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Vegetarian Planet: 350 Big-Flavor Recipes for Out-Of-This-World Food Every Day (Non) Paperback – May 7, 1997


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  • Series: Non
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (May 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558321152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558321151
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Emmons's trendy Boston restaurant, the Delux Cafe, is not vegetarian, but she herself eats meat only occasionally, and her cookbook presents 350 recipes for the vegetarian food she likes best. She's a personable writer and a knowledgeable, accomplished cook. Although she shies away from "fusion cuisine," she likes to put her own spin on dishes from many different cuisines: Green Grape and Tomatillo Gazpacho, Caesar Revamped, Gruyere Potato Rosti. Emmons's friendly style and tasty recipes should make this popular with vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. Recommended. Claessens isn't anti-tofu, but she knows that the idea of tofu burgers and cheesecake turns off many would-be vegetarians, so she concentrates on easily prepared recipes using familiar ingredients: Garlic-Lover's Vegetable Soup, Pasta with Vegetable Cheese Sauce. The recipes are okay but not always particularly exciting, and they will probably have more appeal to those who are already vegetarian rather than to potential "converts." Diana Shaw's Almost Vegetarian (LJ 9/15/94) is better suited to those thinking about embracing a vegetarian diet, and Sarah Fritschner's Vegetarian Express Lane Cookbook (LJ 6/15/96) is more helpful for those looking for quick vegetarian meals that will appeal to the whole family.
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With virtually every eater eager to reduce the amount of cholesterol and other saturated fats in everyday diets, vegetarian cooking is gaining new adherents. Emmons' vegetarian cookbook distinguishes itself from other similar current offerings by presenting recipes for complex creations that make vegetarianism more attractive than cooking found in customary tofu-and-tamari tomes. Emmons delights in variations on lasagna, and she has plenty of Mexican-inspired items to attract pepper lovers. Thoughtful attention to spices and herbs will help win converts to vegetarianism from meat-centered diners. An entire chapter on "burgers" aims to woo the younger set, but long ingredient lists and time-consuming techniques make these burgers more complicated for the time-pressed cook than their fast-food cousins. Experienced home chefs looking for alternatives to meat-based cuisine will find plenty here to delight vegetarian family members and dinner guests. Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The recipes are tasty, easy, healthy, and presentable.
S. Lewis
This is a book you can cook out of for a dinner party without road-testing the menu, because you know Emmons's food will be delicious.
Cathytg
This is the first vegetarian cookbook that I have tried, and I must say that it has become one of my favorites.
Linda Decker

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hi! I've just gotta say Vegetarian Planet is one of my all time favorite cookbooks. I have a vegetarian restuarant in Bethel, Maine and this book has become our "Bible".The recipes rock. I particularly like the informational side bars. The stories heading into each dish are fun to read. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to break out of the ho-hum beige and boring old style vegetarian cooking. This book will send your tastebuds soaring across the planet!!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on May 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Vegetarian cookbooks sometimes concern me, as their thrust seems actually to be towards NON-vegetarians. Such great volumes of text are spent trying to convince the reader of the sundry benefits of the vegetarian diet that the energy left over for recipes and recipe description is minimal ("This cheesy soy casserole is just so yummy!"). No, thanks.
"Vegetarian Planet," though, seems content to convince on the strength of its recipes. I fell for this book partly because of the fact that it has an entire chapter on dumplings--from gnocchi to pierogis, from quenelles to pot-stickers--but the desserts also interested me, and so did the salads (in addition to these and others, there are also chapters on tortillas, pizza, and burgers and sandwiches).
This is a lovely book, put together by a palate familiar with a wide range of cuisines and flavors, and smart enough to know how to combine them in some swinging recipes. The recipes are terrific--the pasta recipes are especially to be recommended (try the one which uses as the sauce a puree of sweet red peppers and almonds--absolutely divine!).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Linda Decker on December 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the first vegetarian cookbook that I have tried, and I must say that it has become one of my favorites. I am not a vegetarian, but do always try to cook and eat healthy foods, which is one of the reasons why I purchased this book. I have a wide variety of cookbooks in my collection, but I find myself pulling this one off of the shelf all of the time. Everything that I have tried has turned out wonderfully! Ms. Emmons writes little stories about the recipes that make it fun to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some fun,easy, and healthy recipes.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cathytg on December 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
The book design is horrible (just try to read the page numbers through the "decorative" stripes!), Emmons's introductions to the recipes are often cutesy, and some of the recipes take a LOT of work.
So why award this book five stars? Because these recipes simply can't be beat. The falafel burgers alone are worth buying the book for -- spiked with carrot, lemon, cumin, and tahini, they taste infinitely better than any beef hamburger I've ever tried. Then there's delicate rattatouille with feather-light basil dumplings, the espresso peanut cookies, the Chinese noodle pancakes with asparagus, the bistro salad with chunks of avocado nestled among tender leaves of butter lettuce, the unusual and beguiling pasta with roasted garlic and butternut squash ... page after page of fabulous, fresh, imaginative food. This is a book you can cook out of for a dinner party without road-testing the menu, because you know Emmons's food will be delicious. And it won't duplicate other books in your collection with yet another risotto or miso soup; the recipes are original without being silly or trendy.
Many of the dishes are somewhat challenging, but the payoff is always worth it. Although there are recipes here that work well for weeknights, I think of this largely as a book for times when I want the pleasure of making something special, good enough for company or for indulging myself and my family. I've cooked perhaps 30 things or more from this, and had only one failure, with the over-rich brownies.
The sidebars are often helpful and fun to read, as well. Simply a stellar book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1997
Format: Paperback
Finally a good vegetarian cookbook!

I have always cooked somewhat vegetarian, even though I am still a part-time carnivore, and most of the veggie recipes I have come across were from Italian, Thai, Chinese and Indian cookbooks.

However, what I wanted was a collection of recipes that were CREATIVE, DELICIOUS and MODERATELY complex. (I can't count how many "vegetarian" cookbooks I have picked up that have 3-4 item "recipes" for baked and mashed potatoes.)

Enter "Vegetarian Planet", the first thing that struck me was how creative the recipes are, and how Didi creates delicious recipes with very little difficulty. Most of the recipes in this book take about 10-15 (easy to procure) ingredients. I found this book to contain lots of practical recipes that can be completed in 20-30 minutes.

I don't know if Didi intended this to be so 'practical' or 'useful' of a cookbook, but she is very good about pointing out recipes that may take a little extra effort to complete. If you are a veggie, and want to add some truly gourmet dining experiences to your week, pick up this book...you won't be disappointed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amalfi Coast Girl on April 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this cookbook long before embarking on a vegetarian lifestyle and have been cooking recipes from this book for years.

Please note this is a vegetarian book, NOT a vegan book. The author uses a fair amount of dairy in her recipes. There are many recipes in this book that are appropriate for a vegan, just not all of them.

I like the fact that the author does not stick to one type of cuisine, but gets her influences from around the globe. I feel it makes for a much more useful vegetarian cookbook by offering recipes from many cultures. There are recipes that are Italian, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Indian, Mexican and Polish to name a few.

There is a recipe for Pierogies that my husband likes a lot. My favorite from this book is a Fruit and Nut Tabouli with Cucumber and Mint.

If you are looking for ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your family this book makes a very well rounded and versatile addition to any cooking library.
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