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The PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Vegetarian Cookbook: 240 Healthy and Easy No-Prep Recipes for Busy Cooks Paperback – December 7, 2004
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I have tried several recipes--the Chunky Tomato Rice soup, Hearty Black Bean Soup (so good, so easy), Veggie-Hummus Wraps (try those on a sun-dried tomato tortilla--MMMM!!) the Spanish Rice, English Muffin Pizzas, and the Crunchy Granola Peach Gratin. My husband, who is what I call a "Tag-Along Vegetarian", (not an official vegetarian, but I'm the cook, so that's how he eats) has gobbled up all these meals and asked for seconds.
Look, this is not a "gourmet" vegetarian cookbook. If you turn up your nose at "resorting" to bagged salad greens or frozen vegetables or tomatoes or beans out of a can, then this isn't for you. I have the Millennium cookbooks sitting on my bookshelf, and Deborah Madison, and Peter Berley, and they're all beautiful cookbooks that make for some wonderful food. But right now I need simple, fast recipes, and if that means some help from pre-washed spinach, so be it! And if you feel it's easier to modify a recipe by using an appliance, well duh! Go ahead! This cookbook is all about making vegetarian cooking work for you in your busy life.
The only reason I don't give it five stars is because I wish it was longer and in hardcover!
By the way, since joining the gym and cooking from this book, I've lost 8 pounds. Thank you Donna Klein!!!
What I love about this cookbook is that there is so many vegan recipes. Although my family and I are not strict vegans, we mostly are. The vegan recipes are fantastic and sure to please any family. I also like how recipes are noted to be dairy free, egg free, lacto-ovo with vegan option, etc. It leaves a lot of room to improvise or change a few things. The recipes are also extremely kid friendly. Kids do not like fancy recipes. They like burritos, dips, pastas, etc. with no frills. My daughter will eat about anything I make out of this cookbook.
Unlike some vegetarian cookbooks, this one has yummy desserts. My daughter loves sweets and its hard to find good desserts that taste sweet and are fairly healthy. The Rasberries with Amaretto Cream is really good. There are quite a few vegan desserts in this cookbook that are quite tasty.
This is a good cookbook that belongs in any busy families cookbook collection. Most of these can be thrown together and made in 30 minutes or less which is great when its late and the kids are screaming they are hungry. The only thing I do not like is that there are no pictures. I like to view pictures of the food I am making to see what it looks like. But, its just a personal preference. Great Cookbook. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
However, with this book it is actually feasable for us to have homecooked meals. The recipies have a variety of inspirations, ranging from Italy to Mexico and Thailand to Japan. I love cooking, and we all love good food, so it is wonderful to be able to cook healthy, good tasting meals again. Also, the meals are so good, that my husband says that he does not mind being meatless at most of his meals! One of the things that we appreciate the most is that there are not any really hard to find ingrediants and the recipies do not rely on tofu or setien or other meat substitutes. They are just GOOD recipies without any meat.
For people who would like to have good home-cooked meals, but do not have time to spend all day (or even a couple of hours) in the kitchen, I wholly reccomend the book. I am finally cooking and enjoying dinner again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have made about 15 recipes so far in this cookbook and all have been very good and I would make them again. I generally like to eat vegetarian, my family does not. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Claire F
Bought this for a friend who is not too handy in the kitchen. However, she has recently found herself the in the kitchen preparing vegetarian meals for her good friend. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Laura Epler
This is a good cookbook to help someone especially starting into a Gluten Free Diet when you need less stress after finding a family member needing a significant change in food... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by S J Linke
I bought this book because I was looking for a way to incorporate more vegetarian/vegan foods into my diet. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Sorena
In this day of time crunch, a nice guide for quick and healthful vegetarian recipes is always helpful. This book is decent with that.Published on April 18, 2013 by Clara J.
This book is okay. There is definitely some better cookbooks out there. It had a few good recipes here and there, but nothing amazing as far as I could tell.Published on November 24, 2012 by Rebecca Hill
The recipes are great for on the go types, and those who move a lot (work moves, etc.); healthy, ingredients easy to shop for, and more
I bought this book for my Kindle,... Read more
Simple and practical recipes that take almost no prep time. We already tried the Pesto Pizza though we modified the recipe from cherry tomatoes to mushrooms. It was fantastic!Published on May 16, 2012 by Glasgowman