130 Vegan Recipes You Need To Make With This New Plant-Based Cajun Cookbook

130 Vegan Recipes You Need To Make With This New Plant-Based Cajun Cookbook

Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen in North Hollywood, CA opened in 2017 to much fanfare among the locals and the larger vegan community. It proudly stood in a mall on Victory Blvd. as the world’s first vegan Cajun restaurant, and residents flocked to its open, homey community dining room for exceptional gumbo, po ‘boys, and brownie-filled fritters. In 2020, owner Krimsey Lilleth realized the daunting challenges of running a profitable business during a global pandemic and made the decision to close the restaurant. Your brilliant cookbook with purple lines, The Vegan Cajun Cookbook, is a triumphant return to the dishes that all Krimsey customers came to love, plus dozens of additional recipes. We sat down with Lilleth to dive deeper into Cajun cuisine, closing her restaurant and brownie beignets.

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Making vegan cajun “a thing”

Despite making a name for herself as the original vegan Cajun, Lilleth doesn’t draw too much on her Louisiana roots. “I never felt particularly connected to any specific place or identity. Cajun cuisine is something I grew up with and it’s incredibly delicious, ”he reasoned. The Baton Rouge native adopted a vegan diet in 2007 and first survived on microwave-heated potatoes and frozen broccoli. It wasn’t until she took on the responsibility of tutoring her preteen niece that she “finally figured out how to feed [herself]. ”

“I wanted to make delicious and healthy things for her and create a proper ritual for the family dinner. As a result, I also discovered that I, too, deserved to eat well. A few years later, I had gotten pretty good at cooking! Lilleth exclaimed.

A sense of wanderlust and years of trial and error in the kitchen brought her to Los Angeles to open Krimsey’s, and although that chapter of her life has closed, she is still passionate about sharing tasty vegan meals with anyone willing to learn. .

“I want to show others that cooking is not that difficult. It’s a craft that anyone can learn and playing around with some cookbooks is a great way to learn the basics. After all, this is how I learned! “- Krimsey Lilleth

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Deciding to pivot

Krimsey’s wasn’t just a cool new place for unique vegan food, it was a community hub. The space hosted Mardi Gras parties, hosted open mic nights, and provided reliable Wi-Fi for hard-working customers. This aspect was what Lilleth loved more than what she had created. A few months before the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic, he began considering selling the business. “It was hard to let go of something that was working so well. I loved the process of creating and building the restaurant and, at the same time, I felt limited by the responsibility of managing it, ”she explained.

Within a few weeks of running a takeout business, Lilleth knew it was time to switch off, on her two restaurant projects. While Krimsey’s was still running, the restaurateur had announced a new concept in the Silver Lake neighborhood: a fast, casual spot focused on vegan po’boys. She has no regrets for her quick decision, in fact she is grateful for it. “I am happy to have done it! As a result, many new doors were opened, such as the opportunity to write this cookbook! It’s funny, I was actually in the process of opening a second Silver Lake location when COVID first hit, so somehow the pandemic saved me from myself. It gave me the opportunity to drop everything and try something new. ”

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How to cook cajun

Fueled by “a surprising amount of DM,” Lilleth appeased her former customers by including all of the restaurant’s recipes in her new cookbook (and more!). She describes the recipes as “hearty and full of rich flavors” that may be vegan but adhere to traditional techniques. Lilleth believes that these traditional skills, like taking the time to build a roux, help keep Cajun culture alive. While the book is packed with delicious multi-component dishes like Crawshroom Pie and Cajun Jambalaya, the recipe developer tends to lean toward more whole foods these days. Entrees like the Bayou Goddess Bowl and the Super Quick Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bread are two easy options that pack on flavor without incorporating overly indulgent ingredients or too much time to make. However, for special occasions, the author is quick to point out the heart of the Bayou Étouffée, Skillet Sweet and Savory Cornbread, and Louisiana Sprouts. On a personal note, this writer heads straight for the Mississippi Mud Pie. And yes, former Krismey clients, the secret to those life-affirming brownie beignets is also included in this book.

The Vegan Cajun Cookbook it is available online and wherever books are sold. To follow Lilleth’s future projects, she asks you to sign up for her newsletter at krimdom.com as she is moving away from social media.

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