An art installation that’s part culinary, part literary.
The Lusty Vegan A Cookbook and Dating Manifesto For Vegans & The People Who
Love Them is part narrative, part cookbook, authored by chef Ayinde Howell and Zoe
Eisenberg. The book contains 80 whole food-based recipes geared towards the home cook
as well as stories and antidotes for how a vegans and omnivores can co-exist romantically.
While it mainly focuses on the dating stage of a relationship, it can extend to married couples,
friendships, and families working to survive in a “mixed-vore” home.
Ayinde & Zoe
The Lusty Vegan Culinary Art event
In promotion of the book, comes the NYC stop of the Lusty Vegan culinary event.
This immersing culinary art installation includes large scale photos from the book paired
with relevant quotes displayed on a-frames, funny tongue-in-cheek video content, sponsor
giveaways and a multi-course dining experience featuring recipes from the book. Zoe and
Ayinde will give a 30 minute talk dispersed between courses, along with introductions to
dishes. The event will close with a brief Q & A.
Breakfast Andouille Sausage with Biscuits
The art experience
Before the meal, guests will be able to browse several photography selections from the book
that give guests a visual experience of what the book will be like. Around the room will be
groupings of different images stretched over canvas—one group for each chapter. These
images will be a mix of the high quality “lifestyle” photographs from the book, as well as some
blown up quotes and take-away excerpts that highlight the main theme.
Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cakes
The food experience
Four courses will be served. Between each course, Zoe and Ayinde will continue to come out
between each course to talk about what they’re eating and offer anecdotes on:
• Navigating and respecting your differences in a vegan/omni relationship
• How food plays an integral part of who we are and who we connect with
• Short stories from the “making of” the Lusty vegan
• Short anecdotes from our own dating past, like Ayinde’s story about the fried chicken,
my story about my one disastrous date with a vegetarian or how my ex went veg as
revenge for me breaking up with him.
Hearts of baltimore crab cake
Pickled fennel salad
Fillet de soy
Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake