Before I went vegan almost eight years ago, I couldn't pronounce quinoa, let alone make it. Now, rarely a week goes by that my wife and I don't make something from one of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's best-selling cookbooks.

Before I went vegan almost eight years ago, I couldnít pronounce quinoa, let alone make it. Now, rarely a week goes by that my wife and I donít make something from one of Isa Chandra Moskowitzís best-selling cookbooks.

I owe this culinary competence to Moskowitz, whose cookbooks are more educational than Home Ec. ever was.

Of course, none of that would matter if her recipes werenít also unpretentiously healthy and delicious, easy to make and appealingly accessible for someone whose favorite childhood meal was Beef Stroganoff.

See for yourself why Moskowitz is my favorite vegan ďcelebrityĒ on Monday when she comes to Seventh Son for a book signing.

Olde Towne Eastís The Angry Baker will provide free (!) desserts and appetizers based on Moskowitzís recipes, and a cash bar will be provided by Seventh Son.

Photos courtesy of Isa Chandra Moskowitz