Hi, I'm Dynise Balcavage, and I started my blog, Urban Vegan, back in 2006. I'm obsessed with hedonistic vegan cooking. I'm now concentrating on reviewing plant-based foods and products.


I'm thrilled to be up to my ear lobes in pie crust as I finish my third cookbook, Pies and Tarts with Heart. It will be jam-packed with colorful photos and scrumptious recipes. I've worked hard on these recipes, and I'm happy to say I think it will be my best cookbook yet. I've also written 2 other plant-based cookbooks:  

Other culinary stuff

I've published recipes in VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Philadelphia Daily News, and Végéteriens, France's first vegetarian magazine, and on the Today Show web site. I've been interviewed in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune, have done cooking demos everywhere from New York to Paris, and teach food writing at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. 

I live in Philadelphia with my 2 cats, Bossa Nova and Pablo. 

© 2014, Dynise Balcavage. All rights reserved, photos, content, recipes, everything.

Top two portraits by Paul Runyon ©2013