This is my 100th post here at Eden in the Kitchen, and I want to thank all of you for making this blog so much fun for me. I really treasure the support and friendship that I have with all of you, which have been so valuable to my journey as a vegan thus far. In fact, I became vegan on the same day that I started this blog--July 29, 2006--so some of you have been with me since the beginning of my journey. And that's pretty cool.
I have certainly come a long way since my first food post--my cooking skills, my knowledge of myriad cuisines and spices and flavors that I never explored, and even my photography skills have expanded so much since I started this journey. If you like, look back with me to my top five favorite posts of my first 100!
1. Pumpkin Brunch
2. Hummus Party
3. My First Vegan Thanksgiving
4. My Deviant tART
5. Random Huge Food Post (because I'm usually happiest when I'm cooking up something new...)
::Sigh:: Oh, the memories...
Now, I have a special GIVEAWAY for you! But first, an explanation.
You have heard me talk about this book plenty of times before. The Grit is a classic Athens vegetarian restaurant, widely celebrated by Athens natives and by followers of the indie music scene (of which Athens is a Mecca of sorts). This cookbook, despite being vegetarian rather than vegan, is one of my favorites because of my many lovely experiences at the restaurant. Besides, many (though not all) of the recipes are easily veganized, and some of my very favorites are vegan in the first place. Like the black bean chili. Or the nutritional yeast gravy. Or the sweet and sour tofu stir-fry.
Three years ago I received a copy of this cookbook for my birthday, when I turned 20. Just this past November, a new edition of the book came out in celebration of the restaurant's 20th anniversary--and the new edition contains 20 new recipes. So this year for my birthday, I received a copy of the new edition. So I would like to give my old, well-broken-in (though still in fine condition) copy to one of you--and I will give you copies of the new recipes, so that you are not missing out on anything!
In celebration of The Grit's long-standing history in the Athens music culture, this is a music trivia question. The first person to leave me a comment correctly identifying the artist and song title of the following lyrics wins! And if no one gets it right, then I will draw a random winner on Monday night out of everyone who ventured a guess. Honor system--no Google searching, please! Here goes:
And some people left for heaven without warning
That's it! Good luck! I'll be back with a new food post soon, but for now, I just wanted to thank you for celebrating 100 posts with me, as this is a vey special milestone in my vegan journey. Peace out!