Hi, I'm Kim

Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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My Cookbook: A vegetable filled update

I just spent the better part of an hour writing an amazing post all about the cookbook I'm working on.   Then my blog server freaked out and deleted it.  

Bite me, blog server.

I no longer have the energy to be poetic and charming, so here's the basics:  

  • It is a vegetable cookbook, featuring plant-based recipes: all vegan, gluten-free, ACD-friendly, and free of most major allergens.  
  • I will probably be self-publishing through Lulu, a great self-publishing tool that prints books to order.  
  • I'm hoping to have it available by my birthday in late April.  Having a published cookbook would be the most amazing way to ring in my big 28th year of life!
  • Most of the recipes will be brand spankin' new, but I'll have a few tweaked favorites from the blog in the book too.  Not sure on the total recipe count yet, but I'm aiming for around 30-40.

I live in an enchanted broccoli forest.  Vegetables are my comfort food.  So why not focus on what I know best, and make a cookbook of all sorts of great vegetable recipes?  Don't get me wrong, I love a cookie just as much as the next person. But given my ACD status, my body's apparent dislike for too many carbohydrates, and my general frustration with the world of gluten free, vegan, sugar free baking, all I want to do is cook with vegetables.  Since it is my cookbook, I can do whatever I want, so that's what I'm doing.  Hurrah for self-publishing and the freedom it allows you.  

Here's a few photos to pique your interest!

Stay tuned for updates - you can be sure I'll be marketing this thing like crazy the minute it is ready for print!  I may even have a giveaway or two.  :)

In vegetable loving solidarity,



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Reader Comments (6)

Looking forward to your cookbook.
I know you wish to focus on vegetables but wouldn't it be nice to also have a little bit of everything?
Your soaked/fermented breads & waffles for example are quite unique & would be worth mentioning in your cookbook, especially for people who aren't familiar with your blog (I follow 2 gluten free/grain free blogs that you probably know: the spunky coconut & elena's pantry, both of them publishing a cookbook (Kelly from Spunky is working on a 2nd one) and even though they clearly have their own cooking & baking touch, their cookbooks contain a bit of this & a bit of that for balance ;) ).
Have you also considered making vegetable desserts (or using legumes)? I have 2 cookbooks on the topic, which is probably not everybody's cup of tea, but I have come to love alternative cooking!

February 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlchemille

Wow , I know I can not wait to get a copy of your book . Your photography is so well done , really such a treat to get to see what you are working on, I will be anxiously awaiting it's release .

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Alchemille - thanks for your great comment and suggestions! actually, yes, I was going back on forth on including other recipes. i've decided to expand it and include all sorts of other stuff too, because I think it will, as you say, make it more balanced. and YES I've been experimenting with vegetable desserts! it takes quite a bit of tweaking without sugar especially :) thanks for reading and for your awesome kind words and suggestions, it is helpful for me!

Kathy - thank you so much! I appreciate your supportive words :) It is good motivation to keep working!

February 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim

I just found a British baking book that uses vegetable as main ingredient: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Velvet-Chocolate-Heartache-feel-good/dp/0593062361/ref=pd_sim_b_17/278-6224220-9565041

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlchemille

Thanks Alchemille, I'll totally check that out! ;) Hooray for sharing knowledge!!!!

February 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim

I found your blog very recently. I have been eating gluten free, egg free sugar free and many-other-stuff free food. I came here looking for quinoa waffles, I think... and found a LOT more. thanks for sharing so freely.

I'd love to chk out your cook when it happens.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay
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Hi reader! My schedule as full-time grad student with two part-time jobs doesn't allow me the time to manage comments. I hope you enjoy what you find and can figure out answers to any questions you may have. xo