- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Warner Books (Oct. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446674524
- ISBN-13: 978-0446674522
- Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,750,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Occasional Vegetarian Paperback – 1 Oct 1998
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In fact, whenever someone expresses interest in vegetarian cooking (or frustration with figuring out how to handle family meals with a new vegetarian in the family), I suggest this cookbook. I also suggest it to people who want to try interesting recipes or make cooking a fun, creative experience.
The food itself is good, and her recipes are thorough (nothing worse than trying to figure out exactly what the author means me to do next). In fact, it wasn't until I read her explanation for including the Drop Dead Chocolate Cake recipe that I discovered this was a low-fat cookbook.
I wouldn't be as bold as some of the other reviewers in saying that all of the ingredients are ones I keep on-hand. It probably depends on how you cook and your access to produce (but most are readily acquired at a good health food store). In fact, this cookbook probably introduced me to 'fancier' cooking -- e.g., roasting my cumin seeds then grinding them as needed, portabello mushrooms, reggiano parmesan, risotto.
As one reviewer mentioned, she has great tips about cleaning mushrooms, buying parmesan, etc. And when the recipe calls for roasted red bell peppers, she refers the user to a recipe for roasting bell peppers (or cumin seeds, for that matter) in the Basics section of the cookbook.
I have found that her preparation times aren't exactly accurate and, beyond that, certainly don't account for the time of, e.g., roasting bell peppers if she calls for them in the ingredients. And this isn't exactly a meal-in-a-minute cookbook. Several of my favorite recipes only take 20 minutes, but that is not her general aim, I don't think.
She also provides menu suggestions which include meat options (e.g., serve as a side dish with chicken) for people who do eat meat (or for 'mixed' meals/families who want to provide both options).
I strongly recommend this cookbook. It's the one most often used in my house and the homes of many of my family.