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Pasley offers vegetarian fare for every meal in this 1982 volume. The recipes are simple and straightforward, and each chapter contains an introduction to the types of foods covered. A good, basic text.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"The recipes―all vegetarian―are as yummy as ever." ―The Herald Times



"Convenient ingredient lists and easy-to-follow directions make The Tao of Cooking a cookbook to return to often for inspiration." ―Susan Gilmer, Branches



"The recipes are simple and straightforward, and each chapter contains an introduction to the types of foods covered. A good, basic text." ―Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (July 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253212375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253212375
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful vegetarian cookbook. The recipes are pretty simple and easy to follow, but absolutely delicious and mostly call for fairly ordinary ingredients. The recipes are also reasonable -- you don't need to devote a whole day to cooking a tasty meal without meat. I have had and loved this book for about 10 years now, and it's so splattered and worn that I've decided I need a new copy. This is one of my favorite cookbooks ever.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2002
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This fabulous vegetarian cookbook has, unfortunately, been overshadowed by better known ones coming out of Moosewood, Greens, etc., but anyone who loves food, vegetarian or not, will probably adore this book. It's absolutely terrific. Unlike a lot a vegetarian recipes, these are very finely tuned, even subtle. They aren't the easiest meals to put together, but the work is well worth it. The recipes are constructed with a wonderful eye to fresh ingredients complexly combined, and it covers everything from breakfast to desserts. The cornmeal pancakes remain the best I've ever had; salads are excellent; and the soups just as good. I really love this book and would never be without it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Reed on November 25, 2005
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I have had to buy this book three times - it gets worn out quickly because out of all the cookbooks I own (and I do have a lot), this one gets the MOST use. There is a marvelous variety of recipes - everything from pastas, soups and salads to ethnic fare such as Mexican and Japanese.

I especially like the soup recipes - often you'll find a pot boiling in my house. And usually, the recipe will come from Tao of Cooking. The Cuban Black Bean Soup is divine! You'll also enjoy the Split Pea, Lentil, Czechoslovakian Mushroom and the Barley Mushroom Soups as well.

I feel that the Tao of Cooking exposes even an experienced cook to a variety of interesting food. This book taught me how to make gnocchi, chocolate babka and ratatouille as well as other yummy things. I often feel that this book never got the attention that it deserved - it seems as if other vegetarian books got a lot more praise. Which is a tragedy, since this is the only vegetarian book that I feel is not only without gimmicks but is truly full of life. Not redundant at all like some of the others out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2003
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Other than Crescent Dragonwagon's work, this is undoubtedly among the best vegetarian cookbooks ever produced, and a must-have.
As a kid, I was fortunate enough to be able to eat at the Tao and occasionally get my hands on a piece of cake from Rudi's... Fortunately, they live on in any kitchen with this cookbook and an even moderately competent cook. :-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Word Bird on September 23, 2008
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My old copy of this cookbook was getting dogeared and worn out, so I was happy to see that was back in print! Indiana University Press wisely picked up this title earlier this year, so I recently ordered a new copy. The Tao Restaurant was one of my favorite places to eat back in the 70's when I was attending IU. The Tao served excellent vegetarian fare and also sold baked goods from their 10th Steet location in Bloomington, Indiana. The cookbook includes recipes for old favorites such as the Big Veg sandwich, Tao (salad) Dressing, Coffee Toffee Pie, and the scrumptious Poppyseed Cake Hot Fudge Sundae. Although some of the recipes are a bit on the high-fat side, they can easily be adapted by substituting currently available lower-fat ingredients. The book includes recipes for breakfast fare, breads, sandwiches, soups, ethnic specialties, and desserts. Even non-vegetarians will enjoy these delicious dishes! The Tao of Cooking is truly a cookbook with something for everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Two Cents on March 4, 2009
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The Tao Restaurant is one of the best vegetarian restaurants ever established. I lived in Bloomington during the Tao's best years. This cookbook offers the recipes for which the restaurant was famous. I look forward to reproducing so many of the dishes I enjoyed there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Scott on December 8, 2009
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We ate at the TAO Restaurant in Bloomington, IN in the 70's and early 80's. The food was wonderful, and affordable for us at the time. The cookbook contains recipes for many of the dishes we remember so we can love them again! The recipes are fun, easy to follow, and if you are vegetarian, it's the book for you! I have ordered the cookbook from Amazon for many family members and friends over the years.
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