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Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook [Paperback]

Audrey Alsterburg , Wanda Urbanowicz
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 2001
Since 1988, Rebar Modern Food has been Victoria's favorite restaurant and juice bar, featuring fresh, healthy, predominantly vegetarian fare. The upbeat atmosphere and vibrant, tasty food have led critics to describe Rebar as "inventive," "hip," and "visionary." The Rebar Modern Food Cookbook can be used by everyone-strict vegans, vegetarians (full and part-time!), and anyone looking for delicious ideas with a funky twist. Recipes range from salads to pastas, entrées, lunch and brunch ideas, soups, sandwiches, side dishes, sweets, and juices. The book also offers handy tips, menu ideas, seasonal substitutions, and suggestions for transforming dishes into low-fat or vegan alternatives. Everyone who loves to cook and eat delicious, healthy, fun food will welcome this much-anticipated book!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best cookbook ever! (seriously!!!) Sept. 1 2006
By ashley
i found out about this cookbook when i went to the actual rebar restaurant in victoria, bc (canada). i looked through the cookbook there, and with so many unique dishes, i had to buy it!

this cookbook has NEVER disappointed me. i read the two really negative reviews on here and have to wonder what the people were doing wrong, or whether they just don't like all the flavours that are combined in the recipes. these recipes are usually very time consuming (but worth it and SO tasty), and call for a lot of ingredients (sometimes ones that are a bit more rare like szechuan peppercorns or thai basil), but for the most part i haven't had problems finding the ingredients. sometimes i've substituted things like spaghetti instead of soba noodles, if i didn't feel like going out to find soba noodles. some of the recipes may seem complicated, but if you take your time with them and read through, you should have no problems. i'm not an expert chef, but i'm comfortable in a kitchen.

this is the cookbook that i tell everybody about - including people that don't care about cookbooks. it is truly truly amazing and is not only the best vegetarian cookbook out there, but is by far the best cookbook out there. the recipes are so unique, and always bring many different flavours together (such as the roasted potato pizza with lemon-rosemary potatoes, artichoke hearts and feta cheese).

i cannot say enough good things about this cookbook. i plan to try every single recipe in it. i wish they would put out a second one. the cookbook also covers a wide range of things, and is broken up into: salads, basics (vegetable stock, tortilla shells, etc), starters, brunch, lunch, soup, sides, entrees, sweets, and drinks. my favourite recipes are, well, every recipe i've ever tried.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative cuisine at its best Aug. 19 2002
By A Customer
I'm a big fan of this book, having made over 140 of its recipes. The dishes are flavorful and creative, a nice change from your typical cookbooks. Enjoy food from all over the world - southwest/mexican food, asian, and italian with a twist. I have yet to make one recipe that I didn't like - they have all been great.
Although I agree with another review that states that some ingredients are hard to find, once you track them down you will be able to leverage them across many recipes.
I will also admit to finding a few errors in the book (e.g. items from ingredient list not listed in recipe directions), but nothing that will negatively impact on the results. Definitely no errors that are show-stoppers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good news for the food loving person Oct. 28 2002
By A Customer
This book has revolutionized vegetarian cooking. It is full of fantastic recipes that range from the ultra simple to slightly advanced. While some of the ingredients are hard to find any major urban center or good health food store should have them or be able to order them. Many of the recipes have become a staple in our household as my husband loves everything I have made from the book, and he is a seasoned meat eater!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook April 26 2006
By A Customer
A must have cookbook for any health-minded kitchen. Each unique recipe I've tried has been delicious and received great reviews from family and friends. The book is easy to follow, contains helpful hints and integrates a wide array of ingredients to suit all taste-buds (including finicky kids). You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the serious cook Sept. 4 2002
This book is filled with recipes drawn from the restaurant (of the same name) menu. They appear to have been extensively tested - not one has failed me - and I'm not the greatest cook. The more exotic ingredients can easily be found in major centres - often in my local supermarket. I have eaten at the restaurant many times - it's a very popular one in Victoria, BC. The book captures the atmosphere of the place - unique, funky, and friendly. I have a 2nd edition, and have not found any errors; those noted by others must have been fixed. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to make sophisticated, healthy food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern food, great food... Sept. 4 2002
By A. Kay
Not being a vegetarian I wondered how much I would enjoy a cookbook that included no meat recipes, I had no reason to worry. Although meat is not included, I have found that I can work it in whenever I want. Recipes have ideas for varying ingredients and helpful hints that really are helpful. The Bayou Chocolate Torte is one of the most amazing chocolate desserts I've ever had, and only 6 ingredients!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Cookbook!!! July 26 2004
By Angela
This cookbook was recommended to me and I am so glad I bought it. There are lots of salad recipes (one of my fave things) as well as main courses and desserts.
The desserts I have tried are sensational (Carrot Cake and Bayou Chocolate Torte). Expect to be asked for the recipe if you make them for company.
It really is an interesting and modern cookbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try the Rebar Appetizer - it's amazing! April 7 2003
I borrowed this book from the library and it is on the top of my "must own this book" list! I made the rebar appetizer which is a tomato chutney on crustini with cambazola cheese and roasted garlic - there are no words to describe how great this is - you must try it for yourself. I'm looking forward to trying many more of the recipes! If you enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and browsing through cookbooks - your sure to like this one, especially if you are a vegetarian. One small critiscm is that some of the ingredients seem a little obscure, but perhaps this is just the thing to push me ever so gently out of my comfort zone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse and Delicious
I have had this cookbook for about a year now and it has become one of my all time favourites. The variety of recipes is excellent, there's a great mix of vegan, vegetarian and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aara Macauley
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummm
Never thought a big guy like me would be eating vegan. Great part is you would never know. Great book lots of great recipes.
Published 9 months ago by Anders
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook
Arrived in great condition-- even got here before the expected date! On the book: it's amazing. Hands down my favourite cookbook. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Published 11 months ago by Marc Lussier
4.0 out of 5 stars great tastes but not for beginner
I love this cookbook. I agree with other low-star reviews in that many of the ingredients are hard to come by if you live in a small town. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ssassafras
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection
So far very pleased with the selection of recipes. Made their vegetable broth and found it to be both easy and delicious. Will rate again later as I use more recipes... xx
Published 17 months ago by Marianne73
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book- new inspiration for healthy meals
Great book! One of the best cookbooks I own. Creative. Wholesome. Inspiring. A few of the recipes I have made so far have become favorites. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite cookbook!
This is hands down my favorite cookbook. Everything I've made in it has turned out really well even though I am not a very good cook...ie. Read more
Published 20 months ago by dance77
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Alright
This book is kind of annoying if you live in a small town as I find many of the ingredients difficult to find or very expensive, if I still lived in Victoria it would probably be... Read more
Published 21 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded Expectations
Rebars was recommended as "the" vegetarian place to eat in Victoria by a top chef in eastern Canada. Read more
Published on June 5 2012 by Ed Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebar: modern food cookbook
LOVE this cookbook, these are staple recipes that my son (4 1/2 yrs old)and I enjoy all the time. Only reason it got 4 stars is most recipes entail a trip to the grocery store (and... Read more
Published on March 4 2012 by WestCoastGirl
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