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Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone Hardcover – October 1, 1997
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The elegant simplicity and exquisite flavor of Deborah Madison's food make her one of America's leading cooks. In Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, she offers more than great food: her book includes comprehensive information about ingredients and techniques, plus more than 800 recipes. The recipes range from dishes as familiar as Guacamole to those as distinctive as Green Lentils with Roasted Beets and Preserved Lemons, and Cashew Curry. The 124-page chapter titled "Vegetables: The Heart of the Matter" is a virtual book of culinary revelations; you could use it as a manual on buying and preparing vegetables. Madison provides equally inspired recipes and guidance for everything from grains and soy to dairy foods and desserts.
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Madison, whose The Greens Cookbook sold more than 300,000 copies, offers recipes that will please even nonvegetarians.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Truly, whether or not you are a vegetarian, this book is a must-have. My kitchen will never be without it, and neither should yours!
Here I'd like to focus upon the Kindle edition. A possible problem is its index.
Index entries beginning with a capital letter in the Kindle index refer to main topics (like "Acorn squash"), and also to recipes with a title containing the topic word (like "Aioli(garlic mayonnaise)"). These capitalized entries are alphabetically ordered. So far, so good.
However, these true index entries are formatted as if they were sub-topics, not as main topics, so first sight is distracting.
The topics formatted as thought they were main topics actually are misformatted sub-topics of the capitalized entries. In some cases, the linked material appears unrelated to the entry; for example, the main entry "milk" appearing a few lines below the subheading "Almond(s)" links to the recipe "Winter breakfast compote", and doesn't appear to have any connection to milk. Upon paging forward a bit, however, one finds a recipe "Almond milk", indicating this index entry is actually is related to a subheading of "Almond(s)", albeit vaguely linked.
As a saving grace, on the Kindle you also can use the "Search this book" option. This option (found using the Menu button) will locate every entry corresponding to your search words, and you then can sift through them for what you really want. You can somewhat shorten the search by adding words because, although phrases are not tracked, all your key words have to appear somewhere within the four-line display of the search item.
Unfortunately, the "Search this book" option is not available if you're reading the Kindle edition on your PC.
This Kindle edition has useful linking of cross references where the author refers to another recipe inside a different recipe.
In short, the Kindle index is apparently bewildering because its entries formatted as main entries are non-alphabetical sub-entries of the capitalized items, and it doesn't correspond with the hardcover index. However, once one gets past the initial confusion, it works out OK.
Some of the recipes assume that the reader has a kitchen full of tarte pans and things like that for making quiche, but in every section I found recipes that I could use with very little specialized equipment.
I especially liked that she included vegetarian meals for vegans. So many cookbooks drown the vegetables in cheese and cream. This book has some recipes like that, but not all of them.