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The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen

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Tassajara, the California spa/retreat center, has long been renowned for its gourmet vegetarian cuisine. In this comprehensive book, one of Tassajara’s most well-known and beloved cooks, Edward Espe Brown, presents hundreds of recipes using fresh, whole foods; detailed notes on preparing seasonal ingredients; and, perhaps most important, inspiration for cooking with joyful ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Shambhala
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Jan 20, 2012 Trish rated it it was amazing
I uncovered a recipe in here which brought me to the book, and I have to say I adore the way Brown's distinct personality shines through his stories which are scattered throughout the book. He shares the highs and lows of cooking for a group, and celebrates the simple and unadorned. Three stories I marked and would like to share:
...people will pay three to five times as much money for prepared foods as for the plain ingredients, even for something quite simple like scalloped potates. This basic
Normally I do not read cookbooks from cover to cover, but this one was different. The recipe part I only skimmed through, but I definitely will come back to some of them. Edward Espe Brown`s Complete Tassajara Cookbook is more than a cookbook - it`s an encouragement to (as he writes himself) come to your senses, to see, smell, taste and touch. In reviews below I have read some comments (or complaints?) about the fact that, for a vegetarian cookbook, the recipes include many eggs and cheese, that ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing
The best vegetarian cookbook ever. I have his old ones from the 70s and 80s. Many of the same recipes are here but updated for the 21st century, plus lots more - lots of balsamic vinegar, goat cheese and dried tomatoes. But the best parts are the stories and the philosophy.

"When you wash the rice, wash the rice. When you stir the soup, stir the soup." Zen cooking. Love it!
Mar 21, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
Picked this up off my shelf this weekend and discovered I never reviewed it. My favorite cookbook. Excellent recipes and delightful little stories from the zen kitchen at Tassajara. Also love the simplicity of the recipes.
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Nothing amazing in here, but still nice to flip through. All vegetarian but definitely not vegan.
This is a fabulous cookbook! I wish it had been out there in the late sixties, when I had my first leanings toward a vegetarian diet. Much of what is here, I have learned by trial and error, and by experimentation. But I have learned so many new ideas just reading it that I am excited about cooking all over again.

It is filled with sauces, breads, desserts, and main dishes as well as vegetable and fruit recipes. Read this book. Cook from this book! Use this book to learn to adapt anything to alm
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Jun 27, 2015 Deborah Byfield Nyberg rated it really liked it
What I most like about this book is the teaching of mindfulness and the need to be aware in our actions, no matter what they are. I like the thought that mindfulness doesn't necessarily mean you go at half the pace, but that you are aware of your actions, training your mind think more clearly and therefore be sharper.
Nov 20, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it
The perfect mix of good technique, good recipes, and good voice. The narrative interludes frequently say just what I need to hear. For a vegetarian cookbook, it does use a lot of cheese and eggs, but no other complaints.
Aug 12, 2010 Cherie rated it it was amazing
An excellent cookbook I want to own. In the very Zen, methodical, be-in-the-present moment way of healthy vegetarian cooking. A wonderful book – highly recommended!
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Edward Espe Brown is a Zen Buddhist priest and professional chef.
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