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Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates : Festive Meals for Holidays and Special Occasions Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 23, 2003

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The Moosewood Collective and its Ithaca restaurant celebrate 30 years of good vegetarian cuisine this year. With the increased popularity in vegetarian cooking, Moosewood has grown and developed its style in its roster of popular cookbooks. This new volume covers festive occasions and holidays from weddings to Father's Day, Halloween to Kwanza, which are challenging for everyone and more so for the vegetarian cook or those with vegetarian guests. Divided by season and then by celebration, this volume offers for each occasion a menu with recipes and useful hints for timings and presentation. The dishes have a modern, international feel. From the Southwestern Dinner Party with its refreshing Avocado Citrus Salad that brightens the Winter section, to the luscious Chocolate Souffl‚ Cake that would happily grace any dessert buffet, most of the recipes are simple to produce. The ingredients are described fully in a very helpful glossary, and the recipes carefully explained and often finished with alternative variations. After three decades, this book shows how vegetarian cuisine has come of age and can be appropriate for any occasion.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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For three decades, the famed Moosewood Collective has prepared innovative meatless meals that have left vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike clamoring for more. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of their internationally acclaimed Ithaca restaurant, The Moosewood Collective presents their first-ever collection of menus for memorable occasions, with vegetarian specialties for every season.

Holidays and celebratory gatherings can present a challenge for vegetarian cooks who want to serve festive meals that will satisfy all of their guests. The Moosewood Collective has met this challenge brilliantly, with more than thirty-five ingenious menus that can transform even casual get-togethers into a party. Covering a diverse array of holidays and occasions both traditional and spur-of-the-moment, Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates provides the perfect excuse to get to-gether with friends and family more often. You?ll find inspiring food ideas for all these and more:

? Traditional holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Ramadan, Kwanza, Passover, Diwali, and Christmas
? Family gatherings, from a casual Rainy Day Picnic on the Porch to an outdoor Labor Day Get-Together to a fully orchestrated Wedding or Commitment Celebration
? Just-for-fun events, perfect any time of year, including a Tapas Party, a Birthday Breakfast in Bed, and a Sports Night Supper

There is even an additional section on versatile party nibbles and celebration cakes to choose from, plus a chapter of delectable foods you can make to give (or mail) as gifts.

Filled with practical advice on preparing holiday feasts with the minimum amount of fuss, and incorporating the rich flavors and ethnic influences that the Collective is renowned for, Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates is an indispensable assortment of lively vegetarian menus spanning a dazzling array of cultures and occasions. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter, 2003; 1st edition (September 23, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0609609114
  • ASIN: B000F3UNRC
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,737,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I love this cookbook. I have made three recipes from it: the lemon-basil deviled eggs, the grapes with gorgonzola, and the jazzed-up cranberry sauce. They were all spectacular. I made the cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, and it was so good I sat there and ate it with a spoon right out of the bowl - it had such a tangy and unique flavor. I made the deviled eggs and grapes with gorgonzola (I used blue cheese) recently for a party and they were both well-received. In fact, people went ga-ga over the grapes. All three recipes are very easy to make, can be made in advance, and have no hard-to-find ingredients. Easy and unique recipes that produce results fit for company - this is my kind of cookbook! It's also one of those cookbooks that's fun to just sit down and read.
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By A Customer on November 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
What a great idea for a cookbook - food as the symbol of celebration and tradition. Want to plan a vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving spread? You're in the right book. Even if you are not cooking, the book is a pleasure to read and browse through because it explains the origins of vaious holidays and the foods that are made to celebrate them. The recipes are organized by season and by holiday (multi-cultural holidays such as Hannukah, Ramadan, and Christmas, as well as Fourth of July and Father's Day BBQ). There are tasteful illustrations and helpful hints about how to plan a meal so that everything arrives hot at the table. My only qualm is that many of recipes look as if they might take a long time to make; although there is an index for 30-minutes-or-less cooking.
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By Buyer4321 on November 20, 2006
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After reading the reviews, I took this book out of the library to try it out before buying it. I have made several of the salads, the roasted vegetables, the beets and greens, the cranberry-chocolate pie (three times!), and several more recipes. The salad dressings are wonderful, and the combinations of fall salads are also delicious. I love it when people say "Mmmm" when they take the first bite, and it has happened with every recipe I've tried. I have a list of about 50 more recipes to try so I just ordered the book. I can't bear to return it to the library before mine arrives. If you are looking for new ways to prepare vegetables, this is your book. Many recipes don't contain dairy products, a plus for allergic people.
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I enjoy the Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks! For me they read like I'm right there with the cook watching what they do! It feels more and more like an experience and not just another cookbook. There are a few (but very few that I've come across so far!) recipes that may get copied into another book; but for the most part all of them are "new". The additional info they add to the cookbook as far as allergens - the little things that are in the care or detail to the entree you are trying to recreate are fantastic. I so far have collected 5 Moosewood cookbook and we just keep waiting for the next one!
****(Same review I wrote for my other purchase of the Moosewood Daily Restaurant cookbook - the only thing I can add to this is if you've never seen the movie "100 foot Journey" You need to watch it. Reading most of the recipes and the backgrounds of the chefs themselves reminds me a lot of the passion exhibited in that movie - the love for cooking is shown and expressed on every page - even on the pages of meals I know I won't make (seafood dishes) but I still read the information and they sometimes make me want to go out and get the stuff to make 'em!****
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Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is full of delicious and interesting recipes, cute and practical menu ideas, and lots of bits of information about different foods and different festivals and holidays around the world.

My favourite recipes from this book are:
Indian potato pancakes
Greens with Cashews
Vegetable pot pie (I haven't tried to veganise this yet since becoming vegan, but during my lacto-ovo vegetarian days this dish was legendary)
Chocolate and cranberry tart
Potato latkes
Tibetan Seitan Burritos
Stuffed Yams
Autumn Bitter/Sweet Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette
Choklay's home fries

Every time I read this book I get excited to cook (and eat). The book also has helpful ideas about stocking a pantry, planning a menu, and throwing a dinner party. Vegan dishes are listed at the back, and plenty of the non-vegan dishes can be easily veganised.

Yes, the book has a scant few recipes with some fish in them, but there is an easy solution to that: don't eat them!
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I found this cookbook at a book fair a few years ago and it has become one of my most favorite. The recipes are just wonderful and the descriptions about them informative. I use it a lot at my children's elementary school where we try to learn about different cultures and the food that celebrates them and we have made many of the recipes as a class.
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I love Moosewood- I love visiting and I love their cookbooks, and, like many people out there, I owe much of my culinary incliantions to them. I can't place what it was, but somehow this book just didn't measure up to the others in their collection. It isn't that these are not meals you would serve for "festive" occasions, it is just that none of them really struck me as something I would want to serve while playing hostess to people whom I have never cooked for before. There are so many other great recipies from the Moosewood that would be more appealing- especially if you are serving guests who are not vegetarians (meaning, I don't think any of these meals would really impress non-veggies). I would suggest getting one of the other books in the collection, and choosing meals for yourself that you think would best suit your occasion.
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