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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MorrowCB; First Edition edition (July 16, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060969342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060969349
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vegetarian and Zen in persuasion, this volume is beautifully conceived: not only does Vitell search various culinary traditions for unusual yet appropriate offerings--sushi, raita, couscous, crepes, tostadas--but Morningstar, a Buddhist nun, calls on pen and ink to set the scene with improvisational abandon: a frog opens the soup chapter; a rough-and ready tomato sits on the guacamole page, as if about to burst in two. Sophisticated simplicity is Vitell's apparent standard; her recipes have a spare purity, and though her directions are thankfully replete with the usual details, she supplies unusual asides: Buddhist stories, jokes, or evocative prose to usher in a meal. So while Zen taste may not be everyone's, the book is unfailingly impressive in conception and execution, and may very well win converts. Illustrated.
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"Bettina Vitell has successfully wedded her lively palate with a purposeful sense of simplicity in the kitchen to create delicious, healthful, and unpretentious recipes. That they are vegetarian is incidental; this food will excite any lover who values fresh imaginative cooking." -- Jeanne Lemlin, author of Quick Vegetarian Pleasures

"A Taste of Heaven and Earth has the right proportions of heaven and earth. It doesn't gag our throats with philosophy, but rather seasons our cooking and eating with small morsels of reflection. It's a wonderful book to read, taste... and keep forever. It knows that cooking with care is more important than just about anything, and that food is a sacred path to soul." -- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on March 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was given this book as a gift several years ago, and didn't try it at first as I thought somehow it would be complicated (hmm... how can Zen be complicated?) But when I tried some of the unique and so very tasty recipes, I was hooked. I turn to this book every week when planning my food shopping and menus. I have given it to several friends and have heard wonderful things from them. The tastes are refined and elegant, but the ingredients are not difficult to obtain. You may find yourself trying new things too, which is always good in life. The simple Zen introductions are beautifully and poetically written. As a vegan I was happy to discover that this book is not heavy on dairy, so there are many recipes for vegans to choose from. Thank you, Bettina Vitell!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Algernon D'Ammassa on August 10, 2001
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A "Zen" approach to cooking? The book features an essay by Eido Shimano roshi, and the author is informed by her experiences cooking for the sangha at Dai Bosatsu monastery, but this book stands most prominently as a fine vegetarian cookbook, light on dairy ingredients and hard-to-find items. The recipes are clear, uncomplicated, and my own "success" rate with them has been very high.
The book's sections are organized into breakfast ideas, an excellent chapter of soup recipes (check out the minty lentil soup - a lentil soup primavera?!?), mexican ideas, pizzas!, great salad ideas, and desserts. Crepes and polenta are also introduced to the beginner or near-beginner.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2003
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As a vegetarian who loves to cook, I have lots of veg or veg-friendly cookbooks, but this one is my absolute favorite. I trust it completely-- every recipe is delicious. My favorites include the light quiche-like vegetable tarts (I started with the tomato and chard tart recipe, but then branched out into mushrooms, broccoli, leeks, etc, as my mood strikes) and the broccoli salad with chili lime basil dressing. The simple stir-fry tofu made for this salad is the absolute best tofu I've ever had-- the only trouble with it is how hard it is to refrain from eating it so that enough ends up in the salad!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Izabel Aguiar on January 3, 2014
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This has the most reliable recipes I have ever come across. My family has been making one recipe for years and years. A great gift for a friend!
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