|Review: The Vegetarian Family Cookbook|
Jun 15th, 2006
The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas is a really comforting, homey book. It's aimed at vegetarian parents who need to put healthy, quick meals on the table for possibly picky vegetarian kids. But I think it's also a great resource for non-vegetarian parents looking to introduce their kids to some new dishes, for anyone who likes to cook vegetarian meals from time to time, or for people who have vegetarian family members or friends and are unsure what to cook for them. Vegan cooks would find this book useful as well, as many items are vegan or have vegan options listed.
Along with the recipes, Atlas includes lists of suggestions - my favorites being the ideas for simple breakfast items, different kinds of sandwiches and wraps, and school lunches. She also makes suggestions on how to simplify a dish for picky eaters or top it off with a few extra ingredients for parents or older kids who might like more complex tastes.
The recipes are straightforward with typically short lists of ingredients, but very appealing. This isn't a glossy production with a lot of pictures, it evokes more of a Molly Katzen feel with little line drawings of vegetables adorning the pages. And it packs in a lot of recipes, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and treats.
This is the kind of book that you leaf through and immediately resolve to eat better, not because the author makes you feel guilty, but because she makes healthy vegetarian food sound so gosh darn appealing.