Candle 79: From Restaurant to Cookbook

August 24, 2012

Cook with popular vegan restaurant Candle 79's cookbookWant to prepare something delicious, restaurant quality and environmentally friendly? Does the word “vegan” make your mouth water? If not, after taking a peek at the “Candle 79 Cookbook: Modern Vegan Classics from New York’s Premier Sustainable Restaurant”, both meat eaters and vegetarians will be lining up for a seat at your table.

The New York restaurant Candle 79 is considered one of the best vegan restaurants in the country. Zagat gives it 24 out of 30 points, an excellent review. Happy costumers typically ask about recipes to bring home and try, since every dish is a creative creation. Therefore, nutritionist and co-founders Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda put together the restaurants cookbook, available on Amazon.

The restaurant was created in 1980, founded by Bart Potenza, who bought what used to be a juice bar and vitamin shop named Sunny’s on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It was renamed Healthy Candle, due to a ritual the previous owners did consisting in lighting candles to bless the establishment.

The cookbook’s objective is to promote healthy eating. The restaurant serves local, seasonal organic foods, grown without pesticides or other chemicals. The same is encouraged for those who take the book home: the recipes should be followed with the same quality ingredients.

Candle 79’s cookbook offers a large selection of very simple or more complex dishes for appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, “sides, sauces and secrets,” and of course options for brunch, desserts and drinks.

Amongst the most outstanding recipes to try at home are; the heirloom tomato-avocado tartare, made with raw mushroom ceviche, avocados and tomatoes served with tortilla chips or crackers, perfect for the summertime; the zucchini blossom tempura, based on Japanese-style cooking, stuffed with tofu cheese, served over a salad of tomatoes and artichoke hearts, recommended for spring; and the spinach-mushroom pâté, an all-time favorite appetizer at Candle 79, spooned into crostini or served alongside a crudité platter.

Each recipe is carefully explained; so even rookies can create these complex dishes without any trouble. Every step of the preparation process is carefully laid out and easy to follow. Next dinner party hosting time, make it delicious, sustainable and eco-friendly with the help of one of New York’s finest restaurants.

-Alexandra Gyarfas

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