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The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest (Mollie Katzen's Classic Cooking) Hardcover – February 1, 2000
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However, I love this cookbook. The bread section alone is worth the purchase! It's how I began making bread, which led to a career doing it. Mollie's step by step instructions, friendly advice and encouragement and adorable diagrams make bread accessible for an inexperienced baker. She explains the science and pitfalls of yeast doughs in a simple and engaging way. Then she offers several recipes (especially the Challah!) that work well, are flexible and reliable.
I also return to this cookbook for the salad dressings, dips and sauces. There is a chapter of dips and spreads, and there are several sauce recipes that accompany dishes- several are standard use at my house. Again, I have found them to be tasty, reliable and endlessly adaptable.
Mollie's educational sections on basics like slicing veggies, different grains and beans and stir-frying are also easy to understand and friendly. That info alone would be very helpful to someone who was just beginning to explore the kitchen, although it's not much use to the rest of us.
All in all, I would not recommend this book to an experienced cook, or someone looking for a lot of great vegetarian meals... but for a newer cook, or someone who is interested in a great yeast bread tutorial, or just for the occasional idea, this book is not a bad buy. The reliable recipes are very good, and the others are fun to read.
it's simple, delicious, & lots of cooking basics, like pie crust & the (BEST, EASIEST) Indian flat bread, that most veg cookbooks leave out. We have also made delicious enchiladas, upside down vegetable cake, and more. My boyfriend is not vegetarian but he loves the delicious food too. The recipes in this book hold up even with major improvisation & experimenting which I love to do. There are also wide margins to write your cooking notes right next to the recipe.
Yes, many of these recipes take longer than heating up a veggie burger in the microwave but if you are concerned enough to eat vegetarian you should be interested in how to eat right, and sometimes that takes time.
There are 2 things I dislike: 1)the "prep" time listed for a recipe is too short in many cases- but once you make it you get an idea of how long it takes for next time. 2) the pages are regular paper, not glossy, so splashes always seem to find their way onto my book. However, its cheap enough & it dries fine, so just buy it & find your new veggie favorites :)
She gives an exhaustive- but still fun- explanation of the most basic of basics, bread (well, before everyone, including myself, developed an intolerance to wheat). Half white/half wheat bread, whole wheat bread, challah, rye, pumpernickel, potato, quick breads, zucchini bread, brown bread, oat bread- and then shapes them into rolls and other funny shapes on top of it! And then the muffins, including the beloved blueberry muffin. You will never have to go to subsist on cafe fare again.
No need to live on bread- there is an amazing vareity of soup to go with it. Yes, there are the classics such as tomato, vegetable, potato-leek and corn chowder, but there are also the more experimental garbanzo, curried apple, potato and chile and cream of fresh pea. You could probably combine the soups and breads for a year and not have to eat the same dinner twice.
Too hot for soup? Don't worry, there's a plethora of salad recipes as well, including a few variations on potato salad.
Do you have questions about quiche? Pasta? Ideas for how to cook tofu? How to cut vegetables? You will find your answers here.
So why not five stars? Because the dessert section is, in comparison to the other sections, a hodge podge and not nearly as comprehensive. She gives a recipe for chocolate pudding, rugelach and baked apples, but otherwise everything else is a strange combination of edgy and overly wholesome- ricotta cherry mousse, amaretto cheesecake and whole wheat poppyseed cookies. Those just aren't the things I reach for when I want a good homemade dessert.
But otherwise? This will see you through most nights and a bunch of afternoons.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An oldie, but a goodie! Using vegetables and spices we know and can easily purchase in any supermarket (not just Whole Foods), this cookbook has recipes that deliver wonderful... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Michael Higham
Good vegetarian dishes, delish. But if you are on the current fad-wagon of "non-inflammatory" foods it won't fit the bill.Published 20 days ago by Caro
Excellent transaction. Item as described and fast shipping. Thank You.Published 2 months ago by butch
An excellent, fun, cook book with yummy vegetarian recipes that yield family sized meals.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been fo d of the Moosewood Cookbook for years so I was excited upon receiving this book seeing what it had to offer.
Good: The bread section is pretty awesome. Read more
This is my favorite veggie cookbook. I've used it for many years and, although I have a large collection of cookbooks (not to mention the internet), I keep this one handy in my... Read morePublished 9 months ago by mare