Mayim Bialik may be best known for her acting roles–as 90’s icon Blossom, or her Emmy-nominated turn as Amy Farrah Fowler in a mid-career revival on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Many fans also probably know that, like her BBT character, Bialik has a Ph.D in Neuroscience. But the Renaissance woman has also developed a following as a parenting blogger for Jewish site Kveller, and recently published a book of vegan recipes for families.
“Mayim’s Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes From My Family to Yours” is co-authored with Dr. Jay Gordon, a physician and decades-long vegan. Along with “more than 100 easy plant-based recipes,” the book appears to be a kind of guide to vegan living and parenting. In a blog post on Kveller, Bialik describes what other info readers could gain:
“There is great information about nutrition, fun tidbits about how vegan children have play dates, go to other kids’ birthday parties without having ‘I wish I could eat that cake’ meltdowns, and there are also heartfelt explanations about how and why being vegan doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming or elitist.”
A review from The Jewish Daily Forward similarly observed that the first third of the book is “kind of like Veganism 101.” The review describes a family with young children eagerly digging in to several dishes from the book, including cabbage salad, chickpea burgers, and vegetable risotto–though the food may not have held up compared to non-vegan versions.
Bialik and her children’s vegan diet makes them de facto kosher observant (depending on whom you ask). She is also an outspoken proponent of Jewish spirituality and causes. Speaking to Jspace after the publication of her first book, a parenting guide, Bialik said the most important suggestion she had for women balancing motherhood and work was observing the Sabbath: “For me, the only reminder that we are human beings and not human doings is the Sabbath.”