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The Occasional Vegetarian Paperback – 1 Oct 1998

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Product details

  • 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)
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Format: Paperback
"I'm not a vegetarian, but I often eat like one." is the introductory statement to this book. A good, all-round variety of tasty dishes using ingredients easily found. You won't have to stock up on esoteric spices and vegetables. The preparation instructions are clear and easy to understand. There are even side bars on the pages with hints, substitutions, and sample menus. The "Before You Begin" section tells you how to stock your pantry...what to have on hand in the way of equipment, condiments, spices, etc.. The book is not overly heavy on desserts. One of my pet peeves with most cookbooks is too many desserts not enough "real food." What I would have liked is a better index. For example, look up pasta and you get a list of four dishes and then the phrase "see also specific types." If you don't know the name of the specific pasta recipe you're looking for, you'd miss it. It forces you to really look through the book. Also, I'm not sure why all cookbooks these days DON'T include nutritional information for all the recipes. Calories per serving, carbohydrates, protein, chloresterol, salt, etc. should be included.
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Format: Paperback
We're trying to eat less meat and more vegetables so we loved the title of the book and bought it. It is my favorite cookbook, vegetarian or not. I flipped through last night to make a nice light summery dinner and found 10 recipes I could easily make with supplies on hand. Quick, too. I had some pretty committed meat eaters try the lentil and potato stew and they LOVED it. Great flavors, interesting meal ideas. Good cooking philosophy.
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Format: Hardcover
When I first bought this book, I was slightly worried that a lot of the recipes would contain fish or chicken ingredients, but it does nothing of the sort. Each recipe is ideal for vegetarians, and a few of them (particularly the salads) are also great for vegans. The only non-vegetarian part of this book are the occasional suggestions for non-veggie alternatives e.g. the Cream of Carrot Soup made with vegetable stock has an information bar next to it saying that "this soup is also delicious when made with chicken stock." But all the recipes are based on non-animal ingredients so if you're a 100% vegetarian you just go with the main recipe, forget the information bars. The book has some lovely personal touches, such as the author's stories of how some of the recipes came about, as well as hints and tips on how to make your cooking even more tasty. The recipes here are wholesome and healthy but delicious at the same time, and a wide variety of ingredients are used throughout the book. A few of my favourites are: couscous salad with mint; fresh sweet pea soup; broccoli di rape with garlic; orange, avocado, and radish salad. I give this 4 stars rather than 5 because of the lack of information on nutritinal content of the food - being a vegetarian, I'd like to know how much protein I am getting out of a meal. Other than that, a really good book if you're bored of pasta with stir-in tomato sauce and would like to add some variety to your vegetarian cooking.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 23 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory cookbook for vegetarians and non- 27 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book a few years ago at the insistence of my sister, who owned it. Now my parents and my sisters own it, as well as numerous friends -- and I'm the only vegetarian in the bunch.
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensible Book 1 July 2007
By P. Racklyeft - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this author's approach - she is not a die hard, rabid vegan type. Her recipes are simple enough and appealing enough that I can see myself actually making them which is not always true of cookbooks in general, let alone a vegetarian one. The layout of the pages is easy to follow although I would have liked to see only one recipe per page. It's distracting to me to have a recipe finish on the next page so that I have to flip the page to continue. The other problem I have with the book is the quality of the paper it was printed on - the dark boxes of information are very hard to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 30 Oct. 2016
By mary L - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 28 July 2013
By Graybridge03 - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I eat meat, I prefer to go vegetarian on 4 or 5 days a week. If you like interesting vegetable combinations that are not too far out (7 ingredients you will never use again), this is the book for you. Well written and very usable.
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been waiting to find a copy of this excellent cookbook, and Amazon Marketplace had just what I ... 5 Feb. 2015
By Way Outback - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been waiting to find a copy of this excellent cookbook, and Amazon Marketplace had just what I wanted. Thanks!
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