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The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  266 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
WithThe Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen changed the way a generation cooked and broughtvegetarian cuisine into the mainstream. In The Heart of the Plate, shecompletely reinvents the vegetarian repertoire, unveiling a collection of beautiful, healthful, and unfussy dishes—her “absolutely most loved.”Her new cuisine is light, sharp, simple, and modular; her inimitable voic ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2013)
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Trish
Dec 20, 2013 Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, cooking, vegan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt deserves much credit for making this book as beautiful as it is. They have really made it the standard to reach. Katzen has done her cool line drawings--now in color!--on the endpages so with her tasty, (can I say thoughtful?), modern recipes her unique talents are again on display.

Now that I have had a chance to work with it a bit, I decided Katzen has chosen some real winners here. Her soups and salads are lovely to look at and probably worth the price of the book al
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I really like the layout and variety and color photos. I can't give this a rating, because I've only tried the Tahini-Lemon Sauce, and a cookbook is only as good as its recipes, regardless of how beautiful it looks.
G.G.
Apr 24, 2015 G.G. rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This wouldn't be my desert island cookbook (the revised version of Katzen's The Moosewood Cookbook would be that), but it's a lovely book nonetheless. As always, Katzen's aim is to provide options--in this case, options for vegans. (I'm not a vegan, though I can certainly see the attractions of living such an unexploitative life.) Many of those recipes that do contain dairy products or eggs can with the tiniest of tweaks be made perfectly vegan: the excellent Ribollita, for example, the Linguine ...more
Kathleen
Dec 19, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it
This book is beautiful, with lovely full-color photographs. At the same time, when you read it, it feels as homey as one of the Moosewood Cookbooks, famously produced in Mollie Katzen's handwriting.

What I love about Katzen's vegetarian cookbooks is that while they are not free of tofu (which to me is like the vegetarian version of Campbell's cream of chicken soup), they tend to use simple less processed ingredients. And this one is no exception.

I have never had a bad experience with a Katzen re
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Vicki
Jan 10, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing
My mom had a spiral bound copy of the Moosewood Cookbook by this author when I was young. I loved going through it and choosing recipes. This book has both vegetarian and vegan recipes. It also has a list for both with the recipes in the book that would go together as a meal. There are 20 for the vegetarian, and 15 for the vegan. For example, one of the vegetarian meals has Cumin Scented Black Bean Burgers, Chili-Cilantro mayonnaise, Strawberry-Avocado Saladita or Jicama-Pink Grapefruit Sladaita ...more
Cheryl
Jan 30, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
I am NOT a vegetarian in any sense of the word, I'm not even close to it. In fact, I have more meat in my diet than vegetables as the fiber in said vegetables creates havoc in my digestive system. And on top of that I never really developed a taste for anything more than corn, potatoes, green beans, onions or green peppers and even then, some of the above was used to season other foods.
So that being said, as I read through the many recipes...I found myself longing to try things I had never tast
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Alisha Bennett
Feb 26, 2014 Alisha Bennett rated it really liked it
Great recipe book! After finding this gem at the library I reluctantly returned it.....but only after buying my own copy online at Abe Books. We are definitely not a vegetarian household....however we do love to add veg to our plates and this book is packed with fantastic recipes.

The recipes are varied yet practical. While some recipes venture out - there are no recipes in this book that will take 3 days to make or require 16 different ingredients that you must buy online at a specialty shop. T
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Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it it was amazing
It’s so easy to enjoy cookbooks. We ALL like to eat after all, but one of the great joys of cookery tomes is that they are most often designed for durability and collectability. The weight and sheen of the paper is lovely and the photographs inspiring. With all that as a ‘given’, what makes any specific cookbook stand out? When it’s written by Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook, said title, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a new Generation jumps right to the top of any coo ...more
Dana
Feb 18, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing
First of all, this is an absolutely gorgeous book! The artwork is beautiful, the layout is great and the photographs are well done. I have had it checked out from the library as many times as I can renew it and I think I may have to purchase one of my own. Not only is it totally beautiful, but the recipes are great. They are well-written, easy to follow and delicious. I will never ever be able to make any of them look like they do in the photos, but that is ok. I have made the Forbidden Rice wit ...more
Eliana3
May 28, 2015 Eliana3 rated it it was amazing
The Heart of the Plate by Mollie Katzen is a beautiful and informative book about a young woman’s journey through the culinary world and the ‘Plate’ in which it all takes place. This book captures all elements of life through its beverage rivers and ceramic mountains. As she(Mollie) conquers the forests of cabbage and sand dunes of guinea she realizes that there is more to these lands than just a balanced diet. The stories that each step through this world takes her to are truly remarkable and l ...more
Cat
Aug 08, 2015 Cat rated it it was amazing
From the author of Moosewood, The Heart of the Plate offers an updated take on the classic vegetarian cookbook. In the introduction, Katzen emphasizes her intention to create lighter vegetarian and vegan dishes - not only those that use tons of butter, cheese, dairy, and oil to convince omnivores that plant-based dishes can be exciting. The result is a really solid book with recipes pulling from many different cuisines. Most of the recipes are staples or mid-level (in terms of experience needed ...more
Betsy Dudley
Oct 01, 2013 Betsy Dudley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely vegetarian recipes, colorful illustrations, information is presented well. Nice addition to my home!
Debra Daniels-zeller
Jan 07, 2015 Debra Daniels-zeller rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
It's about time people regarded vegetables as the heart of the plate. A friend gave me this book last year and I spent a lot of time checking out recipes and cooking from it. Katzen offers basic cooking advice, but one of the best parts was her soup chapter which did not rely on stocks. I'm a lazy cook and I've also learned that if you add onions, carrots and celery and saute the vegetables first, you can get deep flavor without stock. Many of these recipes inspired me to create new recipes. My ...more
Virginia Campbell
Aug 19, 2013 Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing
Legendary chef and cookbook author Mollie Katzen offers up a fresh feast of palate pleasers in "The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation". Ms. Katzen's original "Moosewood Cookbook" revolutionized the theory and thinking behind vegetarian and vegan cooking, and it remains a venerated classic to this day. With "The Heart of the Plate", we are treated to the author's exuberance, experience, and expertise in refining and reinventing vegetarian and vegan dishes which will temp ...more
Darren
Oct 18, 2013 Darren rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Through this rather large book the author promises to redefine vegetarian recipes for a whole new generation. A broad promise, to be sure and something that perhaps this meat eater might not fully appreciate…?

Certainly vegetarianism can have a bit of a poor reputation, if only through tired-old preconceptions about the relative boring selection of recipes that invariably are to be found. So anything that shows that even vegetarians can have interesting, exciting, tasty and varied food must be a
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Aja Marsh
Oct 06, 2014 Aja Marsh rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, food
I feel so so about it. The food styling leaves much to be desired (much) which is too bad, and she over uses cutesy names for whole categories of things ("saladitas", "crush", "smash"). But I really like the mostly the recipes are kept simple with lots of optional/add-on ideas billeted right after the recipe-- I like that factor. She doesn't shy away from using dairy or eggs, so vegan or vegan possible recipes are marked, but vegan substitutes/alternatives aren't readily discussed.
Toni
Apr 07, 2014 Toni rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, 2013, vegetarian
I'm not a vegetarian by any means, but I have flirted with it many times over the years and am constantly looking for ways to add more veggie variety into my diet. Katzen is most known for the Moosewood Cookbooks which were a hearty staple of the average vegetarian kitchen for years. The subtitle suggests that this book if for a "new generation" and that is reflected in the contents. The hippie, granola feel of the Moosewood books is mostly gone and replaced by color photos and illustrations. Th ...more
Kim
Mar 15, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
All but one of the recipes I've made from this book has been outstanding. The one that wasn't outstanding wasn't offensive, just a little bland. I'd totally recommend this book for anyone interested in dabbling in vegetarian cooking. I have an older Katzen cookbook I turn to now and again, but this book's recipes are much more flavorful and "mainstream" than the hippyish Moosewood recipes of old.
Jennifer
Oct 26, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love Mollie Katzen and her great hand illustrated cookbooks? While this one isn't hand illustrated (except for the beautiful end pages)it has the same spirit of those old beloved books (and in classic Mollie style has zero smug veg pretension). Great inspiration whether you eat everything (and just like veggies) or don't do animal products at all. I haven't had a chance yet to try everything that sounds good (and the book is due back at the library) so I'll probably update again afte ...more
Heather
Jun 19, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok
While the recipes and pictures depict fresh, vibrant food, I find myself hesitant to cook most of it. I cannot imagine that (for the most part) just one recipe from this cookbook would be filling enough, and I don't plan on making multiple dishes for a meal.
Bonnie
Jan 17, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, cookbook
Okay, I actually made the Enchanted Broccoli Forest a couple of times in my early Mollie Katzenjammer years. This is a lovely, photo-filled collection of recipes that is missing the hand-written text, but includes a variety of cultures and intriguing-sounding vegetarian/vegan dishes that will satisfy even this carnivorous household (or at least the adults in residence).
Heather
Apr 09, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
I Molly Katzen! From the Moosewood Cookbook and beyond. I read her cookbooks for not just the recipes, but to look at her cute whimsical artwork in every book. ...more
Diana Bogan
Sep 01, 2014 Diana Bogan rated it liked it
Shelves: book-pantry
I want to eat almost everything described in this book - except the dishes with cauliflower or mushrooms. I'm looking forward to trying some new things.
Marla Glenn
Jan 19, 2015 Marla Glenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference
As always, some wonderful cooking ideas from Katzen. It's a beautiful books as well -- deep purple!
Cindy
Jan 12, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the kindle version on loan from the library. I'm really enjoying the book. The introduction made me want to go play in the kitchen. I love the drawings even though they don't show up that well on the kindle.
My daughter and I have tried several of the recipes and liked our results.
Anastasia Tuckness
Jun 20, 2014 Anastasia Tuckness rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, food
Katzen does a great job of offering delicious flavor and texture combinations, while also encouraging you to be creative in the kitchen. This book has many recipes with simple, easy-to-find ingredients, and simple prep (although there are more complex ones as well). The recipe photos are beautiful, and the recipe headnotes make me feel like she's in the kitchen with me, sharing her years of experience. Highly recommended for those who want to experiment with well-balanced, flavored, yet healthy ...more
Catherine
Jan 19, 2014 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: food-farm-garden
The latest from Moosewood Cookbook author Mollie Katzen. Nice chapter about salads and sauces; otherwise only a few recipes that I felt like I have to try.
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Janet
Nov 03, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
I love the look of this text. The recipes are a unique blend of colors and flavours that aren't always commonly paired. I am not vegan only because I eat eggs so the recipes that contain dairy (of which there were more than a few) I skipped. Most of the recipes are nutritious but some aren't (like the desserts, but they still look delicious!) I can't wait to try some of the recipes (soups, for instance) during the cooler months of autumn and winter.
Marji
Nov 02, 2014 Marji rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying this book and have been making several of the recipes recently. They are uncomplicated and really tasty. I'm a great lover of beans and the dishes have interesting flavor combinations. Also made one of the smashes - with eggplant - and it was incredible. Best black bean burgers I've ever had. And the sweet potato pear soup is perfect for this weather - really like that it's a creamy vegan soup - no dairy at all.
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Educated at the Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Although her formal training was as an artist and musician, she exhibited natural cooking inclinations from a very early age, and cooked professionally - in restaurants and as a caterer - for ten years. In 1973 she was one of the founders of the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York, and during her ...more
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