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  • Anonymous says:

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    I have been vegetarian(ovo-lacto) for over 10 years and I have plenty of vegetarian cookbooks, but this one will be a big workhorse in my kitchen. I am a mom and I work outside the home as well, and this book has given me hope and inspiration to get out of the “sandwich-pizza-frozen dinner” slump that I’ve been in. All the recipes in this book call for only 5 ingredients, but there are endless ways that you can change or add to the recipes. I made two of the recipes tonight and both came out really well (Cabbage, Carrot & Apricot Slaw and Red Pepper and Corn Quesadillas). Also, the prep didn’t take that much time or require a lot of clean up. Many recipes can be made using fresh convienience foods like pre-shredded or chopped veggies and canned broth and tomatoes. There are a few recipes for kids and also menu suggestions for dinner, parties and potlucks. I think that this is a very well thought out addition to anyone’s kitchen library.

  • Denise D. Heller says:

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    Having been a vegetarian my entire life, I am constantly on the lookout for cookbooks that suit my tastes yet are simple enough to fit my busy lifestyle. This cookbook combines creative cooking with practical advice, complete with calorie/cholesterol/fat content and suggestions of complementary dishes. Until now, I have never found a vegetarian cookbook that actually made me excited to try new foods! I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who is vegetarian or would simply like to try eating a more healthy diet.

  • Melanie Wilson says:

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    Hooray! This is the cookbook for which I have been waiting. In fact, if you are vegetarian or vegan, you have very likely been waiting for it, too. It truly has wide appeal. Whether you are a veggie teen, an active and over-committed adult, or a senior citizen wanting to keep it simple (as in easy), you will enjoy and value Nava Atlas’ book as much as I do. There is so much I love about it, and only two things I would change; but they are teensy-weensy criticisms. First, about the recipes: true to her word, Ms. Atlas has somehow managed to create 250 recipes, each with five or less ingredients. You will find familiar stand-bys, as well as new and imaginative dishes. Looking for a hummus recipe? It’s in there. How about veggie pizza? It’s in there, too (twelve pages of pizza recipes-delicioso!) Do you enjoy a comforting, nourishing soup? Yep; you will find that, too, in “Chapter 1: Simplicity in a Soup Pot.” What about tofu? I have been eating tofu regularly for nearly ten years now. You can imagine that my favorite tofu recipes no longer create much excitement at the dining table. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for an addition to my tofu repertoire. Was I ever excited to find an entire chapter (“Chapter 5: Essential Soy”) devoted solely to tofu recipes! That’s where I headed first.
    There is so much more to The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet than recipes. If your mantra is, “I don’t have [pick one or more] a) the time, b) the inclination, c) the know-how to successfully prepare a vegetarian or vegan meal,” have no fear. Ms. Atlas has done all the thinking and the work (except the cooking, of course), including a complete shopping list for stocking your cupboards, menu suggestions for each and every recipe, a menu-planning guide, and nutritional statistics. There are even shopping list and planning forms that you may reproduce over and over again. My absolutely favorite thing about this book is that every chapter-indeed, nearly every page-includes interesting and fascinating information about the various recipe ingredients. Ms. Atlas has also provided numerous helpful hints regarding preparation. Remember the two teensy-weensy criticisms I had about The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet? One is that it has no color inside. I think it deserves more pizzazz than shades of gray. The other is that it is not in hardcover, and I fear this treasure of a cookbook will wear out long before I am ready. …

  • Anonymous says:

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    I disagree with the previous reviewer. Everything I’ve made from this book is simple but tasty. That’s the point of it. I stocked my pantry according to the author’s suggestions and so there is always something easy and healthy I can make for my family, even if it is 6:30 and I am already brain-dead. Because the recipes are so clear and simple, if I am in the mood and time allows, I improvise on them. That makes it fun, too. I have a lot of cookbooks but this is the only one I use during the week. Not everyone in my family is vegetarian, but they are always happy with these meals.

  • paisleymonsoon says:

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    I bought this cookbook for my mom, a vegetarian who seems to subsist on peanut butter and crackers and vitamins. The problem is that she doesn’t seem to ever have the ingredients or the time to make good vegetarian dishes. And it doesn’t help that my dad, an extreme carnivoire, insists on doing all the grocery shopping. This book is genius in it’s ability to provide tasty recipes with very common and very few ingredients. In fact, the author gives a sample list of things to keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with. The recipes are so appealing that I’m tempted to become a vegetarian myself. This is a recipe book that you will actually use on a regular basis rather than letting it look pretty on your shelf. And, it’s fairly inexpensive.

  • Anonymous says:

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    if you work or have children. These are meals that work. They use normal ingredients and taste good. If you are looking for everyday food this is it. I have had this book about 4 months and love it. If you want to impress company with your skills try Voluptuous Vegan. But, if it is your family and friends coming over on Sat. night. This is still the cookbook to use. I want a cookbook that I can use and that I don’t have to go to strange places to find the ingredients. I have children and work. I hope she does more cookbooks like this one.

  • Perry Horner says:

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    I have fallen in love with this cookbook. Not only does it contain a wide variety of great vegetarian dishes, but it draws from many ethnic cuisines. The best part is that my 3 year old son actually likes alot of the recipes I have made from this book – especially the mac n cheese recipe which is divine. When a cookbook can satisfy adult cravings for good, healthy food and not cause the kids to run from the table in fear I am impressed – very, very impressed. The best part is the 5 ingredient thing – it makes life so much easier at the end of a busy day.

  • S. Britt says:

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    I’ve wanted to go vegetarian for some time because of the way I feel about animals. But when you’ve grown up like most Americans with meals centered around meat, it’s hard to know HOW to cook for vegetarian living. Sure, I’ve found tons of recipes for vegetarian dishes, but most have a long list of ingredients, many of which are often hard to find in small-town or rural areas. This book was exactly what I was looking for! Simple, delicious recipes with wonderful variety. Anyone who is already a fairly knowledgeable cook can add to or change many of these simple recipes to dress them up or personalize them if the desire strikes. This book is great not only for the newcomer to vegetarian cooking, it’s also great for the busy vegetarian, as the recipes are truly easy, the instructions clear and the ingredients ones that anyone can find anywhere. This book is an excellent cookbook, as well as a fun and informative read for beginners.

  • Political Junkie says:

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    I have been a horrible cook my entire life. Not for lack of trying, just lack of talent. Plus, going to the grocery store to buy 15 ingredients only to have most of it go to waste was not ideal. I have a bookshelf full of cookbooks that are gathering dust. Until now…

    The recipes in this cookbook are so easy and the 5 ingredient shopping list is awesome! I can pick several different recipes that include some of the same ingredients and be able to buy in bulk.

    A nice surprise: the nutritional information for the completed recipe. Calories, Fat, Carbohydrates, Protein, etc.

    Bonus – the recipes are delicious!

  • LG says:

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    I have two teenagers: one vegetarian, one omnivore. I refuse to cook two separate meals, so I need recipes the whole family can enjoy. This cookbook is easy to use. The ingredients are readily available at any mainstream grocery store. I can get home from work and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes. Really.

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