Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians

| January 6, 2012 | 3 Comments

Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians

There are a lot of compelling reasons to eat less meat these days, but the shift to a totally or even
partly vegetarian lifestyle is easier said than done for many beef, poultry, and fish lovers. In Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals, best-selling author Pam Anderson encourages readers to eat meat-free a day or two a week and makes it easy to do so with recipes for simple, fun vegetarian and vegan meals that are made from accessible, wholesome ingredients. To help readers prep their kitchens

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  1. Buck Eye "Uncle Ed" says:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Carnivore here!, November 11, 2011
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    Buck Eye “Uncle Ed” (Cincinnati, OH) –

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    This review is from: Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians (Hardcover)

    As a devout carnivore, I ordered this book because I have all six of Pam Anderson’s cookbooks including one personally autographed by the author at a cooking class I attended. Seeing many sneak previews of the book via USA Weekend and ThreeManyCooks, I knew the book would be great. I will never be a vegan (having grown up in the dairy industry), but I would like to reduce the amount of meat I eat. This book will make it easy.

    There is a multitude of “MASTER” recipes, each followed by a list of variations for one or more of the ingredients. This way, if you like the recipe, but don’t like a specific ingredient, there is a list of “alternatives”. Also, you may not have to run out and buy a specific item just to make the recipe. As with the author’s previous book on how to “cook without a book”, you probably will need to refer to the book to refresh your memory when making anything.

    The book is divided into two sections (1) Not Strickly for Breakfast, and (2) Fun Food for the Rest of the Day. The “breakfast” section contains wrap-and-runs, breakfast pizza, pancakes, scones, muffins, etc. The “rest of the day” has sections on salads, soups and stews, sandwiches, eggs and potatoes, pies for dinner (including quiche and veggie pizzas), etc. The last section has Italian, Asian and Mexican meals (pasta, risotto, stir-fries, and even a “taco bar”).

    The recipes are loaded with vegetables and you may be able to convince a vegetable-hater to actually enjoy vegetables for once. Many of the recipes call for vegetable stock and I was surprised that there was not a recipe for a home-made stock. The author does, however, recommend some brands. (Don’t tell anybody, but I bet you could substitute Ch..ken stock.)

    And yes, there are a very few recipes that include tofu, if you might want to try that item, (or skip over to another recipe that doesn’t). The recipes lack nutritional data, but this would almost be impossible due to the variations presented for the recipes. Most vegetables (except the starchy ones) are low in calories and the grains and legumes provide protein and essential amino acids. Although some of the recipes are vegan, I would not recommend this book to a vegan since many of the recipes call for dairy products or eggs.

    I definately will be making some of these recipes soon.

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  2. taffymom says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love this book!, November 21, 2011
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    This review is from: Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians (Hardcover)

    Just received my copy and I LOVE this book! I’ve been trying to eat more meatless meals and with my carnivore-loving husband that hasn’t been easy. This book provides so many great ideas for meatless meals that are easy, use ingredients I usually have in the house and, most importantly, sound do-able and delicious! I have a huge cookbook collection and of course I normally fall back on the same 20 or so standards. I love that this book gives you lots of great ideas, more like blueprints, rather than recipes. I can’t wait to get cooking!

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  3. Dali Mama says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
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    Two Thumbs Up From This Carnivorous Family, November 11, 2011
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    Dali Mama (Overseas) –
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    Yes, I bought a book to teach me how to cook without one. I’m a big fan of Pam Anderson and book or not, she is always welcome on my bookshelf. Even though this is a meatless cookbook, the receipes are hearty enough that a family like ours wouldn’t miss the meat. Some of my favortie recipes are Creamed Chipped Veggies on Toast, Spinach Meatball Subs, Potato-Feta Gyros, and “Meaty” Asian Stir Fry. I’m very happy with this purchase – thanks!

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