Born and raised in Russia, ANYA KASSOFF is a passionate cook and successful food blogger who uses her multicultural background for inspiration in the kitchen and when entertaining. In her adopted home of Florida, she finds endless ways to experiment with abundant local produce to recreate raw/vegan versions of familiar dishes from her childhood, inventing new family "classics" along the way. She is the author of The Vibrant Table.
"Simply Vibrant is intuitively organized and brilliantly
executed. It illustrates how many of us are striving to eat these
days: crave-able, template-style recipes with seasonal touches,
simple techniques, and an underlying nourishing essence that reads
as encouraging, rather than prescriptive. Anya's approach starts
with a deep-rooted reverence for what nature provides in all of its
seasons--and in all of its sometimes neglected or wasted forms. The
thoughtful uses for carrot tops, chickpea soaking liquid, and
barley cooking water--like the rest of the book's delicious
plant-based recipes--speak to both virtue and pure
enjoyment. This book inspires me to cook (and live!) with a deeper
sense of care and appreciation."
--Laura Wright, author of The First Mess Cookbook
"Anya's approach to food and the seasons always stands out as
creative, inventive, and colorful. Simply Vibrant contains
an abundance of inspiring recipes and clever tricks to add more
nourishment and adventure to your everyday meals."
--Amy Chaplin, James Beard award-winning author of At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen "Anya has the incredible ability to inspire her readers to cook, but more importantly, she helps them tap into their own intuition to create delicious meals in a more relaxed way. I love her emphasis on seasonality, and her creative approach to leaf-to-root cooking, using every ingredient to its fullest potential without wasting a single seed! This recipe collection is bursting with global flavors, unique ingredient combinations, and of course, vibrancy on the highest level."
--Sarah Britton, holistic nutritionist and author of My New Roots and Naturally Nourished
"We are longtime fans of Golubka Kitchen and Anya's creative and beautiful plant-based recipes. Her new book is jam-packed with healthy, flavorful, and simple recipes and lots of interesting suggestions on how to cook with the odds and ends of produce that usually are discarded--like making marmalade from watermelon rinds and risotto using broccoli stems. So clever!"
--David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, creators of the blog Green Kitchen Stories "No more dreary plates of dingy, overcooked vegetables. Kassoff has banished dullness from the vegetarian diet. She offers a wealth of recipes, all of which promise to stimulate both taste buds and retinas." --Booklist "What made me want to cook from Simply Vibrant is its more relaxed approach to plant-based cooking" --Toronto Star
"Simply Vibrant captures the kind of accidentally-vegetarian food we want to eat right now." --Bon Appetit "[Anya Kassoff and Masha Davydova's] stylish new cookbook offers seasonal vegan recipes aimed at wellness enthusista."--Library Journal