Despite how quiet it’s been on the blog, lots of stuff has been going on at nom! head­quar­ters (aka my house). Out­side of the edi­ble, I will finally be grad­u­at­ing from col­lege (hal­lelu­jah!) at the end of this quar­ter and I recently started a yoga teacher train­ing pro­gram– both very good things (on top of my rockin’ day job). And, in the world of food, I have some excit­ing news to share!

This week I had the oppor­tu­nity to teach a class on vegan bak­ing at the Nordic Ware out­let store here in the Cities. I had a great time pre­sent­ing, meet­ing folks and, of course, feed­ing them.

At that class, I offi­cially announced my upcom­ing cook­book, which I’m cur­rently in the thick of work­ing on.

*drum roll please*

My next book is the I <3 Trader Joe’s Veg­e­tar­ian and Vegan Cook­book!

It’s true, my depen­dency on Joe’s has actu­ally proven to be a pro­fes­sional asset. Not many addicts can say that! And, it’s a COOK book, so for those of you who have been patiently wait­ing for me to expand beyond the realm of sugar comas and pas­try induced Type 2 dia­betes, the time has arrived! The book will be out by the end of the year, so I’m in seri­ous cook­ing and devel­op­ment mode and it’s fan­tas­tic. All of the Hawai­ian shirts at my local TJs are becom­ing my BFFs, thanks to the seri­ous R&D time I’m spend­ing at the store (could I have fit any more acronyms in that sentence?).

That said, I am still heavy in recipe devel­op­ment, but need to start test­ing the recipes that I have already fin­ished. If you are inter­ested in test­ing for this book, please fill out this sur­vey. Details about test­ing are in the sur­vey, but feel free to let me know if there are any ques­tions. Test­ing will start by the end of the month.

Trader Joe’s, baby!

*For those who are interested/concerned about the veg­e­tar­ian aspect of the book– every recipe that is not already vegan, will have a vegan ver­sion of it avail­able. By pro­vid­ing a book that appeals to a broader base I feel that I can take my love of TJ’s, in all its vegan-friendliness, and expose a greater pop­u­la­tion to it and to animal-free food in general.

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14 Responses to nom! nom! news!

  1. Con­grats on all your accom­plish­ments Kris!
    I would love to test, but alas, we have no Trader Joe’s in the great white north. Hope­fully some­day they’ll open a store here.

  2. Lee Ann says:

    :( I don’t live near a TJ either. :(

    • Kris says:

      I’m sorry that there’s no TJs by you. :( Thank­fully, at least once the book is done, a lot of the ingre­di­ents and recipes are pretty stan­dard and can still be made from a reg­u­lar gro­cery store.

  3. Josiane says:

    So many great news, wow! Grad­u­a­tion, start­ing the YTT, teach­ing that class on vegan bak­ing (looks like you had a good num­ber of very atten­tive stu­dents — yay!) and the new book! Con­grat­u­la­tions on them all!

    Too bad there is no Trader Joe’s around here. I’d have loved to test your recipes again. Oh well, next time!

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  5. Tammy says:

    I wish I could have been at your demo. Sounds like it was fab­u­lous. Good luck with the new cook­book, but like oth­ers, I’m also Trader Joe’s defi­cient in my area. How­ever, when the cook­book comes out I will buy one!

  6. Lisa says:

    Con­grat­u­la­tions! What an awe­some idea. I love Trader Joe’s so, so much. Ques­tion — how will you deal with the issue of prod­ucts appear­ing and dis­ap­pear­ing from their shelves? Stick to basics as ingre­di­ents or just roll with what they have right now and oh well if they stop car­ry­ing it? (I’m still sad about the green tea soba noo­dles they stopped car­ry­ing some­thing like 5 years ago…) Speak­ing of new prod­ucts (and not that these would be an ingre­di­ent), but their new vegan chick­en­less man­darin chicken ten­ders? Nom nom indeed.

    • Kris says:

      Good ques­tion, Lisa. I am work­ing with the stan­dard things that TJs nor­mally has in stock. This makes me a lit­tle sad because I’d love to play with things like Specu­loos and other ran­dom good­ies, but it doesn’t make sense to for­mu­late recipes for ingre­di­ents that won’t be avail­able any­more. TJs cor­po­rate is really help­ful when it comes to iden­ti­fy­ing what things are sea­sonal, tem­po­rary or regional.

  7. Now I’m extra sad that I don’t have a TJ’s here! Hope­fully some day :)

  8. Claire Weiss says:

    This is great news! I shop at TJ’s at least once a week! I will def­i­nitely buy this book!

  9. Courtney says:

    I hope the class went well! It looks like it was a suc­cess from the picture–lots of peo­ple came!

    E-mail me…we need to do something!


  10. Con­grats on the upcom­ing book — I love TJ’s, most of my blog posts begin with me walk­ing up and down the aisles of my local TJ store while I day-dream!

  11. Karen says:

    What a fun class. And, oh, the tasty deli­cious­ness we got to sam­ple! Thanks, Kris!