I came across this book at a bookstore, so I had the opportunity to browse through it (I always like to do that with books and cookbooks). The layout was good, and the recipes looked good, too. I was able to find it on Overstock for a hefty savings... The recipes were simple, but with plenty of variations. I like to think of myself as a pretty good cook, but I'm just starting out, and there are a lot of things I don't know the basics on. The recipes cater to both of those sides of me--deep enough for me to grow with, but covering the basics in the areas I'm clueless about. There are also a lot of explanations about things, too--the best soup recipes to use tomatoes in, when to salt veggies and when not to salt them, which kind of potatoes to use for which recipes. I'm not quite a vegetarian, but I'm thinking about it...what I know is I definitely want a more plant-based diet. I don't want plain boiled veggies all the time, or the same old salad. The author is not a vegetarian but has done extensive research...I think the book would be good for vegans, flexible vegetarians, and those who just want tasty veggie recipes. ps...I have already tried several recipes and enjoyed them thoroughly...Black Bean Soup, salad dressing (everyone loved this one).
This was exactly the book I have been looking for! It is full of useful information and the writing is easy to understand. While I am not vegetarian, I have been looking for books that can help to eat vegetarian 3-5 days out of the week. One big fear was having to buy ingredients that I could only use once and then it would sit on the shelf until the next time I made the recipe.This book broke it down on how to do so and I can use a lot of the common every day pantry items. I feel very good about this purchase and cannot wait to get going on it.
One need not be vegetarian to want great vegetable recipes. This is a super book! I checked it out of the library to look at, and had to have it. This was a super price. I would recommend the book to anyone who is making an effort at a healthy but fabulous food plan.
This book is great! Tons of recipes when you may be looking for something different or just feel like getting away from meat and potatos for a while! Simple and easy to understand with plenty of substitute idea. Mark Bittman has some great cookbooks. I recommend his Fish cookbook as well!
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I have 2 books by this author and I am pleased with both.
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I will keep this on hand forever. Very useful and a go to guide
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Book is ok but I like Receipe books with lots of pictures and there were none. Otherwise alot of helpful info.
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I've enjoyed the recipes. Most reference variations which keeps it interesting. I'm typically intimidated in the kitchen but have found this cookbook most helpful! It's nice to have the total vegetarian option vs. pondering meat substitutions in other recipes. A great purchase.
I've been a bit Mark Bittman fan for a while, and "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" has all the things I like so much about him - his writing style is simple, accessible and very down to earth, and the book is really comprehensive. There aren't a lot of cookbooks out there that not only attack bravely how to make your own seitan (p.668) and have an exhaustive chapter on nothing but legumes (including a great recipe for beer-glazed black beans, p.585) but also have great tables for the use of spice mixtures (p.823) and a what's what about chiles (pp.826-827). The illustrations are clear and judiciously employed - and are hand-drawn! (a nice contrast to the overwhelming number of picture-book cookbooks that clog the shelves.) Reading through the book, you're left with the feeling that you can prepare just about anything in it and that Bittman has already made sure of that.
This is a terrific book. Good, solid and simple recipes with clearly explained techniques. As an an experienced cook, I appreciate the variations offered on most recipes; easy to "tweak." Most sections include charts of selected food and techniques to accompany them for endless variation. I eat (and cook) fish and occasionally chicken and have even used this book as a basis for dishes including those items. I've cooked from this book several times now and found the recipes delicious and inventive. Mark Bittman is an excellent teacher. Great book! I've already recommended it to several fellow cooks and purchased it as a gift.
This book gives a good run-down on the basics of vegetables and grains, including how to pick them out at the market, wash them and prepare them in simple ways. I wouldn't look to this cookbook for fabulous recipes. Instead, it's a good resource for simple dishes. It does a great job on that.
Mark Bittman is one of the most reliable authors when it comes to cooking. You can't go wrong with any of his books. I bought this for myself and for my three adult children. We all think it is one of the best vegetarian cookbooks around. I've only tried one recipe so far for chard and it was delicious. Definitely a keeper and constant go to book!
This book was a gift for a friend, who thinks it is wonderful. He was very impressed with the scope and variety of recipes & cooking techniques. Unfortunately, it arrived with a wrinkled cover and I would have sent it back if time allowed. Shipping packaging could be improved.
Gift for daughter. She is a vegetarian & said this cookbook has a lot of helpful info to convert lots of recipes and how to plan meals. She is anxious to try the recipes. Only negative was, as this was a gift, it did not tell her who sent it.