Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.  Deborah Madison is to vegetarian cooking what Julia Child is to French cooking—a demystifier and definitive guide to the subject. After years of teaching and writing, she realized there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone teaches readers how to infuse vegetable dishes with flavor, how to create vegetable stocks, and how to choose, care for, and cook the numerous vegetables available today. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is Deborah Madison’s magnum opus in every way, with over 1,400 recipes suitable for committed vegetarians, vegans (in the majority of cases), and anyone who enjoys good food. Nonvegetarians can enjoy the recipes alongside meat, fish, or fowl as part of a truly contemporary way of eating that emphasizes vegetables and fruits for health and well-being.

The most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published is Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. The recipes, which range from appetizers to desserts, are bright and inventive while also being familiar and comforting. Madison introduces readers to inventive salads for the main course, warm and cold soups, vegetable braises and cobblers, golden-crusted gratins, Italian classics such as pasta, polenta, pizza, and risotto, savory tarts and galettes, grilled sandwiches and quesadillas, and creative dishes made with grains and heirloom beans. The A-to-Z vegetable chapter is the book’s centerpiece, describing the distinct personalities of commonly available vegetables, the sauces and seasonings that pair best with them, and the simplest ways to prepare them. “Becoming a Cook” teaches the fundamentals of cooking, from holding a knife to planning a menu, while “Foundations of Flavor” discusses how to add flavor and character to meatless dishes using sauces, herbs, spices, oils, and vinegars. Each chapter contains recipes ranging from everyday fare to special occasion fare. And throughout it all, Madison demonstrates a practical and inspiring approach to cooking.

Despite its emphasis on meatless cooking, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is not just for vegetarians; it is for anyone interested in developing a creative, healthful, and passionate approach to vegetable cooking. The recipes are deceptively simple, utilizing readily available ingredients in inventive combinations. Some are straightforward, while others are more involved, but all are written with the seasonality of produce in mind. Madison’s joyful and free-spirited approach to cooking will instill confidence and enthusiasm in you as you enter the kitchen. Whether you’re a first-time cook or a seasoned pro, this wonderful cookbook has something for everyone.