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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898158990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898158991
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Millennium, arguably the best vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco, finally shares its secrets. If you've never been to Millennium, forget the stereotype of a vegetarian restaurant serving bean sprouts, brown rice, and seaweed. Millennium, a true gourmet restaurant, presents elegant, innovative, inspired cuisine that happens to be as healthy as it is delicious. This book entices the accomplished cook to explore exquisite dishes that will surprise and delight any dinner party--even if your guests are not vegetarians. Try appetizers like Cabbage and Shiitake-Filled Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce, or Grilled Portobellos with Herb-Tofu Aioli and Red Onion Marmalade. Experience the Indian-inspired Baked Madras-Glazed Tofu with Saffron Basmati Pilaf and Peach-Lime Chutney, or the Curry-Crusted Tempeh with Pomegranate Sauce. You won't want to skip dessert: Chocolate-Almond Midnight will indulge even the most finicky chocoholic.

Some of the dishes are simple to prepare, but most are intricate and time consuming and include subrecipes, making this book best for artistic cooks who revel in new, inventive recipes. For example, the recipe for luscious Moroccan Filo Crescents with Curried Golden Tomato Sauce (only 21 percent fat, despite the filo) takes more than a page, and references three other recipes. All recipes are vegan--no meat, eggs, or dairy--and most are very low in fat. Nutritional breakdown is provided for each recipe, and the food photos are gorgeous. The Millennium Cookbook is an impeccable gift for the inspired cook in your life. --Joan Price

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No, this isn't a cookbook for those expecting the imminent end of the world. Its name comes from San Francisco's popular vegan restaurant, Millennium. As more people follow vegetarian regimes for the health benefits of low-fat cooking, an upscale restaurant catering to their needs is a welcome phenomenon. Millennium takes food very seriously, and it raises vegan cuisine to new levels. Although tempeh substitutes for meat in a number of recipes, there's a welcome absence of vegetarian chilis and lasagnas. Instead, chefs make use of both ordinary and uncommon grains and flavor them with lots of lively seasonings, such as chipotle peppers. In conformance with vegan rules, dairy products are taboo, so the dessert recipes make use of milk substitutes. Serious vegetarians looking for diet variety will eagerly welcome the new horizons this cookbook opens, but reproducing these vegan recipes successfully at home demands no little kitchen savvy. Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Every recipes I have made from this book everyone has loved!
Rhiannon Fugatt
Vegan or carnivore, people are impressed with and love food prepared from these recipes.
disco75
The layout of the book was lovely and crisp -- nice photos,roomy margins for notes.
C. Rigby

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Overall, this is one of the best cookbooks I own, and I make that claim as a former meat-eater and a recent most-of-the-time vegan. I have been using "The Millennium Cookbook" since February and have made roughly half of the recipes in the book, including nearly all of those for pasta and pizza. I use this book all the time. My husband--a sometimes meat-eater with an open mind and palate--says nearly always that our Millennium meals are "exquisite." I certainly concur.Read more ›
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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By C. Rigby on April 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
The layout of the book was lovely and crisp -- nice photos,roomy margins for notes.

The recipes are delicious and since there are few fancy vegan cookbook collections out there, vegans will LOVE it! For entertaining or more elaborate menus it's a real treat!

For the average cook or the average palate -- it's going to be hit or miss. I would not suggest this book to a new vegetarian or a non-vegetarian trying to incoporate a few vegetarian meals a week into their diet. For them I'd point to 1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes by Sue Spitler or The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook by Mary McDougall, John A., M.D. McDougall

Most of the recipes in Millenium rely heavily on fresh, quality ingredients and herbs and spices that will be difficult to find in a "regular" grocery. If they are there, they might not be fresh, because they don't sell as often in a regular store and this will affect the resulting dish. Ingredients that sit on the shelf gathering dust and losing flavor, particularly herbs and spices that these recipes rely on, are NOT going to yield tasty results.

While vegans/vegetarians with experience shopping at other places will have no problem, the average person will be a little puzzled as to where to find shiitake, miso, tofu, anise, fennel, nutritional yeast, Rice Dream, etc.

The busy person will also not have time to deal with making these recipes -- they require more effort, skill, time. Those with more experience will find the recipes easy to follow, those who work primarly from cans, pre-made mixes, and 5 or less ingredients might find the recipes daunting and they might find cooking gourmet fare from scratch a challenge.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By disco75 on August 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Vegan or carnivore, people are impressed with and love food prepared from these recipes. Sophisticated and complex, the dishes cover the globe in style. When I first bought this book I became frustrated, being unused to saucing my dishes and not having both blender and food processor. The time consuming procedures and multiplicity of steps were daunting and it sat on my shelf for a year. I went back to it when I started entertaining and, renovation of my kitchen complete, found that I could indeed handle the recipes. Some of the dishes are out of my range either because I don't have the means for smoking food or because in my rural Mid-Atlantic community there is not a farmer's market with the types of produce that San Francisco enjoys. I am, however, all about the culinary philosophy that undergirds this book, and many of the recipes have been fantastic. It is apparent that it was written in a restaurant kitchen but nevertheless it makes for superb holiday or entertaining meals. Big hits have been the Latin-style Torte with Plantains and Tofu, the Filo-Wrapped Spring Rolls, the Hot and Sour Soup (which is Vietnamese in style), and the Pureed Root Vegetables.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Allen Keller on July 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am amazed by this book. My wife raved about the restaurant, and brought back the book for me when she returned from vacation. You never miss the dairy. You never miss the meat. And the recipes are constructed so that even a borderline-feeb like myself can come off looking like the Royal Chef. Favorites are the Vegan Paella with Garlic Tofu Aeoli, and the carrot/parsnip soups -- you make carrot soup and parsnip soup separately, pour them in the bowl simulatanously with two ladles. The soups don't mix, they look like an orange and white yin/yang. Then you drizzle the cashew cream sauce on top and it looks like you're the guy who invented the onion. Wonderful.
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