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Lust for Leaf: Vegetarian Noshes, Bashes, and Everyday Great Eats--The Hot Knives Way Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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This isn't your grandma's collection of recipes. The second cookbook from Hot Knives bloggers Brown and George fearlessly dives into the world of meat-free partying Daring additions to the tried and true are sure to shake up any staid kitchen. Innovative substitutions for meat are showcased readers will be won over by the no-holds-barred innovative spirit that permeates these quality recipes from two cool guys who definitely know how to cook.”
Beautiful cookbook devoted to vegetarian and vegan recipes for cook-outs, potlucks, picnics and ragers.” The perfect cookbook for the social butterfly, frequent meetup goer or someone with a large family. Two guy with lots of cool ideas. Fun, easy-going tone.”
Tuscon Citizen, 8/20/13
This is more than just a collection of recipes. It is nothing less than a celebration of food geared to be shared with family and friends. Brown and George cover all of the bases Filled with photos of the authors' friends and family eating food in real time, the emphasis is on fun.”
Portland Book Review, 10/16/13
An unusual vegetarian/vegan cookbook written for the young partying type.”
About the Author
Evan George is an investigative journalist whose coverage of the health insurance industry, homelessness, and the federal court system has won local and national awards none of which have stemmed from his extensive writing about beer, coffee, and cooking for publications including Los Angeles magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times. He has grilled steaks at a Philadelphia bistro, flipped burgers in LA coffee shops, and, most recently, spent three years as a sous chef at the renowned vegetarian hot spot Elf Cafe. He also lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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What made me most happy--so far--is the recipe for hot dogs. I had never even tried to make veggie hot dogs before. But they give a simple recipe (as long as you have some sort of steamer). The result was, frankly, again bland and boring. But for my second effort, I just added sun-dried tomato flakes, and a bunch of other spices. Yum. Obviously, this recipe is perfect for countless additions of different spices, and when I make version 3, tonight, I'll try adding minced garlic and a few spoonfuls of Trader Joe's taco seasons, to try for a Mexican-churizo-type of dog. Next week, maybe something Middle-Eastern, or Italian. Recipe was worth the price of the book
(I bought the book in spite of the "humor" and writing style. When humor misses, it's pretty painful to see. I get that the writers were trying for light, breezy, and hip. Utter fail. There are perfectly fine places in literature for liberal uses of "fu*k" and the like. Works perfect in Anthony Bourdain's books, for example. But in a cookbook? Where I sometimes try to get my 12 and 14-year-old niece and nephew to cook with me??? Bad decision, IMO.)
Lust for Leaf may be a fun book to browse through but as far as the recipes are concerned, IMO, it's just plain bad. As a cookbook author and reviewer myself, I check out and try out, new cookbooks on a regular basis. I am also a long-time vegetarian.
This "cookbook" has had a lot of hype and I can understand the appeal it might have for some people who don't actually cook much. But using the F word among other naughty ones and happy group shots of their friends, does not make up for less than stellar work that went into the actual recipes in this book.
Just the amounts of black pepper that these guys regularly throw into the mix, makes me shudder. I'm not sure if that ref. they made to their bleeding gums was in jest, after looking at the recipes in this book.
Maybe good for a laugh or two but for serious cooks and recipes that are keepers, keep looking.
Meals perfect for camping, picnicking, and potlucks but with some serious originality get you in the mood to cook and the spirit of the book captures the essence of bonding over food. I haven't seen a cookbook come my way in a while that made me stop what I was doing and read. Yes, read. The prose is entertaining and it's full of glossy photos. I haven't had a chance to try recipes yet but I will for sure, and most often you know by looking at a recipe whether or not you're going to like it. First on my list (and on the menu for tomorrow) is the Watermelon-Strawberry Aquas Fresca (with cilantro) and I can't wait to try the recipe for squash blossoms. V's let you know instantly whether a recipe is vegan while fabulous recipe titles and cool info-icons with drink and music suggestions add to the fun. Amusing it is, but there's real substance here. It's full of creativity and made me laugh while making me hungry.
The Kindle version is available now, but unless you have a color display, I'd get the hard copy for the abundance of photos on every page. It's not for everyone perhaps, I never been told to stir the sh*t out of something in a cookbook before, but it's raunchiness definitely gives it a unique voice. And I think that just might appeal to some who otherwise might not be interested in a vegetarian cookbook. It would be an awesome host/hostess gift if you're headed out for a Fourth of July party tomorrow (or any summer party for that matter). I'll try to report back after I've tried some recipes, but wanted to green light it for anyone thinking about this--the first impression is great.