Synopses & Reviews
AMY CHAPLIN has worked as a vegetarian chef for over 20 years. Prior to settling in New York and working as Executive Chef at Angelica's Kitchen, Amy founded a catering company in London specializing in gourmet vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food. Her cakes were featured in British Vogue and BBC Good Food magazine. In Amsterdam, Amy worked as a chef as Shizen, a popular Japanese macrobiotic restaurant, and as a pastry chef at the famed bakery and cake studio De Taart van m'n Tante. Currently, Amy teaches and cooks privately for clients that include Natalie Portman and Liv Tyler, consults and develops recipes for restaurants and food companies, and blogs at coconutandquinoa.com, where she shares original, seasonal recipes and health tips. Amy contributes weekly recipes to the Food Netork's Healthy Eats blog. She has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, regularly appears as a guest on WNYC radio's "Last Chance Foods," and has contributed for publications such as Whole Living, The Guardian, Delicious Living, and Reader's Digest's Best You. Her whole food cleanse was featured in New York Magazine. Vogue featured a story about Amy's private cooking classes and Vogue.com named them one of the top 10 Mother's Day gifts in 2013.
James Beard Award Winner (Vegetarian)
IACP Award Winner (Healthy Eating)
A sophisticated vegetarian cookbook with all the tools you need to be at home in your kitchen, cooking in the most nourishing and delicious ways--from the foundations of stocking a pantry and understanding your ingredients, to preparing elaborate seasonal feasts.
Imagine you are in a bright, breezy kitchen. There are large bowls on the counter full of lush, colorful produce and a cake stand stacked with pretty whole-grain muffins. On the shelves live rows of glass jars containing grains, seeds, beans, nuts, and spices. You open the fridge and therein you find a bottle of fresh almond milk, cooked beans, soaking grains, dressings, ferments, and seasonal produce. This is Amy Chaplin's kitchen. It is a heavenly place, and this book will make it your kitchen too.
With her love of whole food and knowledge as a chef, Chaplin has written a book that will inspire you to eat well at every meal. Part One lays the foundation for stocking the pantry. This is not just a list of food and equipment; it's real working information--how and why to use ingredients--and an arsenal of simple recipes for daily nourishment. Also included throughout are tips on living a whole food lifestyle: planning weekly menus, why organic is important, composting, plastics vs. glass, drinking tea, doing a whole food cleanse, and much more.
Part Two is a collection of recipes (most of which are naturally gluten-free) celebrating vegetarian cuisine in its brightest, whole, sophisticated form. Black rice breakfast pudding with coconut and banana? Yes, please. Beet tartlets with poppy seed crust and white bean fennel filling? I'll take two. Fragrant eggplant curry with cardamom basmati rice, apricot chutney, and cucumber lime raita? Invite company. Roasted fig raspberry tart with toasted almond crust? There is always room for this kind of dessert.
If you are an omnivore, you will delight in this book for its playful use of produce and know-how in balancing food groups. If you are a vegetarian, this book will become your best friend, always there for you when you're on your own, and ready to lend a hand when you're sharing food with family and friends. If you are a vegan, you can cook nearly every recipe in this book and feed your body well in the truest sense. This is whole food for everyone.
Big-flavored vegetarian fare from around the globe, by a James Beard Awardandndash; and IACP Awardandndash;winning author
About the Author
The winner of a Julia Child Award and two James Beard Awards, MARIE SIMMONS is a cooking teacher and the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including Sur La Tableand#39;s Things Cooks Love, Fresh and Fast, The Good Egg, and 365 Ways to Cook Pasta. She was a columnist for Bon Appandeacute;tit for eighteen years.