How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food

The ultimate one-stop vegetarian cookbook-from the author of the classic How to Cook Everything. Hailed as “a more hip Joy of Cooking” by the Washington Post, Mark Bittman’s award-winning book How to Cook Everything has become the bible for a new generation of home cooks, and the series has more than 1 million copies in

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The ultimate one-stop vegetarian cookbook-from the author of the classic How to Cook Everything.

Hailed as “a more hip Joy of Cooking” by the Washington Post, Mark Bittman’s award-winning book How to Cook Everything has become the bible for a new generation of home cooks, and the series has more than 1 million copies in print. Now, with How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian, Bittman has written the definitive guide to meatless meals-a book that will appeal to everyone who wants to cook simple but delicious meatless dishes, from health-conscious omnivores to passionate vegetarians.

How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian includes more than 2,000 recipes and variations-far more than any other vegetarian cookbook. As always, Bittman’s recipes are refreshingly straightforward, resolutely unfussy, and unfailingly delicious-producing dishes that home cooks can prepare with ease and serve with confidence. The book covers the whole spectrum of meatless cooking-including salads, soups, eggs and dairy, vegetables and fruit, pasta, grains, legumes, tofu and other meat substitutes, breads, condiments, desserts, and beverages. Special icons identify recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less and in advance, as well as those that are vegan. Illustrated throughout with handsome line illustrations and brimming with Bittman’s lucid, opinionated advice on everything from selecting vegetables to preparing pad Thai, How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian truly makes meatless cooking more accessible than ever.

Praise for How to Cook Everything Vegetarian:

“Mark Bittman’s category lock on definitive, massive food tomes continues with this well-thought-out ode to the garden and beyond. Combining deep research, tasty information, and delicious easy-to-cook recipes is Mark’s forte and everything I want to cook is in here, from chickpea fries to cheese soufflés.”—Mario Batali, chef, author, and entrepreneur

“How do you make an avid meat eater (like me) fall in love with vegetarian cooking? Make Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian part of your culinary library.”—Bobby Flay, chef/owner of Mesa Grill and Bar Americain and author of the Mesa Grill Cookbook

“Recipes that taste this good aren’t supposed to be so healthy. Mark Bittman makes being a vegetarian fun.”—Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center and coauthor of You: The Owner’s Manual

Author of a dozen bestselling cookbooks and beloved columnist for The New York Times (“The Minimalist”), Chef Mark Bittman bookends his award-winning modern classic, How to Cook Everything, with How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian the ultimate one-stop resource for meatless meals. Refreshingly straightforward and filled with illustrated recipes, this is a book that puts vegetarian cuisine within the reach of every home cook. You’ll want to spend countless days in the kitchen with Bittman’s latest culinary treasure.

Recipe Excerpts from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

• Spinach with Chiles
• Chickpea Fries (Panelle)
• Braised Tofu with Eggplant and Shiitakes
• Amazon-Exclusive Crunchy Corn Guacamole

5 Questions for Mark Bittman

Q. What motivated you to write a comprehensive cookbook of vegetarian recipes right now?

A: What motivated me–several years ago–was seeing the handwriting on the wall: That although being a principled, all-or-nothing vegetarian was not a course of action that would ever likely inspire the majority of Americans, the days of all-meat-all-the-time (or, to be slightly less extreme, of a diet heavily dependent on meat) could not go on. Averaging a consumption of two pounds a week or more of meat (as Americans do) is not sustainable, either for the earth or our planet. And, as more and more of us realize this, I thought it was important to develop a cookbook along the lines of How to Cook Everything, but without meat, fish, or poultry. Needless to say, there’s plenty of material.

Q: In the course of writing How to Cook Everything Vegetarian did your approach to food shopping, cooking or dining change significantly?

A: Completely. The more I tried new ways of cooking with vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, the more I enjoyed them. I probably eat sixty or seventy percent fewer animal products than I did three years ago.

Q: Because meatless cooking isn’t limited to a single cuisine, your recipes introduce the flavors and techniques of many different cultures and cuisines. How did you manage to cover so much ground? Seems like a daunting task.

A: It’s what I do.

Q: Out of the more than 2,000 recipes in the cookbook do you have a favorite dish or dessert that you turn to again and again?

A: No. There are hundreds I wish I could cook all the time, but one can only cook and eat so much. But in the last week, for example, I’ve made Fava Bean and Mint Salad with Asparagus; Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes; Cornbread Salad; and Red Lentils with Chaat Masala.

Q: Why is simplicity so important in cooking? What does the novice home cook need to know to cook and eat well?

A: Simplicity is only important because it’s the way to learn to cook; it’s very difficult to start cooking with complex dishes. For people to learn to cook, they must start simply–the way everyone used to cook. And, for most of us–including me–there’s no reason to carry things much further. Even the simplest cooking is rewarding, enjoyable, and–obviously–the healthiest and best way to eat.

Comments

Denise Patterson says:

This is the one I’ve been looking for! Let me start by saying I’m a busy working mom of two. I grew up eating Hamburger Helper and hot dogs, so I didn’t learn to cook until I was an adult. My dad’s had triple bypass and my mom’s having gastric bypass, so we’re trying to learn from their mistakes and eat not entirely vegetarian, but definitely a more plant-based diet. I’m sure all this sounds familiar to a lot of people!How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is exactly the cookbook I’ve been trying to find for a long time. It has the simple, everyday recipes that I sometimes need, combined with a LOT of wonderful vegetarian dishes from ordinary supermarket ingredients. How about Peanut Soup, Senegalese Style? Or Korean-Style Noodles in Cool Bean Broth (in less than 20 minutes for when the kids are whining for dinner) Mustard Cheese Fondue?This book is written in Bittman’s typical `theme and variations’ style, with a basic recipe (like for waffles) and then a sidebar or list following the recipe…

Cookin' up a storm says:

It’s o.k., but the same problem I always have with Bittman I’m a vegetarian of 15 years (with a meat-eating but open minded fiance) and an avid home cook. I got this book for Christmas and have slowly been exploring it. It’s an interesting book and there are a lot of recipes that I’m tempted by, but it’s the same problem I have with “How to cook everything”: something is always wrong with the recipe. For example, his kosher pickles: the first time I tried making them with his measurements, the pickles were inedibly salty (and I love salt!) I’m now working with about a third less salt than he recommends and it’s getting better. And that’s what I always find with his recipes: they give you a promising start but require some major tinkering before they are really good, and I don’t usually feel up to committing to that sort of trial and error. I am a passionate fan of Debbie Madison’s “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.” As an example of the difference, this week I had a dinner party and I made her cauliflower salad with green olives and…

B. Marold "Bruce W. Marold" says:

Excellent General Cookbook for Liberal Vegetarian. Buy It! `How to Cook Everything Vegetarian’ by New York Times culinary columnist, Mark Bittman, is an important entry into the best vegetarian cookbook sweepstakes. Please be clear that this green covered book is far larger and far better than the yellow covered subset of his earlier best-selling `How to Cook Everything’.Since I gave that yellow subset a bad review, a kind commentator pointed out that what is a person to do if they are vegetarian, and don’t need to know how to make veal parmesan, meatballs, or fried chicken! This volume clearly answers that question.The competition for this book is Deborah Madison’s classic `Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone’. An encyclopedic companion to both would be Crescent Dragonwagon’s `Passionate Vegetarian’. If space and finances permit, I would suggest you own all three volumes.The difference between Bittman and Madison may lie primarily in the fact that the former is a culinary journalist and the latter began her career as a…

Matthew says:

Yes, I agree there are many reasons for a porsen to become a vegetarian besides bringing benefits to our lives we avoid the deaths of defenseless animals. I myself already tried being a vegetarian but I have to admit that it did not work, unfortunately.

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