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Horn of the Moon Cookbook Paperback – June 23, 1987

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Callan, owner of the vegetarian Horn of the Moon Cafe in Montpelier, Vt., presents an impressive assortment of the restaurant's eclectic, versatile fare. French toast comes stuffed with ricotta cheese or eggless and with cashews, and there are six options for omelettes and ten for muffins. Greek vegetable pie has a phyllo crust, bechamel sauce replaces traditional tomato sauce in a rich French lasagne, and Mexican and Italian cuisine are well represented. Seasonal soups range from a refreshing, chilled spicy tomato-avocado to a hearty, potato-cheddar. Although her recipes nutritiously utilize whole grain flours and tofu, and favor honey over sugar, Callan offers chocolate as well as carob treats and doesn't avoid cream or coffee. A detailed guide to basic as well as less common ingredients, a generous number of simple appetizers and sandwiches, and illustrations that demonstrate technique will be particularly useful to culinary novices and newcomers to meatless cuisine.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ginny Callan is the founder and former chef of the popular vegetarian restaurant Horn of the Moon Café in Montpelier, Vermont. She sold the café in 1990 to raise her family and devote more time to creating new recipes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (June 23, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060960388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060960384
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tvindy on August 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I first discovered this cookbook some years back when I was part of a group doing volunteer work in rural Brazil. Most of us were vegetarians, so we took this book along with us for recipe ideas. We were very limited on available ingredients and were forced to omit or substitute about half of everything that was required. Nevertheless, we produced really great dishes from that book. As soon as I got back to the US, I ordered a copy for myself and started cooking some truly amazing meals!
The Horn of the Moon Cookbook has a lot going for it. First, unlike most other vegetarian cookbooks, it does not concern itself with fat content. (A lot of the dishes are extremely high in fat.) There are plenty of resources out there for people looking to reduce fat or cut calories, and most vegetarians, even those who are highly health conscious, are willing to splurge now and then for something really good. (Just like people who eat meat.)
Also, I was amazed by the number and variety of recipes. When I first got the book, I didn't know where to begin. Salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas, pizzas, desserts, breakfast foods -- it all looked so good, and the results almost never disappointed. (The only notable exception was the cashew french toast.) This book will keep you busy for weeks!
In addition, the recipes will appeal to everyone, not just vegetarians. If you have a friend or relative that you want to introduce to a vegetarian lifestyle, just cook them a few meals using these recipes. Or if you are a non-vegetarian and need to plan a meal for a group of people containing some vegetarians, use this book. The vegetarians will appreciate it, and the non-vegetarians will enjoy it and probably not even notice the lack of meat.
My favorite recipe is the one for Pizza Alfredo.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Judith K. Warner on October 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
I'm not a vegetarian, but I received this book as a gift a few years ago. It is now almost as dog-eared and food-stained as my Joy of Cooking. Every recipe I've tried is delicious, and most use ingredients that are easy to get. My non-vegetarian family loves the recipes too. Horn of the Moon is a restaurant, so the dishes have to be ones that people will actually order.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
My wife is an ovo-lacto vegetarian, so this book is perfect for us. There are a lot of good recipes here, and all doable by cooks of modest ability such as myself. I was surprised at how well these come out. This would NOT be a good cookbook for vegans, as there's a fair bit of cheese and other dairy products used throughout, and a few egg dishes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've owned this cookbook for at least 15 years. I rarely think to recommend it to other people, because the Horn of the Moon cookbook is like a favorite sweater: comfortable, easy to get along with, and ultimately satisfying. It's not fancy, but that's the point; it's what you turn to when you want to relax.

The Horn of the Moon was (and presumably still is) a vegetarian restaurant in Vermont, very much in the same genre as Moosewood in upstate New York. (In fact, if you're a fan of the Moosewood cookbooks, you can stop reading right here and click on the Buy button. There's no question that Moosewood fans will love this cookbook.) The New England background influences the choice of ingredients; as you might imagine, maple syrup is used frequently as a sweetener. (Not that I mind in the least, as it's my personal favorite, particularly with anything chocolate.) You'll also find plenty of winter vegetables, such as butternut squash and parsnips.

Horn of the Moon also has an emphasis on _healthy_ eating, not just eliminating meat; sweeteners are unrefined, flour is usually a mix of whole wheat with white, and so forth.

Chapters include breakfast, soups, salads, simple meals, main courses, desserts, and "celebrations, or cooking for the masses." While its chapter about ingredients was probably necessary when the book was written in '87, you probably don't need it today; most ordinary grocery stores carry tofu and whole grain flour nowadays.

I've used this cookbook so often over the years that its spine is broken, and the book falls open to several pages that have a *lot* of food stains on them: maple cornmeal muffins, creamy Italian dressing, baked artichoke dip, shepherd's pie, pumpkin pie (this is my pumpkin pie recipe of choice), Greek walnut pie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RealWoman8 on February 24, 2005
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This is the best vegetarian cookbook ever (if you include eggs and dairy in your diet, that is). These aren't namby-pamby low cal/low fat blah recipes, but hearty, stick-to-your-ribs, even-the-kids-will-love-it recipes. I've never made a recipe out of this book yet that was a dud. No bizarre ingredients, no complicated directions. Everything here works, and is wonderful. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1997
Format: Paperback
Having decided that I no longer wanted to eat anything with big brown eyes, I went in search of a recipe for vegetarian chili that sounded even remotely appealing. Ginny Callan's "Horn of the Moon" cookbook was a lifesaver- for me and some cows. Her chili is great (you can substitute bulgur or quinoa for soy granules if you can't find them), but so is everything else in this gem of a cookbook. The cows will thank you.
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