The Occasional Vegetarian: 100 Delicious Dishes That Put Vegetables at the Center of the Plate

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In The Occasional Vegetarian, Elaine Louie provides pieces from her popular New York Times column, "The Temporary Vegetarian," which features recipes from a wide variety of chefs who reveal the vegetarian dishes they like to cook at their restaurants and at home. You'll find a recipe for cranberry bean and kale soup from one chef's mother; an almond grape "white" gazpacho recipe brought back from Catalonia, Spain; and an endive cheese tart inspired by a Frenchwoman who one cook ...
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In The Occasional Vegetarian, Elaine Louie provides pieces from her popular New York Times column, "The Temporary Vegetarian," which features recipes from a wide variety of chefs who reveal the vegetarian dishes they like to cook at their restaurants and at home. You'll find a recipe for cranberry bean and kale soup from one chef's mother; an almond grape "white" gazpacho recipe brought back from Catalonia, Spain; and an endive cheese tart inspired by a Frenchwoman who one cook and his wife met aboard a train.

Other tempting recipes include Catalan-Style Radicchio and White Beans; Persian Herb Frittata; Corn Fritters; Chana Punjabi (Chickpea Stew); Leek Tart with Oil-Cured Olives; Fragrant Mushroom Spring Rolls, Wrapped in Lettuce Cups; and Sugar Snap Pea Salad. Louie proves that cooking meat-free is not only easy, but also incredibly tasty and satisfying.

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Publishers Weekly
Drawing from her New York Times column, "The Temporary Vegetarian," Louie (Savoir Fare London) has collected an irresistible array of vegetable-centered fare mainly contributed by chefs from top New York restaurants (Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, 10 Downing). Louie's sensuously described alphabetical rundown—from the rare, peppery broccoli spigarello to humble cabbage, beans, and potatoes—will leave eaters of all stripes giddy, including carnivores like herself, flexitarians, and vegetarians and vegans. Many of the recipes are simple creative twists on comfort foods (a mac-and-cheese made elegant with a variety of mushrooms; Eli Zabar's rich egg salad sandwich with dill) and ethnic favorites (Korean bibimbap, vegan tempura, zucchini and squash tacos, a lentil soup from Kalustyan's specialty food store). The standouts contrast colors, textures, and flavors to please the eye and excite the palate: vegan grilled watermelon crowned with red, orange, yellow, and green heirloom tomatoes; braised endive with blood oranges, Sicilian pistachios and ricotta salata; Moroccan stuffed tomatoes with sautéed green zucchini, spices, and pistachios; roast pumpkin and watercress salad with pesto dressing. Preparation times range from 15 minutes for the watermelon to two hours for an upscale cauliflower and cheese "flan." This outstanding volume proves that vegetables can steal the show. (Nov.)
Robin Asbell
"Lovers of good food have enjoyed Elaine Louie's column, 'The Temporary Vegetarian,' for the chef-created recipes and omnivore-approved dishes. Now all the recipes are in one place, making this book a valuable asset for any cook, regardless of diet style."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401310363
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,280,757
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Louie is a staff member of the New York Times, where she writes the "Temporary Vegetarian" column for the Diners Journal Blog online. She also contributes to the Home and Styles sections. She won the 1995 James Beard Journalism Award for a series of stories on ethnilc foods in New York City that was published in the Times. She is the co-author of The Shun Lee Cookbook (Willliam Morrow, 2007) and the author of Savoir Fare London: Stylish Dining for Under $25 (The Little Bookroom, 2008). She is also the author or co-author of eleven other books on entertaining, design, and fashion. She lives in Manhattan.
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