...beautifully illustrated ... 129 recipes ranging from breakfast items to hors d'oeuvres, soups, salads, main dishes, sandwiches, breads, and desserts. -- Hersam Acorn Newspapers, September 1, 2005
Easy entertaining...wide appeal and traditional feel...your guests will love the rich flavors...Your friends and family will agree! -- Vegetarian Times Magazine, November/December 2005
The book caters to people who want healthy, flavorful appetizers, side dishes, main courses and desserts. -- Nashville City Paper, October 13, 2005
.vibrant, beautifully produced book.... stays fresh by offering both original dishes and excellent vegan adaptations of traditional dishes. --E Magazine, November/December 2005
From the Publisher
For many people, trying pure vegetarian cuisine is about getting past the fear of the unknown. Now, a new cookbook shows people how this cuisine is full of recipes that are as enjoyable to eat as they are to prepare.
Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine, from the group Friends of Animals, emphasizes using a variety of fresh, organic produce from around the globe, says co-author Priscilla Feral.
"This is more than a vegetarian cookbook," Feral says, "It's a tribute to the compassion of those who buy it, enjoy it, and share it. The vegan philosophy -- meaning free of animal products -- embodies an ethical commitment to live, as far as possible, in harmony with the planet and all its inhabitants."
Feral notes how it's a lot easier to maintain a vegan lifestyle with food that not only is good for you, but tastes good as well. For example, the key step in a traditional recipe for applesauce is sweetening it with natural agave nectar. It's also easier to go beyond the tried and true with entertaining, with such dishes as the Walnut Pear Salad with Celery Seed Dressing, or a Tempeh London Broil.
Dining With Friends also draws on global influences, from Tofu Hummos with Toasted Cumin Seed to the aromatic Arroz y Habichuelas (Puerto Rican Rice and Beans).
The book also caters to those intrigued by the raw foods movement or just looking for something refreshing to drink, with such items as Spicy Hijiki salad and Mint & Mango juice.
Chef and author Priscilla Feral explains that Dining With Friends shows this doesn't mean you have to give up desirable foods, including lasagna, pesto and classic desserts, like chocolate marble cheesecake and Key lime pie.
"It's also the best ethical response to human hunger, to our current environmental predicament, and to respecting the other living beings with whom we share the planet," Feral says. "Pure vegetarianism is an ethic without borders -- between species or between peoples."
Nectar bats know no border as they naturally delight in the flowering of the agave plant, from which we derive agave nectar. And Nectar Bat Press enjoys our debut with this new cookbook. We are pleased to offer a truly peaceful, life-affirming cookbook that includes a range of fresh, unique ideas from the playful to the elegant, offered by the authors in a wonderfully accessible style.