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The Healthy Hedonist: More Than 200 Delectable Flexitarian Recipes for Relaxed Daily Feasts Paperback – September 5, 2005
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I knew this book was a winner when I read the very first recipe (Sweet Potato-Red Pepper Spread). This is so easy to make and provides an exciting change from the pre-packaged Trader Joe's spreads I usually serve at dinner parties. Plus the leftovers made a great sandwich the next day. Many of the recipes in this new book are surprisingly simple which suits my chaotic lifestyle just fine. In addition to interesting recipes, Kornfeld provides a lot of information about cooking techniques, unusual foods, and flexible cooking styles. I didn't know that I could substitute coconut milk for cow's milk when baking, I tried it the other day with a tea cake and it came out great.
"The Healthy Hedonist" has just what I love in a cookbook: an interesting variety of recipes that are clearly explained and tasty, but that also inspire me to experiment and try my own combinations. This is the book I'll grab first when I'm not really sure what I want to cook but I know I want it to be fabulous!
The recipes are not only simple, nutritious, and delicious, they are fun to prepare.
The Sesame Tuna is out of this world and I have prepared this recipe again and again for my family. It's a House Favorite along with the Pecan Crusted Trout, Indonesian Corn Chowder, Braised Tempeh with Curried Coconut Sauce and the Tempeh Ruebens with Carmelized Onions. The side dishes are wonderful and so easy. I just made the Glazed Brussel Sprouts for dinner last night. Even my daughter who hates brussel sprouts will eat a few of these. ( I eat the rest.)
As for the desserts, I keep a stash of her Peanut Butter Cookies in my freezer, though they don't last long. Other must-try's are: Browned Butter Berry Galette, Sesame Biscotti, both of the Luscious Puddings, and Roasted Peaches with Caramel Sauce.
This cookbook stays on my bookstand in my kitchen because I use it all the time. It's also lovely to look at with the fantastic artwork on the cover.
You will also need access to well-stocked specialty markets, or resort to mail order if you live in areas of the country that have limited food market options. For example, the author uses a variety of grains, including millet and quinoa, instead of just brown rice. She flavors her dishes with curry powders and pastes, coconut oil, and brown rice syrup. She uses tempeh and whole grain pastas. The recipes are absolutely wonderful, and I finally stopped bookmarking because I had post-its on every page. My meat eating husband loves the Roast Chicken with Maple Glaze.
Please note: this book has NO photographs. If that's really important to you, consider checking it out from the library first, as I did. I loved it so much I ended up buying it.
Since I got this cookbook I have made: Pineapple-Mango Salsa, Thai Jasmine Rice with Chinese Black Beans, Thai Tempeh Triangles, Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce, Spinach Tofu Wontons, Salmon Burgers with Cucumber-Mustard Sauce, Wild Mushroom Farro Risotto, Sancocho Stew, and Smokin' Drunken Chili.
I have to say that EVERYTHING I have made has been delicious! Not just good, but absolutely something I would feel comfortable serving any guest. I am amazed that Kornfeld was able to create a recipe (Wild Mushroom Risotto) that I loved as much as I did given that I don't even like mushrooms very much. That's how good she is. Some of the dishes are definitely a little time consuming, but for the most part they are actually fairly easy to throw together. Kornfeld includes some seafood and chicken dishes and also has recipes with optional dairy so that everyone (regardless of whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore) can be satisfied.
It's rare to find a cookbook where every dish you try is stellar. I have more cookbooks than I care to count, but this is one that I know I will come back to time and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite cookbooks. Especially as someone who loves vegetarianism and vegetarian foods - but isn't strict about not eating meat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rhonda
The recipes in this book may be okay but I ended up tossing it because there are little to no pictures of the dishes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kristin Intile
Great cookbook, full of delicious recipes. Easy to follow and wonderful tasting.Published 18 months ago by MargaretShops
I own a lot of cookbooks, and this is one of the best: flexitarian: you can go meatless or not as you like, the results are delicious, and most recipes are fairly quick and easy. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Jim H
I took a weekend class from Myra; she is so smart and I had a wonderful time cooking foods with alternatives to dairy and wheat flour. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Kelly R.
This is my favorite cookbook. Everything that I have made out of it has been very very good. Last night I made Autumn Harvest Red Lentil soup that was absolutely delicious! Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by jennifer thompson