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Entertaining for a Veggie Planet : 250 Down-to-Earth Recipes
Houghton Mifflin Co
Published: June 2003
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Emmons (Vegetarian Planet) comes to the rescue for vegetarian dinner-party hosts with this guide to orchestrating intimate gatherings or large parties with food so good the guests won't notice it's meatless. Sound principles are
at work here: parties exist so you can "feed people (yourself included)" and "enjoy people (yourself included)." Emmons gives tips on making dips (Greek Skordalia, Roasted Red Pepper Dip) and crudites, using salads (Green Bean-Sweet Potato Salad with
Peanut Dressing, Mango Slaw) as buffet centerpieces, and buying pre-made snacks at Asian groceries. Festive touches, like beets for Pink Eggs and "Seizing" Hot Fudge Sauce (it hardens over ice cream) add creativity without hardship. There's even an
ingenious "miraculously cheap wedding for fifty in ten easy steps" sidebar that includes tea sandwiches and brie with currant jelly and pecans. Even if you're just entertaining your kids, they'll enjoy Sloppy Joes and Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls.
Plentiful tofu and seitan recipes will satisfy vegans. There are chapters on "intimate gatherings," brunches, pizzas, risottos, and sweets and drinks, although no comprehensive beverage chapter. Main courses like Spaghetti with Green Olive Pesto and
Spinach, Crunchy Chickpea, and Hazelnut Ragout are piquant yet easy to make. With sidebars on such topics as the great Turkey day conundrum, how to make inexpensive centerpieces and how to get people to help out, this is exactly what veggie hosts need in
order to plan, execute and, most importantly, enjoy their own parties.
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"...ways to make entertaining easy and fun are offered throughout. For most collections." -Library Journal.
The queen of vegetarian hip is back! Convinced that entertaining doesn"t have to be high-stress or high-maintenance, Didi Emmons presents an alternative view: the best parties aren"t meticulously planned. Crammed with
innovative ideas for delightfully informal gatherings and hundreds of globally inspired, big-flavored vegetarian recipes, Entertaining for a Veggie Planet proves that having friends over — whether for the season finale of a favorite TV show or for
a book group discussion — is not only easy, it"s fun. From dips and cold bites (Malaysian Spring Rolls) to main dishes (Shiitake Mac "n" Cheese), from brunch (Cardamon Blueberry Cake) to "sweet eats" (Oreo Key Lime Pie), Emmons"s dishes offer
endless possibilities for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone else in search of a satisfying meal. Her creative menus ("Vegetarian Solutions to Turkey Day") and her spirit of fun ("if you"re serving only one food, make it homemade ice cream") will put all
cooks in the mood to share.
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