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How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
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Dec 30, 07

really liked it
Read in January, 2008

Okay, I'm only through the first 100 pages of this nearly 1,000 page cookbook, and I'm sold. I think this is the "Laurel's Kitchen" for the 21st century, and will proudly sit on my bookshelf next to it. Bittman's writing is in an easy, conversational, been there-done that level that doesn't make you feel either lost if you've never cooked anything before or talked down to if you've been a cook (or a vegetarian) for years. Recipes are coded for Fast, Make Ahead or Vegan and each basic recipe has several variations to suit anyone's particular flavor, and most ingredients are those you are familiar with if you've spoken vegetarian before. I've only tried one recipe in the book so far (cornbread--I know, not an exclusively vegetarian cookbook food) and it turned out to be the best I've ever made before.

This is a cookbook that only a fellow home chef could pick out for another. There are plenty of cookbooks that say vegetarian in the title or description, but this one lives up to it's name with good basic cookery that just happens to be vegetarian.

Thanks Nancy...and I suppose Drew too, but let's be honest about who suggested giving me this as a gift...
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Nancy Yes, let's.

I have the original Bittman How to Cook Everything. I heard him being interviewed on the Leonard Lopate Show and ran to Borders to flip through this one. I noticed that there was a lot of overlap, so with a few modifications with what I had, this book would be not so useful for me. That and the fact I have Deborah Madison's vegetarian book allowed me to bypass this. But I knew someone who might like it......

I also have his book on international recipes. It's heavy on non-European fare (which is why I asked for it -- lots of asian and mediterranean), and again with modifications most things can be meatless.


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