My entire life I have been extremely susceptible to food cravings. (I would make a horrifying pregnant lady.) I'm not talking about your typical chocolate cravings, or the occasional need to eat a greasy fast food meal, I'm talking about an entire month where all I really want to eat are canned black olives (the big, whole kind).
Until now, the most sustained food craving I have ever experienced was shortly after I moved to Buffalo when I ate an avocado every day for about three months. Of course I also ate other things during my avocado phase, but really, only an avocado could satisfy my true hunger during that time. Eventually I got sick of avocados, and my interest dwindled. I have always figured that when my body really insists on a particular food, that food must contain some element of nutrition that I am lacking. Every one of the cravings I have experienced over my life have been, for the most part, reasonably healthy. (It's not like I'm calling my current obsession with Fudgesicles a craving. No, that's just plain old gluttony.) While I don't think it's good to eat avocados every day for your entire life, I don't believe I sustained any long term damage from my avocado binge in 2001.
My current intense craving is tofu. After a lifetime of relative indifference, suddenly all I want to eat is tofu. I wish I could say that my interest in tofu is part of an overall move towards a healthier meal plan, but no, that is really not the case. I'm not choosing tofu over meat because I am trying to be a pious; I am choosing it because something deep down inside of me is demanding that I do so. I realized last night that I have been craving tofu for about a month, so it's official: I'm in my Tofu Phase.
The trouble with tofu is I really don't know how to cook with it, and I also don't know where to begin looking for recipes. So, Dear Readers, I turn to you for ideas. Do you have any cherished tofu recipes? Can you recommend any good cookbooks? To give you an idea of my tastes, I will just say this: If there is one thing I HATE, it's that vegetarian style of cooking that doesn't have any fat or flavor and all it is is a big pile of disgusting vegetable mush. *shudder* For example, I have over the years tried to make recipes out of the original Moosewood Restaurant cookbook, and for the most part, I have hated them all. I'm not looking to be healthy. I'm just looking for a delicious way to shove more tofu down my throat.