The Meat Free Monday Cookbook: A Full Menu for Every Monday of the Year Hardcover – Mar 19 2012
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"McCartney is returning to her roots and following in her mother's footsteps with "The Meat Free Monday Cookbook." The idea is to show people how easy it would be to not eat meat one day a week by offering seasonal recipes, from a spring ragout of artichoke hearts, broad beans, peas and turnips to a leek and ricotta tart. More an environmental conversation than a vegetarian one, the book draws its inspiration from the Meat Free Monday campaign that McCartney, her father and sister Mary launched in London in 2009 in an attempt to bring light to the detrimental effects of the agricultural industry." -- The Wall Street Journal
"The Meat Free Monday Cookbook is a beauty of a book, packed with 52 weeks of healthful, seasonal meals sure to inspire individuals of all culinary persuasions. We applaud the McCartney family's unwavering efforts to promote a healthier, more sustainable diet. This latest endeavor is a truly delicious way to continue the spread of the global Meatless Monday movement!" -- Sid Lerner, Meatless Monday Founder and Chairman
“The Meatless Monday campaign has picked up steam as celebrities, and celebrity chefs, have jumped onboard. This book, with a foreword by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney, plans out every meal and snack for a year’s worth of Mondays. You’ll recognize some of the recipe contributors, who include Woody Harrelson, Pink, Kevin Spacey and Mario Batali.”―The Washington Post’s Summer Cookbooks to Keep You in the Kitchen
9. Vegetarian cookbook
Trying to encourage your friends and family to eat less meat? The Meat Free Monday Cookbook―brainchild of Paul McCartney and his daughters, fashion designer Stella McCartney and photographer Mary McCartney―will help them cook in a veggie-centric way and still get all their nutrients.
An offshoot of the McCartneys' Meat Free Monday campaign, the book shows how simple it is to go veggie one day a week. The recipes are built around produce, good fats, and alternative protein sources (whole grains, beans, soy, and nuts). (Fox News, December 6, 2012)
Is one of your resolutions to eat less meat this year? From the minds behind the Meat Free Monday campaign, this beautifully photographed cookbook will walk you through an entire year of meat-free Mondays. That's breakfast, lunch, and dinner taken care of....every Monday...for an entire year. Fruits, vegetables, and grains galore. What's not to love? (Emma Christensen The Kitchn, 1/7/2013)
The McCartneys have long been anti-meat, but it's not just about healthier and cruelty-free ― they also are concerned about climate change. When they set out to support this cookbook, though, they found that going meatless once a week had impacts on people's pocketbooks, as well. All of that may be true, but this collection of recipes is also excellent because the dishes are delicious ― 13 weeks' worth of three meals each, plus dessert, and they are vegetarian, not vegan, so there are eggs and cheese in many, organized by season. (The Denver Post, 12/10/13)
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The Meat Free Monday campaign was launched by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney in 2009 and its message is One Day a Week Can Make a World of Difference. The campaign aims to encourage everyone to do their bit to help protect our planet by demonstrating that by giving up meat for one day each week you can save money, reduce your environmental impact and live a healthier life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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More than just a book, this is a campaign, a concept - enticing people to go meat free once a week. They've chosen Monday, maybe because of the "m" alliteration (Paul was always good with that sort of thing - maybe it was his idea). But I agree with the other book review on amazon.ca, previous to mine, that Monday isn't necessarily the best day, or the only day in the week for that matter, to go meat free. Growing up, Friday was always the meat-free day.
The book has snacks and packed lunch options, not just breakfast and dinner. There are no inclusions of fish or seafood. Eggs, however, play a predominent role as do cream, milk, sugar and chocolate. It's a contradiction that reviewers on the amazon.com site have pointed out as well.
I plan to go through all of the weeks and create my own personal list of the recipies that I would realistically make once a week or more. Most of the recipes are interesting concoctions,not too crazy or bizarre and sometime a little boring. Here are some examples.
1. The cauliflower mac and cheese boils the cauliflower. Roasting it would produce a tastier result; add some grapes tomatoes while roasting the cauliflower and you have a winner.
2. The brownies near the end of the book are nothing exciting.Read more ›
The book itself is a great idea-to provide breakfast, lunch (even packed lunches!), a side or snack, supper and dessert for every Monday of the year. It makes planning menus really simple and the days are divided by seasons so you never have to worry you won't find something in the grocery. That said, however, I had a very hard time finding anything in this cookbook I or my family would actually eat. I have a large family with seven kids and was hoping to find some non-meat meals to cut food costs at home, but very few of these recipes seem kid-friendly. Some are mundane and don't need recipes, like avocado on toast, but most are just too exotic. What, for example, is mafalda corta? And pappardelle with cavolo nero really had me baffled. Of course, in today's day and age you can easily look these things up, but personally I want a cookbook with ingredients that are easily accessible and won't break the bank. Just too many of these recipes were with foods that my kids wouldn't touch. Adults who are more adventurous eaters might enjoy it though.
The desserts look doable and worth trying and there is an occasional stir-fry or pasta dish that might work, but given that I have five growing boys at home, a lot of these recipes don't seem filling for supper. A salad won't be enough for them.Read more ›
Great recipes, though. Lots of the produce selections are not really in season, however. Rhubarb comes to life in May, and you can't pick it til June, in North American conditions. Artichokes come from some far off southern clime, as far as I know. Sure you CAN grow them in Nova Scotia, but they're not typical.
It's fun to write in the date you cooked that day's food in your book and keep your review of the food you made, then see how many weeks you kept up with the project.
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This is one of the most sensible (and appetizing) vegetarian cookbooks I have ever read. It provides one full day's menu (Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Dessert) for each week in a year. It even provides TWO lunch menus per day each week, one for those who pack and take a lunch to work/school and one for those who cook lunch at home.
Most of the recipes are pretty easy to prepare, and few use ingredients that are not fairly easily found. Prep and cooking instructions are clear and easy to follow. Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks tend to be relatively quick-prep and low on the number of ingredients -- dinner offers more complex recipes and more ingredients (perfect, as this is the way most people actually cook). This cookbook was clearly written as a "gateway to vegetarianism" cookbook (and includes some VERY basic recipes like hummus and hash browns), but longtime vegetarians will find many suggestions that they might not have considered, and experienced cooks will still find many ideas for new dishes.
The book is arranged seasonally, with weekly recipes using seasonal produce for each week in Spring/Summer/Fall/ Winter. A wide variety of vegetarian proteins are included in the recipes.
Things to note: there are not photos of most dishes -- that would not be possible with the number of recipes included. And this cookbook is vegetarian, NOT vegan -- eggs, cheese, and butter are everywhere.
This cookbook was a birthday gift from a friend, and I literally read it from cover to cover right away. I'm making the Cauliflower Korma for dinner tomorrow night! (Ten easy ingredients and under half an hour prep/cook).
Sample recipe titles: Tangy Cauliflower Relish and Cheese Sandwich (yes please!), Cheese and Asparagus Croquettes (if you insist!), Zucchini Cupcakes (great recipe), Bayd Mahsmi (fancy deviled egg for a snack), Feta and Couscous Salad with Pomegranate (see what I mean by original?), Fig and Goat Cheese Salad, Fennel Sautéed with Peppers (dear Fennel, where have you been all my life?), Fruity Quinoa, (brilliant!).
Obviously not a vegan cookbook, but the first original, well written cookbook I've seen in awhile. Oh and the pictured are fantastic.
Will I be able to read it in 8 years? If it wasn't so great, I might send it back. That is the only reason I gave it 4 stars - the awful size of the print.
I originally purchased this cookbook as a gift for a friend who doesn't think a meal is complete without meat. When the book came out a couple of the recipes had been featured in magazine articles and I thoroughly enjoyed them. We cooked from the cookbook when I spent a week at her house and was so impressed I ordered one for myself and now I'm cooking my way through it. This is the best vegetarian cookbook I've purchased in years.