will open at 126 South 19th Street. Head over to Foobooz for more details from Vedge’s Rich Landau.
It’s been a while since we had any news on the new restaurant coming from Vedge’s Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. We knew that it was coming to Rittenhouse–specifically to 126 S. 19th Street which, yes, is the space right next door to Zama–and that it was set to open in the spring. But everything else about the place was a mystery.
Right up until Landau reached out this morning with some new details.
On Thursday, November 21st, Elixr Coffee is hosting coffee and cocktail competitions featuring bars and coffee shops around the city.
On this special night, a latte art throwdown featuring top baristas from sixteen coffee bars in Philadelphia will compete. That will be followed by a coffee-centric cocktail competition featuring bartenders from cocktail bars and restaurants (Vedge, The Corner, 1 Tippling Place, Farmers’ Cabinet and more) around town. It all goes down at Elixr Coffee, 207 Sydenham Street (between 15th and 16th Streets) at 6:30 p.m. As Elixr says, “Come to Taste the Magic. Come, and we All Win.”
The address is 126 S. 19th Street–which, yes, is right next door to Zama and currently home to a pop-up boutique (Smak Parlour), but will soon to be the location for Vedge’s smaller, cooler and more casual little-sister restaurant.
Even if you’re not impacted by the back-to-school frenzy, autumn still feels like a good time to settle in with a cup of something warm and a good book. This autumn’s cookbook releases include some beautiful works from Philly chefs and writers, so take your pick from the official Foobooz Fall Reading List of 2013.
We got the last minute details on Vedge’s sour beer dinner that is set for tonight. The dinner features beers from 12 Percent Importers and is $85 per person. The only seating for the dinner is 7 p.m.
So here’s what Vedge’s new cookbook will look like. It’s due to be released on September 3 with 100 recipes and a foreword by Joe Yonan.
Rich Landau and Vedge are all over this month’s Food and Wine magazine. The vegan restaurant and vegetable whisperer get mentioned no less than five times in the issue including in “From Beef to Beets,” “Vegetable Now,” “New Vegetable Cookbooks,” and “America’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants”.
Vegetables Now [Philadelphia Magazine]
Photo by Ethan Hill