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The Moosewood Cookbook: Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, New York

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  31,290 Ratings  ·  359 Reviews
Among the most influential cookbooks of our time, the Moosewood Cookbook is such a powerful symbol that the publishers were tempted not to tamper with it. But times have changed, and knowledge about the foods we eat and their nutritional value has increased. So, after many inquiries and requests, the author has revised many of her recipes to be lighter and healthier. Illus ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published October 1st 1977 by Ten Speed Press
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Jul 03, 2007 Leslie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hungry hippies!
To appreciate this cookbook, which is famous for being hand-lettered and illustrated by the author and covers both the fundamentals and specifics for cooking hearty, earth-crunchy, mostly vegetarian dishes, you have to acknowledge that it is very much a product of its times. Meaning that when it was published (the 1970's), you were pretty groundbreaking if you even knew what samosas and guacamole were, and vegetarianism was still fringe and undefined enough that this book, and the Moosewood rest ...more
Apr 10, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
The first cookbook I ever owned. Actually, I stole it from my mom when I went to college, and the recipies are annotated with her notes from when I was a little kid. I love the dated aspects of the writing, like when Katzen explains what tofu is and how its hard to find, or when she introduces you to this exotic, wonderful dip called hummus. Classic, hearty veggie cooking, this is before TVP or Morning Star, back when being a vegetarian meant eating vegetables. I've used this less as I've aquire ...more
Oct 18, 2007 Emily added it
Shelves: cookbooks
This cookbook is not without its flaws -- the "ethnic" dishes are frequently repulsive -- but there's some really good, hearty earnest-white-person food up in here. The hummus, pasta sauce, Brazilian black bean soup, refritos, and lasagna recipes are absolute staples.
Catherine Woodman
While there are many flaws in this cookbook by 21st century standards, it was a miracle in the mid-70's. I went to college n 1977 and this book changed my eating life forever--so while it lacks alot in the way of spicing complexity that would seem altogether common today, it had vegetarian recipes that were easy to follow, and they worked. it is whimsical and wonderful. It had things from my childhood that I could never give up (like quiche and sour cream coffeecake) and things I would never hav ...more
Dec 22, 2007 Allison rated it really liked it
My mom's copy has been taped back together, set on fire, and covered in too many ingredients to list. That adds to the appeal for me because I know it is something that she has cherished. When I became a vegetarian I thought "oh yes now Moosewood is mine." Then I realized that probably 350ish days out of the year I don't have time to be a bloody gourmet chef, you know?

This doesn't diminish my love for the cookbook. It does mean that I can't really move past loving anything but the aesthetics bec
Jul 04, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
Classic, delicious vegetarian recipes, although some are dated because it was published decades ago.
Oct 05, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not cooked from this old favorite for quite a while but pulled it out to make the Hungarian Mushroom Soup this week and remembered just how much I love Mollie Katzen. A classic.

Link to a pretty wonderful bowl of soup:
Zomick's  Bakery
Nov 04, 2014 Zomick's Bakery rated it really liked it
For me as a baker at Zomick's it is a good thing to see some of the recipes that are used in this kosher restaurant, which is one of the best known natural food restaurants in New York for some 40 years now. Haven't had a chance to prepare some of their recipes, bur mainly because I pan to go to their restaurant and order the foods the prepare. I think it is the best way to appreciate this cookbook - pick a recipe and order it from the menu... that is if you visit New York - Zomick's
May 07, 2009 Jensownzoo rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This is a vegetarian classic and for good reason. The recipes are flavorful, varied, and just plain good. Like the Enchanted Broccoli Forest, this cookbook is hand-written and illustrated, making it an exceptionally charming. Sample recipe below:

Mushroom Curry

4 tbsp butter
2 cloves minced garlic
1 c chopped celery
1 1/2 lb. chopped mushrooms
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp honey
Apr 18, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I suppose I opened this book with expectations that were too high. Everything I had ever heard about Mollie Katzen and her cookbooks gave the highest praise. I have relied on a few non-Katzen Moosewood cookbooks (Moosewood Sundays, Moosewood New Classics) myself over the past few years; in fact, I wouldn't want to live without them. So I opened the book prepared to be blown away. I wasn't. The hand-lettering is charming; I felt like I was reading a friend's recipes. However, I felt like I was re ...more
Dec 07, 2007 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to eat
Shelves: favorites
This is a great collection of vegetarian options and most of the recipes are pretty easy and you can adjust them easily if you want to include your favorite veggies. Some of the recipes are kind of bland, though, so I will tell you the best ones, okay?
Spanikopida-hands down, the best recipe in the world. I know this because I went to Greece and nothing there tasted nearly as good as this. I make this recipe (as did my mom in the 70's and 80's) all the time and it is always perfect. Filo dough is
R. C.
Feb 09, 2010 R. C. rated it did not like it
I sat down to meal plan one day and ended up reading this book cover to cover. It was a pretty interesting cookbook. I of course knew it would be, having hung out for a decade with interesting cooks who love it. I remember an unschooling advocate using Mollie Katzen as an example of a "glorious generalist," which seems funny to me now: "ZOMG she can cook AND draw!"

After I had read the whole thing, I knew why I had never made anything from this cookbook, and I knew that I never would make anythi
Rambling Reader
heavy on dairy
Oct 17, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it
I've used this cookbook so much it is falling apart. My favorite: Carrot Soup. Unfortunately, I can't use it much anymore as most of the recipes have milk products and I have a husband who is lactose intolerant. Still, I've been able to substitute for a few of them. A great cookbook and inspiration for eating well.
Sep 30, 2013 Margie rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
A classic.
May 25, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Expert cooks
Shelves: cookbooks
This is a nice vegetarian cookbook if you can figure out how to make it work. It has some very appealing recipes in it. It’s heavy on vegetable salads and vegetable entrees, and very heavy on tofu and cheese. Katzen tends to recommend tofu as a substitute for cheese. I’ve tried the marinated sweet potato and broccoli salad, which is delicious, and I’m going to try the gado gado next because I love anything with a peanut sauce. (The potato, cabbage, onion and yogurt casserole was awful, but Katze ...more
Mar 01, 2009 Marguerite rated it really liked it
I was introduced to the Moosebook Cookbook in the days when I had vegetarian roommates who'd buy the chow if I did the cooking. I was vegetarian by economic circumstance. Since I was on a tight budget, I ended up the house cook, and in those crunchy granola days I baked my own bread and had gleaning rights in some farm fields outside of Richmond. (When faced with a bushel of cucumbers, you learn to make raita, cucumber sandwiches and pickles.) When I saw The Moosewood Cookbook had been retooled ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Erin1179 rated it it was amazing
I think that this is my favorite cookbook of all time. My mom had a copy when I was growing up, and even though my family weren't vegetarians, this book was used to a good extent. At some point I became a vegetarian, snd so I used it a good deal more! When I grew up, my aunt bought me a copy of a previously loved hardcover version, which always makes me wonder: who would give this away? I learned to make eggplant parmesan from this book, and will say that yes, it's not the healthiest way to prep ...more
Feb 14, 2008 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: instructional
I am posting this review for Connie, who bought me this book a few years ago and who just joined Goodreads!

Anyway, I love this cookbook! The first couple times I tried anything out of this book, I thought to myself, "Wow - that was a lot of chopping." But as I've become more aware of the benefits of eating much less meat and processed packaged food, and as I've become more adept at handling all those veggies (I finally got a full size cuisinart for Christmas!) this has become my fallback cookboo
Nov 15, 2011 Libby rated it it was amazing
I love this cookbook, as well as really all of their cookbooks. But I think that there are a few things to consider when thinking about using it. If you're looking to cook authentic cuisine from different countries, this book is not really the book to use. Moosewood is more of an interpretation of different foods mixed with a hearty / homey / comfort / vegetarian style. Also, the ingredients for the recipes are usually spot on, but can often be adjusted proportion wise to fit personal taste (I o ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Excellent vegetarian cookbook! I have owned and used this book since it's initial release. It actually made my husband (a meat and potatoes farm boy) appreciate vegetarian meals and we eat meat-free at least once a week. The only downside is that we now know that vegetarian doesn't necessarily mean healthy and several of these recipes are high-fat cholesterol. Just use what you currently know to lighten them up. Still an excellent cookbook. Some favorite recipes are Cream of Asparagus Soup (p.3) ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
No wonder it's a vegetarian classic. Absolutely cute illustrations and handwriting. A wide range of simple recipes, from salads and dips, through soups and main dishes, to desserts. It features some international recipes and even a recipe from my country (Bulgaria). I haven't tries many recipes yet (only the broccoli soup) but I surely will.
Apr 28, 2009 Miriam rated it it was amazing
I love the Moosewood cookbook. Even though I am not vegetarian anymore, I find cooking meat daunting - cooking in general really, but meat especially - so I like to use this cookbook. Also, the hadwritten, hand-drawn format feels less threatening than most cookbooks and she has these sidenotes that imply that even if you screw this up a bit or don't happen to have gingeroot on hand, it's going to be ok and maybe even delicious. Plus, a lot of these recipes were my mom's staples so it reminds me ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Our daughter introduced me to this cookbook when she was a teenager and a vegetarian (she now also will eat chicken & turkey- but won't cook it herself!). I love its simplicity and its outlook on cooking. Have made several recipes. Within the last year, we actually got to the Moosewood twice, finally getting our daughter there! It's awesome. Incidentally, I now own at least 5 or 6 books either from the Moosewood Collective or by Mollie Katzen (since she left Moosewood). And I am not and have ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Now that I have tried a half-dozen of the recipes in this book, I feel that I can review it fairly (and yes, for those of you doing the math, there was quite a bit of cooking going on this weekend).

Before you balk at the word "vegetarian"--this book does not contain recipe after recipe of weird dishes containing obscure ingredients like tempeh or bean sprouts. The foods are familiar, like corn bread and baked beans, though if you want to go the salad route, there are plenty of those, too. And ma
Jan 04, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review. I chose this cookbook because like many people, I am looking to incorporate more plant based foods into my diet, and hope to start my own "meatless monday" tradition in the new year.
The Moosewood Restaurant located in Ithaca NY helped to start a new focus in the 1970's on healthy, plant based cuisine. According to autor Mollie Katzen, a group of friends (non-chefs) worked at the restaurant, cooking adapted family favor
Virginia Campbell
What makes a book a "classic"? In the case of Mollie Katzen and her "Moosewood Cookbook", a neatly hand-printed text and charmingly-sketched illustrations from the author herself are combined with sound cooking advice and delicious plant-based recipes. This newly-released “40th Anniversary Edition” retains the original appeal of its predecessor, a book listed by the “New York Times” as one of the best-selling cookbooks in history. Ms. Katzen’s experiences cooking with her friends in their little ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moosewood Cookbook 40th Anniversary Edition
by Mollie Katzen

I received this book from "Blogging for Books" for this review.

When I was offered an opportunity by "Blogging for Books" to review the 40th Anniversary Edition of Moosewood Cookbook I heartedly agreed! Back in the 1970 and 1980s I was a cash-strapped young wife with very little home cooking experience. I came across a paper-bound used copy of the book and scooped it up with great hopes of improving my culinary skills.

Vegetarian meals we
Sep 17, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1988-2000, cookbooks
In an effort to clear out old books to make way for new (I know, I know, but we have a very tiny place) I recently reread all of our classic 80s cookbooks and determined that we didn't need to keep them any longer. But we no longer needed Katzen and her crowd (think Laurel's kitchen, Enchanted Broccoli Forest, etc.) not because the books aren't good, but because what was so startling and new in them once upon a time is now second nature to us in our eating habits. We no longer need them because ...more
Heather Boyd
Oct 06, 2012 Heather Boyd rated it it was amazing
This handprinted cookbook, Moosewood Collective's first of many books, is a pleasure to read --the artwork is whimsical, the printing is lovely, the commentary is joyful, and of course the recipes are wonderful. It's already my 'go to' for dips and spreads, and it makes my Moosewood collection seem complete. Found it at the Kincardine Farmer's Market -bought it for $4 from an old guy who said "everybody should have this book". I can't disagree.
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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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