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    Simple Vegetarian Pleasures

    Lemlin, Jeanne

    Published: May 2, 2000
    ISBN: 0060932465

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    Book Description
    It would appear that the idea underlying Simple Vegetarian Pleasures is vegetarian food that doesn't require a great deal of labor to deliver big flavors--"simple" as in "not too much trouble." Lemlin also alludes to the simplicity movement, where simple means cutting back to what's really important, gaining both time and quality of life. If one has actually embraced the simplicity movement and has the time and ambience, it remains unclear why there's so little time available to give to the preparation and eating of food, one of the more important elements of daily life.

    Ignoring all the simplicity stuff, however, leaves the cook with a cookbook filled with recipes pulling on the flavors of all corners of the world. Fill your pantry according to the master plan, shop wisely, plan ahead, and have at it. This is vegetarian cooking of a sophisticated kitchen and palate (using "sophisticated" in the title would presumably scare off anyone not inclined to struggle with food). Many of the recipes could fall out of cookbooks of various ethnic origins where a mainly vegetarian diet is the rule rather than the exception.

    What this book really helps us do is move beyond the notion of vegetarianism as just so much brown rice, ragg socks, hairy legs, and save the whales. That is, Simple Vegetarian Pleasures moves right to the heart of cuisine, of food with soul, and makes the absence of meat an insignificant thing. It's that simple.

    Ultimately, that it is simple, and that it is vegetarian, means a lot less than that it is exceedingly pleasurable. Enjoy these lush recipes. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    From Publishers Weekly
    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.... read more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Book Description

    Jeanne Lemlin is aware that we're all vegetarians some of the time and that what we crave is delicious food that is quick and simple to prepare. In Simple Vegetarian Pleasures, she shares her dedicated, relaxed approach to good food with two hundred tempting recipes for flavorful meals.

    The flexibility and range of Jeanne's recipes encourage you to take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and her menu suggestions for every occasion help frazzled cooks move serenely, almost effortlessly from soup to nuts. With tips for keeping your pantry and refrigerator stocked to simplify meal preparation and vibrantly flavored recipes - for stovetop dishes, make-ahead casseroles and gratins, rich vegetable stocks, salads, and a range of pizzas, quesadillas, sandwiches, and vegetarian burgers -vegetarian cooking becomes easy, fast, and fabulous. Whether you're vegetarian all the time or occasionally enjoy a meatless dish, Jeanne Lemlin has your food right here - simply delicious and deliciously simple.

    Winning Dishes:

    Chickpea Salad with Fennel, Tomatoes, and Olives
    Spinach Soup with Couscous and Lemon
    Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    Portobello Mushroom and Caramelized Shallot Omelette
    Nantucket Cranberry Cake

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