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Simple Vegetarian Pleasures


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Lemlin (Main-Course Vegetarian Pleasures; Quick Vegetarian Pleasures) adds to her meat-free oeuvre with this unpretentious repertoire of quick-to-prepare vegetarian dishes. Without precisely defining "simple," Lemlin uses her introduction to give suggestions for stocking a pantry and a brief rundown on vegetarian nutrition. Recipes are fairly basic, although special touches enliven Mesclun Salad with Dried Apricots and Spiced Nuts; Beer Pizza (the brew's in the crust) and Coconut Lime Rice. Innovative approaches evidenced in such recipes as Tiny Eggplant Turnovers (thin slices of eggplant folded like ravioli around a goat cheese filling) accompany standards along the lines of Kale, Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup; Black Bean and Red Onion Burgers; and Macaroni and Cheese. Chapters like the one on tofu and tempeh dishes (Marinated Fried Tofu and Vegetable Salad with Mesclun, Baked Tofu and Mushrooms Hoisin, Garlicky Tempeh and Potato Ragout) open with useful tips (buy sealed tofu, because the loose variety is a breeding ground for bacteria). The chapter of breakfast recipes and that titled Pizzas, Burgers, Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Etc. brim with good ideas. Lemlin's refreshing, no-nonsense, unproselytizing attitude inspires. (May)

Haedrich (Simple Desserts, LJ 8/95) says that few of the many vegetarian cookbooks around are "grounded in the reality of family life," but his new book should remedy the situation. His four children have grown up on a vegetarian diet, and there are lots of kid-friendly recipes here, as well as advice on feeding a family with different likes and dislikes. Some of the recipes include variations or options for grownups only, and although Haedrich isn't a strict vegetarian, his partner (as he identifies her) is, and she's contributed some vegan recipes and alternatives. Any parents who are committed to a vegetarian diet should be interested in Haedrich's new book. Lemlin, who has written a number of excellent vegetarian cookbooks (including Main-Course Vegetarian Pleasures, LJ 4/15/95), is less concerned with avoiding dairy products, chocolate, and so forth than Haedrich is, but she is no less aware of the time constraints facing busy family cooks. She offers an attractive collection of quick and easy recipes, often with make-ahead suggestions. With its simple but fairly sophisticated recipes, Lemlin's latest should appeal to "sometime" as well as "all the time" vegetarians. Recommended for most collections.

""Simple Vegetarian Pleasures is, above all, a collection of recipes that will awaken your palate to the pleasures of vegetarian cooking, simply and easily."--"Cooks Source"Lemlin adds to her meat-free oeuvre with this unpretentious repertoire of quick-to-prepare vegetarian dishes. [Her] refreshing, no-nonsense, unproselytizing attitude insires."--"Publishers Weekly"With its simple but fairly sophisticated recipes, Lemlin's latest should appeal to 'sometime' as well as 'all the time' vegetarians."--"Library Journal

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