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Nava Atlas is the author and illustrator of many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, most recently Wild About Greens, Vegan Holiday Kitchen, Vegan Express, and Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Her earlier books include Vegetarian Family Cookbook and The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet.
In addition to cookbooks, Nava also produces visual nonfiction books including The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life (2011; http://www.literaryladiesguide.com), exploring first-person narratives on the writing lives of twelve classic women authors, and commenting on the universal relevance of their experiences to all women who love to write. Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (2009) is a satiric look at contemporary marriage and motherhood through the lens of a faux 1950s cookbook.
Nava is also an active fine artist specializing in limited edition artist's books and text-driven objects. Her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S. You can see her work at http://navaatlasart.com. Her home is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Like all of Nava Atlas's books, this one is wonderful, filled with clear descriptions and phenomenal recipes with an eye toward good health. My one and only quibble is that the recipes are hardly "updated" as described on the cover ... I went through it page by page comparing it to the original version, but the only changes I could find were to delete "water" as an ingredient, and to change "margarine" to "reduced-fat margarine" -- which hardly seems worth the cost of a new book; mine is going right back to Amazon. However, if you don't already own the original version, I highly recommend this book for uniquely delicious recipes (many of them kid-pleasing, and appealing to omnivores as well as vegetarians) designed to promote good health, with as little fat and sodium as possible without sacrificing flavor. Although I own almost every vegetarian cookbook in print (no exaggeration), this is one of my all-time favorites, and most dependable ones.
Both me and my wife consider this the best of about 20 cookbooks we have. This is not your usual uncritical collection of recipes (like 99% of the other cookbooks), the author really teaches you new ways of thinking about vegetarian food, that go beyond italian, or asian, or midwestern style. Certainly a step forward in vegetarian cuisine innovation. Very handy, also, for those holidays when you still don't want animal foods, but don't quite know what to cook. Our two last Thanksgiving banquets have been vegetarian, and great successes too.
This is the cookbook I've turned to again and again -- it has the most food stains of any cookbook in my collection, which is a good sign! I had no idea vegetarian cooking could be so tasty until I bought this. Not a single recipe has been a disappointment, and what a great idea to organize them according to traditional celebrations. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
this book provides recipies grouped into entire menus. no more finding a recipie for a dish you like and not being able to figure out what to serve with it. this book also provides step by step directions for preparing dishes ahead of time. perfect for entertaining.