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

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  51,089 ratings  ·  450 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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Joann Carol No. Eggs and cheese are included in many recipes. It is vegetarian. There are nondairy recipes and they are Listed in an appendix

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Jul 03, 2007 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 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
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for a Basic Vegetarian Cookbook
A fabulous vegetarian cookbook, with a diverse collection of recipes, the Moosewood Cookbook was originally published in 1977, and is an outgrowth of the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York. Like many cookbooks, it is divided into sections, which include: Soups; Salads; Sauces and Dips; Baked Things and Sandwiches; Entrees; and Desserts. There are also some helpful introductory comments about modifications, pantry notes, tools, and conversions.

Despite the fact that I am no longer a vegetari
Oct 18, 2007 added it
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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. ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
This is very good on soups.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not usually a cookbook reader but this one fitted into my collection of miniature books so I decided to give it a go. Not that I am ever likely to produce any of the dishes within its covers for I am not a gourmet chef, just one who likes the easy option and cooks simple things to eat that do not need a lot of preparation!

Before we get to the recipes, Mollie Katzen gives us an enlightening preface in which she tells us that in the early 1970s she went to visit her brother in New York when h
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 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
Mar 12, 2011 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:
May 02, 2010 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
Dec 07, 2007 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 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
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Classic, delicious vegetarian recipes, although some are dated because it was published decades ago.
May 07, 2009 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
Jan 01, 2009 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
Holly R W
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I have an original paperback copy of the cookbook from the 1970's. The spine is neatly taped with masking tape and the pages are a bit yellow. I first got the cookbook in college and loved the hippy vibe. Though never a vegetarian or a serious cook, I did make some of the recipes. Through the years, I've kept the cookbook and have consulted it for recipes. Most of the time, I've adapted them to suit whatever I've been cooking.

I just consulted "Moosewood" again yesterday and made (a modified ve
Zomick's  Bakery
Nov 04, 2014 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 ...more
Oct 17, 2008 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. ...more
Kristine Mckenna
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a Classic Cookbook and one of the best for Vegetarian Cooking. My brother used to live in Vermont and have been fortunate to go to the Restaurant. I am not a Vegetarian, but definitely enjoy Vegetarian meals. Way back, getting and eating Vegetarian meals was difficult and had slim offering. When my brother was visiting, took this cookbook out again and made some recipes. Nowadays, the ingredients are easy to get and the meals delicious. It is easy to make delicious vegetarian dishes and ...more
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
I love a good stand-the-test-of-time cookbook but this one had no flow for me. I also, found the odd paper it was printed on annoying.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I have not read this back to front, but a huge percentage of my family's go-to vegetarian dinner recipes are from this book. It's a good one! ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read through this a few times and honestly the recipes aren’t very good. I think people mostly like it because it was an early enough vegetarian cookbook that there weren’t many other options.
Harlee Johnson
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
God I adore this book. I cannot wait to read the other cookbook by her that my mom bought when she was in college, and the 40th edition of this book.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I re-read this recently in its entirety. Sometimes I like reading cookbooks. Back when I was a vegetarian, this was one of my bibles. I have a lot of favorite recipes in here. While I was on my migraine med one day, and unable to do much, I read through it so that I could share it with the eldest child and we talked as I read. We've made a version of the squash casserole, (I think mine is better) we made popovers (excellent exactly as written. use a ton of butter on the muffin pan.) and plan to ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m using my mother’s giant old paperback from the 90’s, back when she was new age acid tripping hipster!
Apr 18, 2009 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
Mar 01, 2009 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 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 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 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
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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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