Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook
275 Hearty and Healthy Meat-Free Recipes for Burgers,
Steaks, Stews, Chilis, Casseroles, Pot Pies, Curries,
Pizza, Pasta and Other Stick-to-Your-Ribs Favorites
By Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press)
Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook is for
copycats. It's not for vegetarians who pride themselves
on preparing chunks of sauteed tofu over brown rice
or platters of simmered seaweed, but rather folks
who want a pretend steak, burger or BLT (in this case,
made with tempeh, a fermented soybean cake).
nothing wrong with playing pretend, and in terms of
this book, it's often delicious and does have the
potential to draw many health-conscious diners into
the fold who would run the other way if presented
with a bowl of kelp.
knew this kind of strategy worked years ago the moment
I replaced crumbled sausage with crumbled meat substitute
I had seasoned just like sausage in puff pastry and
served it to "oohs" and "ahhs"
as an appetizer to unsuspecting guests. I've been
doing just those kinds of things ever since and so
has author Robin Robertson, a former chef and vegetarian
means you'll draw "oohs" and "ahhs"
for your Cajun Red Bean Burgers that are able to do
their apt imitation due, not only to the beans, but
to coarsely chopped pecans, minced onions, bread crumbs
and Tabasco, or a veal-like Marsala dish that's actually
made with seitan ("wheat meat"), or "Sausage"
Submarine Sandwiches made with meat substitute.
mouthwatering trail through the book shows Robertson
fulfills her promise: The hundreds of recipes make
the grade as hearty comfort foods.