Haiku Meet Veggie Burgers

August 15, 2012

We've been amazed and impressed at your poems in this week's Food Haiku Contest -- you're all closet poets! Unrelatedly, several of you have already tried Gena Hamshaw's Zucchini-Quinoa Veggie Burgers and loved them.

Which is why we were understandably thrilled to hear that there exists an intersection between veggie burgers and short Japanese poetry! Lukas Volger -- cookbook author and writer of this beautiful essay here on FOOD52 -- hosted his own haiku contest two years ago. The occasion was the release of his first cookbook, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way, and the prompt asked simply, "What did you think of the very first veggie burger you ever ate?"

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The results are amazing, and definitely worth a look. Our favorite:

wait just a second.
is this a kernel of CORN?
i can hang with that.

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I'm Nozlee Samadzadeh, a writer, editor, farmer, developer, and passionate home cook. Growing up Iranian in Oklahoma, working on a small-scale organic farm, and cooking on a budget all influence the way I cook -- herbed rice dishes, chicken fried steak, heirloom tomato salad, and simple poached eggs all make appearances on my bright blue kitchen table. I love to eat kimchi (homemade!) straight from the jar and I eat cake for breakfast.