Passionate Vegetarian

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Passionate Vegetarian

Introducing a new voice in vegetarian cooking. Packed with 1,000 recipes that are seductive, sexy, and utterly delicious, Passionate Vegetarian covers all the bases of meatless cooking, from east (Stir Fry of Asparagus with Black Bean-Ginger Sauce), west (Talk of the Town Barbecued Tofu), from the Mediterranean (Swiss Chard with Raisins, Onions & Olives) to the American South (Black-Eyed Pea Ragovt). You’ll find lush lasagnas; plump pierogies; bountiful burgers, beans, and breads; pleasing pasta

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  1. Midwest Book Review says:
    73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A splendid memorial to the rich culinary life, December 4, 2002
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    Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) –

    This review is from: Passionate Vegetarian (Paperback)

    Passionate Vegetarian: More Than 1,000 Robust Recipes With Notes On Cooking, Eating, Loving, And Living Fearlessly is one of those ”bible” type of vegetarian cookbooks that contains so much more than recipes that it is almost an invitation to live, or to live more fully. Almost overwhelming in its 1000 plus pages, it is dauntlessly studded with jewel-like recipes within recipes for special sauces, seasonings, condiments and exotic blends.

    Author/creator Crescent Dragonwagon is the famed Vegetarian chef and owner of the former celebrated Bed and Breakfast establishment Dairy Hollow Inn in Eureka, Missouri. Though it is now a writer’s retreat, many remember fondly the days of its other operation which saw the evolution of many of the succulent recipes contained in Passionate Vegetarian. I never was lucky enough to be a guest there, but I had a friend who did with her husband and never stopped raving about the place and the food.

    Chock full of delicious vegetarian classic recipes, Passionate Vegetarian is that wonderful composite, a cookbook designed to educate. Though you might be looking for, say, the definitive recipe for a garbanzo bean stew, when you arrive at the recipe entitled “Spice-Market Melange of Chickpeas and Cauliflower” in the chapter entitled “A Bountiful Bowl of Beans,” you absolutely cannot help reading page after page about “Bean Diversity, “”Beans and Grains,” “The Three Sisters (beans, corn and squash),” and more. Divided into fifteen exciting chapters, each crammed with scrumptious recipes and suggestions, Passionate Vegetarian covers all things vegetarian from hors d’oeuvres, to soups, stews, savory cobblers, wraps, beans, soyfoods, savory cakes, burgers and patties, to sauces, salsas and seasonings. And of course the grand finale of Just Desserts contains such gems as Triple-Caress Moch Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hazelnut Biscotti, and Ginger Sorbet. However my absolute favorite new recipe that I tried and fought with my husband over the division of was Roasty-Toasty Jerusalem Artichokes, a simple recipe made with Jerusalem artichokes, vegetable oil, and tamari sauce. Clearly, Chef Dragonwagon is unafraid of simple combinations and doing more with less, as well as complex and palate- teasing adventurous dishes, for which she must be justifiably famous. I really cannot rave enough about this cookbook.

    It is a classic, a “must-have”, and destined to become a favorite of vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. It is all the more enriched by the author’s marvelous sense of humour and her willingness to share her history. I am very sorry to learn of the sudden death of her husband Ned November 30, 2000. Passionate Vegetarian stands as a splendid memorial to the rich culinary life they shared as vegetarians.

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  2. Poet in the City says:
    43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Destined to Become THE Cookbook of the 21st Century, November 15, 2002
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    Poet in the City (Baltimore, MD) –

    This review is from: Passionate Vegetarian (Hardcover)

    Vegetarian diets are becoming more popular as nutritional concerns arise and environmental awareness increases, and vegetarian cookbooks are a perfect gift for anyone who has a new domicile or simply loves to eat. In fact, Crescent Dragonwagon has crafted a cookbook so generous and intriguing that I think it would inspire anyone to roll up their sleeves and create a meal. Vegetarian meals are not for vegetarians only anymore!

    Dragonwagon takes into account the time and budgetary constraints under which the typical reader may be living and gives wonderful suggestions about how making a little extra of one recipe will be such a time-saver when creating a new dish later in the week. She gives all kinds of anecdotal information about the recipes. I am reading the book cover-to-cover, honestly, because it’s so interesting and fun. It conveniently stays flat while you’re cooking from it, too– amazing that all cookbook publishers haven’t caught on to this trick yet.

    This is the most accessible cookbook I have ever read, and at over 1100 pages and 1000+ recipes, the cover price is an incredible bargain. I predict that The Passionate Vegetarian will become the cooking tome passed from generation to generation and will have a venerated place in kitchens all over the world.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Vegetarian Cookbook Ever, March 5, 2003
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Passionate Vegetarian (Hardcover)

    This book is a must for every vegetarian (and vegan, too) out there who spends time in the kitchen wondering what to do about the next meal. I am not a total vegetarian and, to be honest, I tend to be a very lazy cook, but the recipes in “The Passionate Vegetarian” are clear and simple enough for even someone like me to follow…and the taste rewards are enormous. Crescent Dragonwagon has convinced me that I don’t have to rely on a rather bland diet to eat meatless meals, and she has dishes here that stack up better than anything I’ve enjoyed at the homes of great vegetarian cooks and the best vegetarian restaurants. I am kind of a picky eater, but there is so much in this golconda of vegetarian delights that I could probably eat these meals the rest of my life. This book has made a great gift for my vegetarian friends and relatives (hint: if you give this to them, they will cook up some of Crescent’s delights for you!). Try the sweet potatoes with Grand Mariner in orange cups and you’ll never forget it. The cabbage/apple kugel is to die for, as is the deviled corn and tomato pudding. If I were rich enough to hire a full-time cook, this is the one cookbook I’d give to that person. For vegetarians, a must — for everyone who loves food, it’s also wonderful. And the author’s wry and profound reflections on life are an added bonus. Great writing, great cooking and great eating!

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