Herbivoracious Vegetarian cookbook features 150 vegetarian recipes from blogger and chef Michael Natkin. This is a beautiful cookbook with dishes like Loaded Otsu Noodles, Caramel-Cooked Tofu, Crispy Polenta Cakes with White Beans and Morels, Over-the-Top Eggplant Parmigiana, and Sephardic Doughnuts.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 367 pages.
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Author: Michael Natkin
Description: The vegetarian table has come of age. No longer the poor cousin to omnivorous eating, meatless cooking nowadays features as much depth in spices and flavors, as much color and good looks on the plate, and, above all, as much diversity and originality in the creation of recipes as one expects from the best meat-loving chefs and kitchens. It's attractive to the eye and delectable on the palate.
The wonderfully talented cook and blogger Michael Natkin is at the forefront of this new generation. His award-winning blog Herbivoracious is read by cutting-edge chefs and imaginative home cooks from coast to coast. Natkin's cooking is smart, sophisticated, and oh-so-tasty. His recipes, 150 of which fill these pages, are robust and multifaceted, bursting with new and surprising flavors that complement each other in utterly pleasing ways.
Natkin relies on a global pantry of big, bold, and vibrant flavors, taking advantage of the amazing ingredients from far-flung sources we now find in just about any supermarket. An indefatigable explorer of global cuisines, with particular interests in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Asia, he has crafted dishes that truly are revelations in taste, texture, aroma, and presentation.
A third of the book is taken up with hearty main courses. An abundance of soups, salads, sauces and condiments, sides, appetizers and small plates, desserts, and breakfasts make up the rest. Throughout, the many dozens of vegan and gluten-free recipes are clearly identified. On a summer evening, start with a zippy Jicama, Radish, and Orange Salad and follow with a colorful Corn and Tomato Confit Risotto. When the weather turns blustery, warm yourself with a bowl of Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Pumpkin Seeds and then tuck into a plate of Sicilian Spaghetti with Pan-Roasted Cauliflower. For a meatless Monday, why not launch the day with a hearty Mexican Breakfast Torta and end it with a lively Chickpea and Green Olive Tagine? For a sweet finish, a Rustic Peach and Nectarine Crostata or a Caramelized Raisin Sundae are terrific choices.
Whatever the time of day, whatever the season, this is an extraordinary volume that promises fun and discovery in the kitchen and serendipity and joy at the table.
Condition: Good condition. Tiny nick in jacket cover.