There was a packed house last night for eco-chef Bryant Terry's official book launch for Vegan Soul Kitchen (Da Capo) at the Museum of the African Diaspora. The book, which contains over 150 recipes for “fresh, healthy, and creative African-American cuisine” (example: Roasted Red Potato Salad with Parsley-Pine Nut Pesto -yum!), may be the first of its kind, and has garnered endorsements from filmmaker Mario Van Peebles, healthy food guru John Robbins, and green jobs advocate Van Jones. It also comes with a soundtrack for every dish, an eclectic selection which ranges from Roy Hargrove to Bob Marley to Baaba Maal to Massive Attack to The Good, The Bad & the Queen–an innovative idea, and one that we wish more cookbooks had thought of.
Terry basked in the adulation of Vegans and non-Vegans alike, hinting at the crossover potential of his book, which comes at a perfect time, what with Obama in the white house and the Green movement on the rise. Musical accompaniment was provided by a jazz band (featuring the ubiquitous Kev Choice on keyboards) and DJ Joe Quixx; KPFA's Weyland Southon hosted. Overall, it was a good look for MoAD, whose programming has begun to tap into the rich, flavorful local community; and for Terry, who plans to take his book on the road to spread the gospel of Vegan soul. We just love it when food and music come together. For more info, click here.