The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook by Kim O’Donnel
Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour
Genre: Vegetarian Cookbook
Pages: 256 Paperback
Date Published: September 14th 2010
Publisher: Da Capo Press Lifelong Books
Founded by Johns Hopkins University, the “Meatless Monday” campaign counts among its fans Michael Pollan, Sheryl Crow, and Paul McCartney. From Baltimore Public Schools to the city of Ghent, Belgium, the eat-less-meat buzz is spreading worldwide.With reports about the ill effects of consuming too much meat—for us, and for the environment— The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook speaks directly to lifelong meat lovers who know it’s time for a change but need an accessible and nonthreatening guide to wave them into the kitchen and get them started.
Written by a fellow meat-lover who can relate to the challenges of dietary change, The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook dishes up fifty-two tasty and satisfying meatless menus—one per week—that mirror the do-able, incremental approach recommended by environmental and medical communities.
So… I’ve already admitted that I’m in need of some inspiration in the kitchen. Well another fact is that I love my meat. Steaks, chicken and more… I’m quite a fan. When it comes to fruits and veggies, it’s not that I don’t like them. After all, I adore zucchini, squash, portebellas, tomatoes, strawberries, etc etc, but when it comes to accessorizing my meat meal with them my average idea is a bag of frozen steam veggies. And trust me after a while that gets dull. Then, with all that in my mind I see a cookbook called “The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook”, what could be better?!
I am in desperate need for suggestions and creative ideas to incorporate more vegetables and the idea of “vegetarian dishes carnivores will devour” is absolutely divine.
Divided by seasons, there are 52 menus to choose from with both calm and exotic ideas. This is so much more than rabbit food! (With a recipe per week, this would make for a great Julia and Julie type personal challenge). Reading the intro about how the author came across an ideal for meatless meals through health concerns is not a new idea, but it is a refreshing one to take seriously. Learning about a 1918 cookbook with an effort to conserve food resources, including meat as well as the public health campaign from 2001 to have “meatless Mondays” is new to me and fascinating.
Loving it. For my Sister B there are the GL = Gluten-Free and for my SisterL there are KIDDO = Kid friendly meals (which with 6+ kids might be handy…). There are also V = Vegan for those “crazy” people and more. I love the seasonal outlook to this cookbook. It seems so often with other books and recipes I will find that they say to use it at the best time of year for ____ when it’s in season. Yet, not having a bachelor of science in farming (or agriculture) I can never keep it straight on what vegetable is in season and when. This helps!
The Pantry Lexicon is awesome and worthy of purchase on it’s own. I’m just glad it is included here. Oh and for those that need a little more enticement there is a multiple page spread of colored cuisine photos mid-book.
*Thanks to Lara Simpson of Perseus Books for providing a copy for review.*
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Kim O’Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality and longtime journalist. She’s a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and The University of Pennsylvania. Formerly of The Washington Post, Kim has also written for Real Simple, Huffington Post, CivilEats.com, True/Slant and Smithsonian.com. She’s a regular contributor to Culinate, where she hosts a weekly cooking chat. Kim is the founder of Canning Across America, a collective dedicated to the revival of preserving food. Her latest project is Family Kitchen, a twice-monthly column that appears in USA Today.
Kim was a 2009 Duncan Eat-Write fellow at The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Ark. She is a member of the International Association for Culinary Professionals and a volunteer with the USDA’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Kim presently lives in Seattle, where she’s lucky to have egrets and seals for neighbors. She is married to political junkie and journalist Russ Walker.
Kim eats meat, just not as much as she used to. That’s her story, and she’s sticking to it.
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