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Vegetarian Classics: 300 Essential Recipes for Every Course and Every Meal Hardcover – May 8, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (May 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060194820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060194826
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Although it's true that vegetarianism passed through an unfortunate period when it was best known for dishes like soybean, brown rice, and sunflower seed casseroles, Jeanne Lemlin's Vegetarian Classics offers fresh, flavorful, healthy, meatless wonders like Roasted Red Pepper Hummus; Romaine with Apples, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese; and Classic Vegetable Pot Pie. Lemlin's vegetarian dishes will appeal to everyone. Even if you're a meat eater, Lemlin reminds us, you still need side dishes and starters, and sometimes even a vegetarian meal.

Lemlin's recipes are simple and easy to follow, and very few require any advance preparation. A glossary covers the more unusual ingredients she uses, but there's nothing more outrageous here than tomatillos, couscous, and wasabi. A family-friendly collection, Lemlin includes favorites such as Classic Currant Scones, Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches with Lemon Garlic Mayonnaise, and Baked Macaroni and Smoked Cheese, but she'll also spice up your repertoire with dishes such as Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad, Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk, and Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread.

In a culinary world full of complicated food that takes forever to prepare, Lemlin's Vegetarian Classics is a breath of fresh air--whether you're looking for purely vegetarian menus or just quick and easy recipes for delectable meals. --Leora Y. Bloom

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In this ideal starter book, Lemlin (Vegetarian Pleasures; Simple Vegetarian Pleasures) presents the comfort foods that have sustained the vegetarian movement for the past 40 years. She introduces the new vegetarian to staples like bulgur, wheat berries and rice in a helpful guide to ingredients, along with a few standard recipes such as Classic Tabbouli, Classic Cold Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Classic Lentil Soup. Yet Lemlin isn't puritanical; eschewing the heavy lentil and sunflower-seed loafs of yesteryear, she encourages cooking that is "more in keeping with our need for pleasure." Thus, she includes Tortellini with Spinach, Garlic and Smoked Cheese but not, say, Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Tofu and Tomato Sauce. Still, there's little here to satisfy the gourmand: some dishes are bland (Chickpea Soup with Garlic Crostini), all of the tart dishes call for frozen puff pastry and bread crumbs appear in otherwise respectable recipes (Crustless Yellow Squash, Red Pepper and Spinach Pie and Greens, Potato and Feta Cheese Pie). However, the dessert chapter, with Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread and Lemon Almond Cake, will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. Too many vegetarian cookbook writers forget the joys of white flour, but not Lemlin: homey recipes like Ginger Cream Scones, Best-Ever Doughnuts and even a popover recipe make this a must-have for beginning bakers and vegetarians alike. Agent, Susan Lescher. (May) Forecast: With vegetarian cooking more popular than ever, this introduction to the easy basics should find readers. But given that similar cookbooks already exist, it's unlikely to become canonical.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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This book is the one I gave for Holiday Gifts and Weddings.
"barkable2"
The secret behind this wonderful collection of recipes is, like it's predecessors, Lemlin's staunch commitment to GREAT TASTING vegetarian cooking.
Keith R. Michel
This is hands-down the best back-to-basics vegetarian cookbook I have owned.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Lemlin on June 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am the author of VEGETARIAN CLASSICS and want to share my thoughts with you. Innovative cooking with lots of fresh vegetables and chic ingredients can be exciting and satisfying. But do you also crave old-time classics that have withstood the test of time and continue to give great pleasure and comfort? I do. A steaming bowl of garlicky lentil soup, a vegetable-filled lasagne, a perfectly balanced vegetable curry, and baked macaroni and smoked cheese with a crispy bread crumb crust are just a few examples of dishes I always want as part of my repertoire, no matter what the current food trend. These tried and true classics, along with some delightful variations on these favorite dishes, make up this essential book. I provide "tips" after each recipe to ensure you'll have success with each dish, and there is a comprehensice Glossary of Ingredients to answer any of your shopping questions. VEGETARIAN CLASSICS is the ideal cookbook for the novice who is learning about the world of meatless cooking, as well as the sophisticated cook who expects full-flavored, fresh food made with the best ingredients. Whether you're a vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, or dedicated meat eater who likes to eat meatless meals a few times a week, this book will provide you with the best of vegetarian cooking, the beloved classics. In essence, this is a book about real food for real people.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Keith R. Michel on July 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you don't own all five of Jeanne Lemlin's cookbooks like I do, this is a magnificent place to start. Here, Lemlin offers an incredible array of vegetarian dishes that will please everyone from the died-in-the-wool vegan to the meat lover. The secret behind this wonderful collection of recipes is, like it's predecessors, Lemlin's staunch commitment to GREAT TASTING vegetarian cooking. And "Vegetarian Classics" goes even a step beyond her previous offerings by giving us everything we need in one comprehensive book. From her mouth-watering renditions of the classics to out-of-this-world soups, salads, pastas and much more...this book is, simply put, an instant classic. It is the best and most versatile cookbook I have ever owned.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gail A McMillan on August 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid fan of Jeanne Lemlin's and own all of her cookbooks. I learned to cook from her first book which is falling apart from so much use. Her latest book, Vegetarian Classics, is one you should own regardless of whether or not you are a vegetarian. It is just wicked good food. I made the Thai noodle salad and it was as good as any from my Oriental cookbooks, with no hard-to-find ingredients. Jeanne makes certain her clear and easy recipes work, letting her family and friends be her judges. Hurry and order this book so you won't eat another meal of bland, boring food.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a vegetarian cookbook that would help me to incorporate some meatless meals into my diet, and I bought this new offering by Lemlin. Not only have I found countless recipes to jazz up my stalled repertoire of menus, but they are all relatively easy and most importantly taste great. I love the chapter on "the basics" which includes recipes for pesto and salsa (two of my summer favorites), and marvel at the soup chapter which is amazingly inventive and extensive. Actually, one of the best features of this book is that it has 300+ recipes, but is very user friendly. You can find almost anything you are looking for in this book. It's also perfect as a gift for just about anyone (fathers, newlyweds, new homeowners etc.) Vegetarian Classics is a book I am sure I will use for years to come. I give it a 5 Star rating!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "barkable2" on December 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have all of her cookbooks. I like them because they taste good and are simple. These are taste that grown-ups enjoy. As well as children. With all of her cookbooks I think she has made and worked on all of the receipes. Some cookbooks I know they couldn't made the receipes just from the taste. This book is the one I gave for Holiday Gifts and Weddings. The soups are wonderful in this book. I have made them all and everyone loves them. If I had to grab one cookbook and the house was on fire this is it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenine Lewis on July 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I cannot say enough good things about this cookbook. I think it would be safe to say that I have close to 30 vegetarian cookbooks, and this is the only one I've been satisfied with. I've made close to 20 recipes out of this cookbook so far, and EVERY single one has been a hit---not only with me but with my non-vegetarian husband. It is SO hard to find a vegetarian cookbook that actually has tasty recipes made from ingredients that are easily accessible, and this book offers just that.

The best thing about this book is that I am now willing to make recipes out of it that wouldn't otherwise sound appealing to me, since I have no doubt that they will be delicious nonetheless. I would not hesitate to try a new recipe from this cookbook while serving guests, either, which I can't say about any of my other books.

My only complaint, if I had to make one, would be that there aren't any recipes that use seitan, which is one of my favorite vegetarian staples. I don't know if any of Lemlin's other cookbooks (which I now plan to purchase) make up for that, but it's only a minor complaint, since all the recipes are so good anyway.

In sum, if you are a vegetarian, or even if you aren't, buy this cookbook NOW! I'm so glad that I happened upon it---it has really energized my cooking.
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