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This cookbook started off with two strikes against it, I’m not a vegetarian and I have little interest in cooking light. That said, I spent two hours last night poring over the book and I believe Cooking Light’s Way to Cook Vegetarian: The Complete Visual Guide to Healthy Vegetarian Cooking would be a valuable addition to almost any cook’s library.
Cooking Light’s Way to Cook Vegetarian¹ is written exactly as I hope to someday write a cookbook. It’s a large cookbook, just over 400 pages and contains 150 recipes with over 700 pictures.
Each chapter teaches cooking techniques and then gives recipes that apply the lesson. The photos are gorgeous, but they are also key to the instructional value of this cookbook. After reading many of the tutorials, I believe almost any novice to intermediate cook would find Way to Cook Vegetarian a fantastic resource. The value lies not only in the variety of recipes, from appetizers to soups and stews, but also in the information on diet and technique.
I was surprised by the range of techniques taught in this book. Included are tutorials for making yogurt and ricotta. Don’t worry, many of the tutorials cover very basic techniques such as roasting vegetables or julienning carrots.
The only drawback to this book I found is some of the ingredients may be difficult to find in some areas. As an example I don’t believe my local grocery store carries tamarind pulp, but I haven’t tried the nearest Asian grocery store. I can find quinoa, but it’s at the fancy grocery store about 40 minutes from here. That said, most of the recipes in this book are diverse without venturing into the scarily exotic. Perhaps some, I’m a meat and potatoes only type people would turn up their nose at the tempeh coconut curry, but you can’t please everyone all the time.
Despite my overwhelmingly large pile of recipes to try, I have added several to my list, including Potato Roti Curry and Winter Minestrone. Most of the recipes, if not all, can be found online or are from past issues of Cooking Light. Personally I enjoy the experience of flipping through a cookbook for ideas; I’m tactile like that.
Ready for the fun part?
I will be giving away my review copy of Cooking Light Way to Cook Vegetarian: The Complete Visual Guide to Healthy Vegetarian Cooking to a lucky reader. How does one enter this amazing giveaway? It’s simple and open to residents of the US and Canada. (Anyone else, I just can’t afford shipping, I’m sorry). Each reader can have up to 3 entries and the winner will be chosen by random selection.
- A plain, old-fashioned how ya doin style comment. Just tell me how excited you are to enter.
- A link to a tweet on Twitter sharing this post.
- A link to a blog post or Facebook entry referencing this post. (just copy the url of the timestamp for Facebook)
The comments will close on Sunday October 24 at 6pm Eastern. If you aren’t the winner, don’t worry this will become a weekly occurrence and you will have another chance soon. I plan on supplementing the review cookbooks with ones I find on my own.