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Vegetarian Classics: 300 Essential and Easy Recipes for Every Meal Paperback – July 8, 2003
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Having said that, my copy of Vegetarian Classics is totally marked up with my adjustments to her recipes. You'll notice that Lemlin is terrified of spicing it up, and she occasionally over-salts and over-butter/heavy whipping cream some of her dishes. Through trial and error, I've "improved" some of her dishes to make them lighter and spicier. I'm guessing these recipes are made for family cooks who have to satisfy their brood, so Lemlin's proportions tend to be more "family conservative" (more heavy whipping cream, fewer hot peppers).
Still, I would highly recommend this book for the lazy or beginning cook who wants to put together that will impress their friends, but isn't interested in enrolling in Le Cordon Bleu. Lemlin's instructions are easy to follow and don't automatically assume you know how to boil potatoes or prepare tofu. (I didn't). Once you grow more comfortable with your favorite recipes, you might find yourself making adjustments here and there, but it's all good. I give credit to Jeanne Lemlin for helping me get over my fear of the kitchen.
Directions are clear and interesting information is given about food and its uses, as well as easy-to-follow instructions for creating some kitchen basics so you don't have to succumb to store-bought preparations.
Only criticism is, I wish it was spiral bound or had one of those lay-flat bindings to keep it open on the countertop.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really good basic vegetarian cookbook. The first part of the book gives good information about ingredients a beginning cook would really appreciate. Read morePublished 17 days ago by L. Pearson
This is my all time favorite vegetarian cookbook. The variety of recipes is great.Published 1 month ago by Kathryn
Seller great - the book is ok I was just disappointed with recipes it offered. Not my tastePublished 2 months ago by C. Duffy
My disappontment in this cookbook may stem from the fact that I have been cooking vegetarian for more than 40 years, and I have collected many cookbooks. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elanor Guinevere
I love all her cookbooks. These were the first cookbooks I bought once becoming a vegetarian and after 10 years, I still use them regularly. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by C. Provence
I'm not a vegetarian, but there are some of my all-time favorite recipes in this book! I make the Classic Pizza Dough at least 2-3 times a month. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by ef328wi
I made three recipes in this book before giving up in frustration. If the flavors weren't uninteresting and one-dimensional, the technique described was a failure. Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by California Cook