Entertaining Vegetarians Paperback – Sep 1 2005
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Hosting a simple dinner party in the 21st century is a dicey social proposition: "If you're cooking a honey-glazed ham, what," asks author Celia Brooks Brown, "can you feed the vegetarians without alienating them?" Brown's response is Entertaining Vegetarians, a beautiful cookbook filled with sophisticated yet easy-to-prepare recipes that meat-eaters and vegetarians will equally appreciate. Brown (author of New Vegetarian) focuses on two mantras: "keep it simple," and "cover your bases." The introductory section covers shopping and storage strategies, lists of useful ingredients to stock up on, and what's sure to become the most dog-eared part of the book, a chapter with high-speed recipes for last-minute cooking. The recipes--beautifully photographed by Jan Baldwin--cover all meal sizes, from cocktail bites to feasts for friends. There is a very welcome chapter on outdoor food for grilling and picnics (something missing from most veggie-based cookbooks), and even a chapter on light fish dishes for "pescetarians."
The depth, creativity, and simple elegance of Brown's recipes are impressive. She has even managed to do the impossible: make tofu appealing to meat-eaters. The recipe for Broiled Tofu and Mango Skewers combines a tangy, pungent marinade of honey, soy sauce, lime, and Tobasco with mangos and lime wedges broiled with cornstarch-coated tofu. The result is a crispy, sweet, and utterly addictive dish that can serve as an appetizer in small quantities, or in larger portions over rice as a main dish. This dish exemplifies the marriage of simplicity and elegance, of flexibility and substance that Brown successfully strives for. --Dan Vancini --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Celia Brooks Brown left Colorado in 1989 for England where she began her culinary career. She has cooked for director Stanley Kubrick and now runs a vegetarian cooking company popular with celebrities such as Stella McCartney.
Jan Baldwin is a leading food photographer and works for magazines such as World of Interiors and House and Garden.See all Product Description
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The book is filled with the most amazing photos of each dish. The book is broken into the different kind of parties you want to throw: canapés and cocktail bites, feed the masses, small courses, lunch & dinner meals, desserts, at the last minute, fire and ice, brunch and when they eat fish.
The chapter on At The Last Minute gives great ideas for pantry staples to feed friends who just show up (the best kind). Each chapter has a sample menu and ideas on having the party from shopping to presentation.
I used this book when I threw my Christmas party for around 20 people and everything was gobbled up. The Giant cheese and spinach pie is so easy and tasty. It will feed a crowd. The Teriyaki Almonds make great finger food. My favorite dish is the Mango Tofu Skewers. I have made it for many friends (meat eaters) and they love it. I also took this book with me to Texas and my rancher in-laws loved all the dishes I made.
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