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Vegetarian magician Lorna Sass pulls another carrot out of the culinary hat with this book. (Of course it's a carrot--this is a vegan cookbook!) This short and snappy book will wow you with Mushroom Barley Soup that cooks in 15 minutes, an almost instant Chickpea Curry, an inspired Vegetable Paella, Tortilla "Sushi," and more. In addition to the recipes, Sass names specific products useful for making speedy, tasty meals and recommends ingredients to keep in the pantry and freezer so there's always something to work with in the house. To prove that quick, good eating doesn't depend on recipes alone, Sass offers time-saving principles: adapt them and you'll quickly move from needing recipes to easily creating your own.

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In a world awash in cookbooks, many of them vegetarian, this one by an award-winning author of many other cookbooks (e.g., Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure, LJ 8/94) stands out. Handsome and well designed, it offers recipes that are truly quick and easy to prepare without being boring or predictable. All recipes are vegan?no dairy products or eggs are used. Sass begins with "Ten Strategies for Short-Cut Vegetarian Cooking." These include the use of high-quality prepared foods and of "secret" ingredients for intense taste. Following is a section on stocking the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer with staples. Sass stresses the importance of using the right tool for each preparation and cooking task. The 100-plus recipes include preparation times and storage hints. Highly recommended for cookery collections.?Carol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1st Quill ed edition (June 18, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068814599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688145996
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lorna Sass is fondly known as "the Queen of Pressure Cooking." She is also a widely published food writer and an award-winning cookbook author. Check out her new blog: www.pressurecookingwithlornasass.wordpress.com

Lorna became interested in pressure cooking during the mid-eighties when most Americans had either never heard of this magical appliance or were afraid of it! Her COOKING UNDER PRESSURE, published in 1989, became a best-seller with over 250,000 copies in print. The 20th-Anniversary revised edition of COOKING UNDER PRESSURE came out on November 3,2009.

Lorna followed COOKING UNDER PRESSURE with 3 other pressure cooker books: GREAT VEGETARIAN COOKING UNDER PRESSURE (VEGAN!), THE PRESSURED COOK, and PRESSURE PERFECT.

During the nineties, Lorna wrote numerous vegan cookbooks, recognizing that a vegan approach to food created a much smaller carbon footprint. This was decades before cookbook authors were writing about the connection between food and sustainability. Her RECIPES FROM AN ECOLOGICAL KITCHEN was published in 1992! Her NEW VEGAN COOKBOOK was nominated for an IACP Award and her latest title in this category is SHORT-CUT VEGAN.

Her fourteenth cookbook, WHOLE GRAINS EVERY DAY, EVERY WAY, published in 2006, was awarded the prestigious James Beard Award in the "healthy focus" category. Her latest cookbook, WHOLE GRAINS FOR BUSY PEOPLE, focuses on quick-cooking recipes for cooks on the go.

Lorna has often found herself ahead of her time. While studying for her PhD in medieval literature at Columbia University, she wrote four historical cookbooks that were published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art--decades before anyone was studying food history!

Lorna's food articles have been published in dozens of prominent newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Bon Appetit. In addition to her own blogs, she has blogged for The Huffington Post and Green Fork, and wrote a monthly recipe column for localharvest.org.

She is a member of Slow Food, The Author's Guild, and the Women's Culinary Alliance and an alumna of Les Dames des Escoffier, an organization of the top women in the food industry.

Lorna's current passion is to make healthy food available to all, and she is especially eager to help people grow their own food on rooftops and in community gardens in NYC.


For further information, visit www.lornasass.com.
BLOGS: www.pressurecookingwithlornasass.wordpress.com www.lornasassatlarge.wordpress.com


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168 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Brian Sharp on February 20, 2002
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Every cookbook I own has a focus. Some are ethnic cookbooks. Some are gourmet cookbooks. Some are comprehensive references.
This cookbook's focus is speed. Every recipe lists the "prep time" and "cook time", and for almost all recipes those times are each between 5 and 15 minutes.
Each recipe consists of a short list of ingredients, and the preparation directions are clear and super-concise. Occasionally, one ingredient in a recipe will be a product of another recipe, which is usually a pet peeve of mine in cookbooks, but such ingredients are rare and always have store-bought equivalents if you don't want to prepare them yourself.
Many of the recipes can also be converted from leftovers into a different form -- the quinoa / potato / corn / pepper pilaf easily becomes a stew with a couple cups of water and some veggie stock powder. This is especially handy if you primarily cook just for yourself (as I do.)
I only have two complaints about the book, and they're not major. The first is the lack of all photography, although it sure makes the cookbook unbelievably inexpensive, so it's a fair trade.
My second (minor) complaint is that either I'm a slow cook, or her prep times assume that the ingredients are already as specified -- a recipe will call for chopped carrots, diced pepper, diced tofu, etc. and I think the prep time assumes you already have it all diced and chopped. Either that, or it's simply that I'm chopping everything by hand rather than with a food processor. Either way, the recipes generally seem to take me roughly 150% to 200% of the time she allots. Since I'm not a professional chef (to say the least) I can totally accept that this is just me being slow.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By terry harmon on January 3, 2001
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I'm a vegeterian. I don't eat meat, dairy, eggs or fish. It's been very difficult to cook for my family. I finally found this book which has excellent recipes. My husband is not a vegetarian but, seems to love all the meals I've been preparing lately. He is now considering on becoming a vegan too. The recipes are super easy and the ingredients can be easily found at the supermarket.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Karen D. Craig on October 4, 2000
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Since I own hundreds of cookbooks, it's rather difficult to actually use them all, especially on a regular basis. However, I LOVE this one, and it's used quite regularly. Some of the recipes have become family favorites that we make often. The recipes really are easy too! Good food fast & easy!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By "bumbiebea" on April 22, 2002
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This little book is AWESOME. I recommend it for anyone with little time to cook (college students, working moms, anybody else!). The recipes are great - easy and fast (be sure to read the side bars as they provide simple ideas to vary the basic recipes). But, I think the best part of this book is that it really teaches you how to cook fast, healthy food. I find myself applying her time-saving methods to other recipes or to creations of my own. This is the book that I turn to when I want a nice meal in 30 minutes or less.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on September 6, 2003
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I've been very happy with all of Lorna Sass' cookbooks (she even got me into using a pressure cooker!). This one is no exception - lots of neat quick soups, salads, stews and other dishes that don't require a lot of work to prepare or (especially nice) clean up since they're done mostly in one pot/pan. Lots of variety - dips/spreads, curries, stirfry, grain/pasta dishes, and straight vegetables too. Really a good cookbook to have onhand for when you don't feel like cooking up a big deal but want something satisfying.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
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As someone who is trying to eat vegetarian most of the time, I am delighted to have found this cookbook (through the recommendation of Dr. Andrew Weil). The recipes are easy, delicious, non-intimidating, lowfat, and flavorful. My meat-loving husband even enjoys the meals I make from this cookbook. In particular, it is very helpful that Lorna Sass recommends particular brands of products that are better than others (for example, certain canned beans are better than others). Out of all my cookbooks, I find myself turning to this one most often.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
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I bought this book on a whim, but it has quickly become the one I turn to most often during the week, when cooking time is at a premium. Its recipes are imaginative and as quick to execute as the author promises. The gingered quinoa/butternut squash dish is a favorite, as is the kale/udon noodles; these and several others in the book are one-pot meals.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
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As is the case in many households these days, we have a very limited amount of time available for preparing meals. As devoted fans of other Lorna Sass cookbooks, we were thrilled when she came to our rescue in the form of this cookbook. It provides quick and easy solutions to people who have a limited amount of time to make dinner--but still want healthy, flavorful meals. What terrific recipes! We absolutely LOVE the Chickpea Curry in a Hurry. Another standout is the lemon-tahini sauce, which you can use either alone as a salad dressing or as an ingredient in a fabulous jerusalem chickpea sandwich filling.
We gave this cookbook to a good friend of ours (a terrific gift for other people pressed for time!), and she loved it. She became a devoted fan of the recipes and raved to us about the overnight pineapple oats.
A definite "must" for everyone. Add it to your Lorna Sass collection, or use it to start your collection. Chances are, you will be tempted to check out other Lorna Sass cookbooks--an impulse that I heartily recommend you indulge!
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