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Bryanna is the author of  8 popular vegan cookbooks, including "World Vegan Feast" (Vegan Heritage Press), vegan bestseller "Nonna's Italian Kitchen", and 6 other vegan cookbooks is co-author of several others.  She wrote and published the popular subscription newsletter, the Vegan Feast, for 5 years, and maintains a vegan cooking blog.


Bryanna has devoted over 40 years to the study of cooking and nutrition, the last 25 to vegan cooking.  Eighteen of her (pre-vegetarian) recipes appeared in The Harrowsmith Cookbook, Vol. I and some in The Harrowsmith Pasta Cookbook, as well. She wrote newspaper cooking columns for over 20 years, wrote and edited a newsletter on bread and sourdough, and was a frequent contributor and reviewer for Vegetarian Times magazine for 5 years.  In 2001 she became a “resident expert” and moderator of the Vegsource New Vegetarian discussion board

She has conducted cooking workshops and classes in her local area and at numerous health and vegetarian conferences and gatherings in North America over the years (including several NAVS Summerfests) .  In February 2002 she was a guest speaker at the International Scientific Conference on Chinese Plant Based Nutrition and Cuisine in Philadelphia, hosted by the American Vegan Society and the Institute for Plant-Based Nutrition.  Over several years, Bryanna has demonstrated some of her recipes and signed books at the Vegetarians of Washington 2-day VegFest in Seattle, and has also appeared at the 1st Portland, OR VegFest.  Some of her recipes appear in the Seattle VegFest cookbook, The Veg-Feasting Cookbook. 

In April of 2006 and 2007, Bryanna was the only Canadian presenting, alongside many renowned vegan chefs and restaurateurs, at the Vegetarian Awakening vegan chefs' conference in Grand Rapids, MI.  Bryanna has also presented at the McDougall Celebrity Chef Weekend in Santa Rosa, CA, and the 1st Vida Vegan Con (vegan bloggers’ conference) in Portland OR.

Her recipes also appear on Dr. Andrew Weil's website, and his new HealthyAging site, and in Howard Lyman's (“the Mad Cowboy", a former cattle rancher turned vegan activist) book, No More Bull!  Some of her recipes also appear in “Cooking with PETA”.

Clinical researcher Dr. Neal Barnard of  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asked Bryanna to develop recipes for his ground-breaking book on diabetes, "Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs".  

Bryanna was born in California, but has resided in British Columbia, Canada for most of her life.  She raised a family of four children, two foster sons, and also has two stepsons, and 7 grandchildren.  She was a La Leche league leader (mother-to-mother breastfeeding support) for several years and  taught cooking and baking at LLL International conferences in Chicago, Kansas City, Washington, DC and Anaheim, as well as serving as an Associate Editor for the LLL official cookbook, Whole Foods for the Whole Family, still in print (NAL Books). She was also instrumental in opening the first vegetarian restaurant in Courtenay, BC.

Bryanna loves experimenting and learning.  The main focus of her cooking is low-fat vegan cooking, particularly ethnic cooking.  She is considered an expert at making tofu appealing to die-hard “soyaphobes”, but in her books “20 Minutes to Dinner”, “Nonna’s Italian Kitchen” and “World Vegan Feast” she has addressed the needs of vegans allergic to soy by providing non-soy alternatives to most of the soy-based recipes.  With each book she learns more about the processes of cooking—how and why things work.  Her great joy is sharing what she’s learned with others, and she delights in helping vegans keep true to their heritage through "veganizing" their family and national recipes.

Blog Entries by Bryanna Clark Grogan

LOBSTER MUSHROOM MADNESS, AND THANKSGIVING IDEAS

Bryanna Clark Grogan | October 9, 10 at 03:19 PM | Food

Read More: Canadian Thanksgiving, lobster mushrooms, mushrooms, Thai pineapple fried rice, Thanksgiving

Lobster mushrooms we picked on the way back from our morning walk a few days agoThis going to be a quick one because I had a busy week of writing (sent the manuscript off in the middle of the night,...

REVISITING TOFU "BACON"

Bryanna Clark Grogan | October 1, 10 at 08:58 PM | Food

Read More: extra-firm tofu, tofu, tofu bacon

Steamed baby green beans and patty pan squash with Tofu "Bacon"The other day I revisited a recipe from my very first cookbook, "The Almost No-fat Cookbook"-- a simple recipe for Tofu "Bacon". I hadn't made it for a long time,...

AN INTERESTING EXPERIMENT-- CRUNCHY EGG REPLACER MERINGUES!

Bryanna Clark Grogan | September 24, 10 at 07:55 AM | Food

Read More: egg replacer, Ener-G egg replacer, Orgran No-Egg, vegan meringue, vegan meringue cookies

Orgran "No Egg" egg replacer meringues with melted vegan chocolate and pecans!When I went to my local health food store, Edible Island, in Courtenay, BC last week, I spotted an item that was new to the store-- Orgran "No Egg", an Australian...

REVIEW OF SOME WONDERFUL ITALIAN PRODUCTS-- LUCINI ITALIA

Bryanna Clark Grogan | September 19, 10 at 05:32 PM | Food, International

Read More: Daiya vegan cheese, focaccia, Lucini Italia, pizza, pizza sauce, plum focaccia, vegan pizza

  REVIEW OF SOME WONDERFUL ITALIAN PRODUCTS-- LUCINI ITALIA Homemade vegan pizza-- mmmmmm!It's been a busy week! Too much writing and not enough cooking, but that's the way it goes sometimes! I just wanted to tell you about a some...

A QUICK LUNCH: TAGLIATELLE WITH HOMEMADE PESTO AND ZUCCHINI STRANDS

Bryanna Clark Grogan | September 13, 10 at 02:59 PM | Food, International

Read More: Dairy-free pesto, julienne peeler, low-fat pesto, pasta, pesto, vegan pesto, zucchini

  Homemade Vegan Pesto-- see recipe belowWho says that good vegan meals take hours to make? I was about to freeze some homemade pesto (we're having a good basil year!) and I decided to use some for a quick pasta...

A BUSY LABOUR DAY WEEKEND!

Bryanna Clark Grogan | September 9, 10 at 04:37 PM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: corn, pattypan squash, summer, summer squash, vegan meringue

A rather fuzzy picture of my grandaughter Hannah's birthday cake, myNew Lower-Fat Chocolate Mudpie Cake with Coffee/Coconut/Pecan Frosting-- recipe here!-- we celebrated her 12th birthday (belatedly) on Sunday night.We had 8 guests for the weekend-- 2 of my daughters and their spouses,...

ITALIAN STUFFED VEGGIES AND GRAPE FOCACCIA

Bryanna Clark Grogan | September 2, 10 at 10:14 PM | Food, International

Read More: dried mushrooms, focaccia, grape focaccia, green peppers, Italian cuisine, stuffed vegetables

Grape Focaccia warm out of the oven!We had a bit of an Italian day yesterday (and this morning)-- culinarily speaking, I mean (is that even a word?). I don't have alot of time to cook lately, working on The Book,...

SALAD DAYS (AND A TINY, MYSTERIOUS PURPLE FROG)!

Bryanna Clark Grogan | August 29, 10 at 08:59 AM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: basil, corn, lettuce, mesclun, purple frog, salad, salad dressing, tomatoes, vegan mayonnaise

 Our dinner salad last night-- heavy on the home-grown tomatoes!Friday evening I came home from work (my "day job"-- managing a small branch of our island library system) and checked our little garden for anything that needed picking. Tomato bonanza!...

5-MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE-- VEGAN, ALMOST NO-FAT, WHOLE GRAIN (IF YOU WANT IT TO BE!), W/ GLUTEN-FREE VARIATION

Bryanna Clark Grogan | August 23, 10 at 12:37 PM | Food

Read More: 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake, cake, chocolate cake, microwave oven, Vegan 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

UPDATE, Aug. 26, 2010: Well, last night I tried steaming the mugs as an alternative to using a microwave-- it was a flop, I'm afraid!  For one thing, it ended up taking 18 minutes steaming time, which kind of defeats...

SOME SIMPLE SUMMER MEALS, KITCHEN MISHAPS, AND PERUVIAN LUCUMA ICE CREAM FROM CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Bryanna Clark Grogan | August 19, 10 at 04:20 PM | Food, International

Read More: bulgur, dried fruit, green bean and bulgur salad, Instant Clear jel, lucuma, pattypan squash, summer, summer squash, tabbouleh, tabouli, vegan gelato, vegan ice cream, vegan lucuma ice cream

A summer lunch on the back deckI can't believe this week has gone by so fast! Sheesh! And here it is Thursday again! We did have a fun few days with DH's stepdaughter from Montreal and her two lovely 12-year-old...

WHAT TO MAKE FOR COMPANY?

Bryanna Clark Grogan | August 11, 10 at 07:06 PM | Food

Read More: a scapici, bean salad, Fougasse, Italian bean salad, Italian Rice salad, Nanaimo Bars, pattypan squash, Potato Fougasse, summer squash, Vegan Nanaimo Bars, zucchini

Piedmontese Rice salad from my book "Nonna's Italian Kitchen"I was rushed today (as usual these days-- book deadline looming-- that's why not much blogging these recently!) and trying to figure out what to make for my husband's discerning (but omnivore) stepdaughter...

FLAX AND 100% WHOLE WHEAT "SANDWICH THIN"-TYPE BURGER BUNS

Bryanna Clark Grogan | August 5, 10 at 10:29 AM | Food

Read More: no-knead, no-knead burger buns, no-knead dough, whole grain, whole wheat burger buns

  A rather tippy veggie burger, with all the trimmings, made with one of my new thin buns.   I've been meaning to try some "sandwich thin"-type buns for a long time, and finally got inspired to adapt one of...

TORTA VERDE (LIGURIAN SAVORY CHARD AND POTATO TART WITH OLIVE OIL PASTRY)

Bryanna Clark Grogan | July 30, 10 at 04:08 PM | Food, International

Read More: chard, Italian, Leek and Potato Soup, olive oil, olive oil pastry, quick tofu feta crumble, savory pie, Swiss chard, Tofu feta Crumble, torta

As I mentioned in my blog last week, we have lots of lovely Swiss chard growing in our mini-garden, so I thought of this dish to use up some of it in an interesting way.This type of delicious savory...

A GARDEN FOR NON-GARDENERS, IN THE GROUND AND ON THE DECK; AND THE REWARDS

Bryanna Clark Grogan | July 22, 10 at 04:40 PM | Food, Green, Lifestyle

Read More: arugula, basil, butter lettuce, chard, deck garden, gardening, gardens, Italian parsley, lettuce, pattypan squash, spinach, tomatoes

The pattypan squash are blooming-- can't wait for the little beauties!DH does most of the gardening-- 99% of it-- around here, but neither of us is really into gardening. But you can't live in the country and not grow something in the...

AN EASY DISH WITH AN UNUSUAL INGREDIENT AND ACCOLADES; NEW BOSCH; BREAD PHOTOS

Bryanna Clark Grogan | July 19, 10 at 03:36 PM | Food

Read More: Bosch Universal Mixer, cocoa, linguine, mushrooms, pasta

  DH got a new Bosch Universal Machine from our "Bosch Lady", Grace, now semi-retired. Only, it's not the new, new one!  It's a slightly older limited edition model, in red! Isn't it cool?  She only had one left.  DH...

PERUVIAN GOODIES!

Bryanna Clark Grogan | July 15, 10 at 07:15 AM | Food, International

Read More: achiote, aji amarillo, aji mirasol, aji panca, annatto, chiles, huacatay, papa seca, Peru, Peruvian cuisine, Peruvian Green Sauce, trigo mote, Vancouver

Dried Peruvian Panca and Mirasol chilesLast Thursday, DH and I went to Vancouver for a few days. Among other things, we enjoyed a big family party for my cousin Chris' birthday, and visited with a whole passle of cousins, nieces,...

WHAT TO DO WITH SOY CURL CRUMBS (OR SEITAN YOU DON'T LIKE MUCH!): VEGAN MURGHI KA KEEMA

Bryanna Clark Grogan | July 7, 10 at 04:45 PM | Food, International

Read More: Indian cuisine, peas, seitan, Soy Curls

A tasty way to use those crumbs at the bottom of a box or package of Soy Curls™ (see below for the other option)!I've used Soy Curls™ in a fair amount of recipes on this blog. Here's a post with info on...

VEGAN BLT SALAD, ITALIAN "SAUSAGE" BURGERS WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS FOR CANADA DAY/JULY 4TH!

Bryanna Clark Grogan | June 30, 10 at 10:23 PM | Food, International, Lifestyle

Read More: BLT Salad, Italian sausage burgers, mushrooms, salad, vegan burgers

Italian "Sausage" Burger!Happy Canada Day (July 1st) my fellow Canadians!  And Happy 4th of July to my friends South of the Border!  Sorry my blogging has been sparse lately-- lots of family stuff, some great (like my grandaughter's high school...

NEED A CHOCOLATE HIT?

Bryanna Clark Grogan | June 26, 10 at 04:18 PM | Food

Read More: chocolate, cocoa, cocoa camino, drinking chocolate

  When I went shopping the other day, I noticed a Cocoa Camino (organic, fair trade) product I had never seen before-- Cocoa Camino Drinking Chocolate (here's a Canadian vendor)-- "the chocolate bar you can drink any time of the day". It is a...

GRADUATIONS, FAMILY EMERGENCIES, VISITORS, NEW SOYMILK STRAINER AND FATHERS' DAY BBQ SAUCES

Bryanna Clark Grogan | June 20, 10 at 07:40 AM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: barbecue sauce, BBQ sauce, bouillon strainer, china cap, chinois, Fathers Day, soymilk strainer

A simple dinner we had in a rushed week-- black beans seasoned with cumin and sherry, ripe avocado with lemon juice, roasted pumpkin seeds, quinoa and bulgur wheat mixture, and roasted sweet potatoes. Yum!This is going to be a bit...