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|For a long time information about the various foods enjoyed by vegetarians floated around in bits and pieces. When it at last became evident to me that there was a real need for a vegetarian compendium, something like the Joy of Cooking or Madeleine Kamman’s tombe, The Making of a Cook, where all the parts could be gathered under one cover, I saw that I’d have to write it myself. It took seven years, and it’s called Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
This best-seller soup-to-nuts volume with 1400 recipes is intended for anyone who wants to eat more vegetables (and other plant foods) without necessarily adopting a vegetarian life style as well as for committed vegetarians and even vegans. As with the cooking at Greens, I wanted to take vegetarian food beyond its then stodgy image to offer recipes that were bright, delicious, and accessible. As a cooking teacher, I knew it was important for people to have a grasp of basic information if they were to feel at ease cooking, so my goal was to be a friendly voice of encouragement. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was written not only to provide a wealth of interesting recipes, but to inform the reader about the process of cooking. Throughout the book, the recipes proceed from simple to complex. All categories of food are covered, including breads and desserts. The book also introduces new varieties of vegetables to the reader.
People often refer to it as “The Bible” or “your big orange book.” Despite the cover portrait, I’m not the vegetarian dominatrix. It’s really all about the vegetables.
Winner of a James Beard Award and the Julia Child’s Cookbook of the Year.
What people are saying
“Deborah Madison’s book is utterly credible and accessible, because she writes the same way she cooks and gardens: with passion and knowledge. It’s not just an authoritative and reliable vegetarian cookbook, it’s a humanitarian one, too, because she communicates so well the beauty of a sustainable way of cooking and eating.” – Alice Waters, Chez Panisse
“Believe me when I tell you that Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone has changed my life. I am not a vegetarian, but your techniques, your common-sense combinations and the simplicity of so many of your recipes have elevated my cooking in my my friends’ eyes. They taste a simple seasonal dish, such as eggplant baked with feta and tomatoes and are mystified as to what’s in it. I will not tell. I simply push the book at them and say, ‘It changed my life. It can change yours.’ ” – from a reader