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Cook 1.0: A Fresh Approach to the Vegetarian Kitchen Hardcover – October 5, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158479335X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584793359
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This bizarrely titled volume is dedicated to simple, user-friendly vegetarian recipes. The author, an enthusiastic amateur in the kitchen, has not so much written a cookbook as compiled one, separating basic recipes into three or four steps apiece and then charting them out in neatly designed graphs. The section on pizza, for example, includes Feta and Mint Pizza; Fig, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Pizza; and Red Pepper and Olive Pizza. Each pizza is prepared the exact same way, and the same directions are listed over and over again ("Preheat oven… gently pat pizza dough," etc.) The only variations are in the toppings, but each recipe is presented as a different item on the pizza chart, giving the illusion that the author is presenting several different recipes. This misleading representation occurs throughout. In addition, many of the recipes are for desserts, drinks and breakfast dishes—that is, foods that are almost always vegetarian and therefore frustratingly redundant in a vegetarian cookbook. The author’s style is chatty and warm, however, and some of her ideas are inventive; Smoky Corn Kabobs are especially tasty, as is the Spring Vegetable Pot Pie. Nevertheless, the book suffers from overdesign. The charts are counterintuitive and difficult to read, and the overall feel of the book is gimmicky. While a good vegetarian cookbook is a wonderful resource, a more traditional format would have served this one better. 40 full-color photos.
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Review

An engaging collection of simple but sophisticated vegetarian recipes....each presented in a sleek, approachable step-by-step chart format. -- Library Journal

Anyone looking for interesting ideas to add variety to everyday meals will find much to consider. -- Seattle Times, November 24, 2004

Heidi Swanson adds sparkle and ease to simple vegetarian cuisine....the photos are luscious enough to get any tummy rumbling. -- The Oakland Tribune, November, 2004

Her approach is at once basic and innovative.....quick, simple meals that can easily be changed from week to week. -- Washington Post, March, 2005

One cookbook, multiple themes, endless recipes!....Cook 1.0 offers a wide variety of crowd-pleasing favorites. -- Vegetarian Times, Nov/December 2004

Swanson stands out in the cookbook world...has come up with one of the most appealing books of the year. -- Denver Post, November 28, 2004

The best of the year's cookbooks just in time for gift giving. -- Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 8, 2004

More About the Author

San Francisco-based photographer and cookbook author Heidi Swanson is the creator of the culinary blog 101 Cookbooks. She is the author of Super Natural Cooking, a James Beard Award-nominated cookbook focused on natural foods. She has been a contributor to Saveur.com and has also been featured in a wide range of national and international publications including Food & Wine, Fast Company, Glamour, Vegetarian Times, and the Washington Post.

Customer Reviews

Heidi's logical approach to recipe writing makes it easy to follow.
Sejal Hingrajia
I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone who loves to cook, regardless of whether you're a vegetarian or meat-eater!
Tracy
I consider myself an experienced cook and know my way around the kitchen and really enjoy cooking.
Michelle Gregory

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Sue Treppenhauer on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This review is long overdue. I am an omnivore, with a mostly omnivorous family. Imagine my surprise when, two years ago, my teenager announced one evening (after a visit to a lovely farm with adorable baby cows) that she was going to stop eating any land animals. Turns out, there is a word for that:pescatarian. Back then, I didn't know that, and being faced with the prospect of trying to cook healthy vegetarian meals for a developing teenager made me want to pull my hair out. I worried that I would either end up with a malnourished girl, or that the food I cooked would be so unpalatable that she wouldn't eat it. I also didn't want to have to cook one meal for her, and another for the rest of the family. If she would make this journey, then so would we. I tried various vegetarian books, only to find tofu-pushing, bland recipes that I had a hard time tempting my whole family with. Then my sweet sister came to my rescue, telling me that her friend Heidi wrote a little book I might like...and she mailed me Heidi's guide.

I call it a guide because that is what we used it for in the beginning. Heidi takes the time to explain the ingredients, the basics of how to cook them, and advises on the utensils and other things needed. She scatters useful advice throughout - it isn't a book that I just pull out when I need a recipe. I actually sit down and read it for the extra encouragement I need to keep our family on-track. I have two other children, 6 and 8. They loved their hot dogs and hamburgers. I don't know any other children their age who now rave about risotto and mushroom pot pie! My husband is a Food and Beverage Director for a luxury resort. Sometimes, after hearing about the menus he puts together for his hotel, I feel a little intimidated about what I offer him at home.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on December 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As other reviewers have noted, I couldn't wait to try all of the recipes in this cookbook. I enjoy cooking, but lack any sort of invention in the kitchen; I'm awful at trying out new flavor combinations or "winging it" when it comes to expanding on a recipe. This is where Heidi's book excels: showing you how to build upon basic favorites to create new dishes. My favorite portion of this book is the "Flavor Combinations" page, which lists some tasty couplings that I, on my own, would not have had the foresight to pair (such as apples + fennel or strawberries + black pepper). I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cooking but wishes they could be a bit more creative about it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sean Devereaux on October 23, 2004
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This is the cook book for everyone. I am by no means a vegetarian, but every recipe I have tried has just danced on my taste buds. I highly recomend the Mushroom Pie. Just plain awesome! Also, the photography is very creative and unlike anything I have seen in a cookbook. LOVE IT!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By IHeartCooking on October 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I took a big gamble on this cookbook - I had a dinner party this weekend and decided to cook recipes out of Cook 1.0 without ever trying them out before. THE GAMBLE PAID OFF! So much so that I ended up having to fax my friends recipes out of the book since they enjoyed the food so much. I am not the savviest of cooks but the table format made things so easy for me. This is truly a book for a new generation of cooks! I am looking forward to trying out new recipes this weekend on my family; Drop Biscuits, Smoothies, Pot Pies - My family will love this!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joaquin Castillo on October 28, 2004
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First of all I must disclose that it has been said that I don't/can't/shouldn't cook, and that the only thing I have consisently made with any success are 'reservations'. I was referred to Heidi's website and was happy to order Cook 1.0 on the principle of not giving up. I found myself reading it simply because it was a fun read and Heidi's unpretentious writing and presentation makes preparation exciting and not intimidating. I have since been preparing broken lasagna with cherry tomatoes, red pepper and lemon kabobs and roasting pine nuts with uncanny success! The unique format of Cook 1.0 is so easy to follow that I think Heidi has set a new standard for cookbooks. The conversion charts, suggested menu's for special occasions and tips are so helpful that it inspires you to try! The colors and photography in the book are nothing short of delightful and photos are not about table settings, dishware or center pieces but get this... about the food. Love this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cooking Maven on October 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I picked up on this book while browsing the internet. I am a home cooking maven but I was looking for something different. I'm not a vegetarian, but I find the cooking to be creative and flavorful. Heidi's charts are really easy to use, and her tips are helpful too. I love the varieties she gives you to choose from! It makes me want to try one in every flavor! My favorites are the Broken Lasagna with Cherry Tomatoes, the Chipotle Potatoe Pot Pie, and the Raspberry Tart. Making you hungry? These recipes are easy and fun -- they take no more than an hour, many taking less time than that.

Give this book a try, it's well worth it! A great overall cooking experience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Sando VINE VOICE on May 7, 2005
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Very clever layout and easy to understand recipes. The beautiful photos make a snap to imagine cooking these things yourself. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sleepy on October 15, 2004
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First off it should be mentioned that this is a very attractive cookbook with great photographs that inspire cooking. I've cooked a bunch of things out of this book and, as somebody who doesn't have time to attempt huge and complex recipes and never wants to fail, this book is perfect for me.

The recipes are very diverse, from pancakes to stir fry. Most are quick (under 45 minutes certainly). They are straight-forward to prepare and yet have a creative twist that gives them personality. You'll most certainly find some favorites in Cook 1.0. Since they are easy to remember without looking at the book every time you go to the store, you will find these dishes in heavy rotation.
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