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Friday, August 3, 2012

Vegetarian Cuisine: New Cookbook Selections

     Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution, with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes is written by Michael Natkin, a chef and author of the blog Herbivoracious. His culinary creations are inspired from international cuisines, particularly those from the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia. After a personable introduction to the book and some notes on ingredients and cooking equipment, Natkin devotes his energies to a wide range of main course dishes, as well as selections of appetizers, soups, salads, sides, desserts and more. Gluten-free and vegan recipes are available too.

     Vegan Cooking for Carnivores: over 125 Recipes So Tasty You Won’t Miss the Meat is written by Roberto Martin, personal chef to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. When DeGeneres and de Rossi turned to a vegan diet, eschewing all animal proteins including meat, milk, butter, eggs and cheese, they didn’t want to eat tasteless foods. Then they were introduced to Roberto Martin who was not a vegan but was interested in making food vegan. He was able to reproduce their favorite foods by substituting animal proteins with vegan alternatives. The recipes for several of these dishes with accompanying color photographs, ranging from breakfast, lunch and dinner and including soups, salads, entrees, sides, desserts and more, are presented to the reader.

     Vegetarian Cooking, part of the At Home with the Culinary Institute of America series, is directed toward the vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike. Focusing on lacto-ovo vegetarianism, in which meat, fish and seafood aren’t eaten but dairy products and eggs are, the recipes highlight an assortment of soups, salads, sandwiches, beans, tofu, grains, pasta, vegetables and more. Large color photos add to the book’s appeal.

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