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About the Author

Evelyn Raab's popular "Cooking With Kids" column has appeared in Today's Parent magazine. She attributes her culinary expertise to her sons.

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Introduction

So you're a vegetarian. Or you're thinking about it. Or maybe you live with a vegetarian.

But you don't want to eat only weird food. Or spend all day cooking it. Congratulations, you've come to the right place.

The Clueless Vegetarian is designed for vegetarians who love good food cooked from scratch but who also want to have a life. This book is filled with simple recipes for just about everything you might ever want to eat and a few things you wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. You'll find recipes for lasagna and chili and burritos. There are curries and casseroles. There are hearty soups and satisfying snacks. There are even some truly decadent desserts.

There are, of course, also recipes for tofu, tempeh and textured vegetable protein (TVP). Because you should know about this stuff. Really.

If you're just switching to a vegetarian diet, The Clueless Vegetarian gives you the straightforward nutritional information you need to help you make good food choices--without obsessing over it. There are hints for concocting vegetarian versions of some of your favorite dishes and suggestions for preparing meals for the mixed household. You'll even find survival tips and cooking advice that's just plain useful for anyone, vegetarian or not.

Now let's start with the basics, shall we? We'll save the tempeh for later. It's best to work up to these things gradually.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 2nd Revised ed. edition (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554079950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554079957
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until I acquired THE CLUELESS VEGETARIAN, I had no luck at all with vegetarian cookbooks. The food combinations were often odd, the prep work was time-consuming, and worst of all, the finished products just didn't taste all that good. I'd spend hours kneading and chopping, only to have my husband and kids turn up their noses when dinner was served. But wow, this cookbook is different. The recipes are refreshingly "normal"-- lasagna, shepherd's pie, spinach pie, crepes, quiches, pancakes, muffins, and moussaka, to name a few. There are some unusual ethnic entries for those with adventurous palates, but plenty of delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for those with more standard American tastes. There's also some helpful info on easing into the vegetarian lifestyle and feeding a "mixed" family, all rendered in light, witty prose (that's another thing about most other vegetarian cookbooks...they're so deadly dull and serious). Best of all, the results are awesome and leave my family asking for more. I'm rooting for a sequel!
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This book was incredibly helpful to me as a delved into the vegetarian lifestyle. It does a great job of helping the less-informed understand ingredients that they hadn't encountered prior to experimenting with veggie cooking. (tempeh? what's tempeh?) Many of the recipes are easily converted to vegan and my carnivorous boyfriend even likes some of them. Most of the recipes are also quick and quickly become staples. The Spicy Black Bean Dip is now a common request at all of my parties.
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This book is absolutely wonderful for the beginning vegetarian, or for the experimental cook. In addition to fabulous recipes, it also contains little hints to make cooking easier, serving suggestions, as well as a visual guide to whether a recipe is entirely vegan, or if it contains eggs. This book is also completely appropriate for teen cooks. The recipes, while good, are not too complicated, and are explained in detail. I heartily recommend it.
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I found this book at a library and liked it so much I ordered one for myself. My sister and I made several recipes from it and each one was great. Now she has bought her own copy. Great book, nice easy layout for reading, good recipes.
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This book was a fantastic find! I first became a vegetarian 6 months ago but gave it up when I found it frusterating to maintain because it seemed I was eating the same thing every day because I didn't know how to properly cook vegetarian dishes. When my meat allergies recently kicked into overdrive I felt it was time to go vegetarian again and stick to it, so I picked up this book feeling exactly like the title describes. Clueless. This book is wonderful, it has fun tasty recipes that make being a vegetarian much easier. It's also great for those who want to have tasty dinners and kick meat off the menu every now and then. A definate keeper.
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If you are just starting your journey being veg, long time die hard veg or of you simply want to eat less meat and more veggies, this book is for you. I originally got this book at Barnes and Noble for my MIL so she would have ideas of what I can eat and would like to eat.. well I loved this book so much I kept it for myself and use it for the majority of meals I make... I've had this book for almost three years so that definitely says how much I really enjoy the recipes.
Not only are the recipes great , there are also cool neat tricks and tips listed throughout the book.
Almost all recipes in here can be easily veganized as well.
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I have been cooking Vegetarian and Vegan for a while, but this book offered some great hints for having a stocked fridge & pantry ready to cook meals. I haven't had a chance to make any of the recipes, but there are some wonderful sounding ones and I can't wait to get started. This is going to be a great reference book as well as one for cooking out of.
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This is the perfect beginners cookbook for anyone except a diehard carnivore. Usually I like my cookbooks full of shiny full-color photographs, but a reliable collection of tasty, healthy, inexpensive, easy to cook dishes is ultimately way more useful. Unless you eat meat daily, this is the perfect place to start cooking--you can master the basic techniques and flavor combinations without worrying about cross contamination from the chicken. It works with a lot of familiar flavors and ingredients, but has enough "exotic" recipes to get you started on branching out; it's really a great blend. This is an amazing "workhorse" everyday cookbook for anyone who is mostly used to western/american flavors--even if your favorite foods are from far away, it can be a lot easier to cook with the familiar.

The most impressive part is incredibly consistent high quality of the recipes. I've tried about 45 of them. They've all been good; about half have been really, really good, and a handful have been downright amazing. I've been working my way through all of them, because I feel like I'm wasting my time gambling on other cookbooks when I know these are going to be good.

Other than the photography issue, (the illustrations it does have are whimsical and they make me want to color, but photos would still be nice) my only criticism is that it uses shortening in one or two recipes. Boo trans fat.
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