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Paperback Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven: Over 200 Recipes for Uncommon Soups, Tasty Bites, Side Dishes, and Too Many Desserts Book

ISBN: 0786884096

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Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven: Over 200 Recipes for Uncommon Soups, Tasty Bites, Side Dishes, and Too Many Desserts

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For more than two decades, Mollie Katzen has been showing us how to eat elegantly and healthfully. Now she offers a bounty of contemporary, tantalizing, and imaginative new recipes that fit the way we eat and live today.Sampling culinary styles from around the world this enticing cookbook includes such deeply flavorful creations as Persian Eggplant Dip, Jamaican Salsa Salad, and Tunisian Tomato Soup. As beautiful as it is inspiring, Vegetable Heaven...

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Quick, simple, satisfying recipes for meat-eaters, vegans.

I've never created such flavorful and satisfying dishes from such simple recipes as I have with this book. A good example is the roasted beans with garlic and olives: two or three ingredients to buy at the grocery store, ten minutes of work, two items to wash when you're done, and a rich, tasty dish that I was proud to present to dinner guests.The introduction, which unfortunately is not included in the preview pages, gives a good idea of what to expect: food "prepared in sumptuous, yet uncomplicated ways.... opulent, yet clean and simple". _Vegetable Heaven_ isn't a vegan cookbook, but most of the recipes are vegan or adaptable. It stands out among such cookbooks for its simple, flavorful, *filling* dishes. The Achille's heel of most vegan cooking is the inability to combine flavor with the heaviness that creates a satisfied feeling after a meal. In recipe after recipe, _Vegetable Heaven_ shows how this difficulty can be overcome. Since the recipes are filling and don't use as many exotic ingredients as some vegetarian cookbooks, they're useful when cooking for unadventurous eaters, such as parents, children, and meat-eaters. Some of the recipes are quite spicy, but a few are bland children's food or comfort food. The descriptions are clear, so you won't be unpleasantly surprised. Besides being full of great recipes, the book is durable, exceptionally well laid out, and mostly a pleasure to use. However, it doesn't lie open unless you're using a recipe from the middle third of the book.Of course, _Vegetable Heaven_ doesn't try to be all things to all people. It's not a report of gastronomical research and innovation, so if you're an experienced cook, don't expect to be provoked and stimulated on every page. It's also not a coffee-table cookbook -- the artwork is pleasant but not captivating, and there are no photographs of professional presentations of the dishes.

Wow, this cookbook SINGS!

I have Mollie Katzen's older cookbook, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, and while that book is nice to flip thru, I haven't found it terribly inspiring. Many of the recipes are full of eggs, cheese, dairy and, well, I cook cause I like to play in the kitchen, and frankly I've played with eggs & cheese & dairy far too long to get toked about recipes that fall back on such pedestrian ingredients. But this book... OH MY!!! Her intent here is to create uncomplicated dishes that celebrate the full bounty & beauty of vegetables, grains, spices, nuts, and seasonings. The recipes are amazing! Some require only one ingredient, even, and many simple-but-creative cooking techniques are explained that will probably expand your kitchen repetoire considerably. Recipes range from elegant & sophisticated dishes that sparkle on your table, to simple rustic peasant fare that fills your belly without overloading on the fat. And LOTS of sauces, condiments, and other "extras" that will add color & flavor to almost any meal. A word about the so-called exotic ingredients she sometimes calls for: Mollie often suggests a substitute if you can't find something, but honestly, most of this stuff is pretty easy to find anywhere --even the unusual stuff-- if you put a little effort into looking for it. I live in a verrrrry small rural town in the middle of Georgia, and I have been able to find almost everything I need at my "local" Kroger (have to drive 45 mins into town, but I do that every week anyway). Get familiar with your store's ethnic & natural foods aisles, and you'll be surprised at what's available. Buy this book, and enjoy it. Such deliciousness!!! :-)

Mollie's best! Flavorful, healthy home cookin'.

I have most of Mollie Katzen's cookbooks, but this is hands-down my favorite one from her. Anyone who's interested in her cookbooks may want to start (and end!) with this one. She moves away from the egg and cheese based cooking that appeared in her Moosewood Cookbook and has taken a fresher approach, using cooking techniques (such as carmelizing) and creative condiments (my favorite: balsamic syrup, which is simply balsamic vinegar boiled down for 30 minutes) to add wonderful flavor without adding much fat. And the recipes are easy -- many of them have shorter ingredient lists than she had in the past. Definitely try the Soft Lentils with Roasted Tomatoes and Carmelized Onions!

Vegetarian Cooking That Appeals to Non-Vegetarians

This isn't just a good vegetarian cookbook--it is just a plain old good cookbook. I am not a vegetarian but I am also not a big meat-eater and I've been looking forever for a vegetarian cookbook that I can live with. This is definately it! The recipes are simple and flavorful and the best part is that the ingredients are not hard to find. Many vegetarian cookbooks rely on specialty foods that can only be found in health food stores, which was always a turn off to me. I highly recommend this book to everyone, herbivore or carnivore!

Tasty Simple Creative Delicious! Go Molly!

This is a very well thumbed cookbook in my house. We are not vegetarians but I have prepared many of the recipes for my family and they have been well received. I like the fact that Katzen's recipes have become so much more light and sophisticated and also more flavourful than those in her earlier cookbbooks-they relied too heavily on cheese and fat. The "Bulgur Noodles" alone are worth the price of this book. They are amazing! I also appreciate the sidebar tips and suggestions. The artwork is very attractive, as is the layout in general. The lack of photographs is not a problem-just watch the series on television.
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