Mission Possible: Danny Bowien's vegan revolution arrives, in cookbook form
We chat with the Mission Chinese Food founder about his latest cookbook. Plus new releases out this week!
This week, Danny Bowien joins us to #TalkCookbooks. But first!
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And now, onto this week’s show!
In today’s episode, Danny and I discuss:
Growing up in Oklahoma after being adopted from his birthplace of South Korea, and a lingering nostalgia for Olive Garden.
His journey to becoming a chef, from an early job at a pizza shop to culinary school to winning the Genova Pesto World Championship.
The process of opening Mission Chinese Food and how he handled being catapulted to a new level of fame.
The inspiration behind his latest cookbook, Mission Vegan, and some of the ways his culinary repertoire has evolved in recent years.
Plus, as always, we put Danny to the culinary test in our signature game.
(If you enjoy this show with Danny, you may also enjoy our conversations with vegan chef Amy Chaplin … or with Danny’s Mission Chinese Food co-author Chris Ying on his book with Ivan Orkin.)
We 💚 local bookstores. Find your copy of Danny’s Mission Vegan at Bookshop or a signed copy (!) from Omnivore Books.
This week, paid subscribers will get two featured recipes from Danny’s Mission Vegan. Get both here with a paid subscription or a free 7-day trial:
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New Cookbooks Out This Week
Ever-Green Vietnamese: Super-Fresh Recipes, Starring Plants from Land and Sea by Andrea Nguyen
Salad Seasons: Vegetable-Forward Dishes All Year by Sheela Prakash
Asada: The Art of Mexican-Style Grilling by Bricia Lopez with Javier Cabral
Tin to Table: Fancy, Snacky Recipes for Tin-thusiasts and A-fish-ionados by Anna Hezel
Y'all Eat Yet?: Welcome to the Pretty B*tchin' Kitchen by Miranda Lambert
Love and Lemons Simple Feel Good Food: 125 Plant-Focused Meals to Enjoy Now or Make Ahead by Jeanine Donofrio
Milk Street Noodles: Secrets to the World’s Best Noodles, from Fettuccine Alfredo to Pad Thai to Miso Ramen by Christopher Kimball
Guga: Breaking the Barbecue Rules by Gustavo Tosta
Anything You Can Cook, I Can Cook Vegan by Richard Makin
Gordon Ramsay's Uncharted: A Culinary Adventure With 60 Recipes From Around the Globe by Gordon Ramsay
Bake Me a Cat: 50 Purrfect Recipes for Edible Kitty Cakes, Cookies and More! by Kim-Joy
The Maison Premiere Almanac: Cocktails, Oysters, Absinthe, and Other Essential Nutrients for the Sensualist, Aesthete, and Flaneur by Joshua Boissy, Krystof Zizka, Jordan Mackay, and William Elliott
Pasta for All Seasons: Dishes that Celebrate the Flavors of Italy and the Bounty of the Pacific Northwest by Michela Tartaglia
Saved by the Bellini: & Other 90s-Inspired Cocktails by John deBary
Modern South Asian Kitchen: Recipes And Stories Celebrating Culture And Community by Sabrina Gidda