The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone inBetween

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The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone inBetween

Peter Berley’s inspired menus in The Flexitarian Table teach you how to accommodate different tastes and dietary choices.   If you’re a home cook faced with the challenge of feeding both staunch vegetarians and passionate meat lovers in a single meal, you’re well on your way to becoming a flexitarian. The simple, flavorful recipes in The Flexitarian Table show how to prepare vegetarian and meat versions of one dish at the same time without going to any extra trouble. Roast a succulent, crisp ch

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Learn how to prepare quick, satisfying, healthful midday meals for all those brown baggers in your household-meals that are economical to make, good for your waistline and guaranteed to provide you with the energy you need to carry you through the rest of the day.

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  1. Danielle McClellan says:
    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Inspired Menus for Meat Eaters and Vegetarians, November 13, 2007
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    Danielle McClellan (Bellingham, WA, United States) –
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    This review is from: The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone inBetween (Hardcover)

    My neighbor Lola and I have a great thing going. She cooks for both families on Tuesdays and I cook on Wednesdays so that we each get the luxury of a good meal delivered to our door one night a week. We both rely on fresh, organic whole foods, but Lola’s family is vegetarian and my family eats meat. I was first drawn to this book because Peter Berley provides easy menus that incorporate both meat and vegetarian options. Once I began cooking his amazing recipes, however, I discovered that my own family enjoyed the vegetarian dishes as much as they did the meat. Instructions are straightforward and intelligent and so far I have received nothing but rave reviews for every dish I have cooked from this book, including the Risotto-Style Fregola with Chard and Feta Cheese, the Mache and Pea Shoot Salad with Baby Beets, the Spicy Lentils with Pumpkin and Greens over Couscous, the Spicy Roasted Winter Squash, and the Toasted Millet Pilaf. Berley cooks the way we like to eat: big flavors, and lots of greens, grains, and vegetables, with cheese and dairy used in moderation to add punch to a dish. Although my kitchen shelves are packed with terrific cookbooks, these days I find myself turning to the Flexitarian Table again and again.

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  2. Shelley says:
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What a great cookbook!, July 11, 2007
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    Shelley (Old New York) –

    This review is from: The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone inBetween (Hardcover)

    I absolutely love this book. Peter Berley cooks exactly the way I want to eat — mostly but not totally vegetarian, using occasional meat but more like a side dish or condiment, and concentrating on what is fresh, local, and in season. It just seems like the healthiest as well as the most delicious food.

    The recipes are clear and easy to follow, the photos are gorgeous, and I love the personal and informal way he writes — it really feels like chatting with a friend while you prepare dinner together. The useful little asides with hints from his experience as a chef come just when you can use them. Great!

    I can imagine this book being the perfect gift for anybody with different food preferences in their home — makes it easy to prepare one meal for the strict vegetarians and everyone else to all enjoy together.

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  3. SeaShell says:
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    Love the concept, wish for more, November 2, 2010
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    SeaShell (WI USA) –

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    This review is from: The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone inBetween (Hardcover)

    As a vegetarian, who sometimes cheats and eats fish, and who cooks for a house of omnivores, this book seemed like an answer for my ‘please-let-me-think-of-something-for-dinner’ prayers.

    I loved the idea of pre-planned meals that fit the way my family eats. I loved the mouth-watering photos, and the yummy-sounding recipes. I loved the seasonal menus.

    But in the two months I’ve had this book, I’ve used it twice and I’m not dying to cook out of it again. Both times, some of the recipes were hits and some were misses. Mostly, though, the recipes are just a little too involved, take a little too much time, and use too many ingredients to rely on for weekday meals. And with only a handful of menus for each season, there really aren’t that many things to try in a three month period if you want to cook seasonally.

    I’d love to see a second version with a similar concept, but greatly simplified menus and more menus per season. I don’t want Rachel Ray – I want to cook from scratch – but I do need something I can throw together in a little closer to 30 minutes.

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  4. Mimerki "mimerki" says:
    38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    A good natural foods cookbook, but not a lunchbox cookbook, October 22, 1998
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    This review is from: The Natural Lunchbox: Vegetarian Meals for School, Work, and Home (Paperback)

    “The Natural Lunchbox” is a somewhat deceptive title for this book. The recipes are very “natural”; no eggs, no dairy, no refined sugar, lots of soy and sea vegetables. However, most of them would not go in a “lunchbox” especially well. The book contains the standard mix of recipes, including birthday party and brunch sections.

    In any case, the recipes look pretty tasty. Each recipe comes with a nutrional analysis and the book is full of nutrional facts and food quotes. Brown has some very creative ideas for getting kids to eat healthy foods, including lunches.

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  5. Chinta says:
    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Not Actually a Lunch Book At ALL, October 26, 2009
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    Mimerki “mimerki” (Port Orchard, WA United States) –

    This review is from: The Natural Lunchbox: Vegetarian Meals for School, Work, and Home (Paperback)

    The recipes are uninspired (do you really need a recipe for adding things to canned baked beans?), only vaguely lunch-y (and what do I do with 9 servings of lasagna for “lunch”?), and too large when lunch-oriented (I don’t need 4 sandwiches, I need 1 or 2). Ingredients can be remarkably vague (“marinated seitan”–marinated in what? will any marinated seitan do or should I be looking for something a bit more specific?).

    It looks rather like someone had a passable vegetarian cookbook and decided to try to make it fit into a lunchbox. Sadly, it’s not a great vegetarian cookbook to begin with and the lunch theme falls apart very quickly.

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  6. Anonymous says:
    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Natural Lunchbox., August 28, 2008
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    Chinta (California City, CA, United States) –
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    This review is from: The Natural Lunchbox: Vegetarian Meals for School, Work, and Home (Paperback)

    Neat little cook book. So many wonderful fresh, and easy to prepare lunch ideas. Small portions for just yourself or two. The author really covers a large variety of various types of dish, patties, sauces, etc. If your looking for quick and easy this is a good place to begin.

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