Tonight Huyen cooked up some tempeh burgers from Nava Atlas’ Vegetariana. We hadn’t tried any variations on the recipe before, but this one turned out really well and made enough for lunch for the next few days. They were a nice consistency and had just enough spice to compliment the naturally smoky flavor of tempeh (tempeh is fermented soybeans, for those of you that haven’t tried it).

The book itself is a great read. It has a nice little history of vegetarian cooking and is smattered with quotes from famous people as well as illustrations by the author herself. Nava considers Vegetariana, her first cookbook, originally published in the mid-1980s, to be her baby, since her touch is prevalent in every part of the book.

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