Way to Cook Vegetarian – cookbook review

ISBN 0-8487-3366-5 published by Oxmoor House

As a rule, I avoid things with the words ‘light,’ in them. I am completely uninterested in a sparse meal. Simple? Yes! But light? Hell No! Never-the-less This cookbook first published in 2010 is quickly becoming my favorite Vegetarian cookbook. I love it!

Its got a full-page photo for each recipe and additional step by step pictures when needed, perfect for visually oriented people. But that’s not all, the recipe selections offered are all so appealing it’s hard to choose just one thing to make.

That grilled zucchini pizza which can be seen on the bottom right cover for example was fabulous!

To be fair, some things in it proved to be duds. Take for example Buddha’s Delight with tofu. The picture looked great. The food was displayed in a bright red chinese take-out box. The steps of creating this meal were burdensome only to discover the complete and total lack of flavor in the meal. Yes, I was taken in by that red display box. They needed it, otherwise it would have been obvious the meal was tasteless. To be fair, a true Buddhist would have been delighted. They are not a people who flavor their meals and eat a very simple fare.

BUT don’t let my criticism dissuade you. This book rocks! Here is what it says on the inside jacket cover. ” For the first time, Cooking Light brings together in one book all the essential techniques for creating delicious, healthy vegetarian meals that you can enjoy every day.” “.. a celebration of all the plant world has to offer.”

And a celebration it is, with over 400 full color well-organized pages. Many of the recipes in this blog will come from this book.

As this is a short entry, it needs some fleshing out. How bout a video? This video is super cool. I could watch it over and over. Indeed, I had to in order to understand it. Beautiful and more than a little disturbing.

My favorite part of the video is those two lovers having passionate sex, engaged in the act of creating a new universe. But also how about that falling helicopter? Heralding in a glorious cacophony of destruction. I searched and found three conflicting english translations of the lyrics but decided in the end, this video speaks for itself. No translation needed. Is it scary? Is it weird? Is it wonderful? Notice the new life at the end there?

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