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Lorna Sass' Complete Vegetarian Kitchen [Paperback]

Lorna J Sass
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July 28 1995

The country's foremost authority on vegetarian cooking offers over 250 spectacular, delicious, and cholesterol-free recipes Featuring an A-Z listing of ingredients: a veritable encyclopedia of whole foods First paperback edition of the James Beard award nominee

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About the Author

Lorna Sass is the award-winning author of many highly acclaimed cookbooks, including Lorna Sass' Complete Vegetarian Kitchen (Morrow, 1992) and Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure (Morrow, 1989). She is a widely published food writer whose articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Natural Health, and the Los Angeles Times syndicate. She lives in New York City.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Cookbook! May 9 2000
If I could only keep one of my cookbooks, this would probably be the one. A wonderful cookbook for anyone, especially (but not only) vegetarians, vegans and those who wants to eat less animal products. Delicious and practical.
This book got me hooked on using a pressure cooker (though you don't need one to use it) and I now use the pressure cooker all the time! I liked this book so much I even wrote to the author to ask what pressure cooker to get, and the Magafesa, which she recommended, is a delight to use, entirely safe, and super-fast. But you don't need to own a pressure cooker to benefit from this mouthwatering recipes here.
This book was orginally published in hardcover as RECIPES FROM AN ECOLOGICAL KITCHEN so if you are searching for that book you have just found it. I truly envy those who are about to discover this wonderful cookbook for the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book July 31 2002
By A Customer
I am not actually a vegan, but I try to limit dairy.. I like this book it does not include meat analogs which I do not like. Everything we have tried so far is delicious and tasty. I would highly recommend this book at an "everyday" cookbook. I don't own a pressure cooker, but she give you directions for both!
Great book, highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fluffiest vegan cake I've ever tasted! May 24 2000
By Helena
I've been a vegan for 10 years, but her Lemon Poppy Seed Cake is the fluffiest vegan cake I've ever tasted. I also love the Nut Pie Pastry! Not only do her deserts taste great, I like it that she uses as much whole wheat flour as possible and not too much oil or sugar.
I own a lot of vegan cookbooks, but almost always use this book, because her recipes always taste great! The only thing we haven't been happy with is that we don't like our food very seasoned. But I found out that even when I leave out the ginger, tarragon, salt and pepper, the meals still taste great. Lorna Sass is very good at combining the right kind of vegetables to create great taste. I use the pressure cooker for most of her recipes and love it that I can just throw some ingredients in it and have a great meal when I open the cooker again! We love her Barbecue-Style Tempeh Sauce, the Chickpea Vegetable Medley, the Tarragon Risotto with Mushrooms and Leeks (wow!) all the squash dishes and I could go on and on. I have never made so many recipes from a single cookbook! I'm also getting a lot of complements from meat eaters that usually don't really like to taste anything I make! I love this cookbook!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best May 21 1999
By A Customer
My parents bought me this book when I first made the transition from meat-eater to veganism. It's frustrating to look through "healthy" vegetarian cookbooks and find recipes with a generous handful of cheese, a couple cups of buttermilk, and a couple of eggs. No wonder non-vegetarians like these books... they're barely different from what they're eating now, nutritionally speaking. But Lorna Sass has written one in a million. It's healthy and so good! And it's got everything. Wonderful soups, all the basics- like hummus, and fantasitc whole grain desserts. Whenever we need a good recipe for a special occasion or want something that we don't take the time for everyday- we consult this book. In addition, it provides great information on all the ingredients. While most of the recipes require too much effort for everyday cooking, it's definitely a book that belongs in everyone's cookbook collection... vegetarian or not. And believe me- it's been approved by all the picky meat-eaters in my family!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Grabbing the overused, stained-in-a-cliche-way cookbook, my close friend is excited to cook something created by Lorna whom he calls "a goddess." He is crazy about her unusual, earthy, easy-to-follow, healthy recipes. She has seduced him into buying his first pressure cooker--which he loves dearly, and into cooking vegan meals. The recipes are diverse and delicious, also. If you've got an All-American craving for franks and beans, Lorna's found a way to make tofu dogs fulfill your dreams. For those who love Asian stir-fries and noodle dishes, there are simple recipes using the zesty and rich flavors of sesame oil, ginger, tamari, etc. To impress your friends, use one of Lorna's rice casserole dishes. Throw a bunch of ingredients into the pressure cooker, wait a few minutes, and you're ready. The best thing about Lorna's book is the cross-referencing potential. You've got some quinoa, some greens, some pinto beans, and other random ingredients, but you don't know how to blend it all tastefully or how to cook quinoa. Check out the bean and grain cooking time charts, and it's very likely if you search the index you'll find something calling for at least a few of the ingredients you need to use up. Where does quinoa come from anyway? The "Ingredients A to Z" section of Complete Vegetarian Kitchen will give you a history on quinoa, and tell you how to store it! Whatever Lorna journey you embark on with your pressure cooker is going to be a delicious one, a meal that comes to life from the pages of her cookbook. I wish only there were photographs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cookbooks around Dec 10 1997
By A Customer
Vegetarianism is "in." Everyone has written a cookbook of new recipes or adapted American favorites in an attempt to ride this wave. There are, however, some writers and lovers of food who merely write what they know and eventually the world catches up to them. Lorna Sass is one such writer, and THE COPLETE VEGETARIAN KITCHEN is one such book. I have spent a number of years searching for gourmet vegetarian/vegan cookbooks that embrace the fact that food (i.e., vegetables) have flavor and pizazz. They don't need to be smothered in cream sauces to be eaten, nor do they need to be steamed to "dente" to be healthy. Each of Lorna Sass' recipes liberates the vegetable from this inglorious past without effort. Her recipes never fail, and are easily adaptable for those of us with food allergies. She even explains how to make substitutions. There is also a glossary that defines each grain, vegetable, and seed used in her book. Throughout the book there are hints for storing food, nutritional facts, and information that helps make the transition from vegetarianism to veganism simple. For me, however, the true test is the dessert section. I turn to this section first and look at the ingredients, the mixing of flavors, and for originality. Each of her desserts is a winner! What's even more amazing. ..they never have that health-food-store taste. I can bake a cake without eggs, an old-fashioned pudding without sugar (and eggs) and satisfy everyone in my house. Oh, this is the best cookbook to have on hand, if only for the sugar-free/egg-free/milk-free desserts. Buy it, I know that you'll like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable!
Everything we have made from this book has turned out amazingly well. The pressure cooker versions of each recipe feature staggeringly short cooking times but we've found that the... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2009 by Giovanni
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a wonderful cookbook.
it took a while, but after purchasing this book, i finally purchased a pressure cooker, and, can i tell you, what a valuble purchase it was! Read more
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Published on Jan. 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite cookbooks!
I looooove this cookbook! It inspired me to buy others by Lorna Sass. The recipes are delicious, you can cook them in a pressure cooker (she includes instructions for that) or on... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2002 by merrymousies
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Cookbook!
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Published on May 9 2000 by Vegan Foodie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite cookbook.
This book turned me on to pressure cookers and it has very useful charts for pressure cooking everything, I turn to these charts all the time. Read more
Published on Dec 22 1999 by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unreserved recommendation from a reluctant cook
If you've ever wondered how to turn grains like millet into delicious dishes, this is the book for you! Healthy, vegetarian whole food which is easy to cook and tastes delicious. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 1999 by Christine C
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cookbook I have ever purchaced
Before I had purchaced this cookbook, I had never considered buying a pressure cooker. Now I have 2! Read more
Published on May 15 1999
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