Recipe Excerpts from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
A: What motivated me--several years ago--was seeing the handwriting on the wall: That although being a principled, all-or-nothing vegetarian was not a course of action that would ever likely inspire the majority of Americans, the days of all-meat-all-the-time (or, to be slightly less extreme, of a diet heavily dependent on meat) could not go on. Averaging a consumption of two pounds a week or more of meat (as Americans do) is not sustainable, either for the earth or our planet. And, as more and more of us realize this, I thought it was important to develop a cookbook along the lines of How to Cook Everything, but without meat, fish, or poultry. Needless to say, there’s plenty of material.
Q: In the course of writing How to Cook Everything Vegetarian did your approach to food shopping, cooking or dining change significantly?
A: Completely. The more I tried new ways of cooking with vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, the more I enjoyed them. I probably eat sixty or seventy percent fewer animal products than I did three years ago.
Q: Because meatless cooking isn't limited to a single cuisine, your recipes introduce the flavors and techniques of many different cultures and cuisines. How did you manage to cover so much ground? Seems like a daunting task.
A: It’s what I do.
Q: Out of the more than 2,000 recipes in the cookbook do you have a favorite dish or dessert that you turn to again and again?
A: No. There are hundreds I wish I could cook all the time, but one can only cook and eat so much. But in the last week, for example, I’ve made Fava Bean and Mint Salad with Asparagus; Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes; Cornbread Salad; and Red Lentils with Chaat Masala.
Q: Why is simplicity so important in cooking? What does the novice home cook need to know to cook and eat well?
A: Simplicity is only important because it’s the way to learn to cook; it’s very difficult to start cooking with complex dishes. For people to learn to cook, they must start simply--the way everyone used to cook. And, for most of us--including me--there’s no reason to carry things much further. Even the simplest cooking is rewarding, enjoyable, and--obviously--the healthiest and best way to eat.
I love Mark Bittman's cookbooks! I have used the original How to Cook Everything for years. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is a terrific addition to my cookbook library and has... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Denise L
I like the book it is very helpful. was very pleased with how fast I received it.Published 21 days ago by Beverly
Love the recipes in this book. Lots of cooking tips with the recipes. And for most of the recipes it's easy enough to add meat should you ever want to - it's a good exercise to try... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jason H.
An essential addition for all cooks who like vegetables as well as all fans of Mark Bittman. He remains my favorite author of daily go-to cookbooks.Published 24 days ago by KW
This is very comprehensive book about what to do with vegetables and how to prepare them. Wonderful meals to suit everyone not just vegetarians.Published 29 days ago by Judith Hayward