The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook: 275 Hearty and Healthy Meat-Free Recipes

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Eating vegetarian doesn’t have to mean giving up the satisfaction of mouthwatering, stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods. The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook recasts classic all-American “meat and potatoes” food in a healthier role, ...

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Overview

Eating vegetarian doesn’t have to mean giving up the satisfaction of mouthwatering, stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods. The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook recasts classic all-American “meat and potatoes” food in a healthier role, from family-style foods to gourmet specialties to ethnic favorites. It will revolutionize the way you think about vegetarian food.
 
Recipes include:
Tapenade-Stuffed Red Potatoes
Spicy African Sweet Potato Stew
Meat-Free Meatloaf with Good Gravy
Cajun Red Bean Burgers
Chipotle-Glazed Portobello Fajitas
Eggplant Teryaki
Sloppy Giuseppes
Total Chocolate Eclipse Cake

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Robertson is out to seduce unrepentant carnivores with vegetarian dishes that satisfy those essential animal-fat qualities: intense flavor, luxurious texture, and the comforting sensation of a full stomach. She devotes a whole chapter to "steaks" and another to "stews," making abundant use of high-protein products like tempeh, seitan and tofu. She also relies heavily on ingredients high in natural flavor-enhancing glutamates, like mushroom and tomatoes. Robertson is hearteningly forthright about the limitations of vegetarian cuisine: "I won't try to tell you that grilled tofu can taste like filet mignon. It's not going to happen." Still, in general she ratchets taste up a notch higher and a step further away from the steamed, seasoning-free non-cuisine that once was American vegetarianism. Some are based on the classic ginger-garlic-soy sauce building blocks of Chinese cooking (e.g., Shiitake-Stuffed Tofu Steaks with Hoisin Glaze). She freely borrows high-voltage ingredients from Latin cuisine (Chipotle-Avocado Dip) and Southeast Asian (Wheat-Meat Satays with spicy Peanut Sauce). There's an occasional nod to French cuisine ("Fauxscargots") and New American (Balsamic-Glazed Stuffed Mushrooms, Roasted Red Pepper and Potato Napoleons). Attempting to keep things simple, Robertson sometimes overeconomizes on instructions; anyone making homemade seitan should be warned about the soupy, wrong-looking mess you get halfway through the process. But none are irreparable and most deliver the promised punch. Robertson's easygoing attitude readily beats a path to the heart through the taste buds, and even the most stalwart carnivores will likely find themselves enjoying the ride despite themselves. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558322059
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 769,281
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Robertson is a veteran restaurant chef, cooking teacher, and an acclaimed writer. She pens a regular column for VegNews Magazine and has written for Vegetarian Times, Health Naturally, Restaurant Business, National Culinary Review, American Culinary Federation Magazine, and Better Nutrition. She has written numerous cookbooks including the best-selling titles Vegan Planet, Vegan on the Cheap, and Quick-Fix Vegan. Robertson currently writes, promotes her books, and teaches classes on her innovative vegan cuisine from her home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Her website is

www.robinrobertson.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    I love this cookbook!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This cookbook is the greatest! Thank you Robin Robertson for making it a cinch to turn more meat eaters on to new and delicious vegetarian possibilities. I find that many of the recipes are simple, but hearty -- soups like Creamy White Bean Soup and Three Sisters Corn Chowder. And there are also family dishes like Flaky Vegetable Pot Pie, Eggplant Parmesan, and even Vegetarian Brunswick Stew. The recipes are easy to make and seriously delicious. An added feature is that whenever dairy is used, a non-dairy option is given so people can decide what's best for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    This is one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks & I give it

    This is one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks & I give it as gifts to my non-vegetarian friends who want to have a few  meatless dishes to serve.   My two favorites are the "Vegetarian Pot Roast" and the "Curried Lentil Loaf, both of which I have served to people who insist they don't like vegetarian food.  Always a hit!  Recipes are time consuming, but worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    Great cookbook

    I am confused by the negative reviews of this book. This book is great. Yes it does not have any pictures, but most cookbooks do not, and if one needs a picture in order to know what a plated meal should look like, then I suppose you should find another book. This cookbook is organized extremely well with a list of all recipes contained in each chapter. I already dog-earred several pages and made 'soy strogonoff' which was absolutely delicious and easy to make and required no 'exotic' ingredients. I look foward to trying more recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Best Vegetarian Cookbook Ever.

    I have been using this cookbook since it came out, and I've yet to find a recipe I didn' think was absolutely delicious. I suppose availability of the ingredients varies depending upon where you live, because I found that almost all the ingredients were very easy to find (the first reviewer didn't). The recipes vary from basic (like oven- baked fries) to difficult and gourmet. Most of the recipes are vegan, and ones that involve dairy of some sort are always something like 'mozzarella or soy mozzarella', so it works for both people who want vegan and vegetarian food. A lot of the recipes are 'exotic'(i.e. not traditional American food), so it's the 'meat-and-potatoes' of various cultures. I find the instructions easy to follow, and the ingredients easy to understand since anything relatively foreign is explained and synonyms are given. Yay!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    The BEST cookbook EVER !

    Bravo-- this is the book I've been searching for!! The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook is informative, entertaining to read, and contains easy-to-follow recipes that are healthy, wholesome, hearty and delicious! From familiar comfort foods to exotic entrees, these bold, flavorful, 'macho-vegetarian' recipes will satisfy even the most die-hard meat-eaters out there. I strongly recommend this book to everyone who likes to eat well, and it would be a great gift too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2002

    Written by a chef for serious cooks, not Joe Vegetarian

    Never judge a book by the cover! There are no photos in this entire book.The recipes are very time consuming, the ingredients are difficult to find, even in a specialty market, and this is more of a Vegan book than a vegetarian book so if you don't like soy milk this is not the book for you. If you like to try new, different recipes, are a chef or you enjoy cooking you might like this book. If you don't like mushrooms be prepared because mushrooms are used in a lot of the recipes. The recipes in this book were too strange for me to even attempt. The title the vegetarian meat & potates cookbook sounds like it would be filled with down- home like your grandma used to make recipes....no such luck! Try serving Faux Pho, wheat meat satays, Hoisin eggplant balls, Artichoke Crostini, or potato onion Pierogi. There is also a page of all the ingredients you need to have on hand in order to make some of these recipes such as Mirin, Sambal oelek, coconut milk and 5 spice powder. These are just things that I don't have on hand if I want to make a quick dinner and quite obviously, I'm not a gourmet chef like the author!

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