The Occasional Vegetarian

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The Occasional Vegetarian

100 Delicious Dishes That Put Vegetables at the Center of the Plate

By Elaine Louie

Hyperion Books, Paperback, 9781401310363, 265pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2011


In The Occasional Vegetarian, Elaine Louie provides pieces from her popular New York Times column, "The Temporary Vegetarian," which features recipes from a wide variety of chefs who reveal the vegetarian dishes they like to cook at their restaurants and at home. You'll find a recipe for cranberry bean and kale soup from one chef's mother; an almond grape "white" gazpacho recipe brought back from Catalonia, Spain; and an endive cheese tart inspired by a Frenchwoman who one cook and his wife met aboard a train. Other tempting recipes include Catalan-Style Radicchio and White Beans; Persian Herb Frittata; Corn Fritters; Chana Punjabi (Chickpea Stew); Leek Tart with Oil-Cured Olives; Fragrant Mushroom Spring Rolls, Wrapped in Lettuce Cups; and Sugar Snap Pea Salad. Louie proves that cooking meat-free is not only easy, but also incredibly tasty and satisfying.

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Praise For The Occasional Vegetarian

"This outstanding volume proves that vegetables can steal the show."—Publishers Weekly

"Lovers of good food have enjoyed Elaine Louie's column, 'The Temporary Vegetarian,' for the chef-created recipes and omnivore-approved dishes. Now all the recipes are in one place, making this book a valuable asset for any cook, regardless of diet style."—Robin Asbell, author of New Vegetarian