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A creative and imaginative cook approaches a recipe as a guide rather than as a set of inviolable commands. In her latest compendium of vegetarian cuisine, Shulman puts this idea into practice. For each category of finished dish, she gives the cook a template: a structure with classes of ingredients, some ratios, and some general cooking guidelines. In so doing, she encourages the vegetarian cook to make use of seasonal offerings, of leftovers, of whatever components present themselves at the moment. Shulman shows how risottos, pastas, stir-fries, pizzas, quesadillas, and tacos all lend themselves to this sort of culinary buffet. This book will prove itself particularly valuable for someone seeking to explore vegetarian cooking without rigid commitment. Equally beneficial for all cooks, Shulmans tables sort out the increasing varieties of squashes and rice that now appear in so many markets. --Mark Knoblauch
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162336129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623361297
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Suvir Saran on April 22, 2014
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"Martha is one of the best American cookbook authors writing today", says the best selling cookbook author, Mollie Katzen. She could not have said it better.

Martha Rose Shulman has for three decades brought clear and precise recipes to countless home cooks. Many a time without people even paying attention to that fact. Her genius has helped bring recipes of many a chef across America to kitchens throughout the nation and beyond.

Her recipes are mindfully delicious and thoughtfully written. Each one comes with a clarity of instructions and sound guidance that is not always the case. There is a simplicity of approach but far from simplistic magic to Martha Rose's deliciously addictive plant based cooking.

Accesible and mouthwatering dishes open new doors for those that are suspicious of veggies and yet want to romance them for taste, flavor, health and wellness. These are recipes that will give you delightful meals to savor with friends and family.

I never thought a minestrone could be made simpler still and made even more accessibly doable for the dummy. Martha Rose does just that. Her templates are easy to follow and guarantee success with every recipe recreated in our kitchens.

Her recipe for Savory Bread Pudding with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese should be a must try for all. Once you eat it, you are never too shy of vegetables. You want to romance them more and more.

Buy this book and see your life become a celebration of the plant based magic that has kept many across the world inspired and inspirational for generations.
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Fantastic book! It has rapidly become not only the most useful cooking book I now own, but the most useful one I've ever owned; and I have owned a boatload of cookbooks. This is not simply a book of recipes; it is (as the title clearly states) a template or lesson book for vegetarian cooking. The author gives you templates for various types of vegetarian main courses, and then some recipes demonstrating this type of main course, and then tells you how to slot your own ingredients into these recipes.

The actual physical book is lovely, Rodale has done an excellent job with it, including quite a few color photos. Lovely layout too, each page is a joy to see, and then a joy to read.

If you institute Ms. Shulman's suggestions, you will never again waste any vegetables, and you will be eating more fresh vegetables than you used to, thus improving your health! I just cannot say enough good things about this book. Your food will taste better too.

Pat Meadows
Crawford, Maine
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I have been a vegetarian for a little over a year - eating meat or fish occasionally before that.
This cook book is perfect because it consists of basic templates, in various areas, such as soups, pastas, legumes, grains, that I can add to or modify, to produce a wonderful meal.
The book is well written and the recipes easy to follow and achieve. Many recipes are vegan, or can be easily made so without adding the eggs or cheese.
So far all of the ingredients have been readily available. There is a comprehensive Pantry Checklist at the front of the book, suggesting foods to keep in stock.
I highly recommend this cook book, especially to someone who is recently a vegetarian and is looking to learn how to cook healthy, nutritious and delicious dishes. My family have been enjoying the dishes I have made from this cook book.
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By KR on November 12, 2014
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Great book. A little different format than most, takes getting used to. Have both on Kindle and Hardback... kind of a waste of $ on Kindle due to format. I also have the class Big Bowls on Craftsy and would highly recommend that. My husband and I both are truly enjoying the foods that are as a result of this author's ingenuity.
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The recipes are so flexible where you can substitute one grain or another, one green or another, depends on what you have in the pantry. Lots of practical ideas. Most recipes have easy to find ingredients. I collect cookbooks, some sit on the shelf and I had a great time reading them. Some like this one I cook from.
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One of the best cookbooks I've bought in year (and that's a lot). Ms. Shulman's template approach makes meal planning and preparation so easy. Her approach also encourages the use of leftovers, even a few spoonfuls of something, reducing food waste. I also love that she gives good information about how long foods prepared in advance can be stored for and what freezes well (and not). These recipes can easily have a meat-based protein added to them if you want. This is an excellent book, with clear instructions, a clean format and good index. And it looks good too.
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First rate recipes and instructions for newbie and advanced vegetarian cooks. The instructions are exceptionally clear, informative, and concise. Very handy template recipes in the first chapter can be modified in many ways by the cook depending on taste and ingredients in season. This is a go to cookbook: Martha Rose Shulman is one of the best vegetarian cooking authors out there. Check out 'Mediterranean Harvest' too.
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I have bought dozens of cookbooks and never felt the need to review them.
This book is WONDERFUL!
Lots of advice, information and excellent recipes.
Best cookbook I have bought in many years.
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