Along the lines of our last entry, be on the lookout for a new vegan cheese called “daiya.” This is the real deal…the panacea to all of life’s problems…the answer to our collective prayers (especially those of us who love pizza!). And, it’s NOT made from soy.
Of course, as I’ve covered extensively, there’s nothing wrong with having some soy in the diet. But, 1) there are plenty of vegan products already made from soy, and 2) true vegan soy cheese (which does not contain casein), runs hot and cold, to be honest. And one of the biggest problems with it – especially where pizza is concerned – is that it doesn’t melt very well.
Such is not the case with Daiya brand vegan cheese. It’s actually made from some combination of cassava, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours. And while I don’t believe they’ve launched it as a retail item just yet, there are a number of restaurants that are starting to offer it.
I’ve been digging it at a local LA pizzeria called Z Pizza. Check this bad boy out!
This is the “Berkeley,” with daiya instead of their regular soy cheese (which contains casein) and minus the pesto. Fantastic!
And for full effect, take a peek at this vid. Here’s my friend, Andy Mars – a long-time, LA-based vegan/activist enjoying a slice right out of the oven. Notice how this cheese sort of oozes and pulls like “real” cheese?
Kudos to Andy, by the way. He was the one who persuaded the folks at Z Pizza to start offering daiya…AND he’s been a tireless supporter of them every since, getting a bunch of people to drop by and try it. True activism, folks…
Check out the Daiya Foods web site for more info: www.daiyafoods.com