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Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook [Paperback]

Audrey Alsterburg , Wanda Urbanowicz
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eating healthy can be delicious??? Feb. 12 2007
Yes, the other reviews are true. The Rebar cookbook is amazing. I had to own it because I am a big fan of the restaurant and wanted to re-create some dishes when I am not able to visit Victoria.

I was amazed at the diversity of the dishes in this cookbook. You will find recipes that take inspiration from Asian, Mexican, Italian, Indian, and Japanese cuisine with the occasional twist- like a perogy recipe thrown in!

Usually I would say this would be disastrous. Who can combine that many styles in one cookbook and do it well? Well, Alsterberg and Urbanowicz are set to prove they can- and will- shake things up with this cookbook. The results are amazing.

The recipes have nice, short introductions, which I tend to enjoy reading. The instructions themelves are clear and to the point. The print on the page is easy to read and I like how the ingredients are outlined on the side of the page, visually separating it from the procedure. Very user-friendly.

If you are not sure what to try first, I would suggest the Rustic Bread or Caesar Salad. Next, you should venture onto the Rosemary Garlic Foccaccia which makes a fantastic pizza crust as well. This Foccaccia is superior to the one I had a couple weeks ago from an Italian bakery. The Whole Wheat Hotcakes are fluffy and light just as pancakes should be. Also be sure to try the Tuscan White Bean soup and Roasted Vegetable Strudel. I haven't had any recipe mishaps yet from this book.

I wouldn't have expected that such a healthy recipe book would have such decadent desserts! I am an avid baker and several of these recipes are among the best that I've ever tasted!
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY favourite cookbook ever Nov. 20 2006
By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the best cookbook I have ever bought (and I own a lot of them).

While not heavy on pictures, recipes are easy to follow and guaranteed to taste amazing! I have not tried a recipe in it that I didn't like. Recipes are easy to adapt - so I can generally make them without needing an extra shopping trip (keep in mind I cook a lot so I have tons of ingredients in the house).
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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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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 9 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 10 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 12 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 14 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 18 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 20 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 21 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 22 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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