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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: MorrowCB; 1st edition (April 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060950226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060950224
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lemlin (Vegetarian Pleasures), winner of a James Beard Cookbook Award, serves up 125 meatless main-course recipes to which speed of preparation is the key. Most of the recipes require only 30 minutes of prep time, and many can be prepared ahead in stages. While arguably asserting that frozen vegetables can be substituted for fresh "without sacrificing flavor or texture," Lemlin also observes, rather sensibly, that if she used only freshly cooked beans rather than canned she would eat fewer beans. She suggests keeping on hand certain non-perishable staples and rotates them in and out of her recipes. Although there are few lightning bursts of imagination and her spicing tends to the minimalist, Lemlin does offer recipes of flavor and heartiness in helping sizes meant to satisfy, which they do. A recipe for Baked Vegetables with Garlic, White Beans and Olives that seems on paper likely to be a bit bland is, on the plate, just right.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Here are two good books for the increasing number of vegetarians or "almost" vegetarians among us. Lemlin, author of Vegetarian Pleasures: A Menu Cookbook (Knopf, 1986) and Quick Vegetarian Pleasures (LJ 2/15/92), realized that it's always hardest to come up with the centerpiece of a vegetarian meal, and she provides more than 100 recipes for meatless entrees. Quick recipes are highlighted, and there is also a chapter devoted to more elaborate dishes especially for entertaining. For most collections. Lee is a New York City caterer, cooking teacher, and author of several other cookbooks, including Chinese Cooking for the American Kitchen (1980). Her latest offers a wide variety of sophisticated but generally uncomplicated recipes, along with dozens of helpful sidebars and suggested menus. Like Diane Shaw's Almost Vegetarian (LJ 9/15/94), Lee's book is directed to those who haven't necessarily given up meat but who are no longer eating it every day; although stricter vegetarians will certainly enjoy her recipes, many include suggestions for nonvegetarian variations or accompaniments. An attractive collection from an enthusiastic and accomplished cook, this is highly recommended. [HomeStyle main selection and BOMC alternate.]
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I am a huge fan of all of Jeanne Lemlin cookbooks, and this is just another addition to my collection.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card Recipient on February 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I didn't buy this book...rather, I "inherited" it when a flatmate moved out and left it behind. Being someone who doesn't eat much meat and loves to cook, I kept it, reading it at times to see if any of the recipes intrigued me.
Well, I finally decided to go shopping and try this book out. I was floored and am delighted with it! Jeanne Lemlin's recipes are easy to follow, taste wonderful, and call for ingredients that require only minimal searching. Between the regular supermarket, natural foods store and Asian market I was able to get everything I needed.
So far, I've tried the Soba Soup with Tofu (delicious!), the Curried Red Lentil Soup with Vegetables (I happily ate this for about three days), the Sourdough Pancakes (heavenly with or without syrup), and just tonight I made Baked Tofu, Schezuan Style, which came out beautifully even though I had to substitute regular peanut butter instead of natural style or tahini. I must also add that the pizza dough recipe on page 132 has changed my life in the kitchen forever. Wonderful recipe that works perfectly for thin crust *and* deep-dish style pizzas. *yum*
This cookbook has gotten me to spend a little more time and thought on my meals, and has expanded my tastes a bit more in the process. Nothing too earth-shattering in the way of ingredients, but for someone who loves to cook and doesn't really know how...it is indispensable.
I can't wait to buy the rest of her books!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sarah R. Stockwell on October 14, 2005
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I normally cook on weekends and prepare "fancier" things than this cookbook provides, but sometimes I just need to make a satisfying dinner and I don't want to spend time on it. That's when I pick this cookbook up. Most of the recipes I've tried are easy, and while the results won't wow your gourmet friends (canned beans, frozen vegetables), they're tasty, and make good use of the ingredients. One note of caution: if you don't care for olives, you'll be restricted in what you can cook from this book. She includes olives in many recipes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card Recipient on February 8, 2001
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I didn't buy this book...rather, I "inherited" it when a flatmate moved out and left it behind. Being someone who doesn't eat much meat and loves to cook, I kept it, reading it at times to see if any of the recipes intrigued me.
Well, I finally decided to go shopping and try this book out. I was floored and am delighted with it! Jeanne Lemlin's recipes are easy to follow, taste wonderful, and call for ingredients that require only minimal searching. Between the regular supermarket, natural foods store and Asian market I was able to get everything I needed.
So far, I've tried the Soba Soup with Tofu (delicious!), the Curried Red Lentil Soup with Vegetables (I happily ate this for about three days), the Sourdough Pancakes (heavenly with or without syrup), and just tonight I made Baked Tofu, Schezuan Style, which came out beautifully even though I had to substitute regular peanut butter instead of natural style or tahini. I must also add that the pizza dough recipe on page 132 has changed my life in the kitchen forever. Wonderful recipe that works perfectly for thin crust *and* deep-dish style pizzas. *yum*
This cookbook has gotten me to spend a little more time and thought on my meals, and has expanded my tastes a bit more in the process. Nothing too earth-shattering in the way of ingredients, but for someone who loves to cook and doesn't really know how...it is indispensable.
I can't wait to buy the rest of her books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1997
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This is the 2nd best cookbook I own. The 1st is Lemlin's 1st book, "Quick Vegetarian Pleasures." The recipes are fun and don't require you to go to any specialty markets to find the ingrediants. Many of the recipes are quick and are so hi-lighted in the title. My only complaint is there are no pictures, but don't let this discourage you. This is a great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Stabler on October 17, 2000
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I've had this book for some years, and it is one of my favorite cookbooks. The recipes are widely varied (both in ingredients and complexity) and are generally very tasty. My only complaint (and it's a small one) is that the "Quick" recipes sometimes aren't. My husband and I made the "Corn and Scallion Spoonbread" not too long ago and it took right at 1 1/2 hours between preparation and cooking. Not really in the "quick meal" category.
Overall, though, it's an excellent resource for a wide range of vegetarian recipies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By v on December 26, 2009
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She never became famous and I'm not sure how well her cookbooks sold but Jeanne Lemlin is an excellent vegetarian chef! Her recipes work every time and the creativity of her recipes reminds me of Deborah Madison. I frequently get inspired by D.M. but turn to a Jeanne Lemlin recipe to ensure that I get perfect results. Perhaps Jeanne spent more time testing and perfecting the proportions on her recipes...there just never seems to be any mistakes or unexpected outcomes with Jeanne Lemlin recipes! I have purchased all of her cookbooks and my review is the same for each!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1998
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All the dishes I have made have been great. This is the kind of vegetarian food I'm always in the mood for. The recipes are very quick and easy, and many of them have become my all-time favorites.
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