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"Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook" is your definitive cookbook for vegetarians with more than six hundred delicious recipes, including vegetarian classics, meatless variations of American favorites, international dishes, healthful desserts, and more--plus, tips on cooking techniques, types of vegetarian diets, and health concerns.


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"Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook" is your definitive cookbook for vegetarians with more than six hundred delicious recipes, including vegetarian classics, meatless variations of American favorites, international dishes, healthful desserts, and more--plus, tips on cooking techniques, types of vegetarian diets, and health concerns.

30 review for Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dixie Diamond

    I stumbled across this for $6 at Half-Price Books and consider it to have been a bargain. I like that this is such a basic, "boring", cookbook. It was written before exotic ingredients in vegetarian dishes got to be so fashionable, so almost everything in it is made from normal things that you can find at normal grocery stores. Seitan, shiitake mushrooms, and a few other things seem to be about the extent of the "offbeat-ness" of ingredients. I understand that a lot of people are looking for some I stumbled across this for $6 at Half-Price Books and consider it to have been a bargain. I like that this is such a basic, "boring", cookbook. It was written before exotic ingredients in vegetarian dishes got to be so fashionable, so almost everything in it is made from normal things that you can find at normal grocery stores. Seitan, shiitake mushrooms, and a few other things seem to be about the extent of the "offbeat-ness" of ingredients. I understand that a lot of people are looking for something more outlandish, but I usually can't find it and couldn't afford it if I did, so rearranging kitchen staples is OK by me. Besides, last time I checked, there is no law on the books that says you have to follow a recipe as written--use these as starting points and add your own twists. These seem to be pretty substantial recipes, too. It's not just rabbit food. Things could be substituted pretty easily and, of course, you could always add meat (sorry). The seasonings are often a little unexpected without being weird or requiring things that you're unlikely to have on hand in a pinch.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie Kenig

    While I'm not a vegetarian, I don't eat very much meat (and have "vegetarian days" so to speak). I have a hard time on those days feeling like I'm "eating right" by getting enough vegetable protein and the proper balance of nutrients. This book is excellent for non-vegetarians dipping their toes into the no-meat pool. The recipes are accessible, easy to prepare, and so good they make you forget you're eating vegetarian.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Doug Matthews

    This is a great vegetarian cookbook. For my first 7-8 years as a vegetarian we read Veg Times magazine every month and cooked its recommended recipes regularly. It was great when the book came out!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deb Oestreicher

    There are a lot of good recipes here but the cookbook is uneven. This should probably be expected for a cookbook that collects recipes from many issues of a magazine. The selection of recipes is large and comprehensive and recipes are organized into useful categories but they have apparently not been reviewed to make them consistent with each other. For example, one vegetable stock recipe says it can keep in the refrigerator for up to three days; another says it can keep for up to a week. There There are a lot of good recipes here but the cookbook is uneven. This should probably be expected for a cookbook that collects recipes from many issues of a magazine. The selection of recipes is large and comprehensive and recipes are organized into useful categories but they have apparently not been reviewed to make them consistent with each other. For example, one vegetable stock recipe says it can keep in the refrigerator for up to three days; another says it can keep for up to a week. There is no reason the two recipes wouldn't keep for the same amount of time. It is a better cookbook for poring through to get ideas than to use precisely as written. Many different (anonymous) recipe writers have contributed so there's not that feeling of trust you have when using a single-author cookbook.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angie Kennedy

    I'd really give it 3.5. It's got some good basic information in the front about research into the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, kitchen prep tips as you'd find in a solid, basic cookbook (similar to Joy of Cooking). However, the recipes seem skewed to lacto-vegetarians and I'm looking to reduce dairy more than eggs. There's a good variety of recipes, just not a lot of things I'd consider practical for my cooking habits.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather F

    This has been my go-to vegetarian cookbook for over a decade.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    It was a good start. To aim to eat less meat. Good read

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Text and philosophy in the beginning of the book were quite interesting. The recipes less so.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sally Pomeroy

    Urgg. I'm giving up on this one after only five recipes, even though I shopped for twelve. There were just too many problems with the recipes - even the good ones needed modification. I had a party to go to so I started out with an appetizer, Bermuda Onion Toasts. A slice of toasted baguette is topped with onions cooked in red wine with sage and thyme. It sounded unusual but appetizing, and i was cooking for a fairly sophisticated crowd. The recipe made way too much onion mixture, which was also Urgg. I'm giving up on this one after only five recipes, even though I shopped for twelve. There were just too many problems with the recipes - even the good ones needed modification. I had a party to go to so I started out with an appetizer, Bermuda Onion Toasts. A slice of toasted baguette is topped with onions cooked in red wine with sage and thyme. It sounded unusual but appetizing, and i was cooking for a fairly sophisticated crowd. The recipe made way too much onion mixture, which was also made up of long thin strings of onion, so I had to chop it all after cooking. Even though the flavor was good, with ten years of catering knowlegdge of what people will and won't eat at a party, I decided to put the onion mixture on top of neufchatel cheese. it got rave reviews. for cooking at home I was loking for recipes that used beans, grains, and or greens.All of the grain recipes, save one, are for rice. I guess that's an indicator of the age of the book. Moroccan vegetable soup was OK, there's not much to say about it. Indian Style Risotto came out pretty good, after cooking it 15 minutes longer than the directions, and adding something tart and salty, if i had had them on hand this would have been very good with pickled lemons. The vegetable stock recipe was Ok, not very appetizing. But the big disaster that turned me against the book was Twenty Minute Minestrone, which wasn't either. this is the kind of thing that gives health food a bed name. I tried cooking it longer, eventually up to two hours, but it never improved. The whole big pot, and I mean big, went down the garbage disposal. Now I can't look at any of the rest of the recipes I was going to try with anything other than dread. And since there's no fun material to read along with the recipes, this one goes in the yard sale box.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    "Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook", by Lucy Moll and Vegetarian Times, is a taste-filled tutorial feting the vegetarian lifestyle and offering a veritable veggie feast of over 600 recipes. It certainly lives up to being called "complete", fully explaining the various types of vegetarian eating, and also including invaluable health and nutrition information. The guide to stocking your pantry with staples and the menu planning suggestions are very helpful, especially if you are new to the vegeta "Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook", by Lucy Moll and Vegetarian Times, is a taste-filled tutorial feting the vegetarian lifestyle and offering a veritable veggie feast of over 600 recipes. It certainly lives up to being called "complete", fully explaining the various types of vegetarian eating, and also including invaluable health and nutrition information. The guide to stocking your pantry with staples and the menu planning suggestions are very helpful, especially if you are new to the vegetarian lifestyle. The recommended cooking methods and food preparation techniques will aide you in making the most of the meal ingredients. The book does not include a photo of each recipe, but there are two inserts of color photos of selected prepared meals which look very tempting. The hundreds of recipes cover all meal courses and provide nutrition information for each dish. Some highlights include: "Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Basil, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Parmesan"; "Garlic Toasts with Black Olive Tapenade"; "Classic Minestrone"; "Potato-Leek Soup"; "Antipasto Platter"; "Fennel-and-Red Onion Salad"; "Twenty-Minute Pasta Salad"; "Apple-Carrot-Pineapple Salad"; "Calzones with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Garlic"; "Eggplant Parmesan"; "Creole Vegetable and Red Bean Jambalaya"; "Good Shepherd's Pie"; "Garden Vegetable Quiche"; and many other recipes for individual side dishes. The dessert section is delectable: "Pears in Raspberry Sauce"; "Layered Berry Parfaits in Champagne Glasses"; "Grand Marnier Souffle"; "Chocolate Ricotta Cream"; "Maple Rum Rice Creme with Chocolate Sauce"; "Chocolate-Espresso Cake with Espresso Sauce"; and many desserts made with a wonderful variety of fruits.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Eh, this one is worth checking out at the library. My complaints: 1) Not enough pictures. I appreciate visuals when it comes to food I'm going to spend time and money preparing - I want to see a vision of the goal! 2) Typos! Several recipes had typos that left me scratching my head and rendered the recipe incomplete. 3) Too much reliance on "meat substitutes", which many omnivores don't care for. I guess if you're a vegetarian or vegan, tofu, seitan, tempeh and fake meat might be your staples. But Eh, this one is worth checking out at the library. My complaints: 1) Not enough pictures. I appreciate visuals when it comes to food I'm going to spend time and money preparing - I want to see a vision of the goal! 2) Typos! Several recipes had typos that left me scratching my head and rendered the recipe incomplete. 3) Too much reliance on "meat substitutes", which many omnivores don't care for. I guess if you're a vegetarian or vegan, tofu, seitan, tempeh and fake meat might be your staples. But the heavy emphasis on these products in most of the entree recipes makes the book less accessible to omnivore readers. The baked goods section was the most down-to-earth part of the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Includes a decent overview of the various reasons to eat vegetarian, including good articles about health and disease prevention and environmental concerns. Information on nutrition is up to date (disspells the protein combining myth)but not necessarily complete or accurate on all counts (if you are concerned about gluten in the diet do not rely on this book for accurate information or recipes). Recipes are varied and designed to apply to a wide variety of tastes and to tempt the cook with decad Includes a decent overview of the various reasons to eat vegetarian, including good articles about health and disease prevention and environmental concerns. Information on nutrition is up to date (disspells the protein combining myth)but not necessarily complete or accurate on all counts (if you are concerned about gluten in the diet do not rely on this book for accurate information or recipes). Recipes are varied and designed to apply to a wide variety of tastes and to tempt the cook with decadence (perhaps to prove the point that vegetarian food isn't just carrot sticks). However, if you are already a vegetarian, and looking to loose weight or get even healthier (like myself), these recipes probably won't do the trick.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This is my favorite veggie cookbook! Great diversity in recipes both ethnically and from a skill set level. There are awesome chapters about cooking both legumes and rice, giving cooking and soak times along with tips. All of the recipes have the calorie, protein, fat, carbs, etc. listed along with very honest serving amounts. Also most recipes have a "what to serve with or after" note in the description to help complete the meal, when you've never tried the dish. My Favorite? Lentil Burgers!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This cookbook is indeed what it's title suggests-complete....completely boring as well. There are a ton of vegetarian recipes here, but there's nothing new or exciting. If you need some basic recipes, this is a good cookbook for you, but if you like to live on the edge a little, splurge for Veganomicon. The beginning of this book contains a couple of chapters going into the reasons to be vegetarian and the types of vegetarians out there. I kept thumbing through the pages, trying to get to the par This cookbook is indeed what it's title suggests-complete....completely boring as well. There are a ton of vegetarian recipes here, but there's nothing new or exciting. If you need some basic recipes, this is a good cookbook for you, but if you like to live on the edge a little, splurge for Veganomicon. The beginning of this book contains a couple of chapters going into the reasons to be vegetarian and the types of vegetarians out there. I kept thumbing through the pages, trying to get to the part with the recipes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This particular copy I obtained from my mother. There is another copy on my shelf I need to return to a friend of mine who was gracious to lend it to me (well over 2 years ago). I like to read through it, figure out if I have any of the ingredients to some of the recipes. If not, I'll find substitutes online or test it out on my boyfriend for dinner. This book did help me start off my vegetarian lifestyle and enhance my palate. I will never 'finish' this book because I don't believe cookbooks ca This particular copy I obtained from my mother. There is another copy on my shelf I need to return to a friend of mine who was gracious to lend it to me (well over 2 years ago). I like to read through it, figure out if I have any of the ingredients to some of the recipes. If not, I'll find substitutes online or test it out on my boyfriend for dinner. This book did help me start off my vegetarian lifestyle and enhance my palate. I will never 'finish' this book because I don't believe cookbooks can be 'finished'.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I love getting Vegetarian Times magazines. They have great recipes that are usually seasonal and almost always interesting. That said, I haven't been overly impressed with this cook book. It could have used much better editing. I think I'd be better off relying on the Vegetarian Times Web site, which has a super recipe database.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    This has been a good starter for us as a family as my husband went vegetarian. There are some awesome black bean cakes in here with mango salsa! Even the kids liked them. I owned it many years before he made the leap but use it much more now!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really love the Vegetarian Times magazines and have found them to be excellent resources. As a result, this cookbook was sort of a let down. A lot of the recipes I have seen before. Additionally, I appreciate cookbooks that have pictures, and this book was severely lacking.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    OMG and Om Nom Nom!!! I may eat this book!!! Everything looks yummy!!!! Need to buy out the grocery store and get to cooking. I'm going to have to buy this one. Only downside - not enough pictures. Cookbooks must have pictures. Lots of them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amie

    Mostly use only a few recipes from this cookbook: Couscous pilaf with sun-dried tomatoes, tabouli, fettuccine alfredo, asparagus risotto with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, mushroom and wild-rice. I mostly use it for brainstorming and then find other versions of the recipes elsewhere.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    I miss Vegetarian Times, at least the way it was in the 90s and 00s. It's kind of lost it's focus in recent years. This cookbook still holds up, though, especially when you come back from the farmers markets having bought more than you know what to do with.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Solid, useful information and promotion of a vegetarian lifestyle. Helpful recipes. I am not a vegetarian but do like to eat a balanced diet with emphasis on a variety of delicious, healthy foods and this is a good resource.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    My "go to" book when I cook for my veggie friends. Good recipes include Good Shepherds Pie and the Lasagne.

  24. 4 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

    A very nice cookbook, sort of a 'joy of cooking' for vegetarians. But not one id use on a regular basis.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    pretty much every recipe you could ever think of...ever.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Lots of mango recipes found within the pages. A few pictures and a great index.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Simple ingredients, straight forward recipes... an idiots guide (which is perfect for this meal-in-a-box-cook). Not necessarily the most creative of cookbooks, but a good basic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andra

    The veggie-centric recipes sound excellent. Wish there were more pictures. Can't wait to try the baked egg rolls!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Basic and thorough. A good staple veggie cookbook. Lots of ethnic options.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Just pulled it out of storage. This is the book you need to read for advice on eating right as a vegetarian.

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