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Moosewood Restaurant, founded in 1973, revolutionized vegetarian cooking by introducing delicious soups, satisfying sandwiches, warming casseroles, zesty entrees, spiffy salads, and divine desserts. Moosewood Restaurant Favorites contains 250 of their most requested recipes completely updated and revised to reflect the way they're cooked now-increasingly vegan and gluten-f ...more
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Amanda
Oct 29, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Moosewood is pretty famous in the vegetarian crowd. It’s a name most vegetarians have heard, and I know some vegetarian who have even eaten at the restaurant. I’d always been curious about their cookbooks, so I was excited to see the newest one available on Netgalley. Given the fame, I was expecting something inspiring and special. Instead I found a rather ho-hum collection of decidedly average pescetarian recipes.

Moosewood claims everywhere (including on the main page of their website) that the
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Vicky
Aug 09, 2013 Vicky rated it it was amazing
Moosewood Restaurant is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new cookbook. I've been a fan of the Moosewood cookbooks for decades. My original one is getting a little dogeared so it's nice to see what's new (though I will always have my old one!). One thing I love about these books - and they tell you this in the beginning - is that the measurements don't have to be followed to the letter. If you chop up an onion and it's a little more or less than what the recipe calls for, use it anyway. Ca ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
40 years of this wonderful restaurant! This is a really interesting cookbook and it combines flavors I never thought of combining. Cannot wait to try alot of these recipes. Thank you Netgalley!
Miranda Lynn
I'd never heard of the Moosewood Restaurant before I randomly came across this cookbook a couple of months ago, but I was eager to check out this collection of their favorite recipes when I realized that it was all organic vegetarian fare. I'm not a vegetarian, but I once was at one point, and therefore can seriously appreciate the lifestyle. I now try to cook a vegetarian meal at least once a week, and am always looking for more creative recipes to add to my repertoire specifically for those ni ...more
Val Robson
Feb 18, 2016 Val Robson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I absolutely love everything about this cookbook - the recipes themselves, reading about the history and day to day life of the Moosewood Collective and the quality feel of the book with its padded cover and thick pages. The recipes are all well laid out, lovely clear text on white pages and easy to follow.

I first discovered the Moosewood 'Mollie Katzen' recipes books in the 1980s when a friend introduced me to them. I loved their look with the 'handwritten' recipes but sadly didn't use them a
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 16, 2013 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it
Moosewood cookbooks are one of the central experiences of vegetarian cooking. The recipes in this volume are typical Moosewood fare, the dishes that created loyal customers and fans. I call the food old school hippie, with sunflower seeds and cottage cheese and sprouts. Before you think that is a criticism, I happen to really love sprouts, deep down to my toes.

The first dish I had to try was sichuan noodles


It was delicious - so much flavor, and simple to make. That's about what I expect from the
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Diane
Oct 04, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
I adore cookbooks and and have also been a longtime Moosewood fan, from it's very beginnings in Ithaca, New York. So naturally I was anxious to take a look at their 40th anniversary book, Moosewood Restaurant Favorites, which was released last month. WOW!

There are a great assortment of recipes (250) including some of the original recipes from 40 years ago that have been modified a bit. The recipes just seem so healthy, and although I am not a vegetarian, I don't eat much meat either, so I was es
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Sandra Lassiter
Aug 25, 2013 Sandra Lassiter rated it really liked it
I'm going to begin with a caveat--I did not request this cookbook. The publisher sent me this cookbook unsolicited for my review. I don't have any problem with them doing that, just want to be up front that this is not a cookbook I would normally request. I am not a vegetarian or vegan and I don't eat soy products (I don't think they're good for you, but I'm not going to start that argument here). There is a LOT of tofu in this book! There are some interesting recipes and even some things I do m ...more
Caj
Aug 15, 2013 Caj rated it it was amazing
I just recieved a spanking new copy of this in the mail from Goodreads First Reads, so "THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!" to whoever it may apply to. (please note: I recieved this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and did not recieve any compensation, monetary or otherwise, for my honest review).

First impression? Most covers for hard cover books are stiff and flat, but this one has a little cushion to it and I can't get over how nice it feels to hold the book when you're flipping through
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christianchicklit
Sep 27, 2013 christianchicklit rated it really liked it
Great assortment of new recipes that sound very interesting to try...and healthy too! I'm most intrigued by many of the new fish recipes: Coconut-Cashew-Crusted Fish, Pecan-Crusted Fish, Spicy Chipolte Cornmeal-Crusted Fish. There are also an assortment of interesting up-to-date new sides/salads to try such as Lime Cilantro Slaw and Moroccan Carrot Salad with Currants. I can't wait to try these recipes. And of course, since it is a Moosweood Restaurant cookbook, there are several new tofu recipe ...more
Deb
I love my Moosewood cookbooks so I knew I had to own this newest one--a huge full-color tribute to the famous Moosewood Restaurant and it's favorite, most requested dishes. It contains 250 recipes--some new, some updated classics. It's been a pleasure to read through as the recipes each have introductions with the history of the recipe and Moosewood--something I love in a cookbook. It isn't completely vegetarian as one might think, as there is a chapter of fish recipes. Since I eat fish once a w ...more
Critterbee
Jul 03, 2016 Critterbee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookery
The Moosewood restaurant has published many cookbooks over the years. Ages ago, one of the first cookbooks that I owned, (and an entirely vegetarian one to boot!) was a well worn copy of The Moosewood Cookbook. It was unique and amazing, and opened up my options as someone who preferred plant based food.

This edition is a best of the best collection, developed over the years, skimmed from the most delicious, most consistent recipes from their restaurant experience, compiled beautifully with gorge
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Michaela Raschilla
Apr 03, 2016 Michaela Raschilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic
As a graduate of Ithaca College I am well aware of Moosewood and its delicious vegetarian and vegan food. I only ate there once and it is an experience I will never forget. On top of making some really delicious food, with nothing but vegetables for the most part, it was incredibly inventive and creative.

I flagged plenty of recipes in here that I want to add to my collection and try out on my own eventually. The problem I will have to face is making vegetarian and vegan food for a family of 5 wh
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Amanda Wimblewobbles
May 29, 2014 Amanda Wimblewobbles rated it it was amazing
It seems like a lot of people complain about this book. I'm not sure why. Yes, the recipes are simple. But are they tasty? yes! They also rely heavily on fresh products. This makes the ingredients more powerful. I personally am learning how to elevate my cooking skills while living somewhere that has limited food markets. I've had to put down other cookbooks solely because all the recipes had unobtainable, niche ingredients.

I recently began a farmshare and have a plethora of vegetables and herb
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Liana Brooks
Oct 04, 2013 Liana Brooks rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
Disclaimer: I received this as a gift from the publisher.

This is a very solid cookbook for someone who enjoys vegetarian/vegan meals or who is interested in cooking more vegetarian meals. By and large the ingredients are available in most places (and substitutions are listed for harder to find ingredients), the recipes are clearly written and direct, and I've enjoyed the recipes I've made from this cookbook.

I still prefer cookbooks organized by season rather than by menu order (appetizer, entree
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*Angela*
Sep 02, 2013 *Angela* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review_read, cookbook
I don't even know where to begin. Without a doubt, this will become one of my most used and loved cookbooks. There are so many excellent recipes in here. I was lucky enough to go to college near Moosewood Restaurant, so I have been a fan for years and I have a couple of their recipe books, but this is definitely my new favorite. I love how they have updated the recipes and how detailed the instructions are. Also, the serving suggestions, food pairings, and alternative prep comments are so helpfu ...more
Jan
Feb 11, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
So far I have made the vegetarian chili, and it took right about the amount of time that the recipe stated it would: this--to me--shows great promise. The recipes all seem easy-peasy...and, with the chili, they incorporated canned beans (2 kinds) and canned diced tomatoes, which I liked because they are catering to the common man + woman in being accessible and r-e-a-l about how much time we have to prepare meals, etc., in the kitchen.

Next stop, a great looking recipe for carrot or apple spice c
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Tess
Oct 06, 2013 Tess rated it really liked it
As the owner of many other Moosewood cookbooks I was excited to get my hands on their newest release. As with the others, it does not disappoint! The handful of recipes I have been able to try since reading this book have been flavorful and easily executed. Not only are there wonderful recipes, but handy information and tips for purchasing organic fruit and vegetables and stories about the restaurant. The Tofalafels were delicious and a hit with the people I served them to and the Edamame Wasabi ...more
Gail
Nov 03, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: feed-yourself
Moosewood has many, many cookbooks out there at this point. This one doesn't especially distinguish itself from the others, which still makes it pretty darn good. I'd only recommend buying it to people without a shelf full of cookbooks though since the recipes are very similar previous Moosewood offerings. I didn't find enough inside that I needed to try to warrant surrendering permanent shelf space.
That being said, try the Confetti Kale Slaw; which is the only salad I've ever made that has a) g
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Pamela
Aug 11, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Everyone should own a Moosewood cookbook and this is a perfect one to start or complete your collection. It contains the favorite recipes served at the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithica, New York since the 1970s.

Each recipe uses ingredients easily obtained at your local grocery store and can be completed in a reasonable period of time. The variety is great! I can see myself cooking my way through every recipe in this one.

I was provided with an ARC and unfortunately every fraction in the ingredient
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Reddwhine
Apr 05, 2014 Reddwhine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I own one other Moosewood cookbook that I picked up many years ago at a yard sale. I just loved the idea of the name....Moosewood although I had never been to or heard of the restaurant until I got that cookbok. I'm not a vegetarian but that cookbook has been a go-to when I'm stuck wanting something different. This new one is the same for me, I found many recipes that I would love to try because they are healthy alternatives for me as I try to eat more healthy meals. Loved the soups and the Thai ...more
Indira
Nov 16, 2013 Indira rated it really liked it
Great cookbook. I had forgotten that it was a vegetarian book (with the exception of fish)and honestly didnt even miss the meat recipes until much later in the book. This book actually inspired me to try vegetarianism for a month and I plan to begin next week. My only criticism with this book is that although most of the ingredients are easy and simple, quite a few call for coconut milk which grosses me out. That's just my personal preference though.

I have marked off SO many recipes and cant wa
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Ava Brightly ☕
Right off the bat, I'll mention that I'd never picked up a Moosewood Cookbook before this one. I'm also not a vegetarian and don't actively avoid gluten. I do eat (mostly) organically, local, and fresh. Probably more akin to paleo meals.

My initial response to this cookbook was drooling. The pictures were fantastic and the recipes looked do-able and delicious despite my slightly different eating habits. I tried a handful of recipes and was very pleased. My copy was a library find but I'm certain
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Linda
Sep 12, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
This cookbook is so much more than a cookbook! It IS teeming with awesome recipes I want to try... but I also loved how the authors started the book acquainting the reader with Moosewood's history and each recipe has a story of how it was developed... This all adds up to fascinating reading that will make you hungry! AND a huge plus for me... none of the recipes seem complicated. They are doable and delicious! This cookbook has already become one of my fav recipe books as I'm sure I'll refer to ...more
Brett
Sep 19, 2013 Brett rated it it was amazing
I've been cooking 1-2 recipes from this book each week for a couple months. Its a nice break from busily getting food on the table. Having tasty leftovers for work or another evening is an extra bonus. Recipes are very straightforward and not too demanding. It's good for beginners and more experienced cooks. Making a small change of thoughtfully preparing one meal a week may change your cooking habits more broadly.
John G
Dec 15, 2014 John G rated it it was amazing
The incomparable vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca NY shares its most popular dishes.

I ate at Moosewood this summer. Had Rumbledethumps. It was excellent. I have not cooked it at home yet but winter is here and so hearty stews are starting to be the mains now. This recipe is instructive of the cookbook's approach which is informal and often suggests variations or encourages experimentation. Just like Moosewood, the recipes are down-to-earth taste good.
Patti Miller
Oct 14, 2013 Patti Miller rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful, stylish and easy to use. It is perfect for anyone who does not have every cookbook with 'Moosewood" on the cover, or those who want to complete their collection.

The recipes are delicious and not full of exotica that send the reader on long trips to far-off markets only to find that they do not carry banana pepper ears except on Fridays after a full moon at 2:35 pm.

My kids will eat many of them. That is all the recommendation I need!
Jenn
Oct 03, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Moosewood Restaurant Favorites cookbook is my new favorite cookbooks. The cookbook is a nicely bound hard back book with 250 recipes, lots of nice photos, and a great introduction. I've tried several of the salad recipes so far and loved them. Highly recommend.

I received a copy of this book thru Goodreads First Reads.
Stacey Matson
Mar 01, 2014 Stacey Matson rated it it was amazing
I love the latest release from Moosewood. This past August we were in Ithaca and had lunch at Moosewood. The falafel burger was so memorable, awesome. The recipe is in this cookbook! We made it and everything they recommend to serve with it, delicious! It lived up to my memory of our wonderful lunch. Everything we have made so far has been just fabulous; highly recommend.
Kim
Jul 22, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Surprised at how practical, do-able, and delicious the recipes we've tried from this cookbook proved. Some really great ideas with respect to tofu and tasty spreads for use for various purposes. Note: not a fully vegetarian cookbook, but plenty of vegetarian recipes.
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