A Taste of Heaven and Earth: A Zen Approach to Cooking and Eating with 150 Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes

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Harper Collins, Aug 25, 1993 - Cooking - 288 pages
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For Bettina Vitell the simple art of cooking holds the seeds to a deeper, more life-enriching experience. It is a way to become more aware of ourselves and the world around us, to think clearly and to delight in even the most basic daily activities of our lives.

The dishes in A Taste of Heaven and Earth reflect this Zen philosophy. Bettina Vitell's uncomplicated recipes produce sophisticated, creative meals without ever losing site of her goal of preparing low-dairy vegetarian food. Tastes from both East and West merge with delicious results: here kale and tofu adorn pizza, and udon noodles are dressed with pesto. There are recipes for soup stock and tomato sauce, as well as cashew ginger sauce and apricot lime chutney. The homey breakfast and dessert sections provide recipes for muffins and crisps; and sections on pizza, sushi, curries, and Mexican-inspired foods expand the traditional range of vegetarian cooking.

A Taste of Heaven and Earth explores beyond the reaches of traditional cook-books by offering contemplative essays and ink drawings that heighten the cook's sensory experience in the kitchen. They provide questions and stories that help readers realize the simplicity and beauty inherent in preparing and eating good food.

 

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User Review  - bilbette - LibraryThing

Most Zen related cookbooks are brown rice with a few pickled vegetables. This has so much more than that. All right, there's the Miso Soup, and a few stir fries, but there's also Mushroom Stoganoff ... Read full review

Contents

KITCHEN NOTES
5
Pasta and Grains
33
Curry Vegetable Stew
69
Black Bean Chili
78
XV
94
Sushi
95
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
101
Pepper Tart
115
Muffins
181
Sweet Tart Pastry 191
191
Linzertorte 197
197
Crème Anglaise 203
203
GLOSSARY OF INGREDIENTS 211
211
INDEX 219
219
17
221
24
230

Vegetable Dishes
117
Sauces and Salad Dressings
160

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About the author (1993)

Bettina Vitell is assistant to the director of the San Francisco branch of the Urasenke Foundation of Japan, the most respected school of tea in the world. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

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