- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811865797
- ISBN-13: 978-0811865791
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Vegetarian Paperback – October 28, 2009
About the Author
Robin Asbell is the author of three books about cooking with whole, natural foods. Her first book, The New Whole Grains Cookbook, is filled with flavorful, beautiful food that just happens to be whole grain. Her second book, The New Vegetarian Cookbook, explores delicious meatless cuisine that even meat lovers will enjoy. The follow up is Big Vegan: Over 350 meat-free and dairy-free recipes from the author of New Vegetarian and New Whole Grains (Chronicle Books Fall 2011).She also writes for many national magazines, such as Clean Eating, Better Homes and Gardens, Taunton's Fine Cooking, Vegetarian Times, and Real Food.
Asbell has many years of experience creating fabulous food in restaurants, and in the homes of private clients. Specializing in natural, healthy food, she works with special diets of all kinds, from gluten free to omnivorous, vegan to over-the top decadent. All those experiences feed into the books she writes and make her food exceptional. She keeps busy traveling the continent, teaching to spread the word about delicious real food.
Yvonne Duivenvoorden is a Toronto-based food, garden, and lifestyle photographer.
Top Customer Reviews
a) many ingredients (mock abalone, goji berries, kamut, coconut cream) require an extra stop to an ethnic or health food store...or, at the very least, some advance planning if ordering via the internet.
b) many, but not all, recipes are more time or labor intensive than most people can manage Monday through Friday
Still, this book has its place on my bookshelf because the recipes are delicious and the food presents well. It's what I'd reach for when I'm tired of the same 30 or so ingredients I tend to use over and over. It's also perfect for impressing guests. The book is divided into the following sections:
1. Appetizers/small plates - full of beautifully presented dishes that will impress any guest.
2. Salads - one of my favorite sections of the book, because the combinations of fruit, vegetables, nuts and cheeses are unique and mouth-watering
3. Soups - another favorite section, because she understands the importance of good soup making...which always starts with a good homemade broth.
4. Main Courses - I was less impressed with the main courses here, if only because there is a slight emphasis on "mock" meat dishes, a pet peeve of mine, since vegetarian eating shouldn't be construed as a way of pretending to eat meat. Many would argue otherwise and I see their point. I just enjoy honoring wholesome ingredients as they are.
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I received New Vegetarian as part of the Amazon Vine program and I must say, I'm glad that I didn't spend any money on it.
If I had seen this book in a bookstore, I would have put it back on the shelf after glancing at it briefly. For me, cookbooks are tools that I use again and again. There are certain design aspects that are important. First and foremost, legibility. This book reminds me very much of a visit to the optometrist when they ask you to read the line with the smallest print that you're capable of seeing. I think that most of the print is in a size 9 font with the italicized items and the index in a size 8 font(it might be even smaller - a size 4 or 6). The book is very difficult to read and you certainly wouldn't be able to glance at it casually while preparing a recipe. For this reason alone, I would never buy this book or give it as a gift.
Another reason that I am not interested in using this book is that almost every recipe has a very LONG list of ingredients. Each recipe will inevitably require the reader to purchase one or more exotic items, that will probably then sit unused in the pantry. I live within a mile of a Whole Foods Market so I have access to a variety of interesting vegetarian ingredients. However, I live in a city with a very limited selection of ethnic foods, so that it would be difficult to obtain many of the ingredients in this book. The author does not offer suggestions for substitutions for these ingredients.Read more ›
The benefit of cooking vegetarian dishes is that, in general, they are delicious, healthy and economical. I own many vegetarian cookbooks including those named and recommended by other reviewers, and frequently cook from them, but out of the 77 recipes I could only prepare a small number of the dishes without making numerous purchases of items I would use infrequently at best, and in some cases, never again. And if another reviewer could prepare three separate recipes and be disappointed with the results of all of them, why bother to potentially waste the time and money when it appears the recipes were not properly tested.
This book simply isn't for me. I don't want to eat duck, so why would I want to eat Mock Duck? I don't want prune oatmeal baby food in my brownies and I don't want to add 3/4 of a cup of pure maple syrup to a small batch of chocolate chip cookies increasing the cost ten-fold.
The book needed a good editor, tested recipes, photographs for each recipe and a more practical approach because cookbooks, although creative endeavors, are also tools used to accomplish a task, and they need to be constructed with that in mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am in love with this book. I am a first year flexitarian and am always searching for new recipes that I can make and this book is by far the best I have come across so far. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by H. Fuchs
This book has tons of delicious recipes for vegetarians and omnivores. My husband (vegetarian) and I (meat please!) can both appreciate several recipes in this collection. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Danielle L
I appreciate new and different ways of eating. Although not a vegetarian, I appreciate the value of eating properly. Many new and interesting books to choose fromPublished on May 4, 2013 by J. Rogers
The "New Vegetarian" cookbook has a big problem: its title. I was expecting a variety of simple, healthy recipes to handhold the new adept into preparing balanced meals daily. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by esanta
I have tried a lot of vegetarian cookbooks, and this is the first in which every recipe I've tried has been great. (Note: non-vegetarian husband agrees. Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by Mabel
I made the cover recipe and the only part that turned out well was the grilled eggplant, but I needed twice as much as the recipe. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by Madelyn Roehrig
Although I am not a vegetarian, I love eating meatless meals several times a week. Because of this, I own many vegetarian cookbooks and check out even more from the library. Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by Chicago Book Addict
I am not a cook. But I'm trying to be. That being said, this book was waaaay too advanced for me. This was useful as a picture book, and it makes me feel arrogantly proud to... Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Amazon Customer
New Vegetarian is definitely one of the more advanced vegetarian cookbooks on the market. If you are looking for recipes you don't normally find, you will enjoy this. Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by Go Blue 99