I recently caught up with the sisters of Spork Foods, Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg, to discuss their first cookbook, Spork-Fed (out now!). I’ve known Jenny and Heather for years and have always been a fan of their super fun cooking classes (now available online too). I could not have been more excited to receive my copy in the mail a few weeks ago. The forward is by the 2nd most adorable sister team out there, Emily and Zooey Deschanel, and if you check out the acknowledgements in the back you might just see another familiar name, heehee. I love the clear, easy-to-follow directions in the book, and the pictures will seriously make you drool. The brunch section is probably my favorite. Strawberry Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast? Um… yes please!
Veggywood: What was it like writing a book together?
Jenny: Well, we do pretty much everything together, so it seemed very natural to write a book together! We also have a similar sense of humor, so it was fun to collaborate on such a fun project!
V: Is this a good cook book for beginners?
Heather: Of course! Many of our cooking students don’t have a lot of experience in the kitchen, but enjoy our recipes. We always advise beginners to take things one step at a time and try the recipes one by one. We do have a suggested menu section in the front of the book, if people want to make different themed meals, but this is a bit more complex – so beginners – maybe try one recipe at a time to start and work your way to the themed meals.
V: Who is your favorite vegan culinary inspiration?
Heather and Jenny: We are constantly SO inspired by our cooking students. They share stories of cooking for friends or family who aren’t familiar with vegan food and how the meal was a success, or tell us stories about how being vegan is making them healthier - or just how experimenting with new ingredients is going for them and changing the way they look at food and cooking. It is awesome to hear about all of their culinary endeavors and we’re still amazed at how powerful food and cooking can be.
V: Are you doing a book tour? Where can we find more info?
Heather and Jenny: We have been fortunate to travel to a bunch of cities with our book and appear on FOX News, ABC and more (clips are on our Press page at sporkfoods.com. AND – This Sunday, December 4th, we’re signing cookbooks at our Holiday Bazaar! Everyone is invited to come by and purchase locally made vegan holiday gifts – including candles, scarves, jewelry, marmalade and of course - copies of Spork-Fed. There will be snackies!
V: If you were stranded on a desert island with the ingredients for only one recipe in this book, what would it be?
Jenny: Well we hope it’s an island with a kitchenette, so that we can cook up our goodies, but if we were forced to decide - would have to say – the Creamy Pistachio Pesto over Brown Rice! It’s a balanced dish that would keep us going – and we never get sick of eating it!