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Simple Vegetarian Pleasures Paperback – May 3, 2000
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Ignoring all the simplicity stuff, however, leaves the cook with a cookbook filled with recipes pulling on the flavors of all corners of the world. Fill your pantry according to the master plan, shop wisely, plan ahead, and have at it. This is vegetarian cooking of a sophisticated kitchen and palate (using "sophisticated" in the title would presumably scare off anyone not inclined to struggle with food). Many of the recipes could fall out of cookbooks of various ethnic origins where a mainly vegetarian diet is the rule rather than the exception.
What this book really helps us do is move beyond the notion of vegetarianism as just so much brown rice, ragg socks, hairy legs, and save the whales. That is, Simple Vegetarian Pleasures moves right to the heart of cuisine, of food with soul, and makes the absence of meat an insignificant thing. It's that simple.
Ultimately, that it is simple, and that it is vegetarian, means a lot less than that it is exceedingly pleasurable. Enjoy these lush recipes. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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While shopping at Christmas for a suitable cookbook to add to their small but growing collection, I ran across "Simple Vegetarian Pleasures" by Jeanne Lemlin. The book intrigued me so much that it never got wrapped as a Christmas present because several of the dishes were in-process for our family Christmas dinner! The recipes are simple using ingredients that are easily obtained, yet sophisticated and interesting, drawing from a cross-section of cultures and cooking styles. The information that is presented along with the recipes is very informative even to those of us who have been cooking for a very long time! For instance, I always thought that "Au Gratin" meant "with cheese!" Nope! It means "with crumbs!" The preparation instructions are clear and concise so that everyone can successfully prepare these dishes, regardless of their level of cooking expertise. In fact, in the three weeks that this book was in our home, it affected my own preparation style so greatly, that several of the recipes have already been incorporated into our favorite "quick fixes."
My son left to return to school yesterday - and took this great book with him...so now my high-school age daughter and I need to buy two more copies - one for ourselves and one for my other son and his wife, the king and queen of frozen microwaved dinners! ("Yes, you guys - there IS a better way to eat and you DON'T have to spend all of your spare time in the kitchen DOING it!")
I have been vegetarian for 15 years and own or have owned an excessive number of vegetarian cookbooks in my day. I really wish that I'd had this one early in my vegetarian life, but am glad to have it now, at least. I have tried a bunch of recipes from the book and so far everything has turned out wonderfully and each recipe has been easy and quick to prepare. It shouldn't be so much of a rarity that every recipe in a cookbook appears to have been tested to perfection, but I have found many modern cookbooks to be filled with typos, unclear directions, and ill-advised and seemingly untested recipes. As an experienced cook, I can often catch the errors ahead of time, but when I first started out books like that caused unneeded frustration. I have no trepidation trying out any recipe in this book because I know it will turn out. I have just ordered Lemlin's other cookbooks and eagerly await their arrival.
The thing that makes me happiest about this book is that it is good, honest food which just happens to be vegetarian. Unlike other vegetarian cookbooks I have, I would feel comfortable cooking any of the recipes in this book for non-vegetarian guests, and when I pack up leftovers for my lunch, I don't need to offer a lengthy explanation of what the heck I'm eating to puzzled coworkers.Read more ›
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The Kindle version of this book must have been produced in a rush. The number of typographic errors is astounding and slowed this reader repeatedly. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by barzel
I saw this book at my parents and downloaded the Kindle version and I was very disappointed to see multiple typos. Mint is spelled Mine, red is spelled Rod, pesto is Presto. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Susan R.
I love this cookbook. The recipes contain easy to find ingredients and are simple to put together. The dishes have a good balance of color and texture and everything I have tried... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Diane Hermann-Artim
Again Jeanne Lemlin has gathered together some really great recipes. I have the paperback edition as well as the Kindle Fire edition. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by The Minstrel
My family eats a lot of meat and I was looking for meatless recipes to reduce our meat intake) that would be tasty and easy to make and that my kids would love. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Yulia
We have used many recipies from this book and have enjoyed all of them. Although this is not a vegan cookbook many of the recipies are vegan, and the recipies that utilize cheese... Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by kekrista