Passionate Vegetarian

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Workman Publishing, 2002 - Cooking - 1110 pages
19 Reviews
Introducing a new voice in vegetarian cooking. Packed with 1,000 recipes that are seductive, sexy, and utterly delicious, Passionate Vegetarian covers all the bases of meatless cooking, from east (Stir Fry of Asparagus with Black Bean-Ginger Sauce), west (Talk of the Town Barbecued Tofu), from the Mediterranean (Swiss Chard with Raisins, Onions & Olives) to the American South (Black-Eyed Pea Ragovt). You'll find lush lasagnas; plump pierogies; bountiful burgers, beans, and breads; pleasing pasta and pies. You'll spoon up soups and stews, and delight in desserts from simple to swoonworthy.

Written by longtime vegetarian Crescent Dragonwagon, author of Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian employs innovative methods (try "Ri-sort-ofs," in which risotto technique is used to create splendid, richly flavored grain dishes built around not just rice but also barley, buckwheat, spelt, and even toasted oats with an array of seasonings) and introduces lesser-known ingredients (get to know and love not just tofu and tempeh but a whole new generation of soyfoods, as well as "Quick Fixes" like instant bean flakes). Opinionated, passionate, and deeply personal, Ms. Dragonwagon's tantalizing headnotes will have readers rushing to the kitchen to start cooking. (Can her over-the-top Garlic Spaghetti really be that good? It is.)

Whether you're a committed vegetarian, a dedicated vegan (most recipes offer low-fat and vegan options), or a food-loving omnivore in search of something new and wonderful, this is not just vegetarian cooking--but cooking, period--at its most creative, inspiring, and exuberant.

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I enjoy the stories with different recipes. - LibraryThing
I like a cookbook which has more than just recipes. - Goodreads
It's huge and bulky and has a million recipes in it. - Goodreads
The layout was a tad too busy for me, as well. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Yvonna - Goodreads

I'm not vegetarian, but the excellent recipes are great for side dishes for any meal. Extensive research has been done for this wonderful, compendium of vegetable dishes. Read full review

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User Review  - Destiny Dawn Long - Goodreads

My main purpose in purchasing this book was to have a good reference on how to prepare some of the more unusual vegetables that I purchase sometimes. It was particularly handy when I had a CSA share ... Read full review

Selected pages


Welcoming Hors dOeuvres
Salads My Salad Days
Soups for Spirit Sustenance
Satisfying Stews
Deep Dish Savory Cobblers Gratins More
Wrapped Stuffed Stacked
Great Grains
Vegetable World
Savory Cakes Burgers Patties
Quick Fix
Sauces Salsas Seasonings
Just Desserts
ThoughtfuL Vegetarians Bookshelf

A Bountiful Bowl of Beans
Celebrating Soyfoods

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About the author (2002)

Crescent Dragonwagon is the James Beard Award–winning author of seven cookbooks, including Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian, and, most recently, The Cornbread Gospels. She is also a contributing editor to Relish magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America, Today and NPR’s The Splendid Table. She lives, grows, and cooks her beans on a farm in Putney, Vermont.

Robbin Gourley is an artist and art director as well as an author and illustrator of cookbooks and picture books. She divides her time between rural Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York.

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