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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years Of Recipes And Reflections From The Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant Paperback – January 10, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Within these pages ebullient owner-chef Claire Criscuolo shares more than 350 of her beloved recipes—from Spicy Thai Sunflower Noodles to Quinoa-and-Pecan-Stuffed Acorn Squash to her signature Lithuanian Coffee Cake. Spiced with photos, stories, and remembrances, it’s the next best thing to being there yourself.
About the Author
Claire Criscuolo cofounded the highly successful Claire’s Corner Copia, a New Haven landmark vegetarian restaurant with a national reputation, in 1975. with her husband, Frank. A certified culinary professional, Claire is also author of three other cookbooks, as well as a contributor to cookbooks produced by the American Heart Association. Together they produce the column, "My Vegetarian Kitchen." for the New Haven Register and other Journal Newspapers, including Luxury Living Magazine. Claire has served as an expert on panels to promote better health through better eating, for numerous organizations including: The Massachusetts School Food Service Association, The Natural Products Expo, and The Fancy Food Show, and she has appeared on The TV Food Network, Good Morning Texas, on many PBS shows, and other television and radio stations across the country. She has taught cooking classes in 15 states. Claire’s Corner Copia has received awards including; Women’s Day Magazine Best Sandwich in America, Connecticut Magazine Best Of Vegetarian Restaurant and Best Quiche, New Haven Advocate Best Desserts and Best Soup. In 2010, Claire’s Corner Copia was listed by msn.com in the Top 10 Heart-Healthy Restaurants in the U.S. In 2001, trans fats were eliminated from their restaurant, something unheard of at the time, but an example of the commitment they have for healthy eating. Green initiatives include; biodegradable take out containers, corn based take out bowls and cold cups, printed with soy based inks.
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Top Customer Reviews
Claire's new book, 35 Years of Recipes & Reflections is good enough that I forgive Claire the disappointment I experienced as a result of her first cookbook. The book is visually attractive, with useful photos well correlated to the recipes. The recipes are presented in an easy-to-follow format suitable for the experienced or novice cook, but never complicate things that are truly simple.
While some may dislike Claire's peppering her book with anecdotes and adorations of her recently deceased husband, I did not. I found them fun and insightful, as if I'd been let in on a secret that held the key to a successful dish.
Lastly, I appreciate the variety of the recipes Claire chose to include in this book. The book is well balanced, focusing more on the foods that make up one's main diet, yet giving coverage to the indulgences (desserts, etc...) as well.
There are no pictures of the recipes, but there are many of the people enjoying Claire's. The bread recipes were a bit of a disappointment, in that they are just ways of "doctoring up" the breads - they are delicious, but not what I was expecting from a book with the emphasis on organic. There are also only 3 quinoa recipes - a surprise for a vegetarian book. We have enjoyed curried brown rice salad and parmesan grits with braised mushrooms.
A metric conversion table is included and there is a detailed index that also includes the key symbols for the recipes. This is a book that those searching for vegetarian recipes will probably like to add to their cookbook collection.
I could see this being very appealing to a fans of the restaurant. From reading the headnotes a lot of menu favorites seem to be included and there are also ample pictures of the restaurant, customers, dessert case, etc. Unfortunately all of these pictures come at the expense of actually showing photos of the finished recipes. Even though we get quite a few photos related to the restaurant as well as photos of raw ingredients there are very few pictures of the recipes in the book. For me as someone who has never been to the restaurant this was disappointing because I'm a visual cook and beautiful food photography often influences what I choose to make.
As far as the actual recipes go, they are generally relatively uncomplicated and easy to prepare. There's also a good range of recipes from some that can be easily made in 20-30 minutes to others that require slightly lengthier prep time. But overall, they don't require exhaustive cooking knowledge. The culinary influences tend more toward Mexican and Italian influence so if you like these kind of recipes, you'll probably enjoy this book. A lot of them are for the classics like marinara sauce, minestrone, hummus, etc.Read more ›
Also, most of the ingredients in the recipes are common and easy to find. Criscuolo encourages using organic produce and the majority of recipes can be whipped up as weeknight meals. There are even desserts which are delicious such as Pumpkin-Walnut Pie, Peach-Oat Crumb Pie, and Dairy-Free Gingerbread. This book is a great resource!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful selection of Italian recipes. So glad I found this little book.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer H.
We bought this cookbook for ourselves two years ago when we stopped eating meat or poultry (we still eat fish and eggs). Read morePublished 11 months ago by McDuff
If you love fresh healthy cooking, from a true pioneer in the food world......Get this cook book. Claire's Corner is a New Haven CT land mark. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Darlene D.
Whenever I go to New Haven, I HAVE to eat at Claire's. Best food! Cookbook will not disappoint! Easy to follow recipes!Published on February 17, 2013 by A. Redding
Good cookbook overall - like that gluten-free and vegan versions were provided as well. Have had several dishes and like them all.Published on January 15, 2013 by michelle long