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Cafe Flora Cookbook Hardcover – October 4, 2005
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—The Seattle Times“Cafe Flora—still a standout in the sea of green. It’s the perfect restaurant for vegetarians to bring non-vegetarian guests.”
—Pacific Magazine“Cafe Flora…has flair, integrity and soul.”
—The Stranger“The popularity of Cafe Flora…extends beyond a strictly vegetarian clientele.”
—Seattle Magazine“If being vegan means a lifetime of lightly breaded coconut tofu with sweet chili dipping sauce or a spicy chickpea falafel wrapped in warm pita bread, you can sign us up.…The highest compliment the Cafe receives, though, is the presence of its regulars—many of whom see nothing wrong with an occasional…crispy-skinned Thanksgiving turkey, but still come to meat-free Flora. It’s just that good.”
— Seattle Weekly’s Dining Showcase
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But I wanted to share my opinion of this book with other readers. It's fantastic and the recipes are delicious.
Never before have I enjoyed a cookbook so much. Reading through the table of contents was enough to get my palate fired up. At the time of this writing, I've created over a dozen of the recipes in this book, and each one is a sure winner, not one is a reject. I might have tried more recipes by now, but the temptation to go back to a dish I've already tried is just too great. (We've done the Coconut Tofu with Sweet Chili Dipping sauce four times, now.)
How about a really wonderful Portobello Wellington with Madeira Sauce? Now THAT was a Thanksgiving dinner! Yam and Mushroom Enchiladas with Smoky Tomato Sauce? Spinach, Mushroom, and Gorgonzola in Puff Pastry with Red Pepper Coulis? Despite what I - a carnivore - have always thought, vegetarian cooking can be great. That's a claim I've never been able to make regarding any other vegetarian or vegan cookbook.
The book is extremely well laid out with timing suggestions, "prepare ahead" ideas, and handy tips for getting through the process without any unexpected surprises. Each recipe is preceded by a good description that makes you want to try it immediately. If a recipe has multiple components, each is presented as a logical and timed subsection of the overall plate.
I only wish I knew about this restaurant when I visited Seattle last year. Next time...Read more ›
There are plenty of vegan choices, and these recipes are all marked in the table of contents. There are no dessert recipes. Sections are starters, soups, salads, dinners/suppers, pizza, sandwiches, brunch, beverages, side dishes, sauces/spreads. They list sources for some ingredients (like arame, miso or fenugreek) and often give you an easier to locate alternative.
For recipes that require a number of steps, they've been extremely organized about breaking it down into manageable sections. There are number of fairly involved recipes mixed in with easier things like pizzas (their herb pizza dough is spot on), but the results of the more time consuming recipes are well worth it. Besides, I have enough of those "veg. meals in minutes" type books for quickie meals. Cafe Flora is something else altogether - elegant and original vegetarian recipes that have broadened my cooking horizons.
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I wish there were more pictures. The recipes are GOOD, but the book itself could need a facelift to show and inspire the home cook (for those that do not live in Seattle and don't... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susanne M.
such good food, great recipes, why eat meat with food this good?Published 9 months ago by Nancy Woods
The recipes are inventive, tasty and straightforward. Steps are easy to follow and there are helpful do-ahead tips. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Auburn S.
Cafe Flora is near my daughter's college and we ate there whenever we went to Seattle. I have made the Carolina Pizza on my own many times. Read morePublished 21 months ago by a post guy
When we traveled to Seattle, we went to Cafe Flora. I loved their food. The instruction is easy to follow but I wish they also put photos of the dishes in the book.Published 23 months ago by NanNan
I am a vegetarian. After having made the marinated goat cheese (first recipe in the book) the Dutch potato soup (best soup I've ever made), the red onion confit, and the butternut... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Jackie S.
If you want a delicious and healthy alternative to meat, which even those who eat meat would love.
buy this book.