One of the other birthday delights I was treated with was a copy of the second Millennium Cookbook, The Artful Vegan. For those who don't know the Millennium Restaurant, it is a vegan gourmet restaurant in San Fran and when it comes to gourmet veggie cuisine they can not be beat. Not in my books anyway. I've had my share of very beautiful, lip-licking tasty vegan/veggie meals made by pros and with the love of darling friends and family, but Millennium is food on a whole new level. Flavours reduced, layered and carefully selected to tantalize your tastebuds and cause those of us veggie foodies to swoon from the toes up with delight. These are meals so flavourful, artful and damn delicious that I defy anyone to feel they are in anyway limited by their lack of animal bits. Seriously.
Their cookbooks do an amazing job of translating the intensity, creativity and art of gourmet veggie cooking. That said, they're not cookbooks for hurried evening, after work cooking or things you want to try out on a day when your self-esteem is feeling a little touch and go. They are recipes for a day when you have all the time in the world to spend in the kitchen preparing, simmering, sneaking tastes and planning for a truly beautiful meal. Conveniently, they're the kind of meals you might feel inspired to make when you have recently acquired some seriously rockin' new kitchen accoutrements like, oh-say a KitchenAid and a Le Creuset pot... For example. (Yes the birthday fairy was very good to me this year).So now the only task that remains is choosing a recipe... I'm eying up the Gnocchi with roasted beets and walnuts and wondering if throwing some homemade foccacia and german chocolate cake (all requiring the use of the KitchenAid you see) is overdoing it entirely. My dinner guests may need a little help getting out of their chairs after that kind of a carb fest. Still, I'm sure it would be yummy.