New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant Summary

New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant

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Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York, has been a flourishing establishment since the early 1970’s, when vegetarian cooking became popular. The restaurant was founded as a collective and remains so today. American cooks first learned about Moosewood in 1974, when collective member Mollie Katzen published THE MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK, a compendium of recipes from the restaurant’s first four years. Now, thirteen years later, the collective is publishing a second cookbook. Fans of the first volume will notice some immediate differences. Katzen is no longer at Moosewood, and her distinctive hand-lettered, hand-illustrated style is not a feature of the new book, but the emphasis on well-prepared, tasty vegetarian food and fish dishes remains. Drawing on exotic ingredients ranging from the North African grain called couscous to the Japanese wine named mirin and mixing them with well-known fruits, vegetables, and grains, the collective provides examples of their culinary triumphs.

There are soups, salads, main dishes, breads, and desserts, as well as recipes for sandwiches, spreads, sauces, and condiments. Almost every national cuisine imaginable is represented, from Greek, French, Jewish, Italian, and Scandinavian to Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, West African, and Indian. Directions for the recipes are clear, concise, and easy to follow. There is also an excellent glossary of unusual ingredients and cooking terms.

It is important to remember that vegetarian is not synonymous with low-calorie. Most of the recipes are rather rich. Ingredients such as cream, honey, and various sugars and oils are prevalent. Individuals on restricted diets would not find very many appropriate recipes here. On the other hand, this is an outstanding cookbook for the vegetarian cook who is ready to go beyond basic recipes and experiment with combinations of new ingredients and try the vegetarian specialties of various ethnic cuisines. NEW RECIPES FROM MOOSEWOOD RESTAURANT should delight all good cooks who enjoy preparing tasty meals.