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The Greens Cookbook: Extraordinary Vegetarian Cuisine from the Celebrated Restaurant Hardcover – Apr 2001


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767908236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908238
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 3.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,171,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Reading through these delicious recipes, I'm impressed by a certain refined taste and style and consistently critical and good palate that comes through. The book is especially important because it's vegetarian, and the excellence of ingredients makes the dishes irresistible.' --Alice Waters, Chez Panisse

'A gem ... the recipes are suffused with sunny Californian flabours ... plenty of inspiration.' --Delicious magazine



'In my opinion this is the best vegetarian cookbook ever.' --Rosie Boycott, The Edible Garden

'In my opinion this is the best vegetarian cookbook ever.' - Rosie Boycott --The Edible Garden --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Deborah Madison developed the style and repertoire of Greens and was the restaurant's founding chef. She has worked with Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, at the American Academy in Rome, and is a contributor to the Time-Life Cookbook Series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Pex on 7 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Greens Cookbook has, for many years, been my first point of reference when I want to prepare something extraordinary tasting, either just for myself, or for a houseful of guests. In fact, the early edition was one of the few items I brought with me when I moved overseas as a student in 1990.

Yes, some of the recipes are, in the author's words, "a labor of love" to prepare, but there also plenty of simple and practical instructions, ranging from a failsafe way to boil eggs to grilling peppers and making salad dressings.

I have happily worked my way through the cookbook - and through its companion, "Fields of Greens" - and all of the dishes I have made, without exception, are sensational. Guidelines in the book are clear, and, in my view, easy enough for beginners to follow.

It would be difficult to say what my favourite recipe is, but the book is worth buying for these five:

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<LI><A> Chinese Noodle Salad with Roasted Eggplant (the dish I always take to parties)</A></LI>

<LI><A> Cheese and Nut Loaf (a special treat that makes great sandwiches)</A></LI>

<LI><A> Pizza Dough and garlic oil (I make these often, and my friends say it's the best pizza they have ever tasted)</A>

<LI><A> Baked Polenta Layered with Tomato, Fontina, and Gorgonzola (tastes as good as it sounds)</A></LI>

<LI><A>Cherry and Apricot Crumble (augments the humble crumble into something sublime.)</A></UL>

This book is for people who love good food and love to cook. And I'm not even a vegetarian!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Potts on 15 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Until I met my wife, I was not really into vegetarian food, and was basically carnivorous. Over the years, I have learned both to cook and to enjoy a lot more vegetarian food, which in any case seems to have improved immeasurably in Britain over the past ten years or so.
This book is superb. Despite some reviews in the US saying that the recipes were too complicated or time-consuming, I really don't think they are (it only takes a few minutes to grind some spices; is that really so hard?); besides, I like to spend a bit of time in the kitchen if I'm making something special.
They use ingredients which are now widely available in larger cities, with a Mexican twist in a lot of cases; the black bean recipes thrilled my wife (who, Miami-bred, has rarely found "proper" black bean dishes over here, and has high standards): black bean chilli, black bean soup, black bean chilaquiles - the last is layers of tortilla with a red, roasted-garlic sauce, black bean chill, sour cream, mozarella and cheddar, cooked in the oven - I was amazed how well it all came together.
The winter vegetable stew, with cumin, chilli, cardomom and coconut milk, turned out to be breathtaking; lovely flavours, just the right afterglow of heat from each mouthful. Following these recipes really does lead to perfect flavouring. This has rapidly become a favourite cook book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By miss lisa anderson on 28 Aug. 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Greens Cookbook contains some of the very best vegetarian receipes you can find. This is gourmet stuff, fit for the ritziest of parties but still plenty of choice for everyday.
Some of the terminology can be tricky, since American vegetables can be called something quite different - many are in common usage here but some of the herbs need a dictionery to translate
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Finlay on 2 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love this book.

I don't say this lightly because I have a fair number of cookery books. But this is the only one where every pretty much every recipe sounds like one I would like to eat. Moreover, nothing is too complicated and most use easy found ingredients and standard equipment,

So I know I can make pretty much every one with what I can find in the average supermarket and with the equipment I have in my kitchen.

There is a good mixture of everyday and things that are more fancy as well as recipes for bread and other staples. My sour dough starter is currently bubbling! Our favourite meal is the blackbean chilli - which we use on its own, for tortilla and as soup etc. Also loving the cheese and nut loaf, which - I agree - is great in sandwiches with pickles. Good section in particular on soups, where there are good ideas on how to produce tasty stocks.

Would unreservedly recommend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I've had this book for several years and it's a firm favourite; from the lentil salad with feta, mint and roasted peppers, to yellow split pea soup to toasted almond butter cookies. Wonderful recipes, far from bland. Only downside is that measures are only in American (cups, etc.) - pity they're not also in metric.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Ellett Iolite on 21 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
One of my favourite recipe books, certainly the best vegetarian book around - the recipes are easy to follow, mostly low-fat and delicious too. My copy of this book is nearly worn-out - and stained with splashes of each recipe. My favourites in this book are black bean chilli, pizza nicoise, the bread recipes and it is particularly good for unusual salads and pasta sauces.
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