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Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211831
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This all-purpose vegetarian cookbook from the host of the PBS series Delicious TV's Totally Vegetarian offers about 200 accessible recipes—from appetizers (Fried Polenta Squares; Roasted Eggplant Caviar) to sweet finishes (Maple-Baked Pears; Nutty Shortbread Cookies; Banana-Chocolate Chip Cake). Fiore's reassuring voice makes even the (somewhat) complicated dishes seem doable; lots of variety in the ingredients and flavors make the book a handy resource for vegetarians in need of daily ideas. Some of those ideas fall into the obvious: of course there are recipes for Lentil Stew and Seared Tofu, and a few too many rely on mock meat and fish products. But there are plenty of innovative dishes along the lines of Black-Eyed Pea and Arugula Salad with Honey Vinaigrette, and Rosemary-Roasted Winter Vegetables for anyone wanting to stay interested in meat-free cuisine—as well as helpful adaptations to inspire vegans, too. (July)
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Review

Donna Klein, author of The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, The PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Vegetarian Cookbook, Vegan Italiano, and The Gluten-free Vegetarian Kitchen
“The warmth and familiarity Toni Fiore radiates on the Totally Vegetarian cooking show shine through in her simple and inviting recipes, bursting with fresh flavor and nutritional goodness. Busy home cooks will also welcome their easy preparation and quick execution.”
 


Didi Emmons, author of Vegetarian Planet and Entertaining for a Veggie Planet
“Toni Fiore’s zest and knowledge of food is finally available in the written word. A wise investment.”



Library Journal online review
“Readers familiar with Robin Robertson (Vegan Fire & Spice) and Isa Chandra Moskowitz (coauthor, Veganomicon) will find a similar blend of diversity and ingenuity in Fiore’s work, as most of her recipes are vegan or allow for vegan adaptations. Recommended.”


Portland Press Herald, 8/3/08
“There are recipes for vegans in the book, but there are also a lot of options for folks who are trying to wean themselves from meat, or who just like having a few meatless meals every week.”


Hollywoodreporter.com, 9/18/08
“This is a perfect book to introduce your customers to the diversity of vegetarian and vegan cooking. Fiore's voice is casual and supportive. For those customers looking for a healthier, eco-friendly diet, this is a great choice.”


Metro New York, 9/3/08
Totally Vegetarian challenges any meat-eater to the notion that vegetarian eating is not delicious.”


Slug, December issue
"A great cookbook for novice cooks or professional chefs..."


South Bend Tribune, 12/14/08
"Full of simple, easy to prepare dishes, from light appetizers to sophisticated breads and pastas, that use affordable as well as accessible ingredients."


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Customer Reviews

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Vegan Momma
Vegetarian or not, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in delicious healthful eating.
Annemarie Dawson
I bought two copies, one for each daughter, and they are thrilled with my gift!
Laura C. Varga

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Vegan Momma on August 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Great and easy recipes! After trying a few of the dishes demonstrated on Toni's Delicious TV Totally Vegetarian show (I'm now living on crispy, wonderful tofu bites) I pre-ordered her book. I am not disappointed! The book begins with basic lists of what belongs in a functional kitchen, and, more importantly, why it belongs there. The list is limited--not a dream kitchen--a working kitchen. The recipes are doable, delicious, and quick. Toni's explanations are clear and the sequence is logical. I found a special feature for those moving into a more vegetarian lifestyle! There is an "if you like . . . then try" section in the back. So for instance, if you like beef stock, then try porcini stock. Fabulous! If you're a vegan already this is a great book for you. There are very few recipes with eggs or dairy, and even in these it's usually optional.

What I love though is the food! If you've ever thought that becoming a vegetarian or vegan was a sacrifice, think again! The dishes included in this book are varied and truly delicious (and, yes, low calorie and good for you too). Try the Moroccan Stew: a blend of roasted eggplant, cashews, tomatoes and spices. Or do the Rosemary-Roasted Winter Vegetables: roasted butternut squash, cauliflower (which rocks when it's roasted) and rosemary.

Do yourself a big favor. Go to [...] and check it out. Then buy this book!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Love on September 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a book with great vegetarian recipes, this is definitely one to have on hand. Everything I've made so far from it has been outstanding! The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the lack of photos...I really like having photos of every dish so I can anticipate what it will look like, especially when I'm making something new for company or a special weekend date dinner. But overall, I would highly recommend this book!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. Tognella on September 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I dare any professional chef to tell the difference between the Tofu Cannoli and a real one!! This book has opened my eyes to a whole new world of flavors and recipies. I think this book will change people's perception's about vegetarian cooking. Toni creates dishes other than just salads and tofu that is sure to satisfy just about any palate!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Annemarie Dawson on August 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a delight! So easy to read...it's more like having a conversation with the author. The layout is great and easy to follow the recipes. Vegetarian or not, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in delicious healthful eating. Thanks Chef Toni!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie A. Levendoski on October 31, 2009
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I'm a serious foodie. I obsess over food, recipes, tv shows, cookbooks, cooking, ingredients and on and on. I downloaded Delicious TV to my iPod about a year ago and have been watching episodes at work. I've tried so many recipes from the show and the cookbook especially the things I didn't know if I would like ( collards, onions and apples for example). Its incredibly amazing how good tasting, easy to prepare and inexpensive these recipes are. So I've realized that now I can spend my money a little more wisely, eat healthier but well and not burn up a lot of brain cells doing it. Wow! That's a tall order pleasantly filled! So I'm selling all my cookbooks except Totally Vegetarian of course, and withdrawing from the websites I usually spend hours on, and making life simpler and more enjoyable. No, I haven't gone completely vegetarian but I'm eating much less meat and dairy and I feel noticeably better. That's a benefit I wasn't necessarily looking for but received all the same. Fabulous!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Turtle Kitty on March 12, 2010
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I really like this book. I can't eat tofu, so I am glad the recipes are not all tofu based. There is a section of tofu dishes, but most of the book uses regular vegetables. Good detail in the descriptions and the meals are delicious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Buxton on June 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a relatively new Vegan. I have three cookbooks that I couldn't have taken the plunge into veganism without. This is one of those treasured cookbooks. It is full of good advice, great recipes and nice hints. the book is easy to follow and has a great index - not always the case. The recipes are quite simply delicious. I find this book is full of the staple, down home and those everyday recipes that many vegan cookbooks lack. Don't get me wrong, I am all for a fashion or fad influenced meal now and again. However, when I pull my head out of the clouds and plant my feet firmly back into 2 feet of snow, I just want the cozy and traditional. This books gives you that. It uses normal ingredients and shows you ways to use some of those veggie staples (like vegan breakfast sausages)in ways that taste more yummy and fun(Meaty wantons). Some Vegan cookbooks you can just get out of the library, this one is worth buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura C. Varga on January 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My youngest daughter had checked this book out of her local library; she loved it and shared it with me while I was visiting her. I thought it was terrific; I especially enjoyed reading the hints and bits of information highlighted on certain pages. My oldest daughter prepares many vegetarian meals for herself; althouigh she has several vegetarian cookbooks, she did not have this one, so I thought that it would make a good Christmas present for her. I bought two copies, one for each daughter, and they are thrilled with my gift! Now I need to buy one fo myself!
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