Hi, I'm Dynise Balcavage, and I started my blog, Urban Vegan, back in 2006. I'm obsessed with hedonistic vegan cooking. My culinary point of view, to borrow a Food Network phrase, is a result of living and working in a large urban center for many years [Live in Philadelphia; work the NE megalopolis, from Philly to NYC]. My inspiration for new recipes comes from wandering through ethnic markets, devouring cookbooks and blogs--both omni and veggie, and experimenting with new ingredients in my humble-but-happy city kitchen.
I think vegan food needs to be held to a higher standard than omnivorous food. Fair? No. But since plant-based food is held under a microscope and is generally considered guilty of bad flavors until proven innocent, it needs to consistently wow. Although my cooking is usually healthy, I do like diving into decadence. Who says healthy and decadent have to mutually exclusive, anyway?
I'm thrilled to be up to my ear lobes in pie crust as I finish my third cookbook, Pies and Tarts with Heart. It will be jam-packed with colorful photos and scrumptious recipes. I've worked hard on these recipes, and I'm happy to say I think it will be my best cookbook yet. I've also written 2 other plant-based cookbooks:
- The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine
- Celebrate Vegan: 200 Life-Affirming Recipes for Occasions Big and Small
- Pies and Tarts with Heart: Expert Pie-Building Techniques for 60+ Sweet and Savory Vegan Pies [Due out in mid-2013]
Other culinary stuff
I've published recipes in VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Philadelphia Daily News, and Végéteriens, France's first vegetarian magazine, and on the Today Show web site. I've been interviewed in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune, have done cooking demos everywhere from New York to Paris, and teach food writing at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York.