cookbook collection: Luchow’s German cookbook

Back to my cookbook collection! I thought this would be perfect for the non-fasting period of Bright Week (the week following Pascha/Easter). Luchow’s was a German restaurant established in New York City in 1882. You may wonder, “Why on earth would a vegan want a German cookbook???”

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I bought this cookbook years ago when I very ambitiously thought I could veganize some of the crazy, extremely NON-vegan-in-any-way-shape-or-form recipes.

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What a dream. For example…

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What, exactly, do you use as a substitute for blood??

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The headcheeses are my favorite. Blech. It would be hilarious and amazing if I could come up with a vegan substitute for a HEAD and make a nice vegan headcheese.

The funny part is this book was published in the early 50s when Americans ate all kinds of strange things. You know, lettuce salad in aspic. But my brother and I will have a long layover in Germany on our way to Greece later this month, and as I tried to find a nice restaurant for us to visit I found the food in Germany has largely remained similar to what’s in this cookbook. But I did find a couple vegetarian restaurants, and…a vegan grocery store! The store looks like it’s mostly filled with American imports, but I’ll still check it out.

Do you have any tips for eating vegan in Germany? Or what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever veganized?

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