2003 James Beard Award Winner: Vegetarian/Healthy Focus
Synopses & Reviews
Introducing a new voice in vegetarian cooking. Packed with 1,000 recipes that are seductive, sexy, and utterly delicious, Passionate Vegetarian
covers all the bases of meatless cooking, from east (Stir Fry of Asparagus with Black Bean-Ginger Sauce), west (Talk of the Town Barbecued Tofu), from the Mediterranean (Swiss Chard with Raisins, Onions and Olives) to the American South (Black-Eyed Pea Ragovt). You'll find lush lasagnas; plump pierogies; bountiful burgers, beans, and breads; pleasing pasta and pies. You'll spoon up soups and stews, and delight in desserts from simple to swoonworthy.
Written by longtime vegetarian Crescent Dragonwagon, author of Dairy Hollow House Soup and Bread Cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian employs innovative methods (try "Ri-sort-ofs," in which risotto technique is used to create splendid, richly flavored grain dishes built around not just rice but also barley, buckwheat, spelt, and even toasted oats with an array of seasonings) and introduces lesser-known ingredients (get to know and love not just tofu and tempeh but a whole new generation of soyfoods, as well as "Quick Fixes" like instant bean flakes). Opinionated, passionate, and deeply personal, Ms. Dragonwagon's tantalizing headnotes will have readers rushing to the kitchen to start cooking. (Can her over-the-top Garlic Spaghetti really be that good? It is.)
Whether you're a committed vegetarian, a dedicated vegan (most recipes offer low-fat and vegan options), or a food-loving omnivore in search of something new and wonderful, this is not just vegetarian cooking--but cooking, period--at its most creative, inspiring, and exuberant.
"Don't limit this cookbook just to vegetarians on your list; it deserves a place in every kitchen." Christian Science Monitor
"A complete and all-purpose vegetarian cookbook for any time of year." Cincinnati Inquirer
"If there is one book that will encourage you to stay home and cook...it is Passionate Vegetarian." Newsday
Introducing a new voice in vegetarian cooking: Crescent Dragonwagon, the author of "The Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook." Packed with 1,000 recipes for fabulous fare that is seductive, sexy, and utterly delicious, this new cookbook covers all the bases of meatless cooking, from East to West, from the Mediterranean to the American South.
About the Author
Crescent Dragonwagon is the James Beard Award-winning author of seven cookbooks, including Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian, and, most recently, The Cornbread Gospels. She is also a contributing editor to Relish magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America, Today and NPRs The Splendid Table. She lives, grows, and cooks her beans on a farm in Putney, Vermont.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 ¹ Invitation
Chapter 2 ¹ Welcoming Hors d'Oeuvres
Chapter 3 ¹ Salads and My Salad Days
Chapter 4 ¹ Soups for Spirit and Sustenance
Chapter 5 ¹ Satisfying Stews
Chapter 6 ¹ Deep Dish, Savory Cobblers, Gratins and More
Chapter 7 ¹ Wrapped, Stuffed and Stacked
Chapter 8 ¹ Great Grains
Chapter 9 ¹ A Bountiful Bowl of Beans
Chapter 10 ¹ Celebrating Soyfoods
Chapter 11 ¹ Vegetable World
Chapter 12 ¹ Savory Cakes, Burgers and Patties
Chapter 13 ¹ Quick Fix
Chapter 14 ¹ Sauces, Salsas and Seasonings
Chapter 15 ¹ Just Desserts
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