Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian: More than 650 Meatless Recipes from around the Globe

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In her most comprehensive volume yet, Madhur Jaffrey draws on more than four decades of culinary adventures, travels, and experimentation for a diverse collection that both intrigues and delights the palate. Dishes from five continents touch on virtually all the world's best loved flavors, for a unsurpassed selection of vegetarian fare.
        
More than 650 recipes exemplify Madhur's unsurpassed ability...
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Overview

In her most comprehensive volume yet, Madhur Jaffrey draws on more than four decades of culinary adventures, travels, and experimentation for a diverse collection that both intrigues and delights the palate. Dishes from five continents touch on virtually all the world's best loved flavors, for a unsurpassed selection of vegetarian fare.
        
More than 650 recipes exemplify Madhur's unsurpassed ability to create simple, flavorful homecooking that is well within the reach of every cook. Extensive sections on Beans, Vegetables, Grains, and Dairy explore the myriad ways these staples are enjoyed worldwide. Each section opens with a detailed introduction; Madhur describes methods for preparation and storage, as well as different cooking techniques and their cultural origins. Throughout she balances appealing, uncomplicated dishes such as sumptuous omelets and rich polentas with less familiar ingredients such as green mangoes, pigeon peas, and spelt. Madhur demystifies the latter with clear-cut explanations so that incorporating new combinations and interesting flavors into everyday cooking becomes second nature. She also offers substantial sections on Soups, Salads, and Drinks, as well as Sauces and Other Flavorings, to help round out a meatless meal and add exciting new flavors to even the most easily prepared dishes. Finally, a complete glossary of ingredients and techniques clarifies some of the little-known elements of the world's cuisines so that even the uninitiated can bring the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and more to their tables.
        
Throughout this extensivecollection, Madhur includes personal anecdotes and historical contexts that bring her recipes to life, whether she's remembering field of leeks she saw in the mountains of northern Greece or describing how corn-based dishes arrived in Indonesia through colonial trade. Committed vegetarians will rejoice at the wide variety of meatless fare she offers, and nonvegetarians will enjoy experimenting with Madhur's global flavorings. This highly readable resource promises to be a valuable addition to any cook's library, helping everyone make healthful ethnic foods a part of everyday cooking.
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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
You would honestly never miss meat if you cooked the imaginative and beautifully seasoned dishes offered here.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jaffrey (author of the James Beard Award-winning Madhur Jaffrey's Taste of the Far East) offers an Asian-centered complement to Deborah Madison's European-focused Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. True to Jaffrey's title, the recipes here do hail from all over the world, but an Indian slant can be detected: a chapter on dried legumes contains Black-Eyed Pea Fritters from Nigeria, Boiled Peanuts Indonesian Style, and variations on Chickpea Flour Pancakes from India; a section on grains includes, among other things, the quickly made flatbreads of India, like Punjabi Village-Style Flat Whole Wheat Flaky Breads. Sometimes Jaffrey adopts vegetarian ingredients to make nonmeat versions of familiar dishes, such as a Mock Lamb Curry with seitan (wheat gluten), but more often she simply delves into the meatless tradition of a specific country and pulls up a signature dish (Savory Greek Pumpkin Pie). A chapter on dairy gives instructions for making yogurt, the Indian cheese paneer, mascarpone and other preparations, then describes a variety of ways these bases can be used (Yogurt with Green Mango or Homemade Indian Cheese Cooked in the Style of Scrambled Eggs). With its top-notch glossary of unusual ingredients and thorough information about vegetables, this is an excellent resource for those who like to make everything from scratch as well as those who want fast results. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Obviously a labor of love, Jaffrey's masterwork is breathtaking in scope, with a dazzling array of recipes from all over the world. Grouped mostly into broad categories by main ingredient (beans, grain, vegetables, etc.), they are as likely to come from a Palestinian restaurant in Toronto, the nuns at the Ormylia Monastery in Macedonia, or a home cook in Mexico as from Jaffrey's own Indian background or her experience as a cooking teacher. There is a separate chapter on Soups, Salads, and Drinks and a short but especially good one on Sauces and Other Flavorings. Jaffrey's recipes are always delicious, and her culinary explorations and insights make for delightful reading. A good complement to Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (LJ 9/15/97) and certainly not limited in appeal to vegetarians, this is an essential purchase. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Amanda Hesser
I had fun cooking from the book. The recipes felt like liberating adventures, rather than focused, rigid formulas. Mostly, I was looking for tasty recipes that would make me want to cook them again. And mostly, they were just that.
The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517596326
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/2/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Madhur Jaffrey is the author of seven previous cookbooks, including the classic Invitation to Indian Cooking and Madhur Jaffrey's Taste of the Far East, which was voted Best International Cookbook and Book of the Year for 1993 by the James Beard Foundation. She is also an award winning actress with numerous major motion pictures to her credit. She lives in New York City.
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Spanish Potato, Chard, and Bean Soup
Spain
Caldo Gallego

Use any medium-small white beans here. This is a pale soup with flecks of dark green. It is served with a little dribble of fruity olive oil. A good crusty bread on the side makes it into a perfect lunch or first course.
This soup may be made in advance and reheated.

1 cup (6 ounces) dried white beans, such as cannellini or navy
5 cups vegetable stock
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or ½ teaspoon dried
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 smallish onions (7 ounces), peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice
1 medium baking potato (8 ounces), peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice
4 lightly packed cups (8 ounces) chopped chard (both stems and leaves)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Salt as needed
Extra-virgin olive oil, about 1 teaspoon per serving

Soak the beans overnight as suggested on page 6, or use the Quick-Soak Method on page 6. Drain, discarding any soaking liquid.

In a medium pot, bring the beans and stock to a boil, skimming off the froth that rises to the top. Add the garlic and oregano. Stir and turn the heat down to low. Cover partially and simmer gently for 40 to 60 minutes, or until the beans are tender. (Older beans will take longer to cook.) Crush the garlic clove against the side of the pot and mix well.

Put the oil in a large pan and set over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onions and potato. Stir and cook for 4 to 5 minutes so there is a little bit of browning. Add the chard and parsley. Stir for about 1 12 minutes, or until the chard has wilted. Now add the cooked beans and their liquid and bring to aboil. Cover partially, turn the heat down to low, and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring now and then. Mash some of the beans and the potato pieces against the sides of the pan. Taste for salt; you will probably need to add some even if your stock was salted. Mix well.

Ladle into soup plates and dribble a teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil over each serving.
serves 6
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Eggplant with Minty Tomato Sauce and Yogurt
Afghanistan
Badenjan Boorani

This is a superb party dish from Afghanistan -- rounds of eggplant freshly fried, and topped first with a tomato sauce and then with a dollop of creamy yogurt. Serve rice on the side. You may also serve a single round of eggplant as a first course.

If you wish to use fresh tomatoes, you will need 1½cups of peeled and chopped tomatoes.

The frying of the eggplant slices should be done at the last minute. It takes 6 to 7 minutes for one batch. You might need to do two batches. Allow yourself another couple of minutes to let the oil heat.

1¼ pounds eggplant (the large variety)
1¼ teaspoons salt
For the tomato sauce
¼ cup peanut or canola oil
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and very finely chopped
8 plum tomatoes from a can, finely chopped, plus ¼ cup of the can liquid
1¼ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon cayenne
Freshly ground black pepper
You also need
½cup plain yogurt
Peanut or canola oil for deep-frying
Extra mint sprigs or leaves for garnishing


Trim the very ends of the eggplant and cut it crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices. Put the slices in a single layer in a large platter or lasagna-type dish. Sprinkle the salt over both sides, rubbing it in well. Set aside for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Put the oil in a large, nonstick frying pan and set over medium-high heat. When hot, put in the onion. Stir and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onion pieces begin to brown at the edges. Put in the garlic. Stir for a few seconds. Now put in the tomatoes and their liquid as well as all the remaining ingredients for the tomato sauce. Stir to mix. Cover, turn the heat to low, and cook gently for 10 minutes. Set aside in a warm place.

Make the yogurt sauce. Put the yogurt in a small bowl and beat lightly with a fork.

Just before you sit down to eat, put oil to a depth of 2 to 3 inches for deep-frying in a wok or deep-fryer and set over medium heat. Take the eggplant slices from the platter and dry them off well with paper towels.

When the oil is hot, drop in as many slices as the utensil will hold easily and fry, turning now and then, for 6 to 7 minutes, or until both sides are a medium brown color. Drain well on paper towels. Do a second batch, if needed.

To serve, arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on a large platter. Top each slice with a dollop of the tomato sauce and then with a tablespoon of the yogurt. Garnish with the mint sprigs or leaves. Serve immediately.

serves 3 to 4



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    A Keeper

    I cannot say praise this book enough; it's the first one in a while that has made me excited about cooking again. This would be the cookbook I'd bring if I could only bring one with me to a desert island, and I eat meat. I have already tried more recipes in this book than in any other I've owned, and have yet to be disappointed. Some of these recipes require a little bit of work, but so far the finished products have been well worth the effort. Whether you are in the mood for a Chinese, South Asian, Italian or Middle-Eastern dish you'll find it here, and it will be delicious! Happy Cooking!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2000

    A welcome addition to any cook's library

    You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this book, which features recipes for both classic and innovative dishes from many regions of the globe. The author offers a tempting array of wholesome and flavorful choices for everyday meals as well as for special occasions. Most of the dishes described are not difficult to prepare and demand no particular expertise.

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