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Seattle's popular vegetarian restaurant shares its recipes with fans of meatless cooking. What sets this book apart from so many other vegetarian cookbooks is its attempt to take this branch of cookery beyond the usual melange of steamed and stewed greens into more decidedly haute cuisine. Portobello Wellington lacks the beef and foie gras of the parent dish, but its accompanying sophisticated Madeira sauce marks it as more complex than just mushroom-stuffed pastry. For a stunning brunch dish, Geier turns a quesadilla inside out, coating the potato and cheese-stuffed tortilla with a layer of scrambled eggs. Goan curry uses chickpeas and a welter of freshly toasted spices and homemade vindaloo paste to achieve its effect. A welter of pizza recipes shows how adaptable basic pizza can be to a host of different interpretations, some savory, others sweet. Many recipes, specially marked, satisfy vegan requirements; but dairy products and eggs abound throughout most dishes. Meat substitutes such as seitan appear only rarely. Oddly enough, there are no dessert recipes. Mark Knoblauch
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“The menu has become a meld of nutritional righteousness and culinary artistry. Few local restaurants put out so many pretty plates—all actually good for you.”
—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
such good food, great recipes, why eat meat with food this good?Published 4 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 6 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 16 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 18 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 19 months ago by Jackie S.
If you want a delicious and healthy alternative to meat, which even those who eat meat would love.
buy this book.
The Cafe Flora Cookbook has delicious recipes, particularly their squash veggie burger! My vegetarian step-children will love tasting the recipes!Published 22 months ago by Shelties