Thursday, February 19, 2009

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

I've been meaning to write about this book for awhile now, but I guess better late than never! Bittman's cookbook is a great resource, I have found myself going to if multiple times to learn about a new ingredient, cooking technique, or preparation ideas. An introduction into vegetarian basics, equipment and techniques is followed by pages and pages of recipes. This book is not for the light-hearted, weighing in 996 pages! It reminds me of an encyclopedia, as you can find information about new ingredients, information about various ways to cook said ingredient, and then variations on the theme. You can actually find the book on Google Book Search if you want to preview it.

Awhile back I made some Eggplant Gnocchi , a nice variation on the traditional pasta. Now that I have a potato ricer, I bet these would turn out even beter!!
Eggplant Gnocchi


Since then I've also tried Braised Tofu & Peas in Curried Coconut Milk, which I served over a mix of brown and wild rice. I was a little worried about this one, but I really enjoyed it!!

Braised Tofu & Peas in Curried Coconut Milk


After purchasing some miso for that hummus-turned-soup, I also prepared some Miso Smashed Potatoes & Edamame, which was delightful. I've been meaning to throw some edamame in there, and I'm glad I finally did!

Miso Smashed Potatoes & Edamame

It seems strange to call it a cookbook, as it's really so much more, but I think its a perfect addition to everyone's library! Let me know if you have any other specific questions :)


A few things before I leave...
--Check out Sabrina's recap of a Boston Blogger Meetup! Thanks to Tina for organizing!! I think everyone else has posted a recap too, so click away :)
--Don't forget to head on over to Healthy Tipping point for a RoadID giveaway--it could save your life!
--I made some notes on the Snowball recipe, as I tried out some substitutions to make them a bit healthier for Meghann's Bake Sale and they were still ever so yummy! Lisa wrote to tell me, "They are AWESOME!!!! As soon as I received the box, I had to dig in! Perfect consistency, great flavor...oh so addicting!!! They are very popular here!"

36 comments:

ashley (sweetandnatural) said...

I've seen that book a lot and have heard nothing but rave reviews. I'll have to check it out net time I'm at the bookstore.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Can you come cook for me, please? I like anything with coconut!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

great book review! all the recipes you've tried look delicious! :D
thanks for sharing.

VeggieGirl said...

I have that cookbook!! :-)

pigpigscorner said...

Really interesting recipe! I am going to look for this cookbook!

Krista said...

Thanks for the book review! I'll have to check it out over yonder at Google!

Erica said...

Ah! I want this book! I've heard so many good things. PS: I used the chips (finally) and made a sweet bread- will post about it tonight!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

I need that book! I know that would be my go-to cookbook in the kitchen. Thanks for this post.

PS - Miso smashed edamame potatoes? Divine!

Reeni♥ said...

The potatoes look really good, love edamame!!

Heather said...

i just adore gnocchi but never thought of doing it with eggplant! what a wonderful idea!!

Sagan said...

Thanks for reviewing this! It sounds fantastic. Are the nutrition stats in the book and are the recipe fairly healthy with mostly natural ingredients? LOVE gnocchi.

ttfn300 said...

The nutrition stats are not in the book, but it's all great ingredients, so I didn't actually even think about it! ok ok, i did use light coconut milk... but that's my normal doing :)

Meg said...

All those meals look so yummy! I have to look into getting that book!

Anna said...

Mark Bittman is pretty neat- ever read his stuff in the NYT? I love the looks of that gnocchi!

Lauren said...

All of those recipes you posted sounds fantastic!

5 Star Foodie said...

Interesting recipes. I especially like the eggplant gnocchi.

HangryPants said...

I've looked through that book so many times at the book storer. I really think I should just buy it.

Esi said...

I'm not a vegetarian, but I absolutely adore vegetarian recipes. I definitely need to pick up this book.

Sarah (lovINmytummy) said...

I have picked up that book several times...it may be time to actually purchase it ;)

MizFit said...

Id missed the eggplant gnocci.

print!

Rachel said...

I was just looking at that book yesterday. And the recipes sound great. I'd be interested in the Eggplant dish...think I'd better get it!

Ricki said...

I wasn't that impressed with the book when I first got it, but you've convinced me to give it another try. Maybe I just missed all these amazing recipes somehow!

Rosiecat said...

I love your photo review of the book! It's such a nice way to get a feel for how you've used it in your kitchen.

I think anyone interested in healthy cooking is well-served by having a good vegetarian cooking tome. Now, since I already have one such tome, I don't know if my bookshelves can handle two, but it's nice for every cook to have some options when hitting up the bookstore.

luckytastebuds said...

wooow i don't know what to say about the eggplant gnocchi but...HM!!! That really is SO creative. I'm no gnocchi lover, but that is definitely super interesting to me!

Jess said...

I love Bittman! I would get that book but How to Cook Everything is overwhelming enough.

Joanne said...

I have seen so many good things from this book recently, its insane. Eggplant is by far one of my holy trinity of vegetables (the other two are sweet potatoes and butternut squash)...in short I think I need to pick myself up a copy.

Bridget said...

That sounds like an AWESOME book!! I heart gnocchi.

Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

996 pages!!! That's a serious cookbook! LOVE the idea of eggplant gnocchi! I even have a potato ricer collecting dust in my cabinet :) I will definitely check this book out - thanks!!!

Kevin said...

I had not thought about an eggplant gnocchi. It sounds good!

Tyler said...

oooh, eggplant gnocchi sounds so good!!

biz319 said...

I love anything by Mark Bittman!

I would love a potato ricer, but not sure my kitchen can stand another appliance! Your gnocchi look good!

RhodeyGirl/Sabrina said...

WOWOWOWOW THOSE GNOCCHI LOOK AWESOME!!!!

Jen (Running with Food) said...

The braised tofu recipe sounds great. I bet it could certainly work with chicken as well ... you know, for the hubby! Is there anything else that you would substitute/add the next go-round??

ttfn300 said...

Jen- Chicken would definitely work in that dish! Perhaps I would add some other veggies if I had them around. And maybe make some naan to eat it with instead of the rice. I'm getting warm fuzzy feelings just remembering the dish, very comforting :)

Olivia said...

As a vegetarian who is very picky, the eggplant gnocchi looks to die for.

Kelly said...

I also made the same braised peas in coconut and had the same concerns but found them delicious as well. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed that recipe too.

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