Nancy reviewed it over at Bookfoolery. She had wonderful things to say about it, and I decided to gift it to myself for Mother's Day. As soon as it arrived, I couldn't wait to dive in and explore.
As you may remember, I've been on a weight loss journey for the last year or so with the very simple approach to eat more REAL food -- less processed, less crap in general. Admittedly, since I took my job as a PR Director of my alma mater in December, it's been much harder to maintain! I really put my nose to the grindstone to improve our food quality in September when I got laid off from my previous job. I had three months to cook good stuff any time of day and really plan our meals. When the work madness kicked back in, obviously it was much more of a struggle.
We haven't fallen completely off the wagon, by any means, but there's been more eating out than I'd like and more packaged foods for a quick grab-n-go breakfast or snack. I decided to pick up Food to give me some new real food ideas, but also because of a recent bonehead move by the USDA. I'm just more beaten down by US food culture than ever.
But that's enough griping for one post -- on to Food! McCartney has really put together a nice collection of simple, everyday vegetarian recipes (they do contain dairy and eggs, recommended free-range, etc.). This is great for me because I don't want to cultivate a home culture that tries to imitate meat-centric dishes. I want to eat delicious vegetarian meals! Ones where I don't focus on what's taking the place of meat. There are a couple of dishes in Food that do use meat substitutes but I'm far less interested in those than the others that wallow in being veggie.
*Note: I don't intend to become a full-time vegetarian, but to include 3-4 days of vegetarian cooking per week and switch the meat we do consume to local and organic.
|Credit to Bookfoolery for the photo!|
Same thing with this Yummy Spicy Rice Noodles recipe.
Another noteworthy party of Food is the stinkin' gorgeous photography. McCartney is a photographer by trade, and it shows in this book. There are as many gorgeous photos as there are tasty-looking recipes. When I initially looked through, I was afraid I was going to long for more recipes and fewer photos, but upon closer inspection (three nights in a row), I'm pretty happy with the balance. This book is functional and a suitable showpiece.
Unfortunately, I haven't had an opportunity to try any of the recipes this week as it's been ridiculously full of end-of-semester grading, PR madness, and I'm typing this from work on a Saturday as I ready myself for a doctoral luncheon this afternoon. And then I'm going to see The Great Gatsby! But that's another post.
I have big plans for some breakfast recipes this week. Namely, banana muffins and individual Yorkshire puddings! Pretty sure I won't be able to hold off making the spicy rice noodles for very long either. I'll be back with another Weekend Cooking post after I test drive some of the recipes.
Have you fallen in love with any cookbooks lately? What is your favorite cookbook?
Pub. Date: April 2013
Publisher: Sterling Epicure
Source: Purchased by moi!
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