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Vegetarian Family Cookbook
by Nava Atlas
Order:  USA  Can
Broadway, 2004 (2004)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Face it. It's not too late to change your eating habits for a more healthy lifestyle. But you say you hate to give up the foods you love, to go vegetarian! Heaven forbid! All vegetarians eat is rabbit food and you could never exist on that. Not for you!

Well, think again. Here is the perfect cookbook to slide you right into eating food that's not only healthy but tastes good too. It's appealing to the eye as well as the palate. The cookbook's frontispiece discusses reasons to go vegetarian, which will make you seriously consider the vegetarian way. And don't forget organically grown foods. If you're going to do it, go for it all the way. Or maybe you've already seen the light - if so, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook is also for you, suggesting new and exciting recipes using foods you've been eating all along.

This book is full of wonderful recipes for any occasion. Breakfast, snacks, lunches, hearty main dishes, comfort foods, baked goods and even vegan options. Before you know it, meat will be a thing of the distant past. And not missed. Cream of Baby Carrot Soup is sure to please any taste. Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup works for me. Cabbage, Apple and Raisin Slaw (perhaps with toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top) would make anyone a believer. Pasta with Sneaky Marinara Sauce is already a regular on my must-eat list. How about a Creamy Enchilada Casserole? Where's my napkin? I'm drooling.

I never was a fan of hamburgers back in the days when I ate beef; Savory Bean Burgers with Yogurt-Mustard Dressing will be my burger of choice from now on. I love vegetables, and Southwestern Summer Succotash sounds like nirvana to me. And for a sandwich that's different but really good for you, try Mediterranean Salad-Stuffed Bread. Start my day right with a muffin and I'm your friend for life - Zucchini-Raisin Muffins will do for me. As will Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies with Carrots or Apple. Wow! What more can one ask? Top the meal off with Chocolate-Chip Apricot Blondies and your family and friends will be lining up to eat at your table.

For the vegetarian, the wannabe vegetarian, or someone who just wants to extend their repertoire with new dishes, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook is an excellent choice.

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