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Southwestern Vegetarian Hardcover – September 12, 2000

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Stephan Pyles's Southwestern cooking, featured most famously at his Star Canyon restaurants in Dallas and Las Vegas, is widely applauded for its flavor-intensive appeal. Southwestern Vegetarian, a follow-up to his cookbook New Tastes from Texas, ingeniously explores the nonmeat possibilities of this Texan chef's colorful cuisine. Finding a truly satisfying way to meld Southwestern, Mexican, and European culinary approaches, Pyles (an omnivore) has produced vegetarian fare that leaves traditional Western kinds in the dust. Dishes like Tortilla and Three Onion Casserole with Tomato Ginger Jam and Black Bean and Queso Fresco Quesadillas, among others, should appeal to eaters of all stripes while filling various menu and meal slots, from breakfast to dinner, as entrees, sides, or starters. This flexibility is mirrored by the book's organization. Eschewing the usual recipe categories, Pyles divides his cookbook into chapters by gratins, casseroles, stuffed vegetables, tortas, sandwiches, and pizzas. Winners from these categories include the Polenta Gratin with Wild Mushrooms and Three Cheeses and the Tortilla Vegetable Napoleon. Readers should be aware that while most of the recipes are easy enough to execute, many of them require multiple ingredients and subpreparations. Pickled Vegetable and Deviled Egg Salad Torta, for example, requires cooks to pickle vegetables (17 ingredients needed) before merging them with a salad spread on homemade brioche (13 more ingredients, not counting those in the brioche, which, presumably, could be store-bought). Despite the added preparation time many of its dishes require, Southwestern Vegetarian is a truly innovative take on meatless cooking, one all food lovers will enjoy. --Arthur Boehm

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Right up front, in the first paragraph of his introduction, Pyles (New Tastes from Texas and host of a PBS series) points out that he's a fifth-generation Texan. It could be that the James Beard Award winner is a little nervous, presenting a Texas-inspired cookbook that leaves out the meat. But times and tastes are changing, even in the Lone Star state. This collection offers a variety of dishes that use traditional Southwestern ingredients in newfangledAand occasionally eyebrow-raisingAways. Dishes feature chiles and nopales (the pads of the prickly pear cactus), tortillas and beans, and there are slaws and fritters, refried beans and empanadas. All demonstrate Pyles's comfort with a range of cuisines. The chapter on preserves, for example, is eclectic enough to include the old favorite Bread and Butter Pickles as well as Chipotle Aioli, a Southwestern take on the traditional French dipping sauce. And so it goes throughout the book, from soups and salads to main course casseroles, brunch ideas and desserts. There is Jicama-Mango Tortilla Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette and Roasted Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder with Fried Scallions, plus a variety of mashed potato dishes. There are times, though, when Pyles ought to leave well enough alone. Green Chile-Pineapple Risotto? Cilantro Ravioli? This book isn't for those who prefer quick-and-easy cooking, but the recipes will surely grab the cook's attention, bringing vegetarian cooking to a whole new level. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (September 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609601180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609601181
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sheriff N. Osni on April 25, 2010
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This is the second book by Chef Pyles and while the title states "vegetarian" there are a couple of recipes "Smoked Salmon with Horesradish Mashed Potatoes", "Crab Stuffed Avocados with Tortilla Gratin" and few other recipes that include cow and goat cheese probably as his diabolical master plan to convert some vegetarians, or not! I assure you that by omiting the protein from these recipes will still yield a delicious product. The rest of the recipes are simply an excellent repertoire of fruits and vegetable jams, jellies, chutneys, dressings, soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, muffins, bread, tortillas and desserts ranging from the time consuming to the easy-breasy.
The book covers some of the recipes featured on his menu at Stephan Pyles in Dallas, Texas, and as a degreed culinarian who had the privilege to stage (and get paid for it!) with Chef Pyles at his restaurant, I can tell you that if you like to prepare some of the recipes featured on his menu at Stephan Pyles - buy the book. It is an indispensible resource to get to know and understand Chef Pyles's approach to Southwestern cuisine.
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By One Cook on January 10, 2011
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The cookbook was recommended to me by a blog that I read, though I am not a vegetarian, I find it easier to add meat than to add more vegetables. As a lover of Southwestern and Mexican food, I was pleased by the variety of recipes in the book. I have only made one recipe so far, but it was excellent. The ingredients are listed to the side for ease of use and assembly. The instructions are clear and to the point. There are several more recipes that I look forward to making and if they are as great as the first one, this will become one of my favorite cookbooks.
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The latest cook book by Stephan Pyles is one of the best vegetarian cook books I have ever read. And I am waiting for the week end to try to cook some of these incredible recipes. The memory of my visit to his Star Canyon restaurent in Dallas is still fresh in my mind. That was one of the best meals I have ever eaten in a restaurant. Those blue corn muffins with a touch a habernero peppers and garlic, and the chile rellenos were out of this world! And now all those and more recipes are in his book!!
I am a Stephan Pyles fan- I have all of his cook books. The success of my Texas parties depend on his recipes for Pedernales River Chili, jalapneo corn bread,and chunky guacamole.
In this book Stephan Pyles perfectly blends the flavors of the Lone Star state with the bounty of the great state's vegetables to make some terrific vegetarian dishes. And what more can a naturalized Texan and life long vegeratian ask for? Bravo!
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This book is for pescetarians, not vegetarians, as it calls for fish and other seafood products several times. Really disappointing, and rather insulting.
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By A Customer on November 5, 2001
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I decided to make 5 of Pyles' recipes - untested - for a dinner party. Risky, but the recipes sounded so good I thought I could pull it off. Each was exquisite - jicama-carrot salad, chiles rellenos, empanadas stuffed with squash, roasted vege quesadilla, and stuffed cabbage. The fiery tropical sauce was also great. I have a feeling ALL of the recipes will be good. I know I'll be progressing from front to back with this one. Okay, it was kind of funny in a vegetarian cookbook to have the author say, this goes really well with pork, or to suggest that chorizo sausage be added to something, but with recipes like these, who cares?
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