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Eat you greens. . . and your yellows and oranges, your blues and purples, and your blacks and reds and browns! It's a great time to eat well. Farmers' markets filled with local and organic vegetables are sprouting up everywhere, and supermarkets are spilling over with whole grain choices, bigger and better produce sections, and a variety of healthier convenience foods. Cook Eat you greens. . . and your yellows and oranges, your blues and purples, and your blacks and reds and browns! It's a great time to eat well. Farmers' markets filled with local and organic vegetables are sprouting up everywhere, and supermarkets are spilling over with whole grain choices, bigger and better produce sections, and a variety of healthier convenience foods. Cooking for both health and pleasure has made creating this, our twelfth cookbook, a wonderful experience. What always remains fresh and constant is the joy we find in cooking and delight in eating. -From the Introduction


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Eat you greens. . . and your yellows and oranges, your blues and purples, and your blacks and reds and browns! It's a great time to eat well. Farmers' markets filled with local and organic vegetables are sprouting up everywhere, and supermarkets are spilling over with whole grain choices, bigger and better produce sections, and a variety of healthier convenience foods. Cook Eat you greens. . . and your yellows and oranges, your blues and purples, and your blacks and reds and browns! It's a great time to eat well. Farmers' markets filled with local and organic vegetables are sprouting up everywhere, and supermarkets are spilling over with whole grain choices, bigger and better produce sections, and a variety of healthier convenience foods. Cooking for both health and pleasure has made creating this, our twelfth cookbook, a wonderful experience. What always remains fresh and constant is the joy we find in cooking and delight in eating. -From the Introduction

30 review for The Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health: More Than 200 New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for Delicious and Nutrient-Rich Dishes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'd been leafing through this every time I passed it in the bookstore so I finally just bought it for myself. It's fantastic. I'm always a fan of Moosewood recipes, and the first couple I've made out of this book are no exceptions. The Sweet Potato-Apple-Chipotle soup is a perfect balance of sweet and hot and perfect for a cold winter's night. Best of all, it was easy and fast, taking less than an hour from when I started chopping to when I got to eat it. I really like the little mini-recipes to I'd been leafing through this every time I passed it in the bookstore so I finally just bought it for myself. It's fantastic. I'm always a fan of Moosewood recipes, and the first couple I've made out of this book are no exceptions. The Sweet Potato-Apple-Chipotle soup is a perfect balance of sweet and hot and perfect for a cold winter's night. Best of all, it was easy and fast, taking less than an hour from when I started chopping to when I got to eat it. I really like the little mini-recipes too, such as the two page spread of ways to embellish brown rice, most of which involve ingredients that are always in my kitchen. This is going to be my go-to book for a while.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Moosewood comes through with another creative, healthy addition to my cookbook collection! Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health is all about flavorful, simple vegetarian and vegan recipes. I started my exploration with Spinach Quesadillas. Once the spinach, onion, and green chile mixture is made you can keep it in the fridge and you are mere minutes away from a delicious, healthy dinner. I don't have kids but I can imagine this would be a great way to get them to eat spinach! Next up was Savory Moosewood comes through with another creative, healthy addition to my cookbook collection! Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health is all about flavorful, simple vegetarian and vegan recipes. I started my exploration with Spinach Quesadillas. Once the spinach, onion, and green chile mixture is made you can keep it in the fridge and you are mere minutes away from a delicious, healthy dinner. I don't have kids but I can imagine this would be a great way to get them to eat spinach! Next up was Savory Asparagus and Mushroom Bread Pudding. Warm and filling, it was perfect for the last of the cold weather. The feta gave it a nice salty note and it was great reheated for lunches during the week. The Granola recipe isn't anything very unusual, though it does use less fat and sweetener than most granola recipes I've made. It didn't clump but stayed more the consistency of a muesli. My boyfriend loved it and declared it the best granola yet. Most recently I tried the Pasta with Pistachio Lemon Pesto. Delicious! I really liked the light, bright flavors and even ended up spreading it on a pizza crust and topping with arugula and tomatoes. Best of all none of these recipes took more than 30-45 min and all the ingredients were readily available in my local grocery store. This is a cookbook I will use often.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I've tried: ~Pear & Thyme Vinaigrette 4*s ~Tempeh-Quinoa Burgers 4*s ~Spinach Quesadillas 3*s ~Italian Sweet Potato Gratin 4*s ~Pasta with Eggplant, Ricotta and Walnuts 4*s ~Pasta with Carmelized Onions and Tomato Sauce 4*s ~Italian Stew with Winter Squash and Chickpeas 4*s ~Tempeh Bourgignon 4*s ~Butternut Cookies 3*s ~Silken Chocolate Pudding 4*s I've tried: ~Pear & Thyme Vinaigrette 4*s ~Tempeh-Quinoa Burgers 4*s ~Spinach Quesadillas 3*s ~Italian Sweet Potato Gratin 4*s ~Pasta with Eggplant, Ricotta and Walnuts 4*s ~Pasta with Carmelized Onions and Tomato Sauce 4*s ~Italian Stew with Winter Squash and Chickpeas 4*s ~Tempeh Bourgignon 4*s ~Butternut Cookies 3*s ~Silken Chocolate Pudding 4*s

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Have spent June cooking recipes. First cookbook I've been inspired by in quite some time. Actually going to purchase it and add to my shelf! Too many recipes I still want to try and have to take back to the library. Other Moosewood cookbooks have been too egg and dairy focused for me. My family enjoys vegetarian food with minimal to no animal product. This one is perfect for us!

  5. 4 out of 5

    James

    May buy a copy. Not as many recipes as some of the other Moosewood cookbooks, but a bit healthier. Calories and other info are include for each dish and while it uses old school measurements, weights are noted for things hard to measure by volume. Also has some good info on nutrition.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Moosewood’s Multicultural, Accessible Vegetarian Recipes Satisfy The Moosewood Collective has promoted local, organic food since before it was popular. It’s no surprise to find they’re still a step ahead of the veggie curve, making a case for whole, plant-based foods. Their latest collection of more than 200 recipes showcases trendy, healthful ingredients like stevia, umeboshi, celeriac and more, with loads of vegan options and even raw foods. Moosewood Restaurant: Cooking for Health by the Moose Moosewood’s Multicultural, Accessible Vegetarian Recipes Satisfy The Moosewood Collective has promoted local, organic food since before it was popular. It’s no surprise to find they’re still a step ahead of the veggie curve, making a case for whole, plant-based foods. Their latest collection of more than 200 recipes showcases trendy, healthful ingredients like stevia, umeboshi, celeriac and more, with loads of vegan options and even raw foods. Moosewood Restaurant: Cooking for Health by the Moosewood Collective continues the tradition of accessible vegetarian cuisine for household cooks. Insightful ingredient descriptions preface ten different sections, highlighting, for example, the various kinds of beans and peas, how to cook them and cook times. Even if you’re no stranger to healthy cooking, Moosewood’s often-adventurous ingredient lists may send you to the store before dinner. Mouth-watering recipes like Avocado-Citrus Dressing (which I’m drizzling over just about everything these days), Greek Tomato-Yogurt Soup (delicious hot and cold!), and Mediterranean Eggplant Casserole (a satisfying fall recipe) have already earned spots on my dinner rotation. While I wish the folks at Moosewood understood the value of cookbook photographs — their books are notoriously artwork-free — I depend on their detailed serving information and accurate prep and cook time predictions. And since the collective blatantly encourages my recipe tinkering, I’m wholly sold. As the temperatures cool, I look forward to sampling Maple Banana Oatmeal, Creamy Curried Pea Soup, Polenta Casserole with Winter Squash and Greens, and Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust, just to name a few. Fall even sounds delicious at the Moosewood Restaurant, and I hope to echo a few of those smells in my kitchen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I've heard a lot about the Moosewood cookbooks since I started on a more plant-based diet, but this is the first I've picked up. There were tons of tasty sounding recipes and I enjoyed the introductory sections on ingredients and definitions. Although I can already tell I'll be coming back to this and other Moosewood cookbooks in the future, I don't know that I'd recommend this for beginners. I think this is better suited to someone who is already used to cooking vegetarian and vegan dishes and I've heard a lot about the Moosewood cookbooks since I started on a more plant-based diet, but this is the first I've picked up. There were tons of tasty sounding recipes and I enjoyed the introductory sections on ingredients and definitions. Although I can already tell I'll be coming back to this and other Moosewood cookbooks in the future, I don't know that I'd recommend this for beginners. I think this is better suited to someone who is already used to cooking vegetarian and vegan dishes and has a base familiarity with the common ingredients and terminology. That said, I'll definitely be checking out their other cookbooks in the next few weeks while I decide which to buy. It might be a little out of our league now, but it's good to have something to work up to. My main gripe with this is the lack of pictures. There are some, but not nearly enough, in my opinion. I will just never understand cookbooks that don't include pictures and it seems to be common in the vegetarian/vegan field in particular. I know it's better environmentally (and that's the whole point, isn't it?) but I am a visual creature and it plays a huge role when I'm deciding which recipes to try, especially when some of the terms are unfamiliar. However, I'm making a point of trying to read cookbooks without pictures like I would a menu at a restaurant. I don't want to throw out a great resource for something like that and I'm glad I gave Moosewood a chance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library

    We thoroughly enjoyed the discussion and the tasting (oh the tasting!)of this cookbook. If we could use 1/2 stars, we would have given this book 4.5 stars. As we do for every cookbook discussion, we asked our patrons to make one specific recipe from a specified cookbook (Southwestern Black Bean Burgers) and one recipe of their choice to bring to the discussion to share. Everyone enjoyed every recipe that we sampled. These included: Oatmeal cookies (chewy with a surprising crunch), Pineapple Salsa We thoroughly enjoyed the discussion and the tasting (oh the tasting!)of this cookbook. If we could use 1/2 stars, we would have given this book 4.5 stars. As we do for every cookbook discussion, we asked our patrons to make one specific recipe from a specified cookbook (Southwestern Black Bean Burgers) and one recipe of their choice to bring to the discussion to share. Everyone enjoyed every recipe that we sampled. These included: Oatmeal cookies (chewy with a surprising crunch), Pineapple Salsa (refreshing), Fruit and Nut Truffles (satisfying and nutritious), Butternut Squash Cookies, Ginger Orange Tea (refreshing), Lentil Burgers, and Mushroom Walnut Spread (elegant). While we all enjoyed the black bean burgers, most of us encountered burgers that were inclined to crumble as we ate them. We believe that is true of most black bean burgers, and it didn't hamper our enjoyment. In addition, we thought that the lack of pictures did not affect our interest in various recipes. We particularly like the Notes, Serving/Menu Ideas and Serving Stats included with each recipe. Members of our group who are active Weight Watchers thought this information was extremely useful. The response to this cookbook was so enthusiastic that one patron quickly renewed her copy and two more declared their intent to purchase their own copies for their home library...a solid endorsement!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna Jo Atwood

    I love reading cookbooks for pleasure. Just reading the ingredient lists and mentally tasting them probably makes me gain pounds, but it also opens new possibilities. The newest Moosewood cookbook is no exception. The vegetarian and vegan recipes sound absolutely yummy--and I am a person who normally eats veggies only out of a sense of duty. But I am ready to try Sweet Potato Walnut Salad on Argugula or Japanese Winter Stew or Whole Grain Crepes Filled with Chocolate and Walnuts. Or any number of I love reading cookbooks for pleasure. Just reading the ingredient lists and mentally tasting them probably makes me gain pounds, but it also opens new possibilities. The newest Moosewood cookbook is no exception. The vegetarian and vegan recipes sound absolutely yummy--and I am a person who normally eats veggies only out of a sense of duty. But I am ready to try Sweet Potato Walnut Salad on Argugula or Japanese Winter Stew or Whole Grain Crepes Filled with Chocolate and Walnuts. Or any number of other recipes in this book. In addition to the recipes, each chapter has additional information, sometimes about specific vegetables or fruits, sometimes about nutritional matters. There are also numerous suggestions for ways to adapt recipes for dietary needs like gluten free meals. The recipes look very do-able. The biggest problem I can see is that most of them serve 4-6 and I live in a household of 1. Maybe it's time for a dinner party.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Great vegetarian cookbook! And very informative - especially for the "new" vegetarian and/or just for those wanting to eat healthier. Talks about: - organic foods (listing the fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide levels); - the benefits of eating locally grown food whenever possible (more healthy as well as supporting those in your community); - whether to eat fish (ie good low fat protein and omega 3's in some fish) or not to eat fish (ie high mercury levels in some fish, high environmen Great vegetarian cookbook! And very informative - especially for the "new" vegetarian and/or just for those wanting to eat healthier. Talks about: - organic foods (listing the fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide levels); - the benefits of eating locally grown food whenever possible (more healthy as well as supporting those in your community); - whether to eat fish (ie good low fat protein and omega 3's in some fish) or not to eat fish (ie high mercury levels in some fish, high environmental contaminants passed on to farm-raised fish, etc.); - section discussing healthy ingredients (ie some of my favorites are quinoa and all sorts of greens - kale, chard, bok choy, mustard greens, broccoli rabe). So far the recipes I've tried have been very good - I especially loved the "Italian Stew with Winter Squash and Chickpeas." YUM!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie Christine

    This was under the Christmas tree- thank you Santa Brendan! Tofu Mole on the menu tonight... I'm neither vegan nor vegetarian, but I am an avid fan of veggies, grains, legumes, and the Moosewood Collective. There's quite a bit of instructive text here- "articles" about soy, glycemics, phytonutrients, food allergies- all interesting stuff that I count on my Eating Well magazine subscription to keep me abreast of. I'd rather that the space had been devoted to recipes. Nevertheless, I shall be kept This was under the Christmas tree- thank you Santa Brendan! Tofu Mole on the menu tonight... I'm neither vegan nor vegetarian, but I am an avid fan of veggies, grains, legumes, and the Moosewood Collective. There's quite a bit of instructive text here- "articles" about soy, glycemics, phytonutrients, food allergies- all interesting stuff that I count on my Eating Well magazine subscription to keep me abreast of. I'd rather that the space had been devoted to recipes. Nevertheless, I shall be kept busy for many moons to come with polenta casseroles, lentil burgers, beautiful soups and chilis and that Cabbage with Fermented Black Beans. YAY!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Fantastic cookbook - My mom-in-law was good enough to buy this for me AND get it spiral-bound so I'd actually use it. My husband has cooked several dishes from it so far, my favorites to date being the red-bean pizza and the rizotto. These folks really know how to please vegetarians. Best of all, and the main reason I chose this cookbook, is that almost all the recipes are simple and use what you probably already have in your kitchen - not a bunch of oddball herbs and special ingredients. Love t Fantastic cookbook - My mom-in-law was good enough to buy this for me AND get it spiral-bound so I'd actually use it. My husband has cooked several dishes from it so far, my favorites to date being the red-bean pizza and the rizotto. These folks really know how to please vegetarians. Best of all, and the main reason I chose this cookbook, is that almost all the recipes are simple and use what you probably already have in your kitchen - not a bunch of oddball herbs and special ingredients. Love this!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes and the Apple-Blueberry Crumble are definite keepers. I like how the cookbook pairs each recipe with another meal suggestion. It leads you a whole variety of menu options. Ingredients are readiliy available at your local market (no brown sugar syrup or other hard-to-find, obscure ingredients). Lots of sidebars to provide general cooking or ingredient education. Pretty much anything put out by the Moosewood Collective is a good book to add to your cooking repetoire.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    Love the Moosewood COllective and this cookbook is no exception to that rule. The recipes are good, and inventive, with lots of grains, beans, and vegetables, not so much in the way of fat, and animal protein (although it is by no means vegan--there are plenty of eggs and judicious use of dairy products are found throughout--just good amounts of fiber)--lots of things I would try, and a great layout, lots of veggie burgers, and the quinoa dolma have potential for Passover food..

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    This was my first introduction to the Moosewood Collective, and this is the first cookbook I've ever wanted to buy. These recipes are inventive, tasty (lots of herbs and spices!), and healthy, and every time we cook from this book we are pleased. Helpful information is included about all the ingredients, such as how to choose quality and what nutritional benefits they offer.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Healthy eating...what a novel idea! This is a great resource for good things to put in your mouth. I've been doing some research on metabolism and I find these recipes fitting right in to a better lifestyle.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Totally admire the recipes in this book and wish it did not require so much time investment to produce these healthy meals. A few are simple enough for my culinary abilities, but most require equipment I do not own and time I will not spend cooking.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mikenliza

    My new Christmas gift - the newest Moosewood cookbook. I love these books. I have already written down dozens of titles of things I want to make. Last night, we ate Tuscan Harvest Soup, and it was good. The whole family liked it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Got this from the library. After marking over 25 recipes To Try, decided I should just go buy this book. It may be vegetarian but there are some really great ideas in here. Just ordered from Amazon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    Recipes are fantastic, especially sweet potato apple chipotle soup. I don't know if I'm ready to be this healthy all the time though. And I wish there were pictures and a few less "articles" about healthy eating.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Makes delicious sides, spreads, small plates, desserts and breakfasts that also happen to be beautiful, seasonal, healthy and vegetarian. Awesome recipes from the original masters of yummy hippie food!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Even though I didn't get many recipes to use out of this cookbook, I have to say I love Moosewood cookbooks - you know that you can get some great vegetarian recipes including ones for show as well as everyday. In that regard, this cookbook didn't disappoint.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    A What a lovely book. I want to own it - more great, healthy, delicious recipes from Moosewood.

  24. 5 out of 5

    K

    Have been cooking from this book for the last 6 months, have made 15-20 dishes, satisfied with strong majority of them. Recipes are easy, very healthy, and usually tasty.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolanne

    On my quest to eat healthier... Haven't made anything yet but I could defiantly see my self buying this book

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Binkowski

    Love all their cookbooks!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    This is possibly the best vegetarian cookbook I've found to date. Don't sleep on the savory bread pudding.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Checked it out from the library and loved it. Bought my own copy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Liz De Coster

    Good, but I was looking for more veg recipes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I use it all of the time and have loved almost everything I've made from here.

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