Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals

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This is the low-fat book cooks who care about wholesome, vegetarian-inspired food have been waiting for.  Each of the more than 280 recipes are as delicious and trustworthy as those in the Moosewood Collective's previous books, and vibrant flavors and generous portions are still a hallmark of every dish. Because the Collective's primary goal is always to make great tasting food they resisted the notion of doing a low-fat book until they were convinced they could make low-fat dishes as flavor-packed as ...
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Overview

This is the low-fat book cooks who care about wholesome, vegetarian-inspired food have been waiting for.  Each of the more than 280 recipes are as delicious and trustworthy as those in the Moosewood Collective's previous books, and vibrant flavors and generous portions are still a hallmark of every dish. Because the Collective's primary goal is always to make great tasting food they resisted the notion of doing a low-fat book until they were convinced they could make low-fat dishes as flavor-packed as their regular favorites.  "We've mostly been interested in gourmet cuisine at Moosewood Restaurant, not deprivation diet food," say the authors.  "So, it's a happy surprise that the dishes we created for this cookbook don't come off as merely healthful diet foods.  The food is exciting, ethnically diverse, and satisfyingly delicious.  Moosewood Restaurant Low-fat Favorites is as much a celebration of the pleasures of eating as it is about low-fat cooking."

In Moosewood Restaurant Low-fat Favorites the Collective emphasizes a few changes in basic cooking techniques to apply to everyday recipes and they offer tips and ideas for sustaining a low-fat lifestyle. They bake rather than fry, replace high-fat ingredients with healthy substitutes (no artificial ingredients allowed!), and use butter and oil very moderately.  What is lost in fat is gained in bold, intense flavors.  "When fashioning low-fat recipes, taking a nip here, a tuck there, we sometimes need to add a little embroidery, an embellishment such as extra herbs, spices, fruit or vegetable purée, vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, dried mushrooms, miso, soy sauce, or garlic," explain the cooks at Moosewood Restaurant.  "Our gingerbread gets extra flavor and moisture from chunks of pear rather than from butter and egg yolks.  Two small calamata olives enliven the Caesar Salad Dressing.  A little sauerkraut adds interest to an Italian mushroom stew."

Fat will not be missed in mouthwatering recipes like Guacamole with Asparagus, Chinese Orzo Vegetable Salad, Spring Vegetable Paella, Indian Potato Pancakes, and Creamy Dairyless Rice Pudding. Along with those creative dishes, one of the most appealing parts of Moosewood Restaurant Low-fat Favorites is finding low-fat variations on familiar favorites such as Macaroni and Cheese, Shephard's Pie, and Dark Chocolate Pudding.  An added bonus is that the Moosewood Collective has made sure that the ingredients used in the recipes throughout the book are very accessible--easily found in most well-stocked supermarkets.  

In the nutritional, glossary, and guide sections of  Moosewood Restaurant Low-fat Favorites the Collective gives explanations of nutritional terms, instructions for how to glean the information you need from nutrition labels, a brief overview of vitamins and minerals, and guides to ingredients and cooking techniques. These three important sections, combined with the deliciously appetizing recipes, are a wealth of encouragement for low-fat eating and living a healthy lifestyle. The fourteen chapters range from savory soups and main course salads to creative side dishes and aromatic Mediterranean and Asian-inspired dishes.  With chapters which range from healthy breakfasts and lunch foods to a collection of fish recipes and more than twenty truly delectable desserts, Moosewood Restaurant Low-fat Favorites is sure to set the kitchen standard not only for health-conscious cooks, but also for those who have come to rely on the Moosewood Collective's easy, earthy approach to cooking.

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Editorial Reviews

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A healthy vegetarian diet can be sabotaged by an overdependence on fatty ingredients like nuts, cheese, and other dairy products. From the collective that runs the renowned vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca, New York, comes Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites -- it's a great book to consult for vegetarian dishes that limit fat to a healthy level.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Moosewood Collective delivers toothsome fare for health-conscious carnivores as well as vegetarians in their latest collection (which joins Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant, Moosewood Restaurant Cooks for a Crowd, etc.). With an average of 16% of calories from fat, these 250 recipes rely on fruits, vegetables and grains for high variety, taste and nourishment. A brief introduction gives general tips for low-fat cooking and eating; e.g., use evaporated skim milk in place of cream, applesauce instead of oil. Recipes range from appetizers to savory soups, Mediterranean- and Asian-inspired dishes, main dish salads and desserts. Most appealing is finding low-fat variations on familiar favorites: cottage cheese adds heft without calories to both Guacamole and Macaroni and Cheese; Another Shepherd's Pie is hearty with vegetables, a mashed potato crust and flourless mushroom gravy. Penne with Creamy Walnut Sauce might even fool a fat lover. Herbs and spices are used lavishly and to excellent effect: in Sweet and Sour Lentils, Asian seasonings (ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar) substitute for curry. Each recipe is followed by nutritional analysis and menu suggestions. Illustrations not seen by PW. One Spirit, Good Cook and Prevention Book Club selections; BOMC alternate; authors tour. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517884942
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Moosewood Collective Series
  • Pages: 465
  • Sales rank: 406,258
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The Moosewood Collective now numbers twenty members.  Their renowned restaurant in Ithaca, New York, established in 1973, has inspired four cookbooks by the collective, including New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant , Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant, the James Beard Award-winning Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home, and Moosewood Restaurant Cooks for a Crowd.  
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A Recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites

Orzo and Green Herbs
Serves 4
Total preparation time: 15 minutes

This is a handsome, quickly prepared dish, and when the hot pasta warms the fresh herbs and extra-virgin olive oil, a lovely fragrance is released.  Orzo and Green Herbs can accompany steamed or roasted vegetables, main-dish salads, or simple grilled or broiled fish.  

6 or 8 cups water
1 cup orzo (about 7 ounces)
1 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs (thyme, chives, garlic, chives, basil, sage, oregano, parsley, marjoram, chervil, tarragon)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt freshly ground black pepper to taste

Bring the water to a rolling boil in a large, covered pot.  Stir in the orzo and cook for about 7 minutes, until al dente.

Place the herbs, oil, salt, and pepper in a serving bowl.  When the pasta is ready, drain it and add it to the bowl.  Toss well and serve immediately.

Per 5.50-oz. serving: 235 calories, 7.7g protein, 3.6g fat, 43.4g carbohydrates, .5g saturated fatty acids, .7g polyunsaturated fatty acids, 1.9g monounsaturated fatty acids, 0mg cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 2.3g dietary fiber

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    My favorite cookbook!

    I have an extensive cookbook collection, but this is by far my favorite cookbook! The recipes are flavorful, healthy, and creative. Each recipe includes an estimated cooking time and a list of suggested other dishes to accompany it. All this makes planning meals, especially new ones, easy. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys vegetarian cooking or eating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

    Terrific for Veggie Lovers

    Vegetarian or not, this cook book rocks. Anytime I'm trying to decide what I want to cook, this is the cookbook I grab. Some of the recipes have extensive ingredient lists and look complicated but I have yet to find one that was actually difficult. My meat-lover husband loves these recipes. Black bean & Sweet Potato burritos are awesome. Sometimes the portion/serving sizes seem a bit big...recipes say they serve 8 but we get 10 to 12 meals out of them (and sometimes more). This is the fourth one I've purchased--I love it so much, I also give it as gifts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    It's good - for low-fat

    This is a low-fat cookbook, so the flavors are more subtle. I found the recipes to be easy to follow, taste very good and offer a variety of flavors from around the world. I recommend this book to anyone who likes dips, salads and other picnic or backyard style meals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Amazing

    Each recipe is better than the last! High quality and easy to prepare!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    my go-to cookbook

    I have been using this cookbook for years and almost everything I try out of it is fantastic. Healthy food, not too many fancy ingredients and well tested recipes. I also love that they suggest what else to serve with each dish - makes meal planning easy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Good - although I don't go for "low-fat"

    Avoid Canola oil - (hot topic- but see "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" to see why)
    That book also explains about "low-fat"

    We also recommend these:

    "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" is very informative. Good information. We highly recommend "Rainbow Green"; "The Green Foods"; "The Raw Food Revolution Diet"; and "Raw 50" are very informative books. "Complete Idiot's Guide To Eating Raw" is a good book to start with for learning about raw food. It has good recipes and a simple layout.
    We also recommend "The Sprouting Book" by Ann Wigmore; "Ani's Raw" by Ani Phyo (but be careful with using all recipes with nuts - you'll gain weight); all Moosewood books (they are not all raw, but have good raw and not raw recipes) "Moosewood Restaurant Cooks At Home" (best simple starter); "Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special"; "Simple Suppers"; "Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates"; "Sundays At Moosewood Restaurant"; and "Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites" (although I don't recommend "low-fat" - just use healthy fat - you can see the difference "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" by Jonny Bowden)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

    Fantastic comfort food, done low-fat!

    I've had this book for years, and it never fails--when cooking for friends, the non-veg people always beg for recipes and everyone leaves satisfied and happy. I took this book to a camp cooking situation, and every day i'd have to make twice as much from these veg recipes as the regular food, because non-veg people would prefer it. Wonderful pasta, soups and sandwich recipes, great for lunches & leftovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    Fantastic, Scrumptious, Delicious, Fabulous...!

    In my first year of college, I came to a very important conclusion: I was fed up with crumby, boring food either served in the cafeteria or made on my hotplate. Thus I resolved to learn to cook. I discovered this book and immediately fell in love with it and cooking in general. It's that brilliant! The recipes are flavorful, healthy, diverse, and entertaining and I am actually capable of cooking them! This book is truly fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2003

    Excellent

    I've been using this cookbook for years now. It offers excellent variety and delicious taste and it's low fat! Even the desserts are great, the chocolate pudding is scrumptious. I wish Moosewood would write another low fat book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    A Star!

    Absolutely wonderful, everything is perfect. I've been vegetarian for years and most veggie cookbooks repeat the same recipes over and over, but Katzen is truly a veggie catalyst and knows how to encoporate spices and flavors into dishes that the family, meatless or not, can savor and enjoy. Have fun being healthier with this book, and also try her other titles, my favorite being The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Tasty, Diverse Recipes

    I have yet to try a recipe in this that I don't like. Great healthy choices for everyone if you: 1) love to cook; 2) love a wide range of foods and 3)can enjoy a meal without meat, this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    Absolutely horrible

    This is the worst cookbook I have ever purchased. I would return it if I could. I bought this book on recommendations from various sites and even tried the recipes the reviewers suggested, but all tasted horrible, a few being inedible. Our whole family could not eat a single dish. They tasted very bland with a few spices added to try to give taste. Also, the ingredient amounts listed and preparation times were erroneous. Even the basic vegetarian information can be found in much more depth in other cookbooks such as the Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook. Please do yourself a favor and don't waste your money on this cookbook. If you are looking for excellent low-fat vegetarian fare try the Vegetarian Time series and 1001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes by Sue Spitler.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2000

    Best Cookbook Ever

    This cook book is easy to use and I have never made anything out of it that my family and I did not LOVE. For us it is a perfect success every time.

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