Some of the most creative new minds in the kitchen and the most exhilarating new voices in food writing come from the world of blogs. Michael Natkin, creator of the wildly popular Herbivoracious.com, indisputably fits both of those descriptions. In Herbivoracious: A Vegetarian Cookbook for People Who Love to Eat, Natkin offers up 150 exciting recipes (most of which have not appeared on his blog) notable both for their big, bold, bright flavors and for their beautiful looks on the plate, the latter apparent in more than 80 four-color photos that grace the book. This is sophisticated, grown-up meatless cooking, the kind you can serve to company - even when your guests are dedicated meat-eaters.An indefatigable explorer of global cuisines, with particular interests in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and in East and Southeast Asia, Natkin has crafted, through years of experimenting in his kitchen and in loads of intensive give-and-take with his blog readers, dishes that truly are revelations in taste, texture, aroma, and presentation. A third of the book is taken up with hearty main courses, ranging from a robust Caribbean Lentil-Stuffed Flatbread across the Atlantic to a comforting Sicilian Spaghetti with Pan-Roasted Cauliflower and around the Cape of Good Hope to a delectable Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans and Tofu. An abundance of soups, salads, sauces and condiments, sides, appetizers and small plates, desserts, and breakfasts round out the recipes.Natkin, a vegetarian himself, provides lots of advice on how to craft vegetarian meals that amply deliver protein and other nutrients, and the imaginative menus he presents deliver balanced and complementary flavors, in surprising and utterly pleasing ways. The many dozens of vegan and gluten-free recipes are clearly noted, too, and an introductory chapter lays out the simple steps readers can take to outfit a globally inspired pantry of seasonings and sauces that make meatless food come alive.
|Publisher:||Harvard Common Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Michael Natkin is the author of the immensely popular and award-winning vegetarian blog, Herbivoracious. He's known in the blogging community as a crack photographer, and his photos are reguarly featured on Tastespotting, foodgawker, and other sites. He lives in Seattle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Michael Natkin starts the book by recounting some of his memories about growing up in Kentucky when vegetarianism was nearly unheard of. The times surely have changed now and he mentions that “good vegetarian food is just good food, period.” I certainly remember when almost everyone I knew thought if there wasn’t meat in the meal, it wasn’t a “real” meal. I’m very glad that has changed! There’s nothing bland or boring about anything in Herbivoracious, all of the recipes are vibrantly colored and beautiful, using natural ingredients and fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. There are also many vegan and gluten free recipes for anyone who is in need of those. The dishes have gorgeous photos accompanying them, taken by the author, who has gained a lot of experience taking photos for his popular blog with the same title as his book. I loved the global influences, that’s really how my family likes to eat, so I was thrilled to find some new specialties. The two dishes I have tried so far are the Chana Masala (spiced chickpeas) with Mushrooms and the Chirashi (scattered) Sushi, which is served in a bowl. They are both based on favorite flavors of mine, and these dishes did not disappoint and were an exciting way for me to use these familiar ingredients in a new way. There is a wonderful variety of recipes in the book, giving it a very broad and interesting range and it is amazing to see how the author takes common ingredients and transforms them into culinary masterpices. I really enjoyed Herbivoracious; it is an inspiring way for me to look at food and see it’s potential in a whole new light.