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Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet Paperback – April 1, 2009
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“The authors of the new book Almost Meatless make a satisfying case for eating less meat and more vegetables and grains...The resulting dishes are healthier, less expensive and beautifully balanced.”
—Chicago Sun Times
“The recipes look good enough for carnivores to enjoy as well”
“This way of eating makes sense not just for saving money, but, as the authors say in the subtitle, for the planet.”
“Show[s] that a less meatcentric diet than the typical American one can still be satisfying and delicious”
“Filled with recipes that use only a small amount of meat in each dish, a flavorful accent rather than the star of the show”
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is organized by ingredient - fleshly protein ingredient. Boxed cooking tips, storage and shopping advice and occasional variations accompany well-organized recipes.
Most recipes are naturals for meat restraint - Corn and Cod Cakes, Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie (whole wheat crust), Chili, while a few traditionally meat centered dishes - Philly Cheese Steak, Tofu-Turkey Sloppy Joes - require some veggie adjustment.
The authors include whole grains without belaboring the point and the whole family will greet the meals here with enthusiasm.
First up on the inspiration front, I love cookbooks that have big, glossy, tantalising photos. As a visual person, if the photo's got me salivating there's a good chance I'm going to give the recipe a try myself. Unfortunately, of the 62 recipes listed (excluding the stocks/broths) only 21 of them have photos. That may be enough for you but I certainly need more. I did enjoy the introductions that preceded each chapter, but overall the design (typography, layout) looks much more like a textbook than a cookbook.
In regards to the recipes themselves, for what I was looking for they seemed impractical. The stated intention of the book is to displace meat as the central component in our meals. Yet I think one of the main obstacles is that meat can be so simple to prepare and yet so flavoursome. Our experience often tells us that plain vegetables, by comparison, are quite bland. As a beginner-to-intermediate kitchen warrior I was looking for meals that would be on par with, say, a roast dinner in terms of preparation, ingredient complexity and skill. Instead, the recipes in this book are best described as fiddly.
For instance, a recipe for Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie requires a whopping 25 ingredients!Read more ›
The recipes are easy to follow, with lots of good advice and tips for working with ingredients. I already have shelves and shelves of cookbooks and donate armloads to the public library once or twice a year - so what I'm looking for now is recipes that are a little different without being too spicy-hot or too far out for my husband (who's a fairly adventurous eater) to enjoy. This book's a keeper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband refuses to go vegan or even to do many vegetarian type of dishes. I believe that we eat too much meat and need to incorporate more vegetables into our diets. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gina
Helped me cut down on red meat and use more beans lentils. I ordered a few books two copies each one for my husband one for me so we could collaborate without sharing books.Published on February 6, 2014 by marma2
I am giving this book only one star for 2 reasons. #1 almost every recipe has meat in it! I thought an almost meatless cookbook would have almost no meat. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Nikki
I like to have veggies be the main focus of dinner, not the protein. This book give you recipes for using just a little beef, chicken, pork etc. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Julie Valentine
I purchased this cookbook with the hopes it would give me some better ideas of what to do with beads, and vegies that we don't normally use. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Debra Wilson
The cookbook looks great. I received it before the expected date. Looking forward to serving some awesome dishes. Many thanks.Published on June 7, 2011 by T. Fraley
I know some people may not consider this review appropriate since I don't own the book, but if you notice the table of contents nearly ALL recipes contain meat. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by jamie