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Laurel's Kitchen: A Handbook for Vegetarian Cookery and Nutrit Ion [Mass Market Paperback]

Laurel Robertson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laurel's kitchen is different - Vegetarian Jan. 18 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I liked this book because of the different recipes, and the nutritional info at the back for many different foods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book in 1979 and love it today Oct. 1 2011
By Mado
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Laurel's Kitchen introduced me and my growing family to vegetarian cooking in the late 70's early 80's. I loved the philosophy of the book and some of the recipes were family favorites. I lost my book many many years ago. I suddenly had a yearning for Chili Con Elote. I checked Amazon.ca to see if I could still buy one of my favorite cookbooks and I could! The service was great. I received a hand written note from the bookseller; a note which I know "Laurel" would approve of.
Thanks for letting me relive some food memories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laurel's Kitchen Revisited June 24 2011
By Creekside Musings - Published on Amazon.com
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The original "Laurel's Kitchen" is a gold mine of great recipes, simple ingredients and user-friendly directions. BUT, the true treasure is the introduction and the journey the author undertakes, with the reader happily in tow.

It starts with the simple phrase "keeper of the keys" referring to a position women held in previous years. Creating balanced and healthy meals, a full pantry and a harmonious home was considered a privilege, not an unpleasant chore. The art of providing colorful, fulfilling meals and a centered homelife that draws others into its warmth and harmony is presented as a highly valued undertaking in and of itself. Aside from the woman literally being "keeper of the keys" to the larder, a great amount of her time, skill and effort went into preparing and maintaining her household.

We are inunndated by a fast-paced, fast-food, buy now and pay later world. This extends into what we choose to eat, or, more frequently, what foods choose us - we eat now and pay later. What "Laurel's Kitchen" does is weave our propensity for food with the concepts of a joyful and healthy life. There is a melding of food choices incorporated with a lifestyle that leaves a small footprint (before the word footprint was used). What? Is a cookbook offering such a change in lifestyle? Well, I have to say yes, it is. And it works.

The recipes are delicious, easy to make with ingredients you can actually find that are affordable. Of course, there are certain favorites. I really enjoy the soups, muffins, breads and desserts; they smell wonderful, with lots of flavor and texture. A surpise section was the condiments, including salad dressings and yogurt. Very easy to make with simple ingredients; very economical when compared to ready-made. Another plus is the option to delete certain ingredients which may cause allergies - an easy solution.

One recommendation I can make for this book is that I went to some trouble to find the "Keeper of the Keys" version. My home life feels more centered and harmonious, and people seem to gather in my kitchen when I take Laurel's "keeper" philosophy and make it foremost in my everyday life. When I make an effort to provide friends with a bit of respite from life's craziness, they can move on their next activity feeling a bit more relaxed, a bit more valued. With a tasty snack for later! They know they're important to me, and who doesn't need that! All from a little book that will touch your heart (and stomach) in a big big way ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars good and good for you. Jan. 22 2000
By f. cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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i have had this book on my kitchen shelf for 10, years. i particularly love the soup recipes. laurel robertson's soups are old favorites with a new spin. many of the legume soups include potatoes, which, though seeming a strange ingredient at first, give a marvelous, velvety texture to such old favorites as pea soup and lentil soup. anyone interested in vegetarian cooking, or just cooking with vegetables, would do well to have a copy of this book in his or her library. yum!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for vegetarians April 29 1999
By whitebuffalo3@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent guide into the world of vegetarianism. It offers delicious recipes, loads of information on good nutrition for the vegan, and is written in a humourous, easy-to-read style. The authors give great basic instruction on making meals healthy and balanced, making it simple to take off from there and get creative in the kitchen. I have literally worn out three copies of this book over the years, and highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed My Life! May 15 2002
By Victor - Published on Amazon.com
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This book literally changed my life. I've never been healthier since I learned to cook for myself from this book. Although I now use the recipes found in the book from time to time, it set the standard for how I eat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laurel's Kitchen provides the best and most readable overview of nutrition of any book I've ever read. Feb. 2 2010
By Persephone's Sister - Published on Amazon.com
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Laurel's Kitchen is the best course on basic nutrition I've ever read. (And I've read a bunch, plus studied nutrition in nursing school) The recipes are fine, but they are not the reason I bought two copies again, thirty years after I bought the first one--one for a vegetarian niece and one to refresh my knowledge.

If you are a vegetarian or vegan whose loved ones are concerned that you are not getting enough protein, read Laurel's Kitchen. You'll learn the details of the role of protein in the diet, the levels necessary for health for different age groups, health conditions and activity levels. And you'll learn how to combine food, like rice and beans or vegetables and cheese to provide complete protein. (And you'll learn what that means so well, you'll be able to amaze your well-meaning, concerned loved ones.)

The same is true of their chapters on vitamins, carbohydrates and fats. Plus, it's a good read. As Paddington Bear would say, "It's really quite good value."
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