Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking

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The most exciting vegetable cooking in the nation is happening at Vedge, where in an elegant nineteenth-century townhouse in Philadelphia, chef-proprietors Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby serve exceptionally flavorful fare that is wowing vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike.

Now, Landau and Jacoby share their passion for ingenious vegetable cooking. The more than 100 recipes here—such as Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce, Pho with Roasted Butternut Squash, ...

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Overview

The most exciting vegetable cooking in the nation is happening at Vedge, where in an elegant nineteenth-century townhouse in Philadelphia, chef-proprietors Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby serve exceptionally flavorful fare that is wowing vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike.

Now, Landau and Jacoby share their passion for ingenious vegetable cooking. The more than 100 recipes here—such as Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce, Pho with Roasted Butternut Squash, Seared French Beans with Caper Bagna Cauda, and Eggplant Braciole—explode with flavor but are surprisingly straightforward to prepare.

At dessert, fruit takes center stage in dishes like Blueberries with Pie Crust and Lemonade Ice Cream—but vegetables can still steal the show, like in the Beetroot Pots de Crème.

With more than 100 photographs, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and useful tips throughout, Vedge is an essential cookbook that will revolutionize the way you cook and taste vegetables.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For a book that’s both inspired by a shmancy restaurant and features only vegan recipes, this volume is surprisingly unpretentious. It’s warm and approachable, and filled with tempting recipes that push boundaries just enough. Landau and Jacoby are the chef-owners of Vedge, in Philadelphia, which they call a “vegetable restaurant”—and as they remind readers, “we are chefs, not activists.” They are chefs who really love their local, seasonal veggies. They showcase produce in this collection of intriguing small and large plates, soups and stews, and recipes from their “dirt list” (a daily list of dishes at the restaurant featuring what’s just come off the plant or out of the ground). The recipes are thoughtful and satisfying, from bites such as green olives with preserved lemon and fennel, and heirloom tomatoes with grilled shiitake and green goddess, to heartier fare like Peruvian squash and giant lima bean stew (made rich with peanut butter); roasted kabocha squash with black trumpet mushrooms and madeira; porcini and celery root shepherd’s pie with truffle; and portobello frites. To finish, for anyone who doubts the decadence possible when following a fresh plant-based diet, there are playful desserts—blueberries with pie crust and lemonade ice cream; chocolate stuffed beignets; and cranberry jelly doughnuts—and a handful of serious cocktails (absinthe, anyone?), too. (July)
From the Publisher
“This cookbook is about putting vegetables front and center in astonishing and innovated ways.”
TheKitchn.com

“Warm and approachable, and filled with tempting recipes that push boundaries just enough. Landau and Jacoby . . . really love their local, seasonal veggies [and] showcase produce in this collection of intriguing small and large plates, soups and stews, and recipes from their 'dirt list' (a daily list of dishes at the restaurant featuring what’s just come off the plant or out of the ground).”
Publishers Weekly

“[Vedge] offers deeply satisfying vegetable dishes for year-round eating.”
Epicurious.com

“[Vedge] reintroduces vegetables, teaching home chefs how to cook them up, dress them down and enjoy their natural flavors . . . And, like any great cookbook, it has a list of cocktails after the desserts. Vedge proves that vegetables aren't just meat's sidekicks.”
The Chicago Tribune

“Landau and Jacoby's Vedge restaurant in Philly is the standout vegan restaurant in the U.S. It won an award from us last year, and another from GQ this year. The chefs call their joint a vegetable, not vegan, restaurant—and it's a careful distinction, more about celebrating intense, fresh, and surprising flavors than serving up a philosophy. This book will widen any cook's horizons, with dishes like baked carrots with a Dijon-and-sauerkraut chickpea sauce that evokes Reuben sandwich flavors. . . . The beet juice-sweetened pot de creme was astounding: rich, dense, and smooth, like a little bowl of truffle filling. Anyone who cooks vegetables should buy this book.
Cooking Light

“Philadelphia's award-winning vegan restaurant is good enough to win over any hard-core carnivore. For the first time, Vedge is releasing a cookbook with recipes for celery-root shepherd's pie and chocolate-stuffed beignets.”
GrubStreet.com

“Chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby are veggie virtuosos. Expect every recipe in Vedge to be a mouthwatering celebration that will dazzle your senses and taste buds.”
Kris Carr, New York Times–bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen

“Rich Landau is a highly skilled, inspirational chef who always makes me happy with his food and his energy. He and his wife Kate have created an incredible restaurant in Philadelphia and a work of art in this book. Vegan? Yes! Magic, no . . . this is pure passion at work! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book and the golden beet recipe!”
Amanda Freitag, Executive Chef and Chopped Judge

“Rich and Kate's thoughtful, ingredient-driven cooking at Vedge enriches Philadelphia's already vibrant restaurant culture, and this book makes their techniques accessible to home cooks. Vedge is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in elevating their cooking skills, vegan or not, and a solid introduction to the value of seasonal eating.”
Chef Jose Garces

“Landau and Jacoby have the gift of making global vegan cuisine sexy and delicious.”
Joy Pierson, Nutritionist, Restaurateur, Candle Cafes & Candle 79

“Just like dining at Vedge, flipping through the pages of Landau and Jacoby’s cookbook makes one feel the couple’s commitment to spreading vegetable love . . . their approach to vegetables is nothing but pure and entirely relevant.”
Philadelphia City Paper

VegNews’ 2012 Restaurant of the Year (and the only veg restaurant to make it on GQ's '12 Best Restaurants of 2013' list), coveted recipes from Philadelphia's dining darling is coming to a bookstore near you this July. Let husband-and-wife team Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby (owners and chefs of the famed eatery) transform your dinner parties this summer with dishes like Charred Shishito Peppers, Porcini and Celery Root Shepherd's Pie, and Chocolate Stuffed Beignets."
VegNews.com

Praise for Vedge the restaurant:
“Is Vedge the best vegan restaurant in America? It might be one of the best restaurants, period.”
Philadelphia magazine

“Vegetables are thriving. They’re no longer thought of as secondary to the magnificence of meat. They get equal billing, sometimes the entire marquee. Never have they seemed so visionary as at Vedge.”
Alan Richman, GQ

“Rich Landau is a magician. What other explanation is there for the amazing tricks he pulls off with vegetables? Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce? Roasted Cauliflower with Black Vinegar and Kimchi Cream? In every case, the veggies retain their flavor essence while surprising and delighting. It's a culinary feat that seems beyond mere mortals.”
Philadelphia Daily News

From The Critics

"VegNews’ 2012 Restaurant of the Year (and the only veg restaurant to make it on GQ’s “12 Best Restaurants of 2013” list), coveted recipes from Philadelphia’s dining darling is coming to a bookstore near you this July. Let husband-and-wife team Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby (owners and chefs of the famed eatery) transform your dinner parties this summer with dishes like Charred Shishito Peppers, Porcini and Celery Root Shepherd’s Pie, and Chocolate Stuffed Beignets."
—VegNews.com

From the Publisher

“Warm and approachable, and filled with tempting recipes that push boundaries just enough. Landau and Jacoby . . . really love their local, seasonal veggies [and] showcase produce in this collection of intriguing small and large plates, soups and stews, and recipes from their 'dirt list' (a daily list of dishes at the restaurant featuring what’s just come off the plant or out of the ground).”
Publishers Weekly

“Landau and Jacoby's Vedge restaurant in Philly is the standout vegan restaurant in the U.S. It won an award from us last year, and another from GQ this year. The chefs call their joint a vegetable, not vegan, restaurant—and it's a careful distinction, more about celebrating intense, fresh, and surprising flavors than serving up a philosophy. This book will widen any cook's horizons, with dishes like baked carrots with a Dijon-and-sauerkraut chickpea sauce that evokes Reuben sandwich flavors. . . . The beet juice-sweetened pot de creme was astounding: rich, dense, and smooth, like a little bowl of truffle filling. Anyone who cooks vegetables should buy this book.
Cooking Light

“Philadelphia's award-winning vegan restaurant is good enough to win over any hard-core carnivore. For the first time, Vedge is releasing a cookbook with recipes for celery-root shepherd's pie and chocolate-stuffed beignets.”
GrubStreet.com

“Chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby are veggie virtuosos. Expect every recipe in Vedge to be a mouthwatering celebration that will dazzle your senses and taste buds.”
Kris Carr, New York Times–bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen

“Rich Landau is a highly skilled, inspirational chef who always makes me happy with his food and his energy. He and his wife Kate have created an incredible restaurant in Philadelphia and a work of art in this book. Vegan? Yes! Magic, no . . . this is pure passion at work! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book and the golden beet recipe!”
Amanda Freitag, Executive Chef and Chopped Judge

“Rich and Kate's thoughtful, ingredient-driven cooking at Vedge enriches Philadelphia's already vibrant restaurant culture, and this book makes their techniques accessible to home cooks. Vedge is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in elevating their cooking skills, vegan or not, and a solid introduction to the value of seasonal eating.”
Chef Jose Garces

“Landau and Jacoby have the gift of making global vegan cuisine sexy and delicious.”
Joy Pierson, Nutritionist, Restaurateur, Candle Cafes & Candle 79

“Just like dining at Vedge, flipping through the pages of Landau and Jacoby’s cookbook makes one feel the couple’s commitment to spreading vegetable love . . . their approach to vegetables is nothing but pure and entirely relevant.”
Philadelphia City Paper

VegNews’ 2012 Restaurant of the Year (and the only veg restaurant to make it on GQ's '12 Best Restaurants of 2013' list), coveted recipes from Philadelphia's dining darling is coming to a bookstore near you this July. Let husband-and-wife team Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby (owners and chefs of the famed eatery) transform your dinner parties this summer with dishes like Charred Shishito Peppers, Porcini and Celery Root Shepherd's Pie, and Chocolate Stuffed Beignets."
VegNews.com

Praise for Vedge the restaurant:
“Is Vedge the best vegan restaurant in America? It might be one of the best restaurants, period.”
Philadelphia magazine

“Vegetables are thriving. They’re no longer thought of as secondary to the magnificence of meat. They get equal billing, sometimes the entire marquee. Never have they seemed so visionary as at Vedge.”
Alan Richman, GQ

“Rich Landau is a magician. What other explanation is there for the amazing tricks he pulls off with vegetables? Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce? Roasted Cauliflower with Black Vinegar and Kimchi Cream? In every case, the veggies retain their flavor essence while surprising and delighting. It's a culinary feat that seems beyond mere mortals.”
Philadelphia Daily News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615190850
  • Publisher: Experiment, The
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 29,495
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Landau is a co-owner of Vedge, a modern vegetable restaurant that opened in 2011 to rave reviews from diners and critics alike. Landau has been at the forefront of vegetarian dining since 1994, when he opened his first restaurant. In 2009, he served the first-ever vegan dinner at the James Beard House. He lives in his native Philadelphia.

Kate Jacoby is a co-owner of Vedge, with her husband Rich Landau. Jacoby is Vedge’s pastry chef and manages its cocktail and wine program. She lives in her native Philadelphia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Like everyone else, I am trying to add more vegetables to my mea

    Like everyone else, I am trying to add more vegetables to my meals, so I was excited to receive this cookbook. Unfortunately, there are not enough pictures to accompany the recipes. Most of the recipes include vegetables and ingredients that I have never used before so I need to have pictures of the finished recipes to see what they are supposed to look like. It is hard to even shop for ingredients when you don't have any idea what the item looks like. There are too many pictures of their restaurant, glasses of wine and even the authors, but not enough pictures of the finished dishes they want us to make! They should have included pictures of all the dishes. I will be returning this book and looking for one that has pictures and is easier to use.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    We're hooked on the roasted cauliflower with kimchi mayo!

    We're hooked on the roasted cauliflower with kimchi mayo!

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