Eat Your Vegetables by Joe Yonan

August 2, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

Eat Your Vegetables by Joe YonanEat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook by Joe Yonan
Published by Ten Speed Press on August 6, 2013
Genres: Cookbooks
Pages: 204
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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A collection of eclectic vegetarian and vegan recipes for singles as well as lone vegetarians in meat-eating households, from the beloved Washington Post editor and author of Serve Yourself.
An increasing number of Americans are turning to plant-based diets, both for their health and the economic benefits. And for many, they are the only one in their household who has made the change--making it the perfect time for this book of vegetarian, flexitarian, and vegan recipes specifically sized for single portions. In addition to 80 delectable and satisfying recipes, Eat Your Vegetables features essays on moving beyond mock meat and the evolution of vegetarian restaurants, as well as economical tips for shopping for, storing, and reusing ingredients.

The sub-title for this book is “Bold Recipes for the Single Cook” and the book itself is full of vegetarian recipes meant for just one, which has made this cookbook absolutely invaluable for me. I have a large family, and even when they aren’t all around I still have small children to cook for and I’m the sole vegetarian. This has often meant that I skip out on half a meal (I’ll have the pasta, or the rice, no meat, and a side of vegetables) or try to come up with ways to integrate everything into a separate dish for myself but I’ve never been able to find recipes just for me. Until this book.

But there’s more than just recipes here. There are essays and encouragement and the reminder that just because I was only cooking for myself didn’t mean I was any less important as well as many tips, tricks, and suggestions for making this not just fun and healthy but also economical. And yeah, the author also has suggestions for how to increase the size of the recipes if needed, or how to use up some of those leftovers. And the vegetables. Oh, the vegetables! So many vegetarian cookbooks seem focused on the mock meats, but this one has a huge emphasis on the vegetables which makes sense considering the title!

This has been a fantastic addition to my kitchen, and I can guarantee that it will be getting a lot of use. I might even pick up a few for my family so they have some suggestions on what to cook as well.

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