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5.0 out of 5 stars best cookbook ever! (seriously!!!)
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...
Published on Sept. 1 2006 by ashley
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 better. So far I have tried the vegetable broth which was quite nice, the vegan brownies which I didn't care for I found them far to rich, the borch wasn't bad but nothing to write home about. I...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best cookbook ever! (seriously!!!),
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)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. ;) such as:
-szechuan noodle salad with soba, avocado and cashews
-rosemary garlic foccacia bread
-peanut sauce with ginger, lime and cilantro
-shiitake tofu potstickers with scallions, ginger, and cilantro
-white bean hummous with roasted garlic, sage and pine nuts
-vegan french toast with coconut milk and banana
-eggs kurosawa with tofu, brown riec and soy-chile sauce
-migas for two (tortilla-egg scramble with cilantro and cheddar)
-brie bagel melt with honey and almonds
-yam and pepita quesadilla with honey-chipotle sauce and jack cheese
-mushroom pecan burger with grilled onions
-creamy broccoli soup
-audrey's deluxe mac & cheese with crispy pine nut-herb crust
-pad thai with tofu, bean sprouts and roasted peanuts
-spring fettucine with asparagus and lemon-vodka cream
-roasted vegetable strudel with bocconcini cheese, olives and fresh thyme
-chocolate chip cookies with apricots and walnuts
-raspberry oat bars with walnuts and cinnamon
-lime sugar cookies with pumpkin seeds
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummm,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)Never thought a big guy like me would be eating vegan. Great part is you would never know. Great book lots of great recipes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)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.
4.0 out of 5 stars great tastes but not for beginner,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)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. However, I don't, so I love the spice combinations and creativity. Certain tastes are paired together that I would never have thought to work. They end up being divine. I would warn the beginner cook not to buy this book just yet. There are many recipes that ask you to turn back to another recipe which can throw the beginner cook right off.
Of all the cook books on my shelf, I've used this one more than any other (it officially beats my Moosewood collection). The soups are divine, the southwestern spin on many recipes and even the home-made salad dressings are so original. In my opinion the Carrot-Lemongrass soup is the best soup recipe I've ever come across and it's fairly easy for such a rich tasting soup. A little tip: if you can't find lemongrass in your area, use a few drops of lemongrass essential oil (food grade, not incense-type).
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book- new inspiration for healthy meals,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)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. I haven't liked a book so much since my first Moosewood cookbook.
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Alright,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)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 better. So far I have tried the vegetable broth which was quite nice, the vegan brownies which I didn't care for I found them far to rich, the borch wasn't bad but nothing to write home about. I also tried the foccacai bread which was just a basic bread recipe nothing special about it. So so far I'm not all that impressed with this book it's alright but books are awfully expensive and shelf space is an awfully hot commodity in my apartment fore a cookbook with recipes that are just alright.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded Expectations,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)Rebars was recommended as "the" vegetarian place to eat in Victoria by a top chef in eastern Canada. So, when I visited and found the food as good as recommended (excellent), it wasn't a stretch to purchase the cookbook. Vegetarian cuisine can be as varied and flavourful as other options. These recipes and the results exceeded my expectations. Excellent gourmet vegetarian meals every time, from a once a week chef (me). It has now become a gift item for others. Enjoy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebar: modern food cookbook,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)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 I have a healthy pantry!)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eating healthy can be delicious???,
This review is from: Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook (Paperback)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! Try the Carrot-Coconut Cake, the Rebar Chocolate Cake, the Banana Bread and always-requested Peanut-butter Squares (sans icing- it takes it way over the top here!).
I was tired of cookbook authors who destroy dessert recipes by using apple sauce in place of butter and sugar to reduce fat, and ultimately, flavour. Here they have delicious, delectable treats sometimes made with butter, chocolate (no carob!) and even whipping cream!!! Yes, there are still healthy "alternative" type desserts such as Power Spheres to give variety for the vegan crowd.
Downsides? Not all the recipes are accessible unless you are an adventurous eater- or plan to become one. Galangal, lemongrass, tomatillos, masa harina, miso paste, thai basil, and pea shoots are some of the ingredients you will be seeking out.
Not enough photos of the food! Basically these are few and far between. I really enjoy colour photos of the dishes to give me an idea of what I am aiming for with my recipe choices. This book has plenty of pictures of staff and customers which is fun but I would rather have food photos.
Just a few recipes don't strike me as worthy of testing- such as Bonnie's Spring tonic with stinging nettle tops- but perhaps this is personal prejudice that might someday be overcome.
On the whole, this recipe book is worthy of adding to any collection- if only for the salads and baked goods! Enjoy healthy eating that is delicious!
Note: Although this is a vegetarian cookbook with vegan options, it also includes some recipes with salmon and shrimp.
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Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook by Wanda Urbanowicz (Paperback - Nov. 1 2001)
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