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Vegetarian Planet

Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons
350 Big-Flavor Recipes for Out-Of-This-World Food Every Day

In this soulful celebration of tasty and inventive food, author Didi Emmons combines a passion for culinary adventure with a love for the honest pleasures of home cooking. Full of farm-fresh produce ripe for the eating, hearty grains that warm the soul, and a whole world of new spices and flavors, they promise boundless pleasures for the everyday table


With virtually every eater eager to reduce the amount of cholesterol and other saturated fats in everyday diets, vegetarian cooking is gaining new adherents. Emmons' vegetarian cookbook distinguishes itself from other similar current offerings by presenting recipes for complex creations that make vegetarianism more attractive than cooking found in customary tofu-and-tamari tomes. Emmons delights in variations on lasagna, and she has plenty of Mexican-inspired items to attract pepper lovers. Thoughtful attention to spices and herbs will help win converts to vegetarianism from meat-centered diners. An entire chapter on "burgers" aims to woo the younger set, but long ingredient lists and time-consuming techniques make these burgers more complicated for the time-pressed cook than their fast-food cousins. Experienced home chefs looking for alternatives to meat-based cuisine will find plenty here to delight vegetarian family members and dinner guests. -- Mark Knoblauch, Booklist

Emmons dazzles the reader with her ability to find synergies among ethnic ingredients not usually combined. Bland is not in her vocabulary. Her food is strongly flavored and intense. -- Chicago Tribune

Emmons writes for the cook who already has an understanding of vegetarian guidelines. Her converts, however, will come for the sheer enjoyment of her food; with dishes like Oat-Corn Pancakes and Spinach and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, she makes it painless. I think this books a give-away. -- Charleston Post & Courier

It's a 350-recipe volume that entices even the entrenched carnivores to experiment with meatless meals. -- Boston Herald

Over 300 recipes compiled from ethnic traditions around the world feature vegetarian main courses and side dishes which are a gourmet's delight. The heart of any solid vegetarian cookbook lies not in its dessert or bread section, but in its main dishes: with such fare as Wild Mushroom Stew with Herbed Dumplings, Nutty Enchiladas with Spicy Chile Sauce or a grilled Green Apple and Brie Sandwiches with Quick Onion Chutney, this is loaded with unusual appeal. -- Midwest Book Review

Whether tofu turns you on or not, Emmons's Vegetarian Planet is bursting with appealing, original ideas for meat-free meals, one for almost every day of the year. -- Austin Chronicle

Whether you're a full time vegetarian or just want to be, youll like the unrestrained approach of Didi Emmons, who uses ingredients from all around the world instead of tying herself to the stereotypical brown rice, natural sweeteners, and tofu. -- Detroit News

Didi Emmons is a bold new talent! Vegetarian Planet is one of the most exciting cookbooks to cross my desk in ages-chick full of hip, imaginative, explosively flavorful recipes that are easy to make and fun to eat. A must read for vegetarians, nonvegetarians, and anyone interested in cool food from a hot chef who speaks for a new culinary generation. -- Steven Raichlen, author of High-Flavor, Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking and Miami Spice

Lately we Americans have been remembering that there are an incredible number of awesome vegetables and grains in the world, and a whole lot of delicious ways to prepare them. In Vegetarian Planet, Didi Emmons works her magic to create a whole flotilla of good-tasting, healthful dishes. It sure takes the sting out of meatless eating. -- Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby, authors of The Thrill of the Grill and Lettuce in Your Kitchen

Didi Emmons Vegetarian Planet will take you places you never dreamed of going, but once there are glad you did. This book is definitely on the cutting edge of the one-globe cooking of the century to come. -- Betty Fussell, author of Crazy for Corn and Home Bistro

It takes some mighty tasty food to make card-carrying carnivores like us enjoy a meatless meal, but Vegetarian Planet does the trick. Didi Emmons makes a great case for enlightened eating, and she does it with high style and a sense of humor. -- Jane and Michael Stern, authors of Roadfood and Goodfood

Vegetarian Planet is utterly appealing, full of exuberant spirit and enticing recipes. Didi Emmons so clearly revels in the flavors and textures of the vegetarian palate that any food lover, vegetarian or not, will want to own this book. -- Michele Anna Jordan, author of The Good Cooks Book of Tomatoes and Polenta

You will want to be cooking her food, too. Healthy without trying hard, easy because Emmonss cuisine relies on bold-tasting ingredients, not advanced culinary skills to provide flavor, and engaging, thanks to the authors inherent good humor and buoyant spirit, the recipes in this book can put you on the right dietary course with minimal effort. Its what world-class cuisine should be about. -- Asbury Park Press

Experienced home chefs looking for alternatives to meat-based cuisine will find plenty here to delight vegetarian family members and dinner guests. -- Booklist