Thursday, December 18, 2014
Ten Speed Press; The 40th Anniversary edition (October 28, 2014) 248 pages
At some point in my time of blogging, I reviewed a vegetarian cookbook that I didn't like. It was full of ingredients that required me to visit a specialty store, and most likely shell out special amounts of money at the same time. A sweet lady commented at Amazon, and recommended Mollie's cookbooks. I made my way to Abebooks, and ordered two of them. I soon learned why she had recommended them. I was trilled to check out this 40th anniversary edition!
This is a super sweet cookbook, and if you have a vegetarian in your life, I assure you this would make an awesome gift. I very much wish I'd known of this book when I first became a vegetarian 16(ish) years ago. It might have turned me into a healthier vegetarian! ;)
There are precious doodles and drawings all over the pages. They're simple, so they don't overwhelm or take away from the recipes. They give the book an old fashioned and personal feel. Between the doodles and the font, one could easily imagine it was written just for them from a friend or grandmother. It's super sweet! Other than these doodles, there are no pictures. I'll be the first to admit that I like pictures in cookbooks, but with this one it doesn't bother me at all.
Even better, though, is the fact that all the recipes include normal ingredients that most people already have in their kitchen or could easily get without breaking the bank(any more than food, in general, will, anyway). Flipping through, the only thing I didn't recognize was caraway seeds. (I realize that confession might have some eyes rolling.) There are recipes for basic things, like cornbread, but there's also lots of different food combinations to try, like Spicy Eggplant Relish and Asparagus-Mushroom Sauce. There are also little recommendations for what recipes will go best with. For example, the Asparagus-Mushroom Sauce will go great with pasta, crepes, rice, and even inside an omelette. I appreciate these recommendations, because otherwise, I wouldn't know what to do with it!
The only negative thing I have to say about the book, and I won't hold it against anyone too much, is the fact that there isn't a bookcover, and it's super textured. Sometimes I wonder whether to mention things like this, but there has to be others like me! (Who knows. Maybe someone can finally recommend something to help it. :D) There are certain textures that hurt me terribly to touch or hear. It's gotten worse with age, and I've considered wearing gloves! It feels as though my insides are being twisted together, and it's hard to deal with and hard to get over in some cases. When this book arrived, I was horribly disappointed to see the texture. It sat on my counter too long, with me looking at it out of the corner of my eyes with fear. I finally realized I could buy a book cover. I made my way to Wal-Mart and grabbed a few from the school supply section that were on clearance for a quarter. Much better! ;) I still wish it came with a book cover, but not having one DOES give it a more old fashioned feel, which I could appreciate more if not for my issues.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, whether you're vegetarian or not!
*I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition