Cafe Flora Cookbook

by in Cookbooks 12/09/2010


  • R. Hanson says:


    I wonder: what am I doing writing a review for a cookbook? I rarely write Amazon reviews and the few reviews I have written are related to a completely different genre of book. Plus, I’ve only recently taken a renewed interest in being in the kitchen – I don’t suppose that makes me an “expert” by any stretch of the imagination.

    But I wanted to share my opinion of this book with other readers. It’s fantastic and the recipes are delicious.

    Never before have I enjoyed a cookbook so much. Reading through the table of contents was enough to get my palate fired up. At the time of this writing, I’ve created over a dozen of the recipes in this book, and each one is a sure winner, not one is a reject. I might have tried more recipes by now, but the temptation to go back to a dish I’ve already tried is just too great. (We’ve done the Coconut Tofu with Sweet Chili Dipping sauce four times, now.)

    How about a really wonderful Portobello Wellington with Madeira Sauce? Now THAT was a Thanksgiving dinner! Yam and Mushroom Enchiladas with Smoky Tomato Sauce? Spinach, Mushroom, and Gorgonzola in Puff Pastry with Red Pepper Coulis? Despite what I – a carnivore – have always thought, vegetarian cooking can be great. That’s a claim I’ve never been able to make regarding any other vegetarian or vegan cookbook.

    The book is extremely well laid out with timing suggestions, “prepare ahead” ideas, and handy tips for getting through the process without any unexpected surprises. Each recipe is preceded by a good description that makes you want to try it immediately. If a recipe has multiple components, each is presented as a logical and timed subsection of the overall plate.

    I only wish I knew about this restaurant when I visited Seattle last year. Next time… next time.

    Five Stars for the book that got me back into the kitchen after a long hiatus. Feel free to contact me with any questions, but I’ll be busy cooking up the next Flora meal.


  • Timothy Byrne says:


    The recipes in the book are really something of a revelation to me. I live in Seattle and have dined at Café Flora dozens of times. Still I didn’t really expect what I found in the cookbook. In addition to signature recipes the book presents a very well thought out structured approach to vegetarian gourmet cooking. So not only do you have recipes, but you are given a pretty good idea of what sorts of things you should make in batches on weekends and save. That for me was really the key to being able to make something other than bland vegetarian fare.

    I’ve not generally been fond of the Moosewood or Laurel’s Kitchen sort of recipes. They generally seem unelegant, a bit off, and mostly dull. The recipes in this book are in fact quite elegant, well honed, and exciting. Combinations like balsamic-fig reduction and gorgonzola will have you planning week of dining around the book.

  • Gayle Schmidt says:


    For almost 15 years, the most popular dish I’ve served to friends and taken to potlucks has been one cut from a magazine and attributed to Cafe Flora. Knowing this dish appealed to both vegetarians and non, I would periodically check to see if there was an entire Cafe Flora cookbook “out there”. Then, just before a spate of seasonal visitors were scheduled to descend, I googled up what is now my most used and reliable partner in terms of taste, nutrition and dependable results. I ended up amazoning another one to a vegetarian family member who, like me, is always trying to bridge the tastebuds of meateaters and veggers. And, the recipes are FUN to make.

  • J. Daugherty says:


    Chiming in to agree that this is terrific modern, gourmet food. Well flavored but not fussy. Everything I’ve made so far has come out perfectly. I’ve learned new flavor combinations that work well together, and I feel like I can put that information to use when I cook other things.

    There are plenty of vegan choices, and these recipes are all marked in the table of contents. There are no dessert recipes. Sections are starters, soups, salads, dinners/suppers, pizza, sandwiches, brunch, beverages, side dishes, sauces/spreads. They list sources for some ingredients (like arame, miso or fenugreek) and often give you an easier to locate alternative.

    For recipes that require a number of steps, they’ve been extremely organized about breaking it down into manageable sections. There are number of fairly involved recipes mixed in with easier things like pizzas (their herb pizza dough is spot on), but the results of the more time consuming recipes are well worth it. Besides, I have enough of those “veg. meals in minutes” type books for quickie meals. Cafe Flora is something else altogether – elegant and original vegetarian recipes that have broadened my cooking horizons.

  • N. Pearce says:


    So far I have made three recipes from this cookbook and they all turned out great. Most of the recipes seem very simple, no unusual ingredients which helps since I am living in Alaska. I see this becoming a staple of my everyday cooking.

  • cécile says:


    but I love the Cafe! This book is so helpful. Living in the northwest I find it very easy to obtain all of the ingredients in this book. They give so much more than just the recipe but tips on what you can do the day and even days before. They tell you when to start dishes, what can go wrong and how to fix it. The recipes are delicious, approchable and easy to follow.

  • D. Dekker says:


    By the time I die, I will have cooked every recipe out of this cookbook. I am in love. Everytime I decide to cook from this book, I start drooling and get really excited in anticipation. I always use this book for company and it never fails. Yes, the recipes are involved. There are some that aren’t so much, but for complex flavor, expect to work a little. It’s completely worth it. I’ve made yam quesadillas w. cilantro pesto, coconut tofu with sweet chile dipping sauce, lentil pecan pate, smoky split pea soup, ceasar salad w. herbed croutons & fried capers, soba salad with spicy peanut sauce and vegetables (best peanut sauce recipe to date), wasabi potato salad, the house balsamic vinagrette (a go to!) & the dijon curry vinagrette (YUM with apples on your salad!!!), mac & cheese, roasted vegetables vindaloo, pumpkin enchiladas with roasted tomatillo sauce, english pea pancakes with colorful vegetable saute and basil butter, black eyed pea fritters w. spiced coconut sauce and tumeric basmati rice (WOW!), spinach mushroon, & gorgonzola puff pastry rolls w. roasted red pepper coulis, portobello wellingtons w. madeira sauce (BEST BIRTHDAY DINNER!), fried green tomato sandwich, falafel, baba ghanouj, nutburger w. tomato jam (go to sauce for all burgers!), chickpea and roasted yam wrap with tahini sauce, asparagus tarragon scramble w. sundried tomato aioli (BEST AIOLI EVER!), wild mushroom scramble, tofu scramble w. fu sauce, hoppin john fritters w. cajun aioli, rosemary roasted potatoes, soy sausage (will never buy veggie sausage again!), and lavendar nectar. That’s not even scratching the surface-I still have a long way to go to meet my goal of making everything from this cookbook. You should too!

  • Linda L. Carter says:


    Love this restaurant. Thankful for the cookbook since we don’t live in Seattle. Yummy

  • Charles Nickel says:


    We have had the opportunity to dine at the Cafe Flora on a recent trip to Seattle. As vegetarians, we find it difficult at times to find restaurants that serve outstanding vegetarian/vegan meals. We were certainly impressed with Cafe Flora and were delighted to find their cookbook online. Since receiving the book, I have prepared a number of the dishes and they have turned out very well.

    It is nice that the book provides recipes for the complete meal and not just singular recipes that you then have to integrate with other items. The Cafe Flora meals are well rounded and each dish complements the other. I’m looking forward to hosting many parties for our carnivorous friends to show them that vegetarian dining can be a fine experience. They have sampled my earlier, meat-laden creations so this will come as a very pleasant surprise thanks to these recipes.

    The one thing about gourmet vegetarian cooking is that it can be technique and ingredient challenging. I have been cooking for many years so most of the tasks are not that difficult, but are time consuming. This book is probably not for the truly inexperienced cook nor for those that can’t acquire many of the ingredients. If you have the skills, time and availability of ingredients, this book is fantastic!

  • Suetay says:


    I ate at this delightful place while visiting Seattle and ordered this book days after my return.

    Can’t wait to dig into this cookbook. Layout looks very easy to follow.

    I am just waiting for my foot to healso I can return to the kitchen!

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