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on 19 September 2011
We loved the original moosewood cook book: it had great basic veggie recipes and our book had fallen apart from use. So we got this one in the hopes of finding new staples for our palette and now those of our kids (i.e., we are looking beyond the chicken nugget).
Unfortunately, we have tried quite a number of recipes from this book and have found all of them essentially duds - not a single one has joined our favorite list. They seem esoteric and contrived to us, kind of thrown together rather than the excellent ones that were really used in the original restaurant. (The latter includes a great spinach lasagna, the former such oddly bland things as "hot marinated cauliflower".)
While it could be that these recipes are subtle variations for some hard-core vegetarians, my wife - who was a strict vegetarian for years, pre-me - finds nothing to recommend this book. In our view, the book really doesn't have anything genuinely new and good to add, but is a simple commercial knock-off.
Not recommended. We believe it is better to find vegetarian recipes that are found in ethnic cookbooks, in context, rather than slapped together make-shift books like this.