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.
I received this book as a gift for my birthday, and it's been one of my vegan cooking bibles ever since! Read morePublished 22 months ago by V. Kaye
The look, feel, and ease of use all makes this a lovely cookbook, along with tantalizing photographs and many helpful extras. Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by prairiebeat
This is the first cookbook from the group Friends of Animals and it is beautiful. Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine has eight pages with full color... Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by Jaylia3
I have really come to appreciate the recipes in this book and highly recomment it.Published on May 21, 2010 by Janet Rulifson
The vegan recipes offered in this book will excite your taste buds and rekindle your passion for good food. Read morePublished on January 5, 2008 by S. Lewis
While i personally tend to simply wing it when cooking and rarely use recipes or cookbooks, my friend Heather Steel also from Victoria, BC asked if i could post her review of... Read morePublished on January 4, 2008 by Dave Shishkoff
As a NYC resident, there are fantastic restaurants and prepared food geared towards vegans here, so it takes a lot for me choose to create my own gourmet meals. Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by Peter Kobel
Dining with Friends has many great vegan recipes that my family and I have enjoyed. The Lentil Orzo Casserole is fabulous and the Cashew Cream Lasagna was a huge hit. Read morePublished on January 2, 2008 by Nancy
Dining with Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine
Dining with Friends is truly an inspired cookbook. Read more