- Paperback: 508 pages
- Publisher: Nilgiri Press (June 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915132257
- ISBN-13: 978-0915132256
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laurel's Kitchen: A Handbook for Vegetarian Cookery and Nutrition Paperback – June, 1976
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It starts with the simple phrase "keeper of the keys" referring to a position women held in previous years. Creating balanced and healthy meals, a full pantry and a harmonious home was considered a privilege, not an unpleasant chore. The art of providing colorful, fulfilling meals and a centered homelife that draws others into its warmth and harmony is presented as a highly valued undertaking in and of itself. Aside from the woman literally being "keeper of the keys" to the larder, a great amount of her time, skill and effort went into preparing and maintaining her household.
We are inunndated by a fast-paced, fast-food, buy now and pay later world. This extends into what we choose to eat, or, more frequently, what foods choose us - we eat now and pay later. What "Laurel's Kitchen" does is weave our propensity for food with the concepts of a joyful and healthy life. There is a melding of food choices incorporated with a lifestyle that leaves a small footprint (before the word footprint was used). What? Is a cookbook offering such a change in lifestyle? Well, I have to say yes, it is. And it works.
The recipes are delicious, easy to make with ingredients you can actually find that are affordable. Of course, there are certain favorites. I really enjoy the soups, muffins, breads and desserts; they smell wonderful, with lots of flavor and texture. A surpise section was the condiments, including salad dressings and yogurt. Very easy to make with simple ingredients; very economical when compared to ready-made.Read more ›
If you are a vegetarian or vegan whose loved ones are concerned that you are not getting enough protein, read Laurel's Kitchen. You'll learn the details of the role of protein in the diet, the levels necessary for health for different age groups, health conditions and activity levels. And you'll learn how to combine food, like rice and beans or vegetables and cheese to provide complete protein. (And you'll learn what that means so well, you'll be able to amaze your well-meaning, concerned loved ones.)
The same is true of their chapters on vitamins, carbohydrates and fats. Plus, it's a good read. As Paddington Bear would say, "It's really quite good value."
I tried several of the recipies, very good but for me it is really about Laurel. It may be time to read it again.
As another reviewer noted, the description of the sumptuous and hearty lunch prepared for Laurel's husband practically makes my mouth water - I'm ready to convert then and there.
I seldom use recipes from my cookbooks - instead I read the books like novels - but I do get ideas and inspiration and this is one of my favorites for both. I pull it off the shelf occasionally and re-read favorite parts, or just straight through.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite cookbooks! I bought this one as a gift for my son. In my opinion, the 1970's version is superior to later editions which omit some great recipes!Published 4 months ago by Ruben.G
I have a sentimental attachment to this book. I have even given it to a few of my younger friends. .Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a classic, my second copy to replace the original one. Many, many favorite recipes here.Published 17 months ago by LCoates
Nice condition but very moldy smelling. Not kitchen worthy due to smell.Published 17 months ago by Cece
Second favorite cookbook (behind Betty Crocker). The recipes are delicious and easy to make. The authors do a good job of explaining the different types of food and why they are... Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. S. Meyers
A replacement for a (foolishly) loaned copy. Excellent vendor and product. No complaints. Highly recommended.Published 23 months ago by J'anguisette