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 Post subject: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:05 am 
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I didn't see an existing thread just about this book, but feel free to merge if there is one.

I got this cookbook a few weeks ago and have been leafing through it. So many things look good (and are either vegan or easily veganizable), but it's overwhelmingly large and I'm not sure where to start. Anyone have favorites or recommendations?

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:23 am 
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I love chickpeas in their own broth. I always use his method for making tomato sauce (though I got it from the non-veg book). I especially like the bay leaves and cinnamon variation. And his method for making polenta, which is less fussy than a lot of recipes. Israeli couscous with eggplant. There's a good salad with tomatoes and soy sauce that I love (don't make it very far in advance). His sauces are good. There's one for mustard sauce that I use a lot and a really interesting seaweed mayo.

In general, I avoid making any of his tofu recipes because I don't think he really understands tofu. For instance, he recommends pureeing silken tofu to make scrambled tofu, which is crazy because the texture and bits of crispiness are the best part of scrambled tofu. And the baking sections aren't very useful since he doesn't take vegan baking seriously.

But mostly I use this cookbook when I have a vegetable, grain, or bean I want to use and no idea what to do with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
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I can't think of any specific recipes I've made since I tend to use them as a base and invent from there. I do love the book though, especially for weird CSA vegetables. The only one that sticks out in my mind is the leek and potato soup which was one of the easiest and most delicious things I've ever had.

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Joanna set up a blog specifically to chronicle her journey through this book.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
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I've actually made quite a few things from the baking section. The eggs are dispensable in a lot of cases, although it's disappointing he didn't give specific variations.

I just made the zucchini and corn burgers (dog knows why there was zucchini in my vegetable box this week) today and the mushroom stew earlier in the week. I also like a lot of the salad recipes.


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I made an espresso black bean chili from Bittman's website this weekend. The website says it's from the book, so it should be in there somewhere. It's awesome chili, at any rate.


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 Post subject: Re: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
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Dr. Apricot wrote:
Joanna set up a blog specifically to chronicle her journey through this book.



Very cool, I have not seen this!!

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
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I like his sauteed eggplant method. Also there's a millet recipe with tahini I like. I could explore it more, a friend gave it to me and I like having it around.


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My old roommate had this book. I remember having a yummy tempeh chili. Flipping through it, it seemed like there were quite a few recipes that sounded tasty but I never got around to making them.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
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I LOVE this book as a resource and I'm really enjoying Joanna's blog! I think that so many of the simple recipes you wouldn't necessarily feel that you need a recipe for (example, chickpeas in their own broth, the sushi rice) are absolutely perfect.


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