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Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians [Hardcover]

Pam Anderson

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Oct. 25 2011
There are a lot of compelling reasons to eat less meat these days, but the shift to a totally or even
partly vegetarian lifestyle is easier said than done for many beef, poultry, and fish lovers. In Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals, best-selling author Pam Anderson encourages readers to eat meat-free a day or two a week and makes it easy to do so with recipes for simple, fun vegetarian and vegan meals that are made from accessible, wholesome ingredients. To help readers prep their kitchens for meatless cooking, she includes tips and techniques for stocking the pantry and refrigerator. Instead of presenting complicated, inflexible recipes, she lays out blueprints with ingredient options for everything from hearty breakfasts and fun salads and sandwiches to satisfying main courses—so readers can craft a rewarding dish exactly to their personal tastes.
 
Colorful, comprehensive, and perfect for parents, caretakers, and singles and couples alike, Cook
without a Book: Meatless Meals
will show all aspiring vegetarians that eating a little (or a lot) less meat can be simple, healthy, and totally delicious.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605291765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605291765
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Anderson is the author of six cookbooks, including an IACP Award winner and two James Beard nominees. She has written for numerous food and lifestyle magazines and appears frequently in national media. She lives in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnivore here! Nov. 11 2011
By Buck Eye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a devout carnivore, I ordered this book because I have all six of Pam Anderson's cookbooks including one personally autographed by the author at a cooking class I attended. Seeing many sneak previews of the book via USA Weekend and ThreeManyCooks, I knew the book would be great. I will never be a vegan (having grown up in the dairy industry), but I would like to reduce the amount of meat I eat. This book will make it easy.

There is a multitude of "MASTER" recipes, each followed by a list of variations for one or more of the ingredients. This way, if you like the recipe, but don't like a specific ingredient, there is a list of "alternatives". Also, you may not have to run out and buy a specific item just to make the recipe. As with the author's previous book on how to "cook without a book", you probably will need to refer to the book to refresh your memory when making anything.

The book is divided into two sections (1) Not Strickly for Breakfast, and (2) Fun Food for the Rest of the Day. The "breakfast" section contains wrap-and-runs, breakfast pizza, pancakes, scones, muffins, etc. The "rest of the day" has sections on salads, soups and stews, sandwiches, eggs and potatoes, pies for dinner (including quiche and veggie pizzas), etc. The last section has Italian, Asian and Mexican meals (pasta, risotto, stir-fries, and even a "taco bar").

The recipes are loaded with vegetables and you may be able to convince a vegetable-hater to actually enjoy vegetables for once. Many of the recipes call for vegetable stock and I was surprised that there was not a recipe for a home-made vegetable stock. The author does, however, recommend some brands. (Don't tell anybody, but I bet you could substitute Ch@#%en stock.)

And yes, there are a very few recipes that include tofu, if you might want to try that item, (or skip over to another recipe that doesn't). The recipes lack nutritional data, but this would almost be impossible due to the variations presented for the recipes. Most vegetables (except the starchy ones) are low in calories and the grains and legumes provide protein and essential amino acids. Although some of the recipes are vegan, I would not recommend this book to a vegan since many of the recipes call for dairy products or eggs.

I definately will be making some of these recipes soon.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Nov. 21 2011
By taffymom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Just received my copy and I LOVE this book! I've been trying to eat more meatless meals and with my carnivore-loving husband that hasn't been easy. This book provides so many great ideas for meatless meals that are easy, use ingredients I usually have in the house and, most importantly, sound do-able and delicious! I have a huge cookbook collection and of course I normally fall back on the same 20 or so standards. I love that this book gives you lots of great ideas, more like blueprints, rather than recipes. I can't wait to get cooking!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up From This Carnivorous Family Nov. 11 2011
By Dali Mama - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, I bought a book to teach me how to cook without one. I'm a big fan of Pam Anderson and book or not, she is always welcome on my bookshelf. Even though this is a meatless cookbook, the receipes are hearty enough that a family like ours wouldn't miss the meat. Some of my favortie recipes are Creamed Chipped Veggies on Toast, Spinach Meatball Subs, Potato-Feta Gyros, and "Meaty" Asian Stir Fry. I'm very happy with this purchase - thanks!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with this cookbook Dec 21 2011
By Rachael A. Warrington - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been following Pam Anderson and her two daughters for about a year now. I admit I am a bit of a groupie. But I have two of her cookbooks," Perfect One Dish Dinners", which I have made several things out of successfully. Now this new cookbook comes out and I have paged through the entire book several times and read most of the book. I have fallen in love with the way she sets up a process more than recipe. My husband and I are talking about going meatless at least once a week. This is a big deal to a man who was raised with beef on the hoof.
The only complaint I have about the book is she does not talk about how to make a complete protein using grains, cereals, dairy and beans. Example, cereal with milk makes a complete protein with all seven amino acids. I wish Ms. Anderson had touched on this a bit more so that those who are trying to move from meat can feel comfortable about getting their protein.
But that aside, a great cookbook, it deals with the process more than just set recipes. Hats off to you Ms. Anderson and company, great job.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for those who own a microwave! June 20 2012
By Nina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
As a vegetarian who frequently referenced her previous "without a book" book, I snatched this one up without even leafing through it at the store. For the most part, I haven't been disappointed, all the food is fairly quick and always delicious.

However, she's constantly glorifying her microwave oven as the answer to every busy cook. Be sure to microwave the milk before you add it to the custard, and be sure to microwave the potatoes (for eight minutes, no less!) before you bake them. I don't own a microwave, and I have no intention of buying one. I can of course, heat up the milk on the stove before I add it to dishes, but my lack of a microwave makes the twice-baked potatoes recipe useless.

I'm currently relying heavily on this book to flesh out my weekly menu plans. I'll use my potatoes to make hash instead.

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