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Talking vegan sufganyot with Mayim Bialik ahead of Chanukah

December 13, 2014 Yael Greenberg

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By Yael Tamar

I recently had a chance to interview my favorite TV actor Mayim Bialik. I was eager to speak with her ever since she has published her vegan cookbook Mayim’s Vegan Table, featuring simple and easy-to-do vegan recipes of delicious foods for anyone wishing to move toward a healthier plant-based diet.

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Besides being an Emmy-nominated actor, Mayim has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, which corresponds to the career pursuits of her current TV character, Amy Farrah Fowler, on the Big Bang Theory. She has two boys, aged 9 and 6.

Yael: I really love your new book I can’t stop raving about it. I need to know what is your favorite recipe in the book.

Mayim: Oh gosh, it’s hard, you know… There are favorites that I have that are easy and there are favorites that I have that are more complicated. Obviously, the Jewish recipes are sort of how the idea for this book came about. There is a recipe for vegan sufganiyot, which are a bit more labor intensive but I think it really works because Hanukkah could be a difficult period of time for a vegan.

There is also the Hamentashen and the strudel. I also really like the chili, which is one of my stand-by recipes, as well as the vegan Shepherd’s Pie, which is something I make all the time for my kids. It is so hard to pick! I love the baked ziti: it’s the one thing I always make if I have a lot of people coming over. Clearly, I have a lot of favorites!

Check here for the rest of the interview on The Times of Israel website, and to see the vegan sufganiyot recipe.


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