Hey there. I'm Vaishali and I am the author and recipe creator at Holy Cow!
This blog started out as a hobby all the way back in November 2007, not long after I turned vegan (thanks to my great old dog Lucy! Scroll down for her picture). Today, it reaches millions of readers with original, fresh, healthy and delicious recipes that I cook up in my kitchen.
I was born in Bombay, India, but I've lived in the United States for 23 years now, most of that time in lovely Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. With me are my husband Desi (also the food photographer for the blog), our son Jay, our dogs Lily and Leo, and our cats, Billy and Kala Jamoon.
I have always loved animals, and I've always loved food, and I went vegan after realizing that I didn't want to mix the two anymore. I used to be a journalist, but I quit that to work full-time for an amazing organization where I help make the world a better place for animals every day. This blog, not connected to my job, is a labor of love -- I want everyone to know that vegan food can be amazing, and what better way to save animals than to stop eating them?
As a working mom, it is important that my recipes are easy, quick, healthy, and hassle-free without compromising on taste. This is food we eat in our home every day, food you can cook regardless of whether you are a novice or an expert, and you can be sure that if we don't like it ourselves, it won't be here on the blog.
I love to bake, so you'll find lots of recipes for homemade vegan cakes, cookies, pies and breads. Because Indian food is my comfort food, so you'll find tons of Indian vegan recipes here. Because I'm mom to a picky preteen, a lot of my recipes are kid-friendly. And because I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, I cook, eat and post many, many gluten-free and soy-free recipes.
I also love experimenting with global cuisines, including Mexican, Italian, and Middle Eastern, and I love to bake, especially bread. All recipes use clean, wholesome, natural ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry. But don't just expect a recipe-- I like telling you the stories behind the food I serve up. You can also expect some chatter about the wonderfulness of animals (especially mine :)).
On this blog you'll find pages and pages dedicated to all the wonderful dogs and cats who have been part of our family, including our current group of furry troublemakers. Leo was rescued from a dog meat farm in Korea and flew halfway around the world to find a home with us, Lily was a street dog rescued from Puerto Rico. Billy, our adorable tuxedo cat, was found roaming the streets of Virginia. Kala Jamoon, our resident black cat, simply wandered off the streets to settle into our hearts and home.
I update Holy Cow! several times each week, so be sure to check back often for updates. You can sign up to get new recipes by email (top or in the sidebar). And you can follow Holy Cow! on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with what's cooking here.
I love to hear when you make a recipe from this blog, so if you do please leave a comment. Or send me a photo at [email protected], or post it on Instagram and tag me @HolyCowVegan. If a recipe doesn't work for you and you want to leave your feedback, please do so, but make sure it's constructive criticism. Just saying "I didn't like it" doesn't tell me or other readers anything, because we have no idea what you do or don't like and as you know, there's no accounting for taste. 😉
Here are a few links you might find useful:
Recipe List featuring nearly 1,000 recipes and photographs that have appeared so far on this blog.
Recipe Index, where you can browse recipes by photo, date, and category.
Vegan Kid-Friendly Recipes, because over years of cooking for my son, I've picked a trick or two. 😉
If you are a baker, you might also find this link useful: Vegan Baking Substitutes
And read more about my vegan journey here.
Finally, I often get queries from people wanting to do guest posts, so I want to state clearly that I do not accept guest posts, and all writing and recipes on this blog are exclusively mine. If you send me an email asking if you can write for the blog, you'll only be wasting your time.