Holiday times can be tough for plant based eaters - nothing feeling like a pesky, unwanted visitor to the holiday feast. On the flip side, many omnivore hosts feel pressure to make everyone feel welcome, but don't know where to turn. Enter Lora Krulak, and her book, Veggies For Carnivores: Moving Vegetables to the Center of the Plate (Cleveland, OH: Changing Lives Press, 2012).
From engaging stories to simple recipes, this is definitely not a threatening book with unusual kitchen gadgets or hard to find ingredients. Her goal in writing this book "is to celebrate the flavors, health benefits, and, yes, the beauty of vegetables." She certainly does that!
Base ingredients and tips on choosing a blender lead into the rest of the book, recipes that can build on each other or be eaten on their own. While each recipe contains ingredient measures and step by step directions, Krulak urges experimentation, improvisation, and substitution of alternative ingredients.
As a dedicated vegetarian and vegan-wannabe, this book truly surprised me. Rather than the typical side dishes and endless salads of other cookbooks aimed at omnivores, Krulak's world travels and flair for ingredients (and their more common substitutes) make veggies look exciting. Leafing through the recipes and reading her stories make me want to rush out to buy a mandoline, roast some garlic for later, try a blended raw salad and then just keep going to the next recipe.
This book is not just for the holidays, however. Simple and tasty recipes will be a hit with all eaters -- highly recommended addition to your kitchen library!
About the Author: Lora Krulak is a nutritional muse who blends culinary adventure with dietary soundness. Inspired by global flavors and exotic spices, she focuses on giving people the tools and understanding to create a healthy, vegetable-centric lifestyle . . . without the need to become a vegetarian. Her background includes training at ICE Culinary Cooking School, being an international private nutritional chef and lifestyle coach, working at top New York restaurants, and teaching yoga. In addition, she has traveled the world—from India, Bali, and Thailand to Turkey, The Middle East, Australia, and Southern Europe—and brings the stories, recipes, and cooking techniques she learned and perfected overseas to all homes.
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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Lora Krulak. 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.
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