- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books (Oct. 6 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786862688
- ISBN-13: 978-0786862689
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #724,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven: Over 200 Recipes Uncommon Soups, Tasty Bites, Side-by-Side Dishes, and Too Many Desserts Hardcover – Oct 1 1997
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Author of the popular vegetarian classic Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen now offers Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven, another celebration of nature's bounty. The book (also illustrated by Katzen), presents more than 200 approachable recipes for a wide range of vegetable dishes, from openers, soups, and side dishes to pastas, condiments, and entrees. The recipes draw freely from diverse culinary styles, and cooks of all kinds should enjoy the dishes, as well as Katzen's casual, spontaneous tone. Standout recipes include Roasted Eggplant Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette, Tomato-Fennel Consommé, Giant Mushroom Popovers, and Frittata with Red Onions, Roasted Garlic, Greens, and Goat Cheese. The book's "Side-by-Side" chapter, a collection of small dishes meant to be served together, features bean and grain delights like Coconut Rice with Ginger, Chilies, and Lime, Tuscan Bean and Pasta Stew, and "Don't Knock 'Em Till You Try 'Em" Soyburgers. Condiments and sauces are used to enliven simple vegetable fare and Katzen accordingly offers recipes for such flavor boosters as Red Onion and Shallot Marmalade, Summer Fruit Salsa, and Chipotle Cream. There are dessert recipes, too, for old favorites like Ginger Thins and Homemade Butterscotch Pudding and "newer" enticements like Mexican Chocolate Cake, Pineapple Pomegranita, and Blueberry-Lemon Mousse Pie. With a selection of seasonal menus and useful ingredient notes, the book brims with modern vegetarian cooking ideas presented in Katzen's much-loved style. --Arthur Boehm
About the Author
Now a household name, author and illustrator Mollie Katzen is widely credited with bringing vegetarian cooking into the mainstream. Born in Rochester, New York, she studied at the Eastman School of Music, Cornell University and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she received a B.F.A in painting. Katzen's published her first cookbook, The Moosewood Cookbook, in 1977, which showed millions of Americans that eating healthy doesn't have to mean sacrificing taste or style. Her classic illustrated cookbooks include The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Still Life with Menu, and Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven. Katzen has also published several award-winning cookbooks for children, and is currently a featured writer and illustrator for Children's Television Workshop On-Line, as well as Sesame Street Parent's Magazine.
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"Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven: Over 200 Recipes for Uncommon Soups, Tasty Bites, Side-By-Side Dishes, and Too Many Desserts" is a great book for a person like me.
I have never been and will never grow to be fond of Tofu (actually, there is one exception to this declaration--but that is for another time and place). Way too many vegetarian cookbooks feature tofu almost to the exclusion of any other kind of an entree. This is discouraging for those of us who HATE tofu.
Mollie is a different kind of bird than the "tofu-natics." Her books have some recipes featuring tofu (and some of the other items unique to vegetarianism) mind you, but she does not club the aspiring vegetarian chef over the head with it. That is one of the main reason I like her books--I love this one in particular.
Another reason I really like this book is that these recipes make you look like you know what you're doing in the kitchen. I made the Mexican Chocolate Cake with Mocha Cream for instance...people raved about it...so much of life is in following the instructions.
This book is laid out differently than her earlier books. It has side by side dish options, more extensive menus in the back, and a different kind of artwork. I like her old and new looks about the same. The color is a big plus to this volume, but it is really a matter of apples and oranges.
I thank Mollie Katzen from the bottom of my heart for sharing these wonderful recipes. The rest of you should check them out.
But this book... OH MY!!! Her intent here is to create uncomplicated dishes that celebrate the full bounty & beauty of vegetables, grains, spices, nuts, and seasonings. The recipes are amazing! Some require only one ingredient, even, and many simple-but-creative cooking techniques are explained that will probably expand your kitchen repetoire considerably.
Recipes range from elegant & sophisticated dishes that sparkle on your table, to simple rustic peasant fare that fills your belly without overloading on the fat. And LOTS of sauces, condiments, and other "extras" that will add color & flavor to almost any meal.
A word about the so-called exotic ingredients she sometimes calls for: Mollie often suggests a substitute if you can't find something, but honestly, most of this stuff is pretty easy to find anywhere --even the unusual stuff-- if you put a little effort into looking for it. I live in a verrrrry small rural town in the middle of Georgia, and I have been able to find almost everything I need at my "local" Kroger (have to drive 45 mins into town, but I do that every week anyway). Get familiar with your store's ethnic & natural foods aisles, and you'll be surprised at what's available.
Buy this book, and enjoy it. Such deliciousness!!! :-)
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