Thursday, August 9, 2012

Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook

Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook Cover

52 tried and true menus, one for each week of a year, make it easy to use this cookbook to plan for your own Meatless Monday. Chef Kim O'Donnel, an avowed meat lover, was inspired to create this cookbook by the chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, who stated that, if there was one thing an average person can do to help the planet, it's not recycling or driving a hybrid car, but rather eating less meat. Add in the fact that Mario Batali, celebrity chef and notorious for celebrating every bit of animal, instituted Meatless Monday in all 14 of his restaurants. She decided to give it a try.

If you're new to vegetarian eating, or hesitant to enter a world you are unfamiliar with, O'Donnel provides a handy-dandy "Meatless Pantry Lexicon" that is very thorough and chock full of great information. Pretty much everything you need to know to get started is included.

The book is divided into the 4 seasons, with recipes that reflect the type of food one might each at that time of year. From simple and recognized dishes like Rocket Lasagna, to the more exotic pistachio-raisin rice pilaf, the variety is endless. Though it sounds time-consuming, one recipe I'd love to try is Tofu Barbecue, which is prepared similarly to smoked ribs on the grill. Sounds amazing.

Most of the ingredients seem to be available locally, though some things might need searching and, for some readers, might involve ordering over the Internet. The cooking processes are familiar and should be within the reach of the average cook, making this a relatively kid-friendly cookbook as well.

Since it's vegetarian, there are still plenty of recipes that include cheese and eggs, though there are vegan options as well. Check out a recipe we tried this coming Meatless Monday.

Kim O'Donnel

For more than a decade, journalist and chef Kim O'Donnel has dispensed cooking advice at numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Culinate and USA Today. Her first book, The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook, was published in 2010. The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations is scheduled to release in October. Kim eats meat, just not as much as she used to. That’s her story, and she’s sticking to it.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of the Da Capo Lifelong Books. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the book a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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