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    Chef Randy’s New Book – Ojai Valley Quarantine Cookbook

    I have been going stir crazy during the COVID-19 quarantine. So, I looked for something to keep me busy. Something to provide a creative outlet for my overactive mind. I began creating new vegetarian and vegan recipes at an alarming pace. Alarming because the refrigerator was overflowing with leftovers (good leftovers to be sure). 
    The results of my stir-crazy efforts are included in this cookbook. Look for recipe #13 Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread. It is easy to make and super tasty. Or turn to recipe #20 Simple Eggplant Casserole for comfort food at its best.
    My favorite is #10 Grilled Manchego Cheese Sandwich. The combination of the aged sheep’s milk Manchego, grilled corn, and pickled jalapeno slices can’t be beaten. Give it a try. 
    My least favorite recipe is titled “Quarantine Silliness.” I was really going crazy one day, and this recipe is what I created to keep busy. It’s not a “keeper,” but the concept is kinda fun. Look for recipe #19 to see what I mean. 
    Most of these new recipes are comfort food, plain and simple, and seem fitting for the times. May you eat well, eat local, and eat fresh!
    Now available on Amazon!

    About the Author

    Randy has been a vegetarian since August 1975 and eats fresh and local as much as possible. He enjoys cooking for friends and family using ingredients from backyard vegetable and herb gardens. He is known locally as the “Healthy Chef,” and his food is often called vegetarian comfort food. He teaches at the Ojai Culinary School and his recipe column, Chef Randy, is syndicated in coastal California newspapers and magazines.
    He, his wife Robin, and their dog Cooper, live in Ojai, California. Robin and Cooper are not vegetarians.

    For additional recipes, see Chef Randy’s website at

    Chef Randy has been a vegetarian for over 40 years and eats local and organic grain, fresh fruit, and vegetables as much as possible. He is known locally as the “Healthy Chef.” His column, Chef Randy, is syndicated in California newspapers. See his website at for more recipes.


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