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The Chicago Diner Cookbook Paperback – September 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN) (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570671362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671364
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
As an old Chicago Diner fan, I could not wait for this book to come out. Since I purchased it, have been using it for so many dishes at home.. Everything is so healthy and easy to make. Try the tofu cheesecake, cream soups (made with soy milk), Ex-Benedict, Tofu roll, Chocolate mousse. Even my kids approve of the dishes. They still have not figured out that they are eating tofu. Jo Kaucher translated most of the comfort foods you remember from your childhood into healthy vegan recipes -- that taste great! Thank you...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
One of the things I was impressed with at the Diner was the (vegan) German Chocolate Cake. The recipe in this book makes it easy to prepare the same dish at home. It's incredible! The recipes are easy to prepare and the ingredients are not exotic or hard-to-find as long as you have a health food store nearby. However, some of the meals require lots of time in the kitchen and require a little planning (as with any meal).
This book is a great gift for people who have visited the Chicago Diner as well as vegans and vegetarians (or those just looking for some new recipes!).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G.J. Head on February 15, 2005
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What initially drew me to this cookbook was the Chocolate Cake recipe that I found on the net. And yes, it is possibly the best vegan chocolate cake you'll ever have.

But that's not all this book is about. A good amount of tasty, easy to make recipes are also in here. I appreciated the glossary at the end of the book that takes the time to explain what some of the more obscure ingredients are, and where to find them.

Overall, there are more good recipes here than bad, and I would recommend it to anyone in search of tasty vegetarian recipes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lightning Lotus on September 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Chicago Diner Cookbook: A Review and Loveletter

Dear Jo,

I received your cookbook with no pictures on loan from a girlfriend from Chicago. The only vegan cookbook I had used up until that point was Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. I had no culinary training whatsoever....well....one day free cooking class at Mother's in Newport Beach ten years earlier, but that hardly counts.

As a completely inexperienced chef, every single recipe I made turned out so well, I felt like someone had broken into my kitchen and planted new food in my oven: impossibly good food. I was outraged at how amazingly easy it was. Why didn't I start sooner?

I made heart shaped pot pies. I made polenta which I'd never seen even in a picture, which somehow turned out magically good as well. Your diner gravy is so good, I could drink it, but self restraint dictates it must go on mashed potatoes or my little pot pies.

Your vegan quiche is so convincing, I tricked many of my non-vegan neighbors into trying it. One neighbor didn't even realize I was vegan until she bumped into me at Whole Foods. I mentioned to an aproned, fundraising, mousy-brown haired girl selling "Save the Earth" cookies that if she really wants to save the earth, she should be vegan. My neighbor overheard my lecture to the non-vegan cookie salesperson and said, "But you're not vegan! You made me that quiche the other day!" Sorry Tauna; I tricked you good.

Ratatouille Provençal, a real crowd pleaser, knocks out guests with delight with a little over 15 minutes prep time.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Persnickety one on March 7, 2010
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I do not bother reviewing cookbooks that I do not recommend, and I do recommend this one (barely). I got it as a birthday present from my sister who has eaten there, I have not. So unlike many other reviewers, I do not have an emotional tie to the place. So far we have tried five things. Two (seitan goulash and shepherd's pie--particualrly the day after) were smash hits. The lasagne, lentil loaf and potato leek soup were really not worth the effort. Actually, 40% smash hits (dishes that were not just OK, dishes that people raved about) is a good average. That is why I am recommending it. My reservations are around the style of the cookbook and the suitability of the recipes for home use.

Pet peeve #1, the recipes are in paragraph form. So when you are half way through you have to keep reading the paragraph to find the next unread sentence. Since the cookbook is thin and there is lots of room on the pages, there is no reason not to make it more convenient for the reader by putting each step on a separate line. OK, that is a pet peeve, it is not a big thing.

Pet peeve #2, some of the recipes and instructions are vague. For example "2 cups cooked lentils" -- are they supposed to be red, yellow or brown? does it matter? are they drained (apparently not since they are the only source of liquid in the shepherd's pie which was dry the first time we tried it draining the lentils)? Another example, "dice potatoes" (how big a dice? apparently a small one since you start a new stage when the potatoes start to soften and if they are a medium dice, they are still not nearly done at the end of the stated cooking time).

Restaurant ingredients -- I could have called them "stealth ingredients". By this I mean ingredients like cooked lentils and boiled potatoes.
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