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The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Dishes from the Healthiest Place Under the Sun
Published: May 2001
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The medical world has been touting the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet for decades. In The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, Donna Klein provides more than 300 recipes suited to anyone who wants to eat a healthful diet free of animal
products. Unlike many vegetarian or vegan cookbooks that simply take the meat or dairy products out of a recipe--or even worse, use tasteless substitutes--this book includes only recipes that actually exist in Mediterranean cuisine. You won't find any
grainy cheese substitutes or spongy meat imposters here.
In chapters on every course from appetizers to desserts, the author presents recipe upon recipe for flavorful and healthy dishes--all without meat, dairy, or eggs. Appetizers like Mushrooms
Stuffed with Bread Crumbs, Parsley, and Garlic--given a sweet and nutty zing from the addition of a fortified wine--or Baked Black Olives with Herbes de Provence and Anise are so full flavored they certainly don't need the richness of animal products.
The Poor Man's Pesto (so named because of the absence of cheese) that tops fluffy Potato Gnocchi proves that fruity green olive oil is the heart and garden-fresh basil is the soul of a good pesto. Desserts don't disappoint either. Relying on fresh fruits
for flavor, they are just the sort of sweet and rich concoctions we expect from the Mediterranean. Baked Pears are stuffed with a rich blend of bread crumbs, toasted almonds, and chocolate and baked in a flavorful mixture of marsala, white wine, and pear
or apple juice.
An extremely helpful Meals in Minutes section offers menu suggestions for those whose schedules allow only an hour or less for meal preparation, and the nutritional information provided for each dish is a welcome bonus for
health-conscious cooks. --Robin Donovan
From Library Journal
Food writer Klein's goal was to include only vegan recipes "that really exist in Mediterranean cuisine," and because much of Mediterranean cooking is vegan by nature olive oil is
used in many cuisines rather than butter, and meat has never been the centerpiece of the meal, for example she was successful. Rather than experimenting with replacements for anchovies and the like, she chose recipes that already met the requirements of
a vegan diet, from a Moroccan Couscous with Seven-Vegetable... read more
After years of research, scientists declared that the Mediterranean diet was the best one for overall good health-and the exciting news was that it
tasted great, too.
With recipes for everything from nutritious appetizers to dairy-free desserts, this unique Mediterranean vegan cookbook is ideal for vegetarians, those with a lactose intolerance, and anyone who wants to make gloriously
delicious dishes without meat, eggs, or dairy. Dishes include:
¥ Sicilian Eggplant Relish
¥ Catalan Grilled Vegetables with Almond Sauce
¥ Classic Italian Minestrone
¥ Moroccan Fresh Tomato Salad
¥ Zucchini-Lemon Couscous
¥ Greek Currant Cake
¥ Braised Pears in Red Wine
¥ and more
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