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The Tassajara Recipe Book [Paperback]

Edward Espe Brown
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Sept. 26 2000
In a friendly and informal style, Ed Brown presents the recipes that have made the kitchen at the Tassajara Zen Center famous for more than thirty years. "Ordinary food for ordinary people" is the way Brown once described his approach, but there's nothing ordinary about these culinary offerings. From appetizers to desserts, the over two hundred recipes use the freshest ingredients in ways that will tantalize the palates of everyone from down-home vegetarians to the most discriminating gourmet cooks. The recipes are interspersed throughout with line drawings, photographs of the center and its environs, and Brown's own poetry. This revised edition includes twenty-nine new and four revised recipes, new photographs, and a new introduction.

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"A vegetarian delight, filled with unusual recipes combining the flair of California nouvelle cuisine with the down-home charm of meals improvised from fresh garden fare."— Yoga Journal

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Edward Espe Brown began cooking and practicing Zen in 1965. He was the first head resident cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center from 1967 to 1970. He later worked at the celebrated Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, serving as busboy, waiter, floor manager, wine buyer, cashier, host, and manager. Ordained a priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, he has taught meditation retreats and vegetarian cooking classes throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of several cookbooks and the editor of Not Always So, a book of lectures by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He is the subject of the critically acclaimed 2007 film How to Cook Your Life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Single Recipe in this Book is Terrific! Oct. 16 2003
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Every single recipe in this book is amazing-- they are all wonderfully balanced and do not call for hard-to-find ingredients.
The collection features a good blend of exotic, gourmet, health, and American-traditional dishes (with a touch of flair, of course!) Check the index under sample pages for listings.
Instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow, however there are no pictures or diagrams to help (but for most people, the written instructions will be sufficient.) The book helps you develop a sense of intuition with cooking, sometimes the techniques are open-ended.
This is among the best and unique recipe books I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!!! Dec 4 2000
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This is a wonderful collection of vegetarian recipes presented in an easy-to-follow format. I recently lived at Tassajara for several years, and spent much of that time on the kitchen crew. I am delighted that this new edition includes so many recipes that I forgot to copy down when I left! Vegetarian cooking in this country has graduated its early dependency on dairy and carbo-laden meals to an incredible variety of healthy and satisfying dishes. Ed's new edition keeps the best of the original Tassajara recipes and adds some of the latest community favorites to the mix. And the most important flavor of all, that of the Tassajara community, can still be savored in Ed's poems and anecdotes about Zen practice and daily living in the valley monastery which inspired this book and continues to inspire so many people today.
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2.0 out of 5 stars outdated Nov. 19 2009
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I bought this book with high hopes and was disappointed. The recipes are quite outdated in that they are that 70's style of vegetarian cooking that assumes lots and lots of oil/fat is the answer to tasty vegetarian. I would say the recipes need a healthy update, they taste great but the fat content is STUNNING. Also there is nothing really innovative going on here, it's pretty basic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!!! Dec 4 2000
By reading religiously - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful collection of vegetarian recipes presented in an easy-to-follow format. I recently lived at Tassajara for several years, and spent much of that time on the kitchen crew. I am delighted that this new edition includes so many recipes that I forgot to copy down when I left! Vegetarian cooking in this country has graduated its early dependency on dairy and carbo-laden meals to an incredible variety of healthy and satisfying dishes. Ed's new edition keeps the best of the original Tassajara recipes and adds some of the latest community favorites to the mix. And the most important flavor of all, that of the Tassajara community, can still be savored in Ed's poems and anecdotes about Zen practice and daily living in the valley monastery which inspired this book and continues to inspire so many people today.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Single Recipe in this Book is Terrific! Oct. 16 2003
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Every single recipe in this book is amazing-- they are all wonderfully balanced and do not call for hard-to-find ingredients.
The collection features a good blend of exotic, gourmet, health, and American-traditional dishes (with a touch of flair, of course!) Check the index under sample pages for listings.
Instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow, however there are no pictures or diagrams to help (but for most people, the written instructions will be sufficient.) The book helps you develop a sense of intuition with cooking, sometimes the techniques are open-ended.
This is among the best and unique recipe books I have.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply wonderful vegetarian cookbbook May 13 2005
By Richard Edward Skoonberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Tassajara Recipe Book is a great cookbook for families moving to a vegetarian diet(like mine). The recipes are delicious, simple to follow and use common ingredients available at the grocery store.

Edward Espe Brown's commentaries, descriptions and poems are thoughtful and full of humor.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful variety and creativity! July 9 2008
By GrauFrau - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm surprised that there aren't more reviews for this wonderful book. I am a new vegetarian and my husband and I have been less than impressed with a lot of the veg cookbooks we've tried so far. This one really does deliver great flavor and wide variety without getting too wrapped up in exotic or hard to find ingredients. My picky hubby gets *filled up* on these meals and even gobbles up the leftovers! The other thing I like is that the recipes are well-explained with simple down-to-earth instructions and there's a nice smattering of Mr. Brown's sense of humor and Zen observations throughout. Even if you never try a single recipe, it's a pleasant read.

So why 4 stars instead of 5? I have two minor complaints about the book.

Firstly, it's apparent that many recipes are conversions from much larger portions. After all, the original recipes were meant to feed a whole retreat's worth of folks. Sometimes the amounts in the ingredients lists are a bit off - nothing that destroys the recipe, but they do take a bit of tweaking to make right. Not all the recipes have this problem. On the upside, most of the recipes are very flexible so you can change the ingredients quite a bit to suit your taste or whatever veggies you have on hand. (He gives many suggestions of substitutions if you're not feeling daring enough to try your own.)

Secondly, he must really like "sour" as a flavor. There is a lot of vinegar usage in this book, many vinaigrettes, and several recipes that can best be described as pungent. If that's your thing, you will be very happy with this book! If not, don't automatically dismiss it. For one, there are other recipes here that are more than worth the cost of the book and secondly, you might just surprise yourself! We tried both the "Cumin Cheese and Onion Tart" and "Mustard Butter Pasta with Broccoli" and went into both meals with a LOT of skepticism - but they're awesome! They're both now regular favorites.

Even if you aren't a vegetarian, I highly recommend this book. It will add great flavor and variety to your cooking repertoire. :-)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book of All Times! Jan. 17 2009
By An Avid Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love this book. . . it is relaxing, funny and the recipes are so awesomely simple that even my son can do it.

It's small so I take it with me when at an appointment hoping I have a to wait long enough to make my grocery list. Nothing strange in the ingredients either.

I hope you like it as much as I do.
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