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Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians Hardcover – Oct 25 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605291765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605291765
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #352,180 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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c726c84) out of 5 stars Carnivore here! Nov. 11 2011
By Buck Eye - Published on
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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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c726ed0) out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up From This Carnivorous Family Nov. 11 2011
By Dali Mama - Published on
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c726e94) out of 5 stars Delicious! April 16 2013
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I have owned this book since last summer when I was overwhelmed by our CSA box and trying to figure out how we could possibly eat so many produce items. We are not vegetarian but I strive for about half of our meals to be meatless, for our own health and the health of the environment. I love this cookbook! I disagree with the reviewer who said it is "not for the experienced cook." I have been cooking for about 25 years and I found lots of great recipes and ideas. No, it is not fancy frou-frou stuff, but I love the flexibility of being able to swap out this for that and make adaptations based upon what I have on hand. I have not yet made a recipe that we did not like. I also like that there are only a few recipes with tofu/tempeh/etc. My son can't have soy and I don't like it anyway. I found almost all the recipes to be kid-friendly for my 7 and 3 year old.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7291a4) out of 5 stars Love this book! Nov. 21 2011
By taffymom - Published on
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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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c729204) out of 5 stars Hits it out of the park! Nov. 28 2011
By Amber N. Bracegirdle - Published on
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I'm a long time fan of Pam's original Cook without a Book, so I was very excited to see her get back to this format. It proves that Pam really is a recipe writing genius. What others do with physics and calculus, she does with food.

I've made two recipes just this week out of the book - skillet eggs and potatoes, and the sweet breakfast pizza. Both have been phenomenal, and it's easy to put my own spin on the recipe with Pam's formulas.

What I *really* love is that Pam's formulas sort of point out to me that I was already at this point - eating a lot of meatless meals. I just wasn't taking it to the next level and making it something I would *choose* over a meal that included meat. With her help, we're doing that a lot more.

Thank you, Pam, for another wonderful book.