Belt Publishing released "Rust Belt Vegan Kitchen: Recipes, Resources, and Stories," edited by Meredith Pangrace, on Dec. 2, 2021. It's a proudly unpretentious collection of delicious-sounding recipes, from pierogi to paprikash, chitterlings to chimichurri.
Meredith, an artist and graphic designer, is the creative director at Belt. She's also a musician who sings, plays the accordion and is a founding member of the band Maura Rogers & The Bellows.
"Rust Belt Vegan Kitchen" represents the diversity of the Rust Belt region, and includes vegan versions of Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, Detroit-style Coney Dogs, old-world standards, and so much more.
The contributing home cooks and professional chefs offer stories about their recipes, including family history and personal narratives explaining how they created and adapted the dishes. The book also includes resources on how to stock a vegan pantry, guides to useful equipment, and basic how-to’s for “veganizing” staples.
The cookbook is dedicated to "the warm kitchen memories that unite us all." As Meredith says, "I’d like to think this book is for everyone. If you’re not familiar with food of the Rust Belt, you’ll discover Cincinnati Chili and Cleveland Polish Boys. If you’re not vegan, you’ll learn how simple it is to bake a cake without eggs or milk. If you’re new to plant-based cooking, I hope this book will present it in a more accessible, less challenging light."
For more information or to buy a copy, visit rustbeltvegankitchen.com or beltpublishing.com. Also check out Rust Belt Vegan Kitchen on Instagram.
Visit the Belt Publishing website to learn more about this worker-owned, independent press founded in 2013 in Cleveland as a platform for new and influential voices.
Keep listening after the end of Meredith's segment to hear "92 Days" from Maura Rogers & The Bellows' album "Always." The song starts at 37:15. To learn or hear more, check out the band on Facebook and YouTube.
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