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Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone [Hardcover]

Deborah Madison
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Book Description

Nov. 6 2007

The tenth anniversary edition of this landmark cookbook, with more than 325,000 copies in print, includes a new introduction from Deborah Madison, America’s leading authority on vegetarian cooking.

What Julia Child is to French cooking, Deborah Madison is to vegetarian cooking—a demystifier and definitive guide to the subject. After her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone teaches readers how to build flavor into vegetable dishes, how to develop vegetable stocks, and how to choose, care for, and cook the many vegetables available to cooks today. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is in every way Deborah Madison’s magnum opus, featuring 1,400 recipes suitable for committed vegetarians, vegans (in most cases), and everyone else who loves good food. For nonvegetarians, the recipes can be served alongside meat, fish, or fowl and incorporated into a truly contemporary style of eating that emphasizes vegetables and fruits for health and well-being.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is the most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published. The recipes, which range from appetizers to desserts, are colorful and imaginative as well as familiar and comforting. Madison introduces readers to innovative main course salads; warm and cold soups; vegetable braises and cobblers; golden-crusted gratins; Italian favorites like pasta, polenta, pizza, and risotto; savory tarts and galettes; grilled sandwiches and quesadillas; and creative dishes using grains and heirloom beans. At the heart of the book is the A-to-Z vegetable chapter, which describes the unique personalities of readily available vegetables, the sauces and seasonings that best complement them, and the simplest ways to prepare them. “Becoming a Cook” teaches cooking basics, from holding a knife to planning a menu, and “Foundations of Flavor” discusses how to use sauces, herbs, spices, oils, and vinegars to add flavor and character to meatless dishes. In each chapter, the recipes range from those suitable for everyday dining to dishes for special occasions. And through it all, Madison presents a philosophy of cooking that is both practical and inspiring.

Despite its focus on meatless cooking, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is not just for vegetarians—it's for everyone interested in learning how to cook vegetables creatively, healthfully, and passionately. The recipes are remarkably straightforward, using easy-to-find ingredients in inspiring combinations. Some are simple, others more complex, but all are written with an eye toward the seasonality of produce. Madison's joyful and free-spirited approach to cooking will send you into the kitchen with confidence and enthusiasm. Whether you are a kitchen novice or an experienced cook, this wonderful cookbook has something for everyone.

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The elegant simplicity and exquisite flavor of Deborah Madison's food make her one of America's leading cooks. In Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, she offers more than great food: her book includes comprehensive information about ingredients and techniques, plus more than 800 recipes. The recipes range from dishes as familiar as Guacamole to those as distinctive as Green Lentils with Roasted Beets and Preserved Lemons, and Cashew Curry. The 124-page chapter titled "Vegetables: The Heart of the Matter" is a virtual book of culinary revelations; you could use it as a manual on buying and preparing vegetables. Madison provides equally inspired recipes and guidance for everything from grains and soy to dairy foods and desserts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Madison, whose The Greens Cookbook sold more than 300,000 copies, offers recipes that will please even nonvegetarians.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Cooking Resource May 16 2004
I am not a vegetarian, far from it in fact. So why is it that I use this cookbook more than any other?
Simply put, because it has all the information I've needed as a rookie chef. It has comprehensive details on the huge variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans/legumes available; everything from their history to their appearance, as well as which flavorings best complement them. Attractive hand drawings illustrate the process of preparation in the case of "tricky" foods, such as artichokes.
The recipes are fantastic! Meat and bread is easy to make tasty; vegetables, fruits, and plain grains take some culinary knowledge. All of the recipes I've tried are simple in ingredients and preparation, tasty, AND light in the stomach.
Best of all is her attitude. Unlike some vegetarian authors who follow their diets for dogmatic reasons, she simply eats and makes what tastes good to her. That's why some recipes include butter as an ingredient, and her emphasis on local produce above the "organic" produce that's supposedly so much better.
Based on my experience, this is the single most important cookbook for a budding culinary expert. You will not be disappointed!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best cookbook I own Sept. 5 2003
This is the best cookbook I own. I've been cooking since I was 5, and if I had to choose one cookbook to keep on my shelf, it would be Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Her recipes are delicious, her sauces and dressings divine, and most recipes are doable on a weeknight.
The recipes in this cookbook are much lighter than The Greens Cookbook, which tends to heavy cheese dishes, and more arduous preparation. Ms. Madison often uses cheeses in this book, but usually small amounts - enough to flavor without overwhelming the stomach with fat.
And as someone who keeps the Orthodox fasts, this cookbook is invaluable in my vegan arsenal. Many recipes are vegan, or can easily be made vegan with only minor substitutions and without sacrificing flavor. These dishes also complement simply-prepared meats nicely - such as grilled lamb or steak or chicken.
All in all, a really marvelous book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite cookbook March 7 2003
By A Customer
I own many cookbooks. But this is the one cookbook I reach for nearly every day. My copy is so worn with use that the cover has completely fallen off. I have not bought another copy, though, because I would lose all the notes I made to the recipes!! I have given a copy to just about everyone I know...
I am not a vegetarian (at least, not anymore; my husband likes meat too much, so I have started eating it again, too). Sometimes I make these recipes strictly vegetarian, but normally I don't. I throw cooked chicken or fish into a curry or boiled sausage into a bean soup... This is a very inspiring cookbook. I rarely follow a recipe blindly, but I always find a good idea. Most of the recipes are fairly easy and quick, allowing them to be made on weeknights.
Some great recipes-just to name a few: Curried Cauliflower and Peas; All-Bean Chili; Vanilla Custard; Yeasted Sugar Cake; Lentil Minestrone; Peppered-Cheese Bread.
Get this cookbook!! Whether you are an experienced cook or a beginner, this is a great text about vegetarian food.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book April 16 2008
I've been hunting for a good vegetarian cookbook for some time and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is it! In addition to terrific recipes, this is also a how-to cookbook. As a former caterer and chef, I do know quite a bit about cooking and found that I still learned and I agreed with her on those things I already knew. Good techniques.

I'm glad the book is hardcover, because I tend to be rough on cookbooks and this will hold up. One suggestion that I do in all my cookbooks is to comment on a recipe after I make it. After all, it's not easy to remember not only if we made something, but if we liked it.

There are already a lot of **** and "delicious" written beside the recipes.

I already cook with a nice variety of vegetables, but this year decided to try any and all vegetables. Madison is my first stop for suggestions on different and interesting ways to cook the veggies. Have been very satisfied with results.

One caveat--she uses more salt than I like, so be careful.

Author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.
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Good day! I bought this book for my girlfriend, Sarah. She's an avid cooker of vegetarian dishes. On the very first recipe she selected, she prepared it but with a bit of difficulty.

First let me say that Sarah knows a decent amount of cooking knowledge. When she began this recipe she had no idea she would be finishing it with her own educated guesses! To clarify, the recipe called for 1 bok choy. She surmised that, had she followed the instructions literally, the dish would have been WAY overbalanced in favor of the bok choy. You see, the recipe should have described the size of the bok choy. For those of you who don't know, Bok Choy comes in sizes large and small. Thankfully, Sarah's expertise in cooking, saved the dish.

Despite what I thought was a good dish, I felt it lacked a little "oomph" in spices, but nevertheless I DID enjoy the dish.

For those new cookers out there, be prepared for recipes that are very simple, almost to the point of not having enough information to properly prepare the dish. It's too bad, as the recipes taste good. Now I'm wishing I had gotten Sarah a better birthday present!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of vegetarian recipes
This cookbook is a great reference for vegetarian cooking. There is one section with alphabetical listings of vegetables and ways to cook them on their own. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ExpensiveHobby
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough pictures
The important thing to say is that have not yet tried the recipes. From all i read, this book is very good. Read more
Published 19 months ago by N G
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Vegetarian Cookbook
I have personally used this cookbook for over 10 years and it is my favourite vegetarian cookbook. Subsequently, I have given it as a gift to many people, as I did this past... Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars sooo much I want to try
I am VERY picky about my cookbooks. My most often used cookbooks are the moosewood cookbooks. It is rare for me to find a cookbook that I like... and... I LOVE this one :)
Published 22 months ago by Sunflower Goertz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure why I didn't like this book ...
... I really wanted to like this book, especially as I was a diehard fan of The Greens cookbook way back during my militant vegetarian days in university - I'd say that it's not so... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ezequiel Perez
2.0 out of 5 stars To complex for a beginner
I guess I am not skilled enough for this cook book. I use my cookbooks for meal ideas and I found this book contained a lot of basic things. Read more
Published on June 25 2012 by Chicka
4.0 out of 5 stars Culinary Classic
After purchasing this as a gift, I have come to realize that this weighty book holds a place on the shelf beside other great kitchen books. Read more
Published on June 11 2012 by critic212243
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible recipes!
This book, recommended by others on Amazon, has been an absolute gem in the kitchen. Filled with easy-to-make recipes, it has been a joy to cook Madison's creations which she has... Read more
Published on July 29 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wide range of food cooking
Lots of everyday useful cooking ideas and help learning. Great book for non-vegetarians who want to increase their vegetable intake.
Published on March 29 2011 by margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars A reliable cookbook
This is a very good cookbook that uses simple, fresh ingredients and turns them into lovely meals. Chances are you have the ingredients in your pantry, and can put together a very... Read more
Published on June 2 2009 by Babs
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