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Tassajara Cookbook Hardcover – August 7, 2007

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TASSAJARA COOKBOOK
The Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, a legendary Buddhist monastery set deep in California's Ventana Wilderness, is famous for its healthy gourmet vegetarian cuisine. Guests rave about one particular Tassajara tradition: the bag lunch. Now Tassajara Cookbook: Lunches, Picnics & Appetizers shares these never-before-published recipes for savory spreads, pâtés and loaves, sandwich fillings, granolas, salads, chutneys, sauces, and marinades, as well as baked goods and sweet treats.
A valuable resource for picnics, snacks, appetizers and small plates, Tassajara Cookbook is filled with recipes that can be prepared in advance for parties or camping and traveling. The Tassajara Cookbook is perfect for vegans and vegetarians on the go, or anyone who wants to add healthy, tasty snacks to his or her diet.

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Savor these legendary lunch, picnic and appetizer recipes from the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center’s famous Bag Lunch menu.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423600975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423600978
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Valerie Usowski on December 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
All the recipes seem to be very similar with minor exceptions. The book is a nice collection of condiments and spreads and will not tax your budget too much. All the cookies that I have tried have come out well, too bad the publisher messed up the end of the book and reprinted the dressings again after the cookie section. If you are interested in purchasing this book, first preview it from a library or your local bookstore. It really didn't inspire the vegetarian in me.
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This is the most poorly edited cookbook that I've ever read (and I've read many!). It's filled with numerous problems: recipe intros which refer to ingredients not listed in the recipe, incomplete instructions, and inadequate ingredient descriptions.

I'd read several poor reviews of the book but assumed they were written by very picky reviewers; not so! Unfortunately, I would not recommend this book despite the gorgious layout and photographs.
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I was given this cookbook as a gift and absolutely love it. The recipes that I have tried have been delicious. The recipes seem to have a unique way of blending textures and flavors that are a real pleasure. I have served dishes from this book to guests and they just could not get enough of the items. This book also divides recipes into vegetarian and vegan, which is handy for people who are looking for one or the other.

I am really surprised by the negative reviews of this cookbook. It is really wonderful and I often look to it when I want to make something special, especially for guests or parties.
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So far we have made five recipes, and they were all very good, some even outstanding.
Please do read the introduction. It provides an understanding to the way this book is to be taken. Perhaps some of the reviers here may wish to re-read it?
That said, there are a few editing issues, and this is not for the beginner cook.
Although not Vegan, it would seems that most, if not all, of the recipes can be made so.
This is a beautiful book.
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This book is a great collection of the food I had over the years at Tassjara. I have always wanted to get the recipes and here they are! I found them easy to make and the ingredients were easy to find. It was surprising how just a few ingredients make such wonderful tasty spreads, desserts and salads. I found this book especially useful for making lunches for my kids. I just whip up a spread, add some vegetables and put it on anyone of the suggested "alternatives" to bread found in the back of the book. The spreads keep really well in the refrigerator so I found making several at a time for variety particularly useful. And healthy!
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I own a lot of cookbooks. A lot.

My personal favourites are Rebar and Fresh for their excellent, plant based vegan dishes. Leafing through Tassajara, I expected the same.

At first glance, its great marinades, dips, sauces, spreads seemed inspiring (and are!) but the cookbook is littered with errors. If you follow recipes to the T -- this book is not for you.

It requires a but of finesse and experience to know what to adapt and some are just outright incorrect. One recipe talks about how the roasted eggplant adds depth the the dish but the ingredients list calls for plain eggplant and there are no instructions in the recipe to roast it. Totally an oversight.

The nut butter spread calls for 1 cup of mixed nuts, 2 cups of peanut butter and 1 cup of tahini then says it yields 2 cups of nut butter... Again, an oversight.

All in all not deal breakers as the book has good ideas but the errors have become a joke in my household.

Nothing a 2nd edition couldn't fix.
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I bought this one as a gift for some family members who loved some of the food I made from this book. I am not vegetarian or vegan, but do like to find healthy, flavorful vegetable recipes. That is what this book offers. If you like to serve starters, there are some wonderful options here for dips and spreads, plus so much more. Definitely a winner in my kitchen library.
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I am always seduced by cookbooks that purport to give recipes for delicious vegetarian food, especially picnic goodies.

So seduced, I bought the book, paying full price at a wonderful inn with an equally wonderful vegetarian restaurant -- the Stanford Inn in Mendocino CA if anyone is interested.

When I went looking for a recipe, I decided to try the Honey-Mustard Tofu (p. 126).

The first direction is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Okay, that's clear. But then you see that you are supposed to marinate the tofu for at least 2 hours! With the oven on?? Obviously not, but a well-edited cookbook would not put the instructions in the wrong order. This cookbook either was not edited at all, or was edited by someone who never cooked anything AND lacked commonsense.

We see that the recipe is the most requested recipe for the Bag Lunch at Tassajara. Hmmm. Wouldn't you think that the author would take the time to get the recipe right?

Well, the author not only did not get this recipe right, but several others appear to never have been edited as well.

Thumbing through the book, I find Three Nut Pate on page 79. The introduction says it is best if made ahead and allowed to sit for a few hours. The recipe, however, says to spoon it into a serving dish immediately after processing it in a food processor and to garnish with fresh basil leaves. In my experience fresh basil leaves quickly turn brown and look really sad if left for a few hours.

Here again the author should have provided clear instructions regarding adding the garnish just before serving.

The publisher should publish a revised edition of this book. It's a discredit to Tassajara in its present form
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