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The original Laurel's Kitchen, now 10 years old, demonstrated that vegetarian food can be nutritionally sound and need not be dreary. It has been enormously influential and remains so, even now when vegetarian and whole foods cooking has joined the mainstream. For this sequel, almost every recipe has been revised to lower fat content or enhance nutrition, and 150 new recipes have been added, along with a long final section on nutrition that is all new. As in the original volume, recipes are excellent. This new version deserves to be as popular as its predecessor. RD
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Later Printing edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089815166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898151664
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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156 of 163 people found the following review helpful By ktjpsmom on November 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first encountered Laurel, Carol et al. in 1985, after reading and being impressed by Diet For A Small Planet but feeling constrained by the narrowness of protein complementarity as it was then understood. I had been told by my doctor to lose the fifty pounds I had gained with my first pregnancy or she wouldn't be around to help me with a second one. A vegetarian friend suggested I try changing the way our family ate. Since I did then and still do love to cook, I was ready and willing to make whatever changes might be necessary. Laurel's Kitchen was a light in the darkness for me. The recipes were fun to make and best of all, they tasted great. My formerly meat and potatoes or nothing Irishman husband took to our new way of eating with real enjoyment. I took great heart from the philosophical musings that began the book and were interspersed with the recipes. When the second edition came out, in 1986, I was fifty pounds lighter and beginning a pregnancy as a well-nourished lacto-ovo vegetarian. My 11 pound son's birth left me two pounds lighter than I had been at his conception. I have gone through 3 copies of the 1986 edition, and have memorized (with our own personal modifications) all our favorite recipes, which have become family classics. I have never regained the weight I lost fourteen years ago and am in my twenty-fifth year of teaching high school history. My husband and our two teen-agers are healthy, slim and energetic. My daughter, at 16, takes a lot of static from well-meaning "friends" about her vegetarian diet, but she remains committed but never censorious of others' eating habits. We are happy with our choice and eternally grateful for the wit, wisdom and just plain good eating to be found in Laurel's Kitchen. As Carol states,"Laurel didn't believe just in cooking vegetarian...it had to taste good."
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Mathews on January 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book really has in-depth information on nutrition that's good for any family. In the nutrition section, vegetables and fruits are listed along with the vitamins they contain. This way, you can plan better on getting vitamins in your meals. Laurel talks about how by eating less meat protein, we absorb vitamins in our fruits and vegetables easier. This makes it easier for the vegan and vegetarian can meet al their health needs. The bread recipes are easy as (forgive me!) rice crispies, but the results are often artisan breads because of their fine, simple ingredients. Try the english muffins, pumpernickel bread, whole wheat french, the black bread and my favorite, oatmeal. My husband loves the tamale pie. The vegetarian shepherd's pie is another staple. I also love the minestrone soup, the baked eggplant parmesan ( you can use any crumbs, not just crackers!) and stuffed peppers. I like the way the menus are layed out. It makes it easy when you first start out. It's also a good book for introducing yourself to the concept of whole foods and getting away from packaged foods if you haven't already. They are very strict about sugar when they talk about nutrition in this book, which makes alot of the recipes great for diabetics. However, it's a little too strict at times, if you're not a diabetic since as the main author states her belief is that, "sugar is sugar is sugar." There are too many important enzymes in fruit to worry so much about the sugar! So much of the information is in depth, and that's what makes this book a standby for me. There are instructions on how to make yogurt at home, also soybean milk. There is eomthing really wholesome about the book, which I find appealing as well. Well-put together and organized I definitley suggest this book for your cookbook and nutrition library.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on August 10, 2001
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Friends gave this cookbook to my husband and me as a wedding present in 1987, and it's been my all-purpose cookbook since then. We are not vegetarians, but Laurel, Carol, and Brian taught us to enjoy vegetarian meals. This is the book that gave me confidence in the kitchen and showed me how to make delicious, low-fat meals. The nutritional tables in the back are wonderful -- there's one for basic foods and one that gives detailed nutritional information for each recipe in the book. My favorites (the ones I return to again and again): Hungarian Noodles, Lazy Pirogi, Sandy's Macaroni, Good Shepherd's Pie, Helen's Polenta with Eggplant, Tamale Pie, Black-eyed Peas Virginia Style, Black Bean Soup, Diane's Apple Crisp, Gingerbread, Oatmeal School Cookies. I can't think of a recipe from this book that I didn't enjoy. Don't have a copy of this book? Get one. If I could just find tape strong enough to keep the cover on mine!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. McCann on November 14, 2004
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We've been vegetarian off-and-on for several years. After my husband's brother got colon cancer at the age of 47, I switched my kitchen to vegetarian for good. At that time, I went looking for cookbooks that offered something out of the ordinary -- a cookbook that didn't just offer up weird tofu loafs or butterfly-chasing nuts and berries. We're a REAL family in the REAL world. The recipes in this book are just down-home good cooking. Recipes you could make even if you weren't vegetarian. THAT'S what I was looking for. Every recipe can be adapted to suit your own tastes, and you can add and subtract today's convenience items (like prewashed veggies, rice in a bag, gourmet canned sauces and beans). Our favorites are the tamale pie (spiced up more to reflect our heat-loving palates) and the sweet potato salad (very unique!).
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