May 2012: The Cookbooks (The Vegan vs. Baked Goods Showdown)

Every month, I buy a new cookbook and place it on my kitchen sideboard for display. Last month, the cookbook was the new Pioneer Woman Cookbook: Food From My Frontier.

It came in the mail from Amazon perhaps 4 days before I decided to try to do some Vegan business, and ALL MONTH LONG, it taunted me. See, when the cookbook for the month is chosen, it stays there. That was a struggle to say the least.

So, in an effort to try to align my monthly cookbook selection with my current move toward a more plant friendly lifestyle, I went to the BookMark in search of some Vegan books. Much to my surprise, they had quite a few, including the Skinny Bitch Vegan Swaps! However, that’s already on it’s way from Amazon to the Mail Store (aka, the Post Office), so I didn’t need to pick that up. What DID catch my eye was the Alicia Silverstone book, The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight and Saving the Planet. I’m already following some of her boards on Pinterest, and I like what I see, so I picked up the book and put it in my cart.

Then I walked around a bit, and BAM, here was a book that caught my eye:

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. I saw it had a forward by Paula Deen, and I immediately picked it up.

Hot damn.

The recipes in this book are clearly to drool for, and have titles like Bacon Jam Empanadas, Guava Sweet-Cheese Turnovers, and Brown Sugar Banana Bread.

So, here I am, holding two cookbooks in my hands… one, has decidedly vegan fare, and the other has food that makes you wanna slap somebody.

What to do…what do do…

I bought both and put them both on my sideboard.

I’ve told people I’m trying to update my diet, but I make it very clear I’m no hero…I’m a fallen soul for calling out loud! It’s HARD to make the hard decisions and choices, and this is one of them, for sure. I’m not sure if I will ever be 100% vegan. I’m not sure I really WANT to. But, I do know that I want to shift the percentage to 90% plant based, and 10% animal based food. Right now I’m at 80/20 and that’s WAY better than being at 30/70 like I was before.

What I also know is I feel TONS better. My energy is better. I’m more centered and focused. I’m far more capable now to handle basic run of the mill stress. My body is also stronger. The headaches are few and far between. My mind clicks better. Alex feels better too (He’s got an even stronger will that I do).

So, what is the lesson learned via the May Cookbooks… It’s okay to be indecisive. It’s okay to be torn. It’s also okay to explore. I will make a recipe from each of the books sometime this month, and report back.

Until then,


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