About VS

Vegan Sonoma is my repository for recipes I’ve modified in order to omit animal ingredients. This, as you probably can appreciate, is not always an easy thing to pull off successfully, and often requires multiple experiments to achieve a respectable alternative. So I thought I’d share the frooitts of my labor.

Vegan Sonoma draws its name from my profound, indecent and entirely prosaic love of Williams-Sonoma, whose website contains hundreds of wonderful recipes which, although few of them are vegan or even vegetarian, are easily converted to meat-free delights.

Not all of the recipes within come from Williams-Sonoma, in fact, most of them don’t, but most of them are vegetarian or vegan. Their designation as vegan or vegetarian will always be clearly distinguished in the title.

For the vegetarian recipes, I will do my best to include instructions for modification to vegan. The story behind that is that, well, sometimes things just aren’t as good without dairy, and if you’re unable to compromise on the dairy occasionally, then you should probably skip the recipe altogether. I learned this the hard way when I tried to make a vegan version of Will-Sonoma’s Creamy Pearl Onions. Don’t even waste your time trying to make it with soy, rice or almond milk. All it will bring you is a pot full of chalky roux and broken dreams.

Thanks for your time and happy cooking!

About Z & J

The recipes you see here are the creations of me and/or my husband Jason, aka J.  We live together in the funky little neighborhood of  Golden Hill, San Diego, in an old house full of character, with a dog that looks like a bat. Admittedly, San Diego is not so close to Sonoma, but I’m there in spirit. 

We live together in a very old house in Lawrence, KS, with our 3 year old son.

We live in Philadelphia with our 5 year old son, two cats, and a very fat glowfish. We left San Diego in 2014 to be closer to family, and then relocated to Philly in 2016 for professional reasons.

J is a musician and web developer and I am in product marketing for BIG DATA. We love traveling, going out to restaurants, cooking, buying flowers, researching random stuff, hiking in the desert, walking around Balboa park, and an assortment of other activities. exploring small towns and historic sites, checking out train museums, and playing in parks, and romping around the world.

If you have any feedback for me in general, give me a shout, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for visiting the site!