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Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook

Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook [Kindle Edition]

Joe Yonan
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A collection of eclectic vegetarian and vegan recipes for singles as well as lone vegetarians in meat-eating households, from the beloved Washington Post editor and author of Serve Yourself. 
     An increasing number of Americans are turning to plant-based diets, both for their health and the economic benefits. And for many, they are the only one in their household who has made the change--making it the perfect time for this book of vegetarian, flexitarian, and vegan recipes specifically sized for single portions. In addition to 80 delectable and satisfying recipes, Eat Your Vegetables features essays on moving beyond mock meat and the evolution of vegetarian restaurants, as well as economical tips for shopping for, storing, and reusing ingredients.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14367 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (6 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BE2587I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed 30 Sep 2013
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This reviewer had not considered that there needed to be a book aimed at the single vegetarian/vegan or for the sole adherent within a household. For some reason it was just assumed that they just got on with things without any fuss, yet this book seeks to change that viewpoint.

The book notes that it has over 80 recipes specifically sized for single portions as well as various essays looking at moving beyond mock meat and the evolution of vegetarian restaurants. It is hard to get past an initial scepticism to this purported need. Are traditional vegetarian or vegan books so hard to follow that someone cannot see a recipe is for three people and adjust things for a single person? Is this book based on genuine need?

It is unfortunate that the packaging and the general "editorialising" by the author has managed to grate in this reviewer's mind. If you are able to detach yourself from the possibly superfluous, relatively meaningless "packaging" that surround the recipes then, and only then in the mind of this reviewer, might you start to find a few gems. Many of the recipes have even caught the attention of this admittedly meat-first reviewer and do seem worthy of an appearance at his table. It even proves that one does not necessarily have to equate vegetarian food as being boring or tasteless. Spicy Kale Salad with Miso-Mushroom Omelette is a perfect light summer dish, a Tomato, Beet & Peach stack is a simple, enchanting snack ideal for parties and an Oyster Mushroom & Corn Tart will get admiring glances from surely everybody.

The recipes themselves are well-written (although sadly in sole U.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A shift away from meat 6 Aug 2013
By I Do The Speed Limit - Published on
The title of this book could have been "Eat 'More' Vegetables". This is not a cookbook filled with recipes focusing on vegetables: This is a cookbook filled with recipes that avoid meat--ranging from less-than-strict vegetarian (as recipes do include eggs, butter, cheese, anchovies and suggestions that bacon or ham hocks can be substituted) to strictly vegan. I say this right up front because, if you are looking at this book since you loved Yonan's "Serve Yourself", the meatless aspect of this book may come as a surprise to you. In that book, published fairly recently in 2011, he was definitely a meat-eater.

So, I would say that this is not so much a book of spectacular vegetable dishes, as a self-help book of recipes and essays to help you start down the road towards eating less meat.

Of course, this cookbook is still about Yonan's belief that singles should--definitely--bother to cook for themselves. The book just suggests, subtly, and by way of the recipes' ingredients, that you can cook without meat and still have a wonderful, fulfilling meal that makes you feel good about yourself. Yonan created this vegetarian cookbook because he observed that there were quite a lot of single people out there who were avoiding meat. And when he thought hard about that, he realized he was moving in that direction also. Come to think of it, just how quick your own personal movement away from meat and towards veggies is, may ultimately depend on where you live, with whom you live, how big your garden is, your culture, or whether you cook for yourself or a family. But, bottom line, aren't we all moving at some rate of speed towards less meat? More veggies, more beans, more grains? So, this is a collection of recipes that celebrate meat-less-ness.

This is not a collection of veggie side dishes. Yes, there are salads, dips, soups, and some sides. But most of the recipes make a full, well-rounded meal for one. And, like those in his first book, these recipes are made for one person--not recipes for four servings that he suggests you freeze for later in small portions. Yes, there are a few recipes that will result in leftovers: Leftover cooked ingredients, or leftover halves of lemons, avocados, half-cans of chipotle peppers or beans. But Yonan either has future plans for those ingredients in another recipe or he provides tips for how to keep the "halves" fresh. These recipes also work quite nicely for two people; just double them.

The chapters are somewhat arranged by cooking process, although the salad, sandwich, and sweets chapters are a mixed bag of cooking techniques. But he does separate oven and stovetop cooking into two chapters. If you are wondering about the "Sweets" chapter I mentioned, it doesn't include veggies, just fruit desserts and a nice chocolate chip cookie with some whole grains. There is also a final chapter that includes some general and pantry recipes. He does a great and simple kimchi, marinated and baked tofu, and pickled golden raisins.

Included in the book are some great essays: "Forget the Clock, Remember Your Food" in which you are reminded that exact timing is not as important as using your senses; one that discusses our changing attitudes towards meat and mock meat, and "The Politics of Cooking", which encompasses much more that I want to sum up here--definitely worth reading, though. Yonan is a great writer.

Here are the recipes that I tried and I liked:

--A kale and mango salad with a lime and ginger vinaigrette; in it the kale is "massaged"--so nice!
--A miso-mushroom omelet, with another kale salad;
--Grilled cabbage with udon noodles and soy-glazed tempeh; I wasn't so hot on the tempeh, (I haven't made it that far down the vegetarian road...), but the cabbage was interesting;
--A basil, lime and tofu dressing; a sesame and miso vinaigrette, and another vinaigrette featuring umeboshi plums;
--A great vegetable stock that is more a concept than a recipe, (but will change--forever--the ingredients of your stock pot);
--Cheesy Greens and Rice Gratin, that uses Za'atar, garlic, tomatoes and brown rice;
--several recipes that turn a roasted/baked sweet potato into a meal;
--Chicken-fried cauliflower with a miso-onion gravy: Yeah, it works: Even if you roast your cauliflower and spoon the gravy on top;
--And last, but not least, the chocolate-chunk cookies with whole wheat flour, rolled oats and two sizes of coconut.

The recipes are written for an American audience, but there is a handy, readable measurement conversion chart at the back of the book.

I'm giving it a five star rating for those people who are single, who are busy, just starting out, in an apartment and those who don't own a shelf-full of vegetarian cookbooks. If you have a mountain of vegetable, grain and vegetarian cookbooks, you may want to think twice. But, I'll tell you what: Yonan has put together a great assortment of recipes; they are well-thought out and will allow your creativity to blossom. They will also energize you in such a way that you will bother to cook for yourself.

The "Look Inside" feature for this book is thorough and informative, but if you are still undecided about this cookbook, at least give it a try: Ask for it at your local library. There are worthy recipes here for everyone.

**I received a temporary download of this book from the publishers (through NetGalley) in exchange for a review.**
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good choice for the single vegetarian 28 Aug 2013
By nfmgirl - Published on
I have been a pescatarian for 3 years, which means that I eat fish and seafood, but no red meat, pork or poultry. So that means that I eat a lot of vegetarian dishes. I am also single, so that also means that I often have to make way more food than I need.

This book is designed to address both of these issues, as it is vegetarian cooking for one or two people. There is even a handy section that has a list of suggestions for recipes in the book to help you use things like a half of an avocado, or a half a lime, or 1/2 a can of beans, knowing that the biggest problem with cooking when you are single is the leftover ingredients.

The author includes a guide to using the book, and encourages readers/cooks to merely use the recipes as a guide, not as a rule book. I tried several of the recipes. The Fusilli with Corn Sauce (whole wheat pasta, sauteed onions and corn) was fresh tasting and easy to make. The Enfrijoladas with Egg, Avocado and Onion (corn tortillas coated in a bean sauce and topped with copped hard boiled egg, avocado and onion) was a surprising mix of flavors that actually worked well together, despite my reservations. But the best was the Roasted Sweet Potato with Coconut, Dates and Walnuts. Oh so good!

This book was filled with lots of pretty pictures that made everything look so tasty! The only real negative that I have is that there were several things I'm not big on like curry and tofu, and things I'm hesitant about trying like kimchi. So there were a lot of recipes that I didn't want to try right now-- but that's just me!

My final word: Easy recipes for weeknight dining. Interesting flavor combinations. Nothing ordinary here. If you are looking for some fresh ideas for easy vegetarian dining for one or two, grab this book!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Versatile Vegetarian Recipes 7 Oct 2013
By Jennifer Dickinson - Published on
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Another hit from Joe Yonan! I am an omnivore looking to add some interest to my already veg-heavy diet. A particular wish of mine is to make more cooked veggie items for lunches instead of buying expensive takeaway salads. This book is perfect for that.

If you do want meat, it is easy to add to many of the recipes (a few slices of bacon alongside the sweet potato, greens and kimchi hash for example). Unlike other vegetarian recipe collections, Eat Your Vegetables emphasizes just that - vegetables. While soy products make an appearance, Joe avoids commercially-made meat substitutes. Other proteins include eggs and cheese, which in many cases are easily omitted if you're vegan or simply don't like them. Joe also includes other suggestions to help out vegans (such as substituting miso for oyster and/or fish sauce).

Even more than in Serve Yourself, a great many of the recipes become components of other dishes and there are usually several options, e.g., for that big pot of tomato sauce you just made (I think it goes into as many as five other recipes, and of course you can use it on any pasta). As a result, my cooking sessions from this book have involved making several things for use in different ways throughout the week (hearty greens gave me a side to go with some sausage I already had, plus went into hash and the remainder in the freezer for the cheesy greens gratin and a few other things). Joe also continues the theme of how to use up or save leftovers and extras, which is extremely helpful if you're only cooking for one or two people but are stuck with grocery store bundles and packages designed for more.

It is also easy to double the recipes if, like me, you like to have leftovers handy for multiple meals or want to make a meal for two. As with Serve Yourself, I find that doubling the recipes gives me three and sometimes four small-moderate portions.

You will find new versions of "Classic Joe" dishes here, such as roasted sweet potatoes with various toppings - great for me as I love both recipes from Serve Yourself, additional riffs on kimchi, use of Asian and Southwestern US flavors/dishes and a wealth of interesting sandwiches (and I say this last as a non-sandwich person. Joe's sandwiches are always good). There is a lot brand new here as well, given the veggie focus, such as the savory tart ideas, nut butter and dried fruit sandwiches and additional desserts.

Finally, perhaps the thing I appreciate most about both of Joe's books is that he is the real deal (culinary school graduate, professional food writer) and I think that is why so many of his recipes turn out, for me anyway, to be the best version of whatever it is that I have cooked (hearty greens and tomato sauce with a kick being two examples from Eat Your Vegetables). While I have enjoyed recipes and cookbooks by others without that pedigree, I personally have found more "duds" among those collections and none among the many I have made from Joe's books. Similarly, unlike other "cooking for one" books, Joe's recipes are modern and innovative, even when they hearken back to American classic comfort food. Others in the genre seem to focus on scaling down, whereas Joe has really created an entirely new model (and yes, there are some politics around that BUT -- easy to disregard or, like me, you may devour the essays too, nodding all the while).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rethinking Veggies 6 Sep 2013
By Fireman Ray - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great vegetarian cookbook & recipe guide. Joe Yonan's masterpiece is easy to follow and fun to read. His recipes are tasty and the intertwined anecdotal stories that go along with them make this book a pleasure to read. Every recipe I've made has been fantastic & the Kimchi Deviled Eggs may be the most original appetizer that I've ever made. Buy this book. You won't regret it!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding to, not Subtracting from our Joy in Food 5 Sep 2013
By Jacqueline A. Church - Published on
So often people hear "vegetarian" and think burger-minus-meat. Joe shows us how to celebrate meals that happen to not be meat-centered. It's not about "minus' - it's about plus. In Eat your Vegetables you get reasons you might consider more plant-based meals, and recipes that add immeasurably to our enjoyment plant-centered meals. He doesn't shy away from food politics but it's just not where he starts.

I love the recipes; they work, they are straightforward and they're delicious. There are lovely essays that will have you laughing and thinking about issues perhaps for the first time, or at least from a fresh perspective.

There are plenty of handy resources and advice for scaling up, or down, for food storage and preservation (including a fun way to approximate a vacuum sealer with one simple tool everyone has on hand!), even a resource guide.

If you can't have a good friend guiding you in the kitchen, you can approximate it with this great book. Buy one for yourself and one for someone you love. You may read my full review at
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