Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vegetarian Entrees That Won't Leave You Hungry: A Book Review

About The Book:

Irresistible Vegetarian Entres That Fill the Center of the Plate! Vegetarian Entres That Wont Leave You Hungry solves the riddle that challenges countless cooks every night: What can I make besides pasta, a stir-fry, or a veggie burgerwith readily available ingredients and without too much fussfor a filling and flavorful vegetarian main course? The 70 main-course recipes here are as wonderfully varied and delicious as those in Lukas Volgers first book, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way. Yet this is food that can be made every dayfrom pantry and refrigerator staples like grains, beans, noodles, eggs, and tofu, as well as a wide variety of fresh, seasonal produce that will give you tasty options all year round! Break free of your old dinner routine with easy entres that coordinate with the seasons like Summer Squash Gratin and Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Galette, recipes that draw on Southeast Asian cuisines like Classic Pad Thai and Kimchi Stew, and inventions that transform everyday ingredients into appealing new flavor combinations like Volgers Curried Potato Crepe Stack. With Vegetarian Entres That Wont Leave You Hungry, youll never be at a loss for a new dish for dinner. Also included are recipes for flavor enhancers and finishing touchessuch as croutons, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, pestos, kimchi, and moreand over 15 informative features on Vegetarian Kitchen Essentials, including Five Salad Dressings, Five Easy Desserts, Cooking for One, and Hosting a Dinner Party. With over 60 color photos, dozens of variations, group activity alerts, and helpful sidebars on finer points like perfecting fragrant jasmine rice, homemade paneer, and tofu marinades, Vegetarian Entres That Wont Leave You Hungry is an indispensable companion for fans of vegetarian main dishes.

About The Author:

Lukas Volger began to garner fans, readers, and media attention with his first book, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way. He has worked for many years at food establishments in New York City and in his native Idaho as a baker, caterer, prep cook, server, and occasional dishwasher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

My Review:

First off, I need to say that I am not a vegetarian, but love meatless meals on a regular basis. I am always looking for ways to save money when it comes to feeding my family, and I have found that feeding them meatless meals at least once a week is one thing I do to accomplish this.

Vegetarian Entrees That Won't Leave You Hungry is a wonderful collection of a variety of recipes. There are a ton of photos in the book, and though my copy of the book did not have full color (an advance copy)_the actual books will be full color. I always love it when cookbooks have the pictures of what I will be cooking, and this has a ton!

I had the opportunity to try out a couple of the recipes and they were super easy to follow, using ingredients that are right in your pantry, or at least if not, they can found easily in your local grocery store.

The first recipe I tried was Balsamic and Soy Sauce Marinade:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup neutral oil (canola, grapeseed, peanut or vegetable oil)

1. Whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, and pepper. Add the oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly until thoroughly incorporated. If making ahead of time, store the marinade in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Rewisk just before use.

I used the marinade on chicken breast and it was so yummy, even the kids ate it! Definitely a recipe I will use again in the future. I look forward to using more of the recipes in the future, and was pleasantly surprised to find a couple recipes using Quinoa, my family's new favorite grain!

If you are looking for a great gift idea for the food lover in your life, I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Vegetarian Entrees That Won't Leave You Hungry online through Amazon, as well as through your favorite local bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Allen and Sons, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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