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Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers: Fresh Ideas for the Weeknight Table Hardcover – October 25, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

For many baby boomers, Moosewood Restaurant is synonymous with vegetarian cooking, thanks to Mollie Katzen's 1977 classic cookbook, which brought the joys of hummus, tofu and other veggie staples to home kitchens. The Ithaca, N.Y., establishment now publishes books in the name of the collective; this is the 11th. By emphasizing ease of preparation and reliance on as few ingredients as possible, the authors must stretch to find new twists on the vegetarian repertoire they've covered previously. They include new dishes such as Indonesian Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup, and Cranberry Bulghur Pilaf—but it's ultimately familiar fare like Warm French Lentil Salad that is most appealing. The book's only real surprise is a section devoted to fish, the sole animal protein included. Working parents and students will welcome the consistent use of canned and frozen ingredients, but the quick and easy approach combined with the preponderance of dishes like Corn on the Cob, Greek Salad, Coconut Rice, and Easy Egg Rolls result in a book that might've been better in an inexpensive paperback format than a glossy hardcover. Those seeking a cheap, simple vegetarian supper are better off pulling that old, dog-eared paperback off the shelf. Photos. (On sale Oct. 25)
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The Moosewood Collective adds to its growing list of indispensable titles with this compendium of delicious, healthful recipes that aim for simplicity and speed. As in many Moosewood titles, the recipes are mostly vegetarian, with the addition of a seafood section. Included are sections focusing on pasta, eggs, grains, beans, soups, salads, and desserts as well as an unusually large section of homemade sauces and dressings to enliven basic staples and encourage experimentation. Each chapter begins with helpful tips about even the most basic foods (there's a double-page spread just about corn on the cob, for example), and there's also shopping advice, as in the pasta chapter's explanation of "why made in Italy matters." Every recipe is followed by ideas for variations and menu planning. Moosewood devotees will recognize the familiar blend of cultural influences represented here--Asian, Middle Eastern, French, African, Cajun, and more--and an appendix offers detailed explanations of the elements in "a well-stocked pantry." Timely, reliable, and inventive, this is sure to inspire harried diners to reach for the cupboard doors rather than the takeout menus. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609609122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609609125
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Thompson on December 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I own all of the Moosewood books, and this one is already a favorite (along with Cooks at Home and Daily Specials). Simple Suppers reads like an updated version of Cooks at Home- the recipes are straightforward and easy to prepare, but original in the combinations of flavors and textures. Green Bean and White Bean Gratin contains green beans, pureed white beans and whole white beans layered with cheese and breadcrumbs for a filling winter meal. Navajo Stew combines roasted sweet potatoes with black beans and a quick blender tomato-chipotle sauce. Tortilla Melts are quick sandwiches of roasted mushrooms with pesto, tomatoes, and cheese. I made all of these in the past week and my husband and I both liked them a lot- good, unfussy food.

My only quibble is that it would be nice if nutritional information had been included. Many of the recipes are decidedly not light as written, but could be lightened fairly easily.
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If you're looking for food that's healthy, tasty and easy to prepare, I don't think the Moosewood cookbooks can be beat. While I've only tried a couple of recipes from this new cookbook, they've both been good and simple to put together, and I'm looking forward to trying many more. I love to cook, and I love to try new dishes, but I'm also interested in staying slender and in not spending too much time in the kitchen: Moosewood achieves all of that for me. I especially appreciate their "serving and menu ideas," in which they make suggestions for what you may want to serve with the current recipe to make a whole meal -- very nice for entertaining. If you don't own any Moosewood cookbooks, the "Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home" is probably the one to start with. With that one and this one together, however, you'd have a formidable collection of recipes. Enjoy!
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My first vegetarian cookbook when i was 15 was a Moosewood cookbook, and at the time i struggled to find the most unusual ingredients in central Maine (this was 1990 and tahini was almost impossible to find!!). I received this cookbook as a gift last Christmas and cannot stop trying new recipes! I have a zillion vegetarian cookbooks, and usually i end up with one or 2 favorites per cookbook before i move onto another new book. Not so with Simple Suppers!! There are so many recipes that I want to try, and every single one has come out delicious! It is rare for me to use a cookbook where i love every recipe i try, and where every recipe tastes different (a problem with early Moosewood- I can still tell when a recipe is from an old school Moosewood cookbook!)

I agree with an earlier reviewer that a lot of these recipes are so simple, it seems like you shouldn't need a recipe... but I figure, if i haven't thought of it and it's that simple, I appreciate someone sharing it with me!

This is also an excellent cookbook for anyone who always wishes they had time to cook healthy, "from scratch" meals every night after a long day at work!
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I initially got this book for my boyfriend to learn how to cook with, and he's been enjoying it, but we both agree that the recipes are ultimately very bland. I typically suggest he double the spices, herbs, and other condiments used to flavor the dishes to start, and after cooking five different dinners with the suggested side dishes, I think our new standard is going to be to quadruple them. Perhaps the best example is the dinner I just finished cooking, the Szechuan Silken Tofu, which called for only 1/4 tsp. of Chinese garlic-chili sauce as flavoring, along with 1/2 tsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. vinegar, and 1/4 tsp. sesame oil, if I recall correctly. All this, plus some cornstarch, dumped into a cup of water and cooked to make a "sauce" for 16 oz. of tofu. I increased the chili sauce to a tablespoon, and probably could have done two before I noticed some heat.

This cookbook has a great premise, and I really like how there are suggested pairings of a side dish and desert for each dinner, but I don't like having to heavily modify things all the time.
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I originally checked this cook book out of the public library and then I re-checked it out again and when they wouldn't let me have it the third time I figured it was time to just buy it. I also bought 3 extras to give for gifts because I liked it so much. As a cook, I want simple, quick, delicious and healthy meals for my family. This cookbook offers all that!

This is a great cookbook for both the seasoned cook and the beginner. The recipes are interesting but very easy and quick to prepare. I also like the suggestion box at the bottom of each recipe that tells you what to serve with the recipe so that you aren't just serving random dishes together. Very user friendly and lot of fun to cook with!
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This cookbook is perfect for people like me who eat fish, grains and lots of veggies, but no other "meats".

I love the way they make suggestions for side dishes to go with their recipes. (I'm not too creative, so this helps a LOT!)

Fabulous table of contents, clear cooking instructions and delicious recipes.
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I purchased the Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers cookbook for our daughter who is vegetarian, She prepared 5 of the recipes for us during the time she was home from college over winter break and we loved all of them. We were impressed that most of the ingredients were things we typically purchased and not difficult to find items. I am not vegetarian but I am going to order the book for myself for all the delicious healthy recipes,,..food lover in Iowa City
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