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What kind of cookbook is Herbivoracious?
Michael Natkin’s new cookbook Herbivoracious is a collection of vegetarian recipes meant to please diners who are not devoted vegetarians. Some draw from Mexican and Middle Eastern traditions which have always had many meatless dishes, while others utilize fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally to provide flavorful meals. All of the recipes have been tested by Natkin and vetted through his blog Herbivoracious.
Is this cookbook easy to use?
Because Natkin asks the cook to prepare fresh previously-unprocessed foods in specific ways that will result in attractive presentations as well as delicious dishes, the honest answer is “No.” The cook will spend time peel, slicing, and making sauces, but it will be time well-spent, especially if family or friends participate.
Can you easily buy the ingredients for the recipes?
Getting the ingredients from farmers markets and specialty grocers is part of the fun. Natkin describes some of the more frequently used items at the front of the book, including mirin, panko, pomegranate molasses, and preserved lemons. Readers will also find that the author calls for nori seaweed, shiso leaves, and buckwheat soba.
What is special about this cookbook?
Natkin strives for unique and distinctive flavors in dishes served with flair. Color photographs make all the dishes look enticing. He hopes that many of the dishes will be served to guests while entertaining.
What recipes from this cookbook do you want to try?
Cheddar-battered Onion Rings, page 54
Potato and Green Bean Salad with Arugula Pesto, page 122
Roasted Purple Cauliflower with Sherry Vinaigrette, page 254
Sesame-orange Sablé Cookies, page 289.
Review by Rick