Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone [NOOK Book]

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What Julia Child is to French cooking and Marcella Hazan is to Italian cooking, Deborah Madison is to contemporary vegetarian cooking.  At Greens restaurant in San Francisco, where she was the founding chef, and in her two acclaimed vegetarian cookbooks, Madison elevated vegetarian cooking to new heights of sophistication, introducing many people to the joy of cooking without meat, whether occasionally or for a lifetime.  But after her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that ...
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What Julia Child is to French cooking and Marcella Hazan is to Italian cooking, Deborah Madison is to contemporary vegetarian cooking.  At Greens restaurant in San Francisco, where she was the founding chef, and in her two acclaimed vegetarian cookbooks, Madison elevated vegetarian cooking to new heights of sophistication, introducing many people to the joy of cooking without meat, whether occasionally or for a lifetime.  But after her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style.  Now, in a landmark cookbook that has been six years in the making, Madison teaches readers how to build flavor into vegetable dishes, how to develop vegetable stocks, and how to choose, care for, and cook the many vegetables available to cooks today.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is the most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published.  The 1,400 recipes, which range from appetizers to desserts, are colorful and imaginative as well as familiar and comforting.  Madison introduces readers to innovative main course salads; warm and cold soups; vegetable braises and cobblers; golden-crusted gratins; Italian favorites like pasta, polenta, pizza, and risotto; savory tarts and galettes; grilled sandwiches and quesadillas; and creative dishes using grains and heirloom beans.  At the heart of the book is the A-to-Z vegetable chapter, which describes the unique personalities of readily available vegetables, the sauces and seasonings that best complement them, and the simplest ways to prepare them.  "Becoming a Cook" teaches cooking basics, from holding a knife to planning a menu, and "Foundations of Flavor" discusses how to use sauces, herbs, spices, oils, and vinegars to add flavor and character to meatless dishes.  In each chapter, the recipes range from those suitable for everyday dining to dishes for special occasions.  And through it all, Madison presents a philosophy of cooking that is both practical and inspiring.

Despite its focus on meatless cooking, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is not just for vegetarians: It's for everyone interested in learning how to cook vegetables creatively, healthfully, and passionately.  The recipes are remarkably straightforward, using easy-to-find ingredients in inspiring combinations.  Some are simple, others more complex, but all are written with an eye toward the seasonality of produce.  And Madison's joyful and free-spirited approach to cooking will send you into the kitchen with confidence and enthusiasm.  Whether you are a kitchen novice or an experienced cook, this wonderful cookbook has something for everyone.

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A Review of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

This immensely appealing award-winning book of more than 1,400 recipes takes vegetarian cooking to new heights of elegance and flavor. Author Deborah Madison's love of fresh and beautiful produce and high-quality ingredients comes through on every page of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone; and the recipes for appetizers, soups both refined and homey, inventive salads, pastas, vegetable dishes, luxurious gratins and casseroles, beans, grains, stews, stir-fries, and more, combine those ingredients in wonderful ways. For anyone who's ever wondered how to structure a meal without meat as the centerpiece, this book provides a decisive and delicious answer.


A Cooking Class with Deborah Madison

Anyone with an interest in vegetarian cooking will recognize the name of Deborah Madison. The founding chef of San Francisco's famed Greens restaurant, Madison is the coauthor of the book that first introduced the idea of gourmet vegetarian cooking to food lovers everywhere. With the Greens Cookbook, and in subsequent books like The Savory Way and The Vegetarian Table: America, Madison proved that cooking without meat could be as refined and delicious as any traditional gourmet cuisine that depends on meat and poultry stocks and products. Her new book, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, was six years in the making. It is a tour de force of practical advice, techniques, and more than 1,400 recipes. Madison came to New York cooking school De Gustibus at Macy's to demonstrate recipes from the new book to a packed house of vegetable-loving gourmands.

About Deborah Madison and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Although Madison has been a strict vegetarian at many points of her life, she's never been happy with the word itself—"It sounds restrictive, and exclusive," she says. She wrote Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone not just for vegetarians but for everyone who loves to eat vegetables and wants to learn to cook them creatively and well. In fact, it's a comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, with practical and inspiring advice on basic cooking techniques, on how to combine ingredients and build layers of flavor, and on how to put together vegetarian menus and serve them elegantly.

Madison's philosophy of food, which includes cooking with the best local ingredients at the peak of their season, permeates the book, as does the joy she takes in food and in cooking. Along with vegetarian standbys like soups, pastas, grains, and beans, the more than 1,400 recipes include innovative ideas like main-course salads, vegetable gratins, cobblers, galettes, and tarts, and wonderful stir-fries and vegetable stews. Vegetables themselves, of course, get royal treatment—an A-to-Z vegetable chapter at the heart of the book includes invaluable information for each entry on available varieties, how to choose the best specimens, how to store, how to use, any special handling necessary, what ingredients are good partners, and how quantity translates into serving sizes. Recipes ranging from basic everyday standbys to special-occasion dishes are included as well.

About the Menu

Madison started the class with a simple but delicious recipe for baked and seasoned olives: "There's something about baking olives, or using olive oil in baked goods like an olive oil cake, that just completely alters their flavor, and that's what I like about this dish," she said. "It's clearly olives, but it has a much more vegetal quality about it—it's just different, and the smell of it baking and especially when it comes out of the oven is so enticing." We ate the olives along with the next dish, a beautiful omelet filled with chard, herbs, and sweet stewed onions that can be served in slices at room temperature. The dish was introduced to Madison by a good friend who runs a cooking program from her house in Provence. There it's called trouchia, which means trout, "I think because it's what you make if you didn't catch any," Madison said, laughing. Next came a savory barley soup filled with tender root vegetables, with an incredibly flavorful broth made from vegetables and dried mushrooms.

The main dish was a heavenly butternut squash galette—buttery, flaky whole-wheat pastry dough folded roughly up and around a filling of pureed squash scented with sage and roasted garlic. It would make a perfect main course for a vegetarian Thanksgiving.

The galette was served alongside a richly flavored dish of French Le Puy lentils mixed with root vegetables that were sautéed and glazed with red wine, and a simple sweet-and-sour sauté of bright red and yellow pepper strips. Dessert was a cake that was so rich and deeply flavorful, it was difficult to believe that it was so simple to make: Madison combined a tube of good-quality almond paste in the food processor with sugar, then added butter, vanilla, and eggs. The mixture was then folded into flour with a bit of baking soda, poured into a springform pan, and baked. That was it—served with a bit of whipped cream, the aromatic, golden almond cake made an extremely elegant dessert. Throughout the meal, we drank a delicious rosé wine that would prove anyone convinced that all rosés are unsophisticated and sweet dead wrong. The delicately blushed Joseph Phelps 1995 Grenache Rosé was utterly dry but full of rich berry flavors that complemented the earthy vegetable tastes perfectly.

Tips From Deborah Madison

  • Taste your olives for salt before you cook with them: "Sometimes they can be extremely salty—if so, just give them a quick rinse," Madison says. "If they're just moderately salty, that's how they should taste, so don't bother rinsing, because you don't want to rinse off the flavor as well."
  • Modern kitchen gadgets are great, but sometimes old-fashioned techniques really add flavor and increase the cook's enjoyment: "The mortar and pestle is a great tool," Madison says, for making flavorful pastes of garlic, herbs, or spices like saffron. "It takes less time to clean than a food processor, and the pounding really does the best job of releasing all the flavors and brings out the wonderful aromas."
  • Madison loves to cook with rich and flavorful winter squashes, and offers advice on how to manage cutting big ones into pieces: "Use a big, long French knife if you've got one, and try using a little mallet to tap the top of the knife with—it helps distribute the force across the knife to help it get into the squash evenly, so you can crack it open."
  • Try to be aware of where your food comes from. Madison is very involved in the local farmers' market where she lives in Santa Fe, and often knows exactly how the ingredients she buys have been produced and by whom.
  • This is especially important for things like eggs: "A lot of the problems we've had with eggs come from the industrialization of their production," she said. "If you know your source, and know for instance that the eggs you're buying are from free-range hens and are very fresh, you'll feel more confident. I make mayonnaises and mousses and all those things, but I don't do it with just eggs from the supermarket that have been sitting there forever."
  • Let beautiful, fresh ingredients inspire you. "Of course I get ideas from other cookbooks, and other cooks and restaurants I go to, and research I've done in libraries, and travel books I've enjoyed reading, but mostly I get my inspiration from ingredients, especially vegetables and what they suggest to me," Madison says. That way you'll always be cooking with the seasons, and you can tap into the pleasure that comes from handling and working with wonderful fresh produce.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Many have tried to create a reliable, encyclopedic vegetarian cookbook, but few have succeeded. Madison (The Greens Cookbook; The Savory Way) comes through with a weighty volume that contains reams of useful information, basic techniques and just plain great recipes. Madison admits that she herself is not a strict vegetarian. She is, however, strict about organization. She uses common sense in assembling a formidable volume of material, sometimes opting for suggestions or outlines rather than full recipes. A section on crudits in the appetizer chapter lists familiar (cucumbers) and less familiar (jicama) vegetables and details how to prepare them; soup recipes are preceded by an outline of how vegetable soups are generally created. Madison respects tradition just the right amount, which means that the chapter on soy foods combines tofu and tempeh with Asian flavors, as in Malaysian-Inspired Tofu Curry and Marinated and Fried Tempeh, Indonesian Style. As a rule, her recipes are full of intriguing flavors, but they're never wacky: Peruvian Potatoes with Peanut Sauce and Garnishes; Chard Stems with Saffron and Tomatoes; Broken Lasagne with Fried Green Tomatoes and Parsley; Millet with Pan-Roasted Corn and Tomatillo Salsa. A chapter on breakfast foods that are good anytime - like Cottage Cheese and Nutmeg Pancakes - is particularly strong, but it would be difficult to select a favorite section from this incredibly complete and triumphant effort. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Madison, whose The Greens Cookbook sold more than 300,000 copies, offers recipes that will please even non-vegetarians.
Library Journal
Madison, whose The Greens Cookbook sold more than 300,000 copies, offers recipes that will please even non-vegetarians.
From the Publisher
Praise from fans of VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE by Deborah Madison:

“If I could have only one book on the subject of vegetables, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone would be it.”
—Marion Cunningham, author of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

“This impressive book . . . [is] an inspiration to experienced cooks and beginners alike.”
—Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook

“It’s not just an authoritative and reliable vegetarian cookbook, it’s a humanitarian one, too, because she communicates so well the beauty of a sustainable way of cooking and eating.”
—Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse

“My wife and I have a copy of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and we have been literally stunned by the results. Familiar dishes we have eaten for years, like lentil soup, are suddenly transcendent experiences. I didn’t know it was possible for recipes to be this good!”
—G.H., Albuquerque, NM

“Believe me when I tell you that Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone has changed my life . . . The best thing about this book is that I look into my vegetable drawers, assess what I have, then turn to your book to find out how to combine, say onions and peppers, or carrots and garlic and parsley in new and delicious ways.”
—L.B., Boston, MA

“This e-mail may sound silly, but I wanted to thank you for enriching my life.”
—B.G.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307885760
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 525,757
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Meet the Author

Hailed as one of the most creative cooks in America, Deborah Madison is the author of The Savory Way (to be released in paperback by Broadway Books in February 1998), which won the award for Cookbook of the Year in 1990 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and The Greens Cookbook.  The founding chef of the Greens restaurant, Madison received the M.F.K. Fisher Mid-Career Award in 1994.  Her articles appear in Saveur, Fine Cooking, Kitchen Garden, and Gourmet, and she writes a monthly column for Eating Well.  She has been a board member of the Santa Fe Area Farmers' Market for the past six years in Santa Fe, where she lives with her husband, Patrick McFarlin.  

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Warm Crostini with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

I love to serve these with a glass of sherry, a bowl of pumpkin soup, or a salad of pears and endive.  The butter melts into the crisp toast; the cheese stays on top.  It's heady and very aromatic.

Makes 8

8 slices baguette or country bread
4 ounces Roquefort, Maytag, or Danish blue
3 tablespoons butter at room temperature
1 teaspoon cognac
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Freshly milled pepper
Finely chopped parsley

Toast the bread under the broiler until nicely browned on one side, then a little less so on the second.  Cream the cheese and butter until smooth, then work in the cognac and three-quarters of the walnuts and season with pepper.  Spread on the paler side of the toasts, then broil until the cheese is bubbling.  Remove, dust with the remaining nuts, and garnish with parsley.  Serve warm.

Lentil Soup

Savored over a large part of the world, lentil soups are one of the best-liked, easiest-to-cook, and most varied of soups.  The earthy flavor of lentils is complemented by Indian spices, Western herbs, cream, tomato, greens, and anything slightly tart, such as sorrel or lemon.

German brown lentils are the ones we see most commonly, and they make good soups.  But the tiny French slate-green Le Puy lentils, available at specialty stores and in bulk at many natural food stores, make the prettiest and most delicious soups.  They're entirely worth the slight extra cost, and in my kitchen they are the lentil of choice.  Indian red split lentils turn yellow when cooked and fall into a puree, as do other split lentils, which makes them ideal for smooth lentil soups.

Lentils don't need to be soaked, but they do need to be picked over for tiny stones.  They cook in just 25 minutes, and salt should be added at the beginning.  Like most bean soups, lentil soups taste better a day after they're made.


Lentil Minestrone

This is one of my all-time favorite soups.  It's better when cooked ahead of time, but add the cooked pasta and greens just before serving so that they retain their color and texture.

Serves 4 to 6

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra virgin to finish
2 cups finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped parsley
4 garlic cloves, chopped
3 carrots, diced
1 cup diced celery or celery root
Salt and freshly milled pepper
1 cup dried green lentils, sorted and rinsed
Aromatics: 2 bay leaves, 8 parsley branches, 6 thyme sprigs
9 cups water or stock
Mushroom soy sauce to taste
1 bunch greens--mustard, broccoli rabe, chard, or spinach
2 cups cooked small pasta--shells, orecchiette, or other favorite shape
Thin shavings of Parmesan, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano

Heat the oil in a wide soup pot with the onion.  SautÚ over high heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Add the tomato paste, parsley, garlic, vegetables, and 2 teaspoons salt and cook 3 minutes more.  Add the lentils, aromatics, and water and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.  Taste for salt and season with pepper.  If it needs more depth, add mushroom soy sauce to taste, starting with 1 tablespoon.  (The soup may seem bland at this point, but the flavors will come together when the soup is finished.) Remove the aromatics.

Boil the greens in salted water until they're tender and bright green, then chop them coarsely.  Just before serving, add the greens and the pasta to the soup and heat through.  Serve with extra virgin olive oil drizzled into each bowl, a generous grind of pepper, and the Parmesan, thin shards or grated.

Winter Squash Soup with Fried Sage Leaves

The technique used to make this soup can be repeated for other soups, the seasonings--be they sweet or spicy--varied to suit your tastes.  Although the soup is good without it, the cheese adds a flavor note that punctuates the natural sweetness of the squash.  The Warm Crostini with Blue Cheese and Walnuts are also an excellent accompaniment.

Serves 4 to 6

2 1/2 to 3 pounds winter squash
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for the squash
6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
12 whole sage leaves, plus 2 tablespoons chopped
2 onions, finely chopped
Chopped leaves from 4 thyme sprigs or 1/4 teaspoon dried
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Salt and freshly milled pepper
2 quarts water or stock
1/2 cup Fontina, pecorino, or ricotta salata, diced into small cubes

Preheat the oven to 375        F.  Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds.  Brush the surfaces with oil, stuff the cavities with the garlic, and place them cut sides down on a baking sheet.  Bake until tender when pressed with a finger, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the 1/4 cup oil until nearly smoking, then drop in the whole sage leaves and fry until speckled and dark, about 1 minute.  Set the leaves aside on a paper towel and transfer the oil to a wide soup pot.  Add the onions, chopped sage, thyme, and parsley and cook over medium heat until the onions have begun to brown around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes.  Scoop the squash flesh into the pot along with any juices that have accumulated in the pan.  Peel the garlic and add it to the pot along with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and the water and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes.  If the soup becomes too thick, simply add more water to thin it out.  Taste for salt.

Depending on the type of squash you've used, the soup will be smooth or rough.  Puree or pass it through a food mill if you want a more refined soup.  Ladle it into bowls and distribute the cheese over the top.  Garnish each bowl with the fried sage leaves, add pepper, and serve.

Celery Root and Potato Gratin

A broth made from the celery root trimmings replaces half of the cream usually found in potato gratins without loss of flavor or texture.  Celery root has a haunting flavor that always reminds me of truffles, which are an excellent addition should you be so lucky.  (If I were using truffles, I would use all cream in the dish.)

Serves 4 to 6

1 garlic clove and butter for the dish
1 celery root, about 1 pound, scrubbed
1 pound potatoes, preferably Yellow Finn or Yukon Gold
1/2 cup cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly milled pepper
1 cup grated GruyÞre

Preheat the oven to 375         F.  Rub a 2-quart gratin dish with the garlic and then with butter.

Peel the celery root and put the parings in a 3-quart saucepan with 3 cups water and whatever remains of the garlic.  Set a steamer over the top and bring to a boil.  Quarter the root, then slice it 1/4 inch thick.  Steam for 5 minutes and remove to a large bowl.

Peel the potatoes, slice them into thin rounds, and steam for 5 minutes or until tender, then add them to the celery root.  Strain the cooking liquid, measure 1 1/4 cups, and mix it with the cream and mustard.  Pour it over the vegetables and toss well.  Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer the vegetables to the gratin dish, smooth them out, and cover with the cheese.  Bake until bubbling and browned on top, about 30 minutes.

Roasted Onions on a Bed of Herbs

A spectacular-looking dish for minimal effort--perfect for the holidays.  Look for onions with crisp, papery skins.  They're fine without the herbs, too.

Serves 6

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large yellow onions, halved and peeled
Salt and freshly milled pepper
4 sage sprigs and several thyme sprigs
1 cup dry white wine or water

Heat the butter and oil in a wide skillet, then add the onions, cut sides down.  Cook over medium-high heat until well browned, about 15 minutes.  Check their progress occasionally--those on the outside of the pan usually take longer to cook, so partway through switch them with those in the middle.  When browned, turn them over and cook on the curved side for a few minutes.  Season well with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 375        F.  Line the bottom of a 10-inch earthenware dish such as a round Spanish casserole with the herbs.  Place the onions, browned side up, on the herbs and pour in the wine.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake until tender when pierced with a knife, 1 hour or slightly longer.  Serve warm with or without the Quick Vinegar Sauce for Onions.

Chard and Onion Omelet (Trouchia)

These Provenþal eggs, laced with softened onions and chard, never fail to elicit sighs of appreciation.  I'm forever grateful to Nathalie Waag for making trouchia when she came to visit--it has since become a favorite.  The trick to its success is to cook everything slowly so that the flavors really deepen and sweeten.

Serves 4 to 6

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red or white onion, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1 bunch chard, leaves only, chopped
Salt and freshly milled pepper
1 garlic clove
6 to 8 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped basil
2 teaspoons chopped thyme
1 cup grated GruyÞre
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 10-inch skillet, add the onion, and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until completely soft but not colored, about 15 minutes.  Add the chard and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until all the moisture has cooked off and the chard is tender, about 15 minutes.  Season well with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, mash the garlic in a mortar with a few pinches of salt (or chop them finely together), then stir it into the eggs along with the herbs.  Combine the chard mixture with the eggs and stir in the GruyÞre and half the Parmesan.

Preheat the broiler.  Heat the remaining oil in the skillet and, when it's hot, add the eggs.  Give a stir and keep the heat at medium-high for about a minute, then turn it to low.  Cook until the eggs are set but still a little moist on top, 10 to 15 minutes.  Add the remaining Parmesan and broil 4 to 6 inches from the heat, until browned.

Serve trouchia in the pan or slide it onto a serving dish and cut it into wedges.  The gratinÚed top and the golden bottom are equally presentable.

SoufflÚs

Few dishes are as dramatic as a soufflÚ.  The whole dish swells like an enormous inhalation--then, within moments of serving, collapses.  In spite of such drama, soufflÚs are not at all difficult to make.  You simply make a stiff bÚchamel, beat in egg yolks, add cheese and/or other fillings, and finally fold in billowy whisked egg whites.  Vegetable soufflÚs incorporate a cup or so of pureed vegetable into the base.  They don't rise quite as high but are still impressive.  A pudding soufflÚ is the same dish baked in a water bath, which tempers the rise but also slows the fall, giving the cook some leeway for serving as well as the further advantage of reheating.  Roulades are soufflÚs baked flat in sheet pans (jelly roll pans), then rolled around a filling and sliced or, if you prefer, cut into strips, stacked, and served like a soft, savory Napoleon.

Goat Cheese SoufflÚ with Thyme

Of all soufflÚs, this is my favorite.  The enticing aroma of goat cheese is very seductive, and the little pockets of melted cheese are found
treasures.  Although a classic soufflÚ dish forms a high, puffed crown, I often bake this and other soufflÚs in a large shallow gratin dish instead.  It still looks marvelous, it bakes more quickly, and this way there's plenty of crust for everyone.


Serves 4

Butter, plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, for the dish
1 1/4 cups milk or cream
Aromatics: 1 bay leaf, several thyme sprigs, 2 thin onion slices
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
Salt and freshly milled pepper
Pinch cayenne
4 egg yolks
1 cup (about 4 ounces) crumbled goat cheese, preferably a Bucheron or other strong-flavored cheese
6 egg whites
Several plump thyme sprigs, leaves only

Preheat the oven to 400        F.  Butter a 6-cup soufflÚ dish or an 8-cup gratin dish and coat it with the Parmesan.  Heat the milk with the aromatics until it boils.  Set it aside to steep for 15 minutes, then strain.

Melt the butter in a saucepan.  When foamy, stir in the flour and cook over low heat for several minutes.  Whisk in the milk all at once and stir vigorously for a minute or so as it thickens, then add 3/4 teaspoon salt, a few twists of pepper, and the cayenne.  Remove from heat.  Beat in the egg yolks one at a time until well blended, then stir in the cheese.  Don't worry about getting it smooth.

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form firm peaks, then stir a quarter of them into the base to lighten the mixture.  Fold in the rest, transfer to the prepared dish, then put in the center of the oven and lower the heat to 375        F.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and just a bit wobbly in the center.  Remove, scatter the thyme over the top, and serve immediately.

Tofu

A good source of protein and satisfying to eat, tofu can stand in for meat and to some extent can replace dairy products and eggs.  Serious tofu enthusiasts use it to replace everything from ricotta to ground beef.  Personally, I find it annoying to see bland tofu masquerading as pungent feta cheese, but in some instances--in the Sesame Sauce with Tofu--its presence goes completely unnoticed.

Tofu is also good on its own.  Silken tofu has a remarkably soothing, custard-like texture, while Chinese-style tofu offers chewy satisfaction that is often missed in vegetarian food.  Tofu is also incredibly fast and easy to prepare.  It's something like the vegetarian equivalent of the chicken breast--amenable and ready to go, a blank canvas for many wonderful pungent Asian sauces and some Western ones as well.  If you think you don't like tofu, remember that you've probably enjoyed it many times in Asian restaurants.


Tofu in Coconut Sauce with Ginger and Lemongrass

This spicy-sweet Vietnamese sauce is delicious with tofu and with cubes of golden fried tempeh.  Although complex-tasting, its cooking time is about 20 minutes.  Serve over jasmine rice or rice noodles.

Serves 4

1 1-pound package Chinese-style firm tofu, drained
3 tablespoons peanut oil
8 shallots, thinly sliced, or 1 small white onion
Salt and freshly milled white pepper
1 bunch cilantro, the leaves plus a little of the stems
1/2 cup finely diced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced lemongrass, from the middle of the stalk, or grated zest of 1 lemon
1 jalape±o chile, seeded and diced
1 15-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk, plus water to make 2 cups
3 pieces galangal, optional
1 teaspoon soy sauce, preferably mushroom soy
Cilantro sprigs for garnish

Drain the tofu, then dice it into 1/2-inch cubes.  Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet, add the shallots, and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Season with a few pinches salt, then add half the cilantro.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat a wok, add the remaining oil, and swirl it around the sides.  When hot, add the ginger, lemongrass, and jalape±o.  Stir-fry for about 30 seconds, add the coconut milk mixture and galangal and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat, add

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2008

    A Great "Classic" of a Cookbook--don't be put off by the word "vegetarian"

    I bought this book many years ago when it was $40 and I considered it well worth the price, then. I have given it as a gift and plan to do so again. There's a reason why it won Book of the Year, The Julia Child Cookbook Award and the James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence. I have used it often and have not made anything I didn't like. The great wilted spinach salad recipe with quick pickled red onions comes to mind as does an olive oil cake that is fragrant and light. Madison really knows her stuff, but her voice is never stuffy. She gives you LOTS of practical tips alongside the recipes, for e.g., what to look for when buying vegetables in the store, different ways to cook them, serving suggestions, accompaniments for a meal, or how long the dishes will keep. No the book doesn't have glossy photos, just tasteful sketch type renderings; but the author also doesn't assume you are an expert either. I will say though that if you NEED pictures then maybe a Cooking 101 type cookbook is more your speed; Rather it's for people who aren't that familiar with how to cook vegetables in a way that is good tasting and satisfying, and for those who know that there's more to parsley than garnish on a plate, it strives to be a bit innovative in the kinds of recipes it offers. In short, this is a GREAT cookbook overall and a worthy addition to any reasonably knowledgeable cook's library. Get it while you can!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    For anyone who cooks! Teaches you to cook. Excellent simple but elegant vegetable recipes.

    Is educational about cooking in general and specifically with vegetables. Many recipes could be main dishes for non-vegans by adding chicken etc. Teaches principles that can be applied to other recipes. Comprehensive. Unique and interesting. I have prepared vegetable dishes for 40 years and have learned new information. Recipes are very good. Uses normal ingredients for the most part. Includes whole grains. Has some tofu if you like tofu (I don't). Beans, salads, hearty foods, grains, etc. It has over 700 pages and has what you want and need to add interesting vegetables to your diet! This is an excellent cookbook for anyone, since most people eat vegetables. If you cook for someone who professes to hate vegetables try some of these recipes to change their opinion and improve their health.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Terrific Book

    've been hunting for a good vegetarian cookbook for some time and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is it! In addition to terrific recipes, this is also a how-to cookbook. As a former caterer and chef, I do know quite a bit about cooking and found that I still learned and I agreed with her on those things I already knew. Good techniques. I'm glad the book is hardcover, because I tend to be rough on cookbooks and this will hold up. One suggestion that I do in all my cookbooks is to comment on a recipe after I make it. After all, it's not easy to remember not only if we made something, but if we liked it. There are already a lot of **** and 'delicious' written beside the recipes. I already cook with a nice variety of vegetables, but this year decided to try any and all vegetables. Madison is my first stop for suggestions on different and interesting ways to cook the veggies. Have been very satisfied with results. One caveat--she uses more salt than I like, so be careful. Author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

    Great book with a load of great recipes

    This is a wonderful cookbook for Vegetarians. Lots of greast recipes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    The only cookbook I need

    I was given this book as a gift from my mother when it first came out in '97. The best thing about this book is not the recipes (though they are great) but the cooking advice that Madison devotes quite a few chapters to. Also wonderful is the entire chapter devoted to every singe vegetable you could ever encounter. For a new cook, and/or new vegetarian this is a great way to learn how to make truly fabulous vegetarian food. I turn to this book again and again for new ideas, and I don't think I will ever get tired of it because there is just so much in here!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2003

    I'd really like to like this book, but I don't much; puzzlingly overated and definitely not my first choice of vegetarian cookbooks

    I've had Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone since it was first published. I've wanted to like it: it has so many recipes, Madison has such a following, and it won many awards. But I can't warm up to it. Tho I look at it from time to time I haven't made a single recipe out of it. Looked at recipe by recipe individual things sound good. But lay-out is dull and boring, and the writing is dry and unappealing, at least to this cook and reader. I have puzzled over why this is such a turnoff. I think it is that Madison never sounds excited or happy. her recipe descriptions have yet to make me want to get into the kitchen. They somehow don't invite me. Almost always, if a recipe has a note, it's about 'just' food. The tone is instructional, not sensual: no hints of a story, like how she learned or developed or found a recipe. This may sound peculiar, but this is to me one of the best parts of a good cookbook and where I learn the most and get inspired. I love to read a good cookbook and what makes it good for me is recipes PLUS info PLUS stories, sensuality, excitement, context, passion, even wit. To me a much better choice is Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon. Passionate Vegetarian has both fine recipes and context, plus all the above: recipes, stories, sensuality, wit etc. Passionate's exuberance seduced me into making five different recipes all of which were incredible ( 2 spectacular chilis, 1 curry, a pilaf and a dynamite veggie sauerbraten) within a week of buying it. Have tried several more since then; not one loser and have revisited some of those I had already tried. Also Passionate has terific menu suggestions. I also like Laurel's Kitchen, and The Vegetarian Hearth by Darra Goldstein. Oh, one more gripe about Veg. Cooking for Everyone: cover promises that 'most' of the recipes can be made vegan. That just isn't so. Tho I am not vegan I have two friends who are plus 1 lactose-intolerant kid. Madison relies too heavily on eggs, butter, cheese, and cream for flavoring agents, without offering variations that truly work for everyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    I'm going to have to replace my much-used book with another beca

    I'm going to have to replace my much-used book with another because of wear and tear. It's my go-to book for how to cook vegetables. I'm no vegetarian, but I do like to try a variety of veggies. Great recipes for bread and desserts, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    I have had this book for 12 years, got it as a wedding gift afte

    I have had this book for 12 years, got it as a wedding gift after I married a vegetarian.  I love this book, the way the recipes are organized is great!  So good I have given in to many new brides, vegetarian or meat eaters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    This is one of the best all around cookbooks. Everyone can roas

    This is one of the best all around cookbooks. Everyone can roast, grill or bake a meat dish and serve it will everything in this book. Also, many of these recipes are a meal on their own. One of my three favorite books.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Wonderful for experienced cooks

    This is a great reference for people who have mastered technique. The chef assumes you have and does not explain the processes. It uses many widely available ingredients that are fairly insexpensive, which makes cooking from this very inexpensive. We'll be getitng a lot of use out of it in this economy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Scarrkit

    Im here

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Dont be out off my the word Vegetarian!

    I do not give 5 stars to anything often. But this book is a book you will want in your library if you are a cooks cook. If you are new to cooking, it is a godsend to help you understand what EVERYTHING else but animal protein is on the planet, how to cook it, store it, what it looks like, how it grows. It is just an amazingly well written cookbook that deserves a page turn! I originally bought it as a friend of mine is vegan. i ended up loving this book so much that I couldn't part with it, i talked myself into the idea that I needed to have it here, for when he comes for dinner :-).

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    A reference guide that happens to be a cookbook too!

    This book has so much information about "how to" almost everything. It is a great beginner/starter book - lots of techniques or margin comments that add to the overall value of the book. What's missing is some more pictures of actual items. The organization of the book was less than desirable to me, but it makes sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    A little to overwhelming

    Most of the recipes I found took to much time. I also love cookbooks with pictures, which this one has none that I can remember. I had the cookbook for several years and never had the desire to use it because I didn't have the time it required for a lot of her recipes, so I gave the cookbook to a thrift store.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    Every recipe wonderful

    I've been using this cookbook for about three years now and love it so much that all of my grown children are getting one for Christmas. My husband and I are not vegetarians, but we both like to vary our diet with vegetarian dishes. We also discovered the many vegan options here when a vegan friend came to visit last summer. This is the cookbook I use most of all the ones I own. I would recommend it to anyone. I'd rather have great recipes made from fresh ingredients than slick pictures any day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    Even my five picky children and an avid meat-eating husband love the food that comes from this book!

    I bought this book because I was looking for a way to add more healthy foods to our menue. It has been a great resorce for me. I use this book often and have never made anything from it that was not a hit with family and friends alike. I like her cooking tips and the emince number of recipies makes it like a treasure hunt everytime I sit down to brows through it. I am a serious cook with a large family to please and I need lots of different recipies to try to keep me interested in cooking. This book is still filling that need after two years. My family loves what I have made from it so much that my Mother asked for a copy for Christmas - and NONE of us are vegetarians!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    Thanks, Deborah (from your Passionate V colleague)

    I'm Crescent Dragonwagon, the author of the book Passionate Vegetarian, which was favorably referred to at the expense of Deborah's fine book in a reader review here (which a friend alerted me to). I was distressed by this. While it's nice to have someone compliment you, not so at the expense of a colleague who is as good and groundbreaking and hard-working work as Deborah Madison. I like Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone a lot --- perhaps her earlier, The Savory Way (5 stars in my view), is a little more appealing to me, but doing a definitive work is tough... believe me, I know. I am proud to give both Madison's excellent books a place of honor on my shelf and in my kitchen and life. It's true the tone and content of our work is quite different; so what? I'd like to feel not just that we both made important contributions to this field, but that this field is large and generous enough for many perspectives. Library Journal agreed: ' Deborah Madison's huge Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone came first, and it and Dragonwagon's book cover similar ground by virtue of having the same topic, but there is little overlap in terms of recipes. With vegetarian cooking more popular than ever, most libraries will want Passionate Vegetarian, too. '

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2002

    An essential for vegetarian cooks

    I got this book as a Christmas gift and have used it countless numbers of times. It's a sort of Joy of Cooking for vegetarians. She covers everything from more complicated main entrees, to very basic side dishes and salads. Want to make a vegetable lasagne? How about a vinagrette dressing? What are some ways to prepare asparagus or squash? She's got you covered. I find myself turning to this book again and again. It's extremely useful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    Informative and comprehensive

    Although it focuses on meatless cookery, this impressive volume belongs in the kitchens of vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. It is packed with practical information and clearly written, appealing recipes for simple everyday meals as well as for entertaining. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, 'Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone' is bound to be a very useful addition to your library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2000

    Simply the Best!

    I have numerous vegetarian cookbooks and this one is simply the best! There are tasty, wonderful dishes for everyone in your family from the easy to the exotic...from the quick to the cook-all-day fare. Each is a celebration for the taste buds! Although the book is large, it contains everything you need to know about cooking vegetarian or if you are not completely vegetarian in your eating, the recipes will help break up the monotony of the meat and potatoes routinue. Not only is this wonderful book full of recipes, you will learn cooking techniques and helpful hints that help even a seasoned chef. This book is really all you need and is well worth the price!

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