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on July 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out at the library after deciding to go vegetarian once again, which I still am this time after 1 yr and 3 months, thankfully. This is an excellent cookbook for beginners and also more experienced cooks, whether you're a vegetarian or not. I consider myself an experienced cook and know my way around the kitchen and really enjoy cooking. The one thing that stands out about this particular cookbook and the main reason I am writing this review is that even as an experienced cook, I learned soooo much from this little cookbook that I am going to buy it! So many little useful bits of knowledge are in this book that to this very day I still remember and use in the kitchen. Especially the secret to making a good quesadilla! So very true! And to this day I still add orange rind to my iced tea! My family loves it! (I could never get my iced tea just right, but now it's awesome) The recipes are tasty, using real food you can buy at the grocery store, lol. I just want to thank you Heidi Swanson for a very useful cookbook!
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on August 17, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Just a solid book filled with lots of basic recipes. Perfect for the new cook.
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on February 7, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Not a bad cookbook. However, it's probably just as easy to get the vegetarian recipes off the Internet. All in all, just OK.
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on December 4, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I must say I liked it but I like her website better where you see pictures of all dishes. Its nice to know how something is supposed to look!
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14 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is pretty, it's organized well, and, by the looks of it, a great cookbook for starter home cooks (especially vegetarian home cooks). But the food is terrible! Every time I've made a recipe from this book, I've been embarrassed to serve it to the people I made it for. I made a pasta that was almost inedibly bland and sticky, a tart that fell apart in its pan, biscuits that turned my fire alarm on three times during cooking because so much butter poured out (no warning from the author that these biscuits will bleed butter in the oven), and a black bean stew that was, at best, fine. I'm an every-night cookbook user and I finally gave this book away to charity. Someone bought this book for me as a gift when I was a very beginning cook with little confidence in the kitchen, to help me learn some basic skills and recipes. This book made my kitchen self confidence even lower! It wasn't until I started using a few other cookbooks--good ones--that I realized that it wasn't me, it was Heidi Swanson's Cook 1.0. (P.S. Those good cookbooks for starter cooks are Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food and Martha Stewart's Great Food Fast--both are good, easy books that turn out consistently good food.)
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on September 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a fairly new comer to the whole foods, healthy, organic life-style ( past 5 yrs)I have 2 boys who are very picky, even though I introduced all types of foods at an early stage. I blame school!!! I really like the versatilty and the ideas in this cookbook. It starts you off then you can expand from there. The biscuits were awesome and I am not that good at baking. The pizzas were a big hit in our family because they could relate and the ingredients were easy! I like that I know what goes into the dough and its super light. Portion sizes are great especially since we live in a "super sized" world. I am a totally worshipper of Heidi Swanson now and am converting all my friends too! For a birthday gift or Christmas or Thank You, a book by her is usually in tow! I know the price is steep by well worth it! As always you can also check out her website and get regular emails: [...] Keep Healthy and enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
My fiance, who is a vegetarian, and I (a meat-loving omnivore) both love the recipes from this book. Many of them break outside the typically bland and boring vegetarian recipes we've tried from other sources. The recipes in this book helped us add a nice variety of dinners and lunches to our diets. They are simple and most of them contain few ingredients, which makes for less grocery shopping. My biggest complaint, however, would be that there is absolutely no indication of portion/serving sizes of the recipes. I guess you should get a pretty good idea based on the amount of ingredients you use, but sometimes it can be difficult to judge. Many of the recipes make HUGE amounts, enough to feed several people. Only cooking for two, we tend to get tons of leftovers from most recipes in this book. At least it's tasty leftovers, though!
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on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is my current favorite. It's like music; in each section, the author creates a theme and variations upon it. There is a core recipe with at least four different versions that taste completely different. In doing this, it manages to give you great ideas for what ingredients you can swap to make something new without having to learn a new skill set for each recipe. I have made the parmesan & basil drop biscuits, broken lasagna with cherry tomatoes, salsa verde and two smoothie recipes, and each has been easy to make with simple 3-step instructions and delicious every time. This book hasn't left my kitchen counter since I got it last week! I plan to make just about everything in here.

The best part is that I'm not a vegetarian and there's not a single recipe in here that turns me off. The author isn't pretentious about being vegetarian the way many vegetarian cookbooks are (you know what I mean, "2 organic tomatoes, free range eggs, etc"). It just happens to be food without meat or meat-replacements, which is great because I am not a fan of tofu either.
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on August 29, 2008
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is great for anyone especially those who want to try to eat vegan. It is simple with variety of options offered for each created dish! This is a keeper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2007
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I first discovered Heidi on her website 101cookbooks when I was looking for gluten free recipes. From there I discovered she published two books: this one and Super Natural Cooking. I bought both.

This book is, simply put: BRILLIANT. She takes the book and breaks it up into sections such as main dishes, side dishes, desserts, beverages. But that is as traditional as she gets. In each section she covers one type of food and gives you several ways of preparing it. For example, she does a section on panini sandwiches. She will introduce what the panini is, tips for cooking (such as what type of bread to use), then she will have two or more pages of different panini sandwiches such as brie/apple/ cranberry/"fake" bacon. The recipes are read left to right instead of the standard up and down, in an excel-like format. And all of her recipes only take a handful of ingredients and are made in usually 3 steps or less.

Some other foods covered are pizzas, risottos, pot pies, salads, pocket sandwiches, soups, pastas, stir-frys, dressings, flavored butters, ice cream, sorbets, sherberts, beverages...and the list goes on.

Simple, concise, fun to read, and the recipes themselves taste phenomenial! Highly recommended!

Gluten-free note: as I am vegetarian and my kids are gluten free I found this cookbook appealing on many levels. For me, I can follow the recipes directly, for the kids I can substitute bread and pasta for the gluten free type and make a similar dinner so the kids don't feel left out. And they love the food!
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