Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet Reviews

| January 13, 2012 | 3 Comments

Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet

“Nava Atlas has solutions for maintaining sophisticated flavors in the dishes she creates and still manages to keep the ingredients healthy.” —Cooking Light

Eating healthfully is a challenge for those with fast-paced lives. In The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet, Nava Atlas pares meal preparation down to the essentials, using just a few high-quality ingredients in each delicious dish. Focusing on whole foods and fresh produce (with a little help from convenient natural sauces and co

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  1. Melanie Wilson "mongoliamel" says:
    155 of 156 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A treasure of a cookbook!, August 19, 2002
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    This review is from: Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet (Paperback)

    Hooray! This is the cookbook for which I have been waiting. In fact, if you are vegetarian or vegan, you have very likely been waiting for it, too. It truly has wide appeal. Whether you are a veggie teen, an active and over-committed adult, or a senior citizen wanting to keep it simple (as in easy), you will enjoy and value Nava Atlas’ book as much as I do. There is so much I love about it, and only two things I would change; but they are teensy-weensy criticisms. First, about the recipes: true to her word, Ms. Atlas has somehow managed to create 250 recipes, each with five or less ingredients. You will find familiar stand-bys, as well as new and imaginative dishes. Looking for a hummus recipe? It’s in there. How about veggie pizza? It’s in there, too (twelve pages of pizza recipes-delicioso!) Do you enjoy a comforting, nourishing soup? Yep; you will find that, too, in “Chapter 1: Simplicity in a Soup Pot.” What about tofu? I have been eating tofu regularly for nearly ten years now. You can imagine that my favorite tofu recipes no longer create much excitement at the dining table. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for an addition to my tofu repertoire. Was I ever excited to find an entire chapter (“Chapter 5: Essential Soy”) devoted solely to tofu recipes! That’s where I headed first.
    There is so much more to The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet than recipes. If your mantra is, “I don’t have [pick one or more] a) the time, b) the inclination, c) the know-how to successfully prepare a vegetarian or vegan meal,” have no fear. Ms. Atlas has done all the thinking and the work (except the cooking, of course), including a complete shopping list for stocking your cupboards, menu suggestions for each and every recipe, a menu-planning guide, and nutritional statistics. There are even shopping list and planning forms that you may reproduce over and over again. My absolutely favorite thing about this book is that every chapter-indeed, nearly every page-includes interesting and fascinating information about the various recipe ingredients. Ms. Atlas has also provided numerous helpful hints regarding preparation. Remember the two teensy-weensy criticisms I had about The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet? One is that it has no color inside. I think it deserves more pizzazz than shades of gray. The other is that it is not in hardcover, and I fear this treasure of a cookbook will wear out long before I am ready. …

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  2. Mary Pagendam-Turner "Mary PT" says:
    82 of 83 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Lives up to its promise, April 28, 2003
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    Mary Pagendam-Turner “Mary PT” (Chapel Hill, Queensland Australia) –

    This review is from: Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet (Paperback)

    I bought this book because as a busy Mum and new vegetarian I needed some pointers on easy healthy cooking. However, I just didn’t find many of the recipes appealing. I was also put off by the fact that, though each recipe has five ingredients or less, in order to make a balanced meal, you need to use three or four of the recipes. That’s probably fine for a lot of people, but I find that overwhelming to co-ordinate. However, I do think that, for what it is, it lives up to it’s promise. It is a book of uncomplicated healthy recipes for busy people. I find it best as a jumping off point – a place to get ideas that I can jazz up with my own touches. However I think it is most likely to star as my husbands favourite cookbook. He is a fairly inexperienced cook who is striving to become more self-reliant in the kitchen. He finds the long lists of ingredients and detailed instructions in most of my cookbooks overwhelming (as would I if I didn’t know how to cut corners) and finds the idea of cooking from this book more acceptable. I hope he starts soon! 😉

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  3. "mr_ducati" says:
    64 of 64 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What a great cookbook!, June 24, 2001
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    “mr_ducati” (Memphis, TN United States) –

    This review is from: Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet (Paperback)

    I have been vegetarian(ovo-lacto) for over 10 years and I have plenty of vegetarian cookbooks, but this one will be a big workhorse in my kitchen. I am a mom and I work outside the home as well, and this book has given me hope and inspiration to get out of the “sandwich-pizza-frozen dinner” slump that I’ve been in. All the recipes in this book call for only 5 ingredients, but there are endless ways that you can change or add to the recipes. I made two of the recipes tonight and both came out really well (Cabbage, Carrot & Apricot Slaw and Red Pepper and Corn Quesadillas). Also, the prep didn’t take that much time or require a lot of clean up. Many recipes can be made using fresh convienience foods like pre-shredded or chopped veggies and canned broth and tomatoes. There are a few recipes for kids and also menu suggestions for dinner, parties and potlucks. I think that this is a very well thought out addition to anyone’s kitchen library.

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