Goldbecks American Whole Food Cuisine Hardcover – Apr 27 1983
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Cooking maven M.F.K. Fisher gave her approval to these 1,300 high-fiber, low-fat, low-sugar, and low-salt vegetarian recipes. And for someone who lived for flavorful food, that's sure saying something. The Goldbecks have been fixtures in the American whole-foods movement for more than a decade, and here they have thoroughly succeeded with their goal of creating "mouth-watering food that tastes great and happens to be healthful."
They call the whole-foods diet a "Darwinian" one because it's similar to the diet that our ancestors followed 50,000 years ago--"foods provided by our habitat." The Goldbecks write, "Just as we cannot put unleaded gasoline in our 1950 Chevy pickup and expect it to run efficiently, modern technological foods may be inappropriate for our prehistoric bodies." The simplicity of this theory is outstanding, although rushed lifestyles and the ubiquity of convenience foods make it easy to eat overprocessed, unnutritious junk at every meal. With most of its delicious recipes utilizing seven or fewer ingredients, however, American Wholefoods Cuisine can help you take the plunge into a healthier way of feeding your body. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
When it was originally published in 1983, this cookbook was an innovation, spreading the gospel of meatless living and whole grains to a country that still believed in juicy steaks and buttered potatoes. Recently reissued, the volume no longer seems ground-breaking; tofu and brown rice are workaday ingredients, and the phrase "Whole Foods" suggests an upmarket grocery store more than a healthful way of eating. Nevertheless, this book maintains its appeal by including simple, tasty recipes, globally inspired and easy to prepare. Pissaladiere Nicoise, a French pizza-like pastry, is a delicious snack, light on the cheese but heavy on the peppery spices. Mexican Corn Soup, which the authors call a "minor protein," is creamy and fiery at the same time. And while Stuffed Cabbage Stroganoff takes its cues from Russia, the ingredients (including soy sauce and nonfat dry milk powder) make the final product taste strictly American-yet still delicious. Desserts are virtuous but tasty; it's hard to argue with Fresh Peach Cake, even if the recipe does substitute honey and maple syrup for sugar. There are no photographs in the book, however, and few illustrations, so whether or not that cake is supposed to be brown on the bottom is anyone's guess.
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One of my favorite things: There's a detailed section on bread baking, which has been very helpful. (The pumpkin pan rolls are some of the best dinner rolls I've ever had.)
One thing to note is that this cookbook was written some time ago, so it can seem a bit...stodgy...at times, especially considering how far vegetarian cuisine has come in recent years. But I really enjoy classic (and, yes, sometimes stodgy) dishes, full of lentils and brown rice and the like. The barley-mushroom soup is amazing.
But here's the downside. Since falling in love with this cookbook, I've gone vegan. And there's a lot of eggs and dairy used in this book. Some substitutions are easy to make (soy milk for cow's milk, for example), but others aren't. I used to use this cookbook several nights a week, but now it's more like once or twice a month.
All in all, I recommend this cookbook, particularly for people who don't believe that meatless meals can be good. It was the first vegetarian cookbook I bought, and because of it I realized that doing without meat is not only possible, but very tasty!
Why this success? GOLDBECKS! This cookbook tells it all. The right way to cook any bean and the sneaky way to get even your finicky cat to eat well. Seriously, non-meat does not have to be boring. And cooking vegetarian that is delightfully flavorful can be both QUICK and CREATIVE!
If I had one vegetarian cookbook it would be this one. Good - let's give the others to Good Will and simplify our lives. Better than take out, baby!
Then I stumbled across American Wholefoods Cuisine. I was intrigued with the notion of vegetarian recipes that contained all whole foods. I expected and would have been quite happy with a cookbook that gave me a dozen decent dishes to try. Therefore, when I received the book and it contained 1300 meatless whole foods recipes, I was thrilled beyond belief.
American Wholefoods Cuisine has already become one of my staple cookbooks, along with a few old standbys given to me by my mother and mother-in-law. This book has a lot of everything from quick tasty snacks that I can make in a few minutes to full gourmet meals that I can make when I'm in the mood. In between there are all sorts of appetizers, soups, sauces, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and baking treats. All easy to create with ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.
Most importantly, the food made from these recipes actually tastes good. For the first time in my life, I can eat completely healthy and not feel like I'm missing out on something. What's more, I have an ever-expanding group of young adults that are devouring everything I make as fast as I can cook.
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This was the first cookbook I bought when I became a vegetarian nearly 10 years ago, and it remains one of my very favorites. Read morePublished on March 27 1998