Vegetarian Planet is a comprehensive cookbook of 350 vegetarian recipes of all kinds with 150 entree options. This cookbook is a must-have with a wide range of imaginative vegetarian dishes.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 564 pages.
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Author: Didi Emmons
Description: The markets where we buy our food are brimming with new colors, flavors, textures, and smells. Foods that might have been called exotic a few years ago, from mangoes, papayas, and guavas to jicama and fennel root, from portobellos and shiitakes to lemongrass and sesame oil, now beckon from the shelves of a multitude of stores.
Vegetarian Planet celebrates the globally-inspired, world-wise pantry. Its recipes are not "ethnic" dishes "from" this place or that, nor are they "fusion" dishes that marry two distinct cuisines. They are original creations of a young chef who seamlessly incorporates adventuresome flavors into simple everyday meals. It's long been noted that most of the world's cuisines focus more on grains and produce than on meats, and therefore have richer traditions of seasoning and preparing meatless dishes. But no cookbook writer has ranged so widely and deeply as Didi Emmons does here to apply this global kitchen wisdom to foods we all find familiar, from soups, stews, chilis, and chowders to salads and slaws and pastas, pot pies, pizzas, and more.
Emmons shows how to enliven with flavor all the grains, like millet, spelt, quinoa, and kasha, now widely available. She liberates classic flavoring combinations -- like East Asian ginger-and-scallion, Southeast Asian coconut-and-lime, Mexican chile-and-onion, Italian olive- and-caper, and Middle Eastern garlic-and-lemon -- from their homelands, using them on foods they'd never met before but now will wish they had. She wakens slumbering treasures of the American harvest, like parsnips and beets, collard and kale, and dresses them up in ways Grandma never imagined. And she amply attends to the staples of the meatless palate, from carrots, broccoli, and spinach to rice and tortillas, along the way making them more intriguing and lively than we've come to expect.
Vegetarians, who long have known they have adventuresome palates, at last have a book that gives their culinary wanderlust its full expression. Non-vegetarians who occasionally eat meatless meals will find here more than 150 hearty main dishes -- honest dinners as robust and substantial as carnivores demand. For any cook, Vegetarian Planet captures the boundless flavors of the Earth and brings them home.
Condition: Good condition. Jacket has a light scratch.