Meeting Deborah Madison & An Easy Tofu Curry

Stacie, Ria and I recently attended a potluck hosted by 18 Reasons* at Omnivore BooksDeborah Madison of Greens Restaurant fame was there and everyone was supposed to bring a dish from one of her many amazing cookbooks.  We ended up with a beautiful spread of food that would convince almost anyone to eat more vegetables (except Ria!) Deborah has a lovely personality, and was an engaging and gracious “celebrity.”  She is very passionate about eating locally, seasonally and mostly vegetarian (she isn’t vegetarian even though her cookbooks mostly are).  Inspiring stuff!

Stacie made an amazing Chard and Saffron Tart (I admire anyone who can make pie dough) which is shown as part of the mouth-watering buffet below.  I made a Tofu in Coconut Curry Sauce – so much for stepping outside my comfort zone.  The recipe is below – who says curry has to be intimidating and a time consuming dish to make?  Unfortunately, Ria ate only the tofu curry because that was the dish most familiar to her.  It was a wonderful gathering and we love any event that allows children and dogs.  Ria had more fun than I thought she would and as we were leaving she wanted me to arrange a playdate with the owner of Omnivore’s Book’s puppy!  OK, Boss, I’ll get on that!

*18 Reasons is a wonderful non-profit engaging the community through food and art and is part of the Bi-Rite family of businesses. They offer a year-round calendar of unique wine tastings, art shows, community dinners, food classes, interactive workshops, and more in their intimate community space.  We plan on attending several more of their events.  Do check them out and consider getting a membership as they are planning more kid friendly and family themed events like a baby food swap on August 13th.

Tofu in Coconut Curry Sauce by Deborah Madison (Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone)


1 tbsp peanut oil (I used vegetable oil)

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1 small green or red pepper, thinly sliced (I used red and yellow and cut into cubes)

2 serrano chillies, minced

1 to 2 teaspoons Thai curry paste or curry powder (used curry powder)

1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1 lb package firm tofu, cut into cubes and fried till golden

1/2 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped (omitted here)

3 tbsps roasted chopped peanuts (omitted here)


Heat a wok, add the oil, and when it’s hot, add the onion, pepper and chillies and stir-fry for 1 minute.  Stir in the curry paste/curry powder, then add the coconut milk, water, 1/2 tsp salt and the tofu.  Simmer for 2 minutes or more or until the tofu is heated through.  Serve over rice or noodles garnished with cilantro and peanuts.

27 thoughts on “Meeting Deborah Madison & An Easy Tofu Curry

  1. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous event this must have been. A LOT of yumminess!! Greens is one of my absolute favorite sf restaurants. These recipes look delicious. My family needs to eat tofu more often.

  2. This is the recipe I’ve been looking for. I want to create a vegetarian curry for my guests this week. I think this recipe will work well. Do you think I can use paneer instead of tofu?

  3. What an amazing spread and event! Tofu curry sounds fantastic and I bet it tasted even better. Wish I were in SF, so much talent and delicious food!

  4. Again, so jealous that I’m not in the Bay Area! I love Deborah Madison, and the bookstore and non-profit sound very cool.

    Your tofu recipe reminded me I need to get this cookbook off the shelf and start using it now that our WI summer is producing all of its glorious produce.

  5. I have this cookbook, but haven’t looked at it in a while. Now I will revisit it, because your dish looks so appetizing. It is so much fun to go to a potluck, because you get to sample so many new dishes. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh my gosh….that looks amazing. I will definitely be trying that…thanks for providing a great vegetarian recipe…mmmm…maybe I’ll make it for dinner tonight? Congrats on the Top 9!

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