Plum vegan cookbook author Makini Howell coming to Vancouver


Sasquatch Books has released Plum: Gratifying Vegan Recipes From Seattle’s Plum Bistro.

A few years ago, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner—specifically, the breaded portobello steaks and the Crazy Jamaican burger—at Plum Bistro (1429 12th Avenue) in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood of Seattle. Well, the restaurant’s owner and executive chef, Makini Howell, has authored a new vegan cookbook and it looks delectable.

Jerk tofu and roasted yam sliders

Jerk tofu and roasted yam sliders from the Plum cookbook. (Charity Burggraaf)

Running 140 pages in hardcover, Plum: Gratifying Vegan Recipes From Seattle’s Plum Bistro was published this week by Sasquatch Books and features gorgeous photography by Charity Burggraaf and a brief foreword by Neal Barnard.

Habanero yam soup

Habanero yam soup from Plum. (Charity Burggraaf)

The book’s chapters cover fundamentals; brunch; salads and soups; small plates; tofu, tempeh, and seitan; “transitional” raw food; pasta; grains; and desserts. The recipes—many of which are gluten-free and soy-free—include pesto plum pizza with balsamic arugula; roasted yam ravioli with apple tempeh fillets and chanterelle cream sauce; and peppered agave figs.

Toasted chocolate bread with cream cheese crème fraîche

Toasted chocolate bread with cream cheese crème fraîche. (Charity Burggraaf)

In the introduction to Plum, Howell notes that she grew up vegan. Her company is 100-percent organic and sources 90 percent of its ingredients from farms in the region. “What you’ll find in these pages is a vegan reinterpretation of modern, smart, thoughtful food,” Howell writes. “You can cook our recipes easily at home, and we have a wide enough variety that you can revel in our dishes at every meal.”

Makini Howell

Makini Howell is coming to town. (Aya Tiffany Sato)

On May 26, Howell will be the special guest at an event hosted by Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks (1740 West 2nd Avenue) in Vancouver. Part of the Armoury District bookstore’s Sunday Supper: Company’s Coming series, the event costs $75 to attend, starts at 5 p.m., and includes a “comforting meal”.

6 thoughts on “Plum vegan cookbook author Makini Howell coming to Vancouver

  1. I absolutely love Plum bistro and the book is indeed gorgeous!

    I have to admit, though, I am a bit disappointed by the book. I’ve been dreaming about their jerk burger ever since I had it, so I was excited to see the recipe included in the book. And how does the recipe start? “Buy a pack of jerk tofu” – gee, thanks… any idea where in Vancouver I can find some? I know how to assemble a burger, I want to know how to make your jerk tofu! There are a few other examples like that in the book, like recipes calling for tofu cream cheese or blocks of seitan instead of explaining how to make it. I’m not sure if Howell didn’t want to share her secrets or whether she (or her publisher) felt the recipes needed to be simplified from the actual recipes of the restaurant, but I feel let down. I haven’t read enough of the book yet to make up my mind about it as a whole though.

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