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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553379364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553379365
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In Feeding the Healthy Vegetarian Family, author Ken Haedrich emphasizes family. This cookbook is intended for folks who have kids--and all the mealtime challenges that incur as a result. In compiling these recipes, Haedrich recognized the wide range of variations that exist in his target audience: there are families who have raised their kids on a vegetarian diet since day one and others who are only now considering the change. There are people who eschew all animal products, from butter to shoe leather (vegans), and others who include dairy products in their diets (ovo-lacto vegetarians). Some readers might be dedicated to a meatless way of life, while others are looking only for the occasional meatless meal. Whatever the requirements, there's something for everyone in Feeding the Healthy Vegetarian Family.

Haedrich states his philosophy early on: when it comes to feeding children, flavor is all that matters. Kids won't care if there's meat in the spaghetti sauce or the chili, so long as it tastes good. These recipes might not make it into the pages of the glossy gourmet magazines, but they'll have even the most picky eaters asking for seconds. The book includes recipes for snack foods, sandwiches (both hot and cold), salads and soups, main dishes, casseroles, quick breads, desserts, and much more. So whether you're looking to supplement your vegetarian diet or hoping to introduce your family to a new and healthier way of eating, Feeding the Healthy Vegetarian Family offers both helpful advice and great recipes to get you and your kids off on the right foot.

From Publishers Weekly

"Eat your vegetables!" That once dreaded parental directive is given a deliciously new spin by Haedrich (whose Home for the Holidays won a 1993 Julia Child Cookbook Award). Haedrich has devised over 200 appealing starters, entrees, side dishes and desserts to please the confirmed?or occasional?vegetarian family. From positively inspired Salad Burritos (kids roll their own) to Sesame Peanut Noodles and savory enchiladas, frittas, pizzas, gratins, curries and quesadillas, dishes are not only attractive to kids but also flavorful enough for the discriminating adult. Some, like Mom's Squash With Applesauce, have few ingredients and can be quickly put together for family suppers; others, such as multi-step Neoclassical Polenta Lasagna are meant for special occasions. Kids are invited into the kitchen to help, and Haedrich, father of four, understands their food foibles and deals with them humorously (slipping them, say, Deliciously Disguised Mushrooms, sauteed, pureed and tucked into risotto). Haedrich is an expert baker and his recipes for breads, tortillas and cakes are especially notable; "Food for Thought" sidebars offer valuable tips and advice. Food and philosophy are first-rate here, and Haedrich proves to be a warm and amusing kitchen companion.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

This is my favorite cookbook, better than the Moosewood Cookbook!
Todd Wentworth
As a long time vegetarian with two small children, I'm always looking for ways to make good healthy veggie coooking "family friendly".
Three Crows
The recipes are easy, straightfoward, use familiar ingredients and every dish I have tried has come out perfectly.
Cathe

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Megan Knorpp on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I too first saw this book at the public library and afterwards had to have it for my own. This book has really given me a lot of range for cooking veggie. Most veggie cookbooks call for things you can only find in specialty stores and yield dishes that husbands nor children will touch. I have really appreciatted a veggie cookbook that also comments on how to get you kid to like veggie food. It made me happy to find a pizza SECTION instead of some off the wall pizza recipe! This is a great cookbook for veggie and non-veggie families alike as it truly considers time, taste and expense.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Three Crows VINE VOICE on February 13, 2005
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As a long time vegetarian with two small children, I'm always looking for ways to make good healthy veggie coooking "family friendly". This cookbook succeeds marvellously! In a few short months the pages have become well loved--the tahini dressing is now a staple in our fridge, the mushroom/wild rice soup (vegan, at that!) in much demand in the winter months. I have yet to make something that didn't turn out delicious!

Haedrich has an enjoyably readable style, and the anecdotes about his children's likes and dislikes and family traditions make this a "read it cover to cover" cookbook. There are plenty of suggestions about how to modify recipes for picky kids (perish the thought!), or how to perk up the same recipe to make it more "grown up". I love the author's understanding of what it is really like to cook with a family--no pristine test kitchen recipes here.

If you are looking for delicious, hearty, healthy and kid-friendly dishes, this is an absolute gem!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Fleming on August 3, 2004
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This is a great book for simple, healthy vegetarian meals. I love the broccoli polenta quiche and the vegetarian ruben! I have tons of vegetarian cookbooks that I've collected over the years but this one and the Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook are the ones I keep out on my countertop for easy access. Receipes are easy to make and very creative. I have been a vegetarian for 15+ years and was pleasantly surprised to find new, tasty receipes that I had not seen in other books. Even my mother who is an expert cook but not a vegetarian thought this book was a keeper! Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2001
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If you're looking for a healthy, easy, vegetarian cookbook that is kid-friendly, you found it!! Ken Haedrich's recipes are absolutely delicious, simple and creative. Every recipe I have made has been a winner! And unlike most cookbooks, I have not had to alter any recipes to make them delicious.
The vegetarian chili is the best I've ever made or eaten! It's so child friendly, even our 3 year old tried it and went back for more. Ken creatively works vegetables into the dishes that most kids (and husbands) would not eat, but they come back for more servings.
The recipes do not require a significant investment of time as do many other vegetarian cookbooks, but like all good meals, planning is necessary.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
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I've been a vegetarian for over eight years. I now have 2 children, and it's been a struggle to find recipes that they will eat. This is the book I've been looking for! It is a realistic approach to feeding a family vegetarian-style meals without breaking your pocket book or using weird ingredients that you can never find at your local grocery store. I've tried several recipes from this book so far, and all have been winners. The only caution I would give is that some of the foods seem a little high-fat to me, but there is not a nutritional count done for each recipes, as I have seen in some other cookbooks. But that's the only complaint I have--overall, it's my favorite cookbook right now!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MLK on January 14, 2007
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I've been transitioning my family to a vegetarian diet for years. It has been difficult since my husband is a meat guy who still eats franks and sausage on a regular basis. My kids are semi-vegetarian, except my 5-year-old, who declared himself a true vegetarian six months ago due to a love of animals. All other cookbooks seem geared towards sixties hippies, with foreign and exotic ingredients that scare my mainstream husband and picky kids. Then, I found Ken's book. The recipies are delicious, easy and sumptuous. They use wholesome, kid- (and husband-)friendly ingredients that would, for the most part, be used in an "ordinary" recipe. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2002
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My husband and I have only been vegetarians for three years and this book certainly contributed to our success when we were first starting. The recipes are incredible, hearty and traditionally-based. The ratings of many dishes by his family add to the charm of the book as well and are really good indicators of how delicious the item is going to be to you and to your children. We highly recommend this cookbook to any family - you don't have to be vegetarian to love these dishes!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Berry on September 5, 2008
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I bought this book based on the reviews I read. Lots of the recipes sound delicious and it has readily available ingredients. However, I am a simple cook, don't like a lot of ingredients or things that take a lot of prep. Most of these recipes have many, many ingredients. I am keeping it and I will use a few recipes, but it won't end up being a favorite go-to book. I am disappointed because it sounded so good in the reviews!
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