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The Tassajara Recipe Book Paperback – September 26, 2000
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The collection features a good blend of exotic, gourmet, health, and American-traditional dishes (with a touch of flair, of course!) Check the index under sample pages for listings.
Instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow, however there are no pictures or diagrams to help (but for most people, the written instructions will be sufficient.) The book helps you develop a sense of intuition with cooking, sometimes the techniques are open-ended.
This is among the best and unique recipe books I have.
Edward Espe Brown's commentaries, descriptions and poems are thoughtful and full of humor.
So why 4 stars instead of 5? I have two minor complaints about the book.
Firstly, it's apparent that many recipes are conversions from much larger portions. After all, the original recipes were meant to feed a whole retreat's worth of folks. Sometimes the amounts in the ingredients lists are a bit off - nothing that destroys the recipe, but they do take a bit of tweaking to make right. Not all the recipes have this problem. On the upside, most of the recipes are very flexible so you can change the ingredients quite a bit to suit your taste or whatever veggies you have on hand. (He gives many suggestions of substitutions if you're not feeling daring enough to try your own.)
Secondly, he must really like "sour" as a flavor. There is a lot of vinegar usage in this book, many vinaigrettes, and several recipes that can best be described as pungent. If that's your thing, you will be very happy with this book! If not, don't automatically dismiss it. For one, there are other recipes here that are more than worth the cost of the book and secondly, you might just surprise yourself!Read more ›
It's small so I take it with me when at an appointment hoping I have a to wait long enough to make my grocery list. Nothing strange in the ingredients either.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
This is a book you too may use with some frequency and give away as a wedding or home-warming gift.Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
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what a delight to sit down with this book and pour over the recipes knowing they are from Tassajara..a virtual paradise in California...if you do not have this book, get it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan J. Hughes
This book has some great recipes and it is much better than the typical vegetarian cook booksPublished 19 months ago by JBuff
I lost my original Tassajara book ages ago. I was delighted to find them available through the marketplace. Whole foods, organic, prepared with mindfulness and care. Read morePublished 19 months ago by MikoNoNyte
It was in very good shape and my granddaughters loved it. They both wanted one for Christmas but got it a little later.Published 23 months ago by joanne f huff
Every recipe is amazingly delicious, easy to follow and so creative. Anyone who likes to bake should own a copy of this cookbook.Published on November 16, 2013 by Anna
This is one of the best cookbooks ever. all the Tassajara food rocks. a great companion to the bread bookPublished on February 23, 2013 by Micheala Johnson
You won't be disappointed in any of the books from this Retreat.
I haven't found anything I don't like yet...
After watching How to Cook Your Life our mouths were watering for some of that amazing looking bread they made at Tassajara. So, we bought this book. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by JulieDarling