Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians Hardcover – Oct 25 2011
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About the Author
Pam Anderson is the author of six cookbooks, including an IACP Award winner and two James Beard nominees. She has written for numerous food and lifestyle magazines and appears frequently in national media. She lives in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
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There is a multitude of "MASTER" recipes, each followed by a list of variations for one or more of the ingredients. This way, if you like the recipe, but don't like a specific ingredient, there is a list of "alternatives". Also, you may not have to run out and buy a specific item just to make the recipe. As with the author's previous book on how to "cook without a book", you probably will need to refer to the book to refresh your memory when making anything.
The book is divided into two sections (1) Not Strickly for Breakfast, and (2) Fun Food for the Rest of the Day. The "breakfast" section contains wrap-and-runs, breakfast pizza, pancakes, scones, muffins, etc. The "rest of the day" has sections on salads, soups and stews, sandwiches, eggs and potatoes, pies for dinner (including quiche and veggie pizzas), etc. The last section has Italian, Asian and Mexican meals (pasta, risotto, stir-fries, and even a "taco bar").
The recipes are loaded with vegetables and you may be able to convince a vegetable-hater to actually enjoy vegetables for once. Many of the recipes call for vegetable stock and I was surprised that there was not a recipe for a home-made vegetable stock. The author does, however, recommend some brands. (Don't tell anybody, but I bet you could substitute Ch@#%en stock.)
And yes, there are a very few recipes that include tofu, if you might want to try that item, (or skip over to another recipe that doesn't). The recipes lack nutritional data, but this would almost be impossible due to the variations presented for the recipes. Most vegetables (except the starchy ones) are low in calories and the grains and legumes provide protein and essential amino acids. Although some of the recipes are vegan, I would not recommend this book to a vegan since many of the recipes call for dairy products or eggs.
I definately will be making some of these recipes soon.
I've made two recipes just this week out of the book - skillet eggs and potatoes, and the sweet breakfast pizza. Both have been phenomenal, and it's easy to put my own spin on the recipe with Pam's formulas.
What I *really* love is that Pam's formulas sort of point out to me that I was already at this point - eating a lot of meatless meals. I just wasn't taking it to the next level and making it something I would *choose* over a meal that included meat. With her help, we're doing that a lot more.
Thank you, Pam, for another wonderful book.
The only complaint I have about the book is she does not talk about how to make a complete protein using grains, cereals, dairy and beans. Example, cereal with milk makes a complete protein with all seven amino acids. I wish Ms. Anderson had touched on this a bit more so that those who are trying to move from meat can feel comfortable about getting their protein.
But that aside, a great cookbook, it deals with the process more than just set recipes. Hats off to you Ms. Anderson and company, great job.