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

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  32,456 Ratings  ·  364 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
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
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:
Jul 04, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
Classic, delicious vegetarian recipes, although some are dated because it was published decades ago.
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
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
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
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
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.
Rambling Reader
heavy on dairy
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Nov 15, 2014 AJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: first time vegetarians
Not technically vegan but vegetarian. I know I've read this cookbook before and enjoyed it.

The recipes are pretty simple and I like the cutesy, handwritten style of the book. You can tell that a lot of love went into it. There are definitely a bunch of recipes that I plan to try out. Most of the recipes in the book are pretty standard, so it's probably a good cookbook for somebody looking to go vegetarian but who doesn't know how to cook.
Meg Powers
Jan 05, 2010 Meg Powers rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
I really enjoy Molly Katzen's books. The recipes are really simple and use easy to find ingredients. Her writing is charming and devoid of the "simplicity snobbery" attitude sometimes found in other California cuisine books. Sometimes I wish she used more seasoning in her recipes, but that's easy enough to figure out on your own. The text is hand-written and she illustrated the book herself. Adorable. A great first vegetarian cook book.
Sabrina Robinson
May 05, 2009 Sabrina Robinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
I first heard about this book about two years ago - it had been explained to me as the "bible of vegetarian cooking." Well, I don't know about that, but there are a lot of fun recipes in here. It's a beautiful book, too, hand-lettered and illustrated. One of those cookbooks I just love to read - way too easy to get so lost in it there's no time to cook dinner! Plan on picking up a copy of my own.
Frank Mcgeough
Jan 29, 2012 Frank Mcgeough rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
My very first vegetarian cookbook (along with tons of other people). The recipes are whimsically presented and some are quite delicious. I have made them over and over again in some cases (the lentil soup recipe is excellent). Definitely worth owning. It was re-released in later years with some recipes adjusted to cut down on fat - without losing the flavor.
Sep 20, 2016 Lynne rated it it was amazing
I've been cooking from this book for almost 25 years. Gingered carrot soup is outstanding! I love her vegetable walnut pate, brownies are the best and the mushroom strudel is amazing. Tonight I tried a new recipe, Tofu salad and let me tell you, it's so delicious! This will continue to be my all time favorite cookbook.
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.
Jul 27, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it does seem to rely heavily on mushrooms and eggplant, there are a lot of tasty looking veggie recipes to try. I'm really excited about them! Plus, she writes the same way I think I would if I wrote a cookbook. I also enjoy the flexibility of each recipe and how many of them can include chicken or fish if one desires.
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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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