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There is a very simple reason that Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is a classic– its just amazing! Published in 1997 it was decades ahead of its time. The comprehensive 650 page book covers essential ideas while offering more than 1000 recipes that are simple, healthy and delicious.
The first 50 pages could be a short book all on its own. It offers a wide range of fundamentals of equipment, best choices of staples and essential cooking techniques. I love the way Deborah Madison drills down into each and every subject. For example she clearly explains the differences between the five different types of peppercorns and how each impacts on the flavor of a dish. She does the same for different types of oils, salts, vinegars, and olives. So many dishes are ruined with the wrong form of an ingredient– a total waste of time and money. With this book, it should never happen again in your kitchen.
Ingredients are especailly imporant in vegetarian cooking and these recipes illustrate how to deliver powerhouse texture and flavor. For examle, I could not understand why my avocodo and tomato sandwich was just blah while I devoured them at my local vegan spot. Madison’s recipe included a light layer of mustard and mayo as well as a sprinkle of arugala. It made all the diffference.
Madison really understands the challenges of creating satisfying vegetarian main dishes that don’t rely on cream and cheese. There are recipes for gratins, stir-fries, veggie fillings for crepes and chunky veggie stews. My current favorite is a veggie souffle that is totally satisfying as it uses up all those bits of leftover veggies from other dinners.
Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone is such a welcome difference from the weak celebrity or TV food show cookbooks. These days there seems to be an arc to a celebrity career– initial job followed by book, then product line and then some type of cookbook. The scope and passion of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone has a rare integrity in a reality TV dominated culture.