Book Review: The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook

Worried that giving up meat is going to mean a lifetime of kale smoothies and sprout sandwiches? Robin Robertson might have the answer.

The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook brings hearty meatless fare center stage with recipes like artichoke crostini, hoisin eggplant balls and cold noodle salad with spicy sesame sauce. Readers can feel armed with a recipe repertoire that will leave their family and guests full and satisfied. Of note are the spiced lentil and coconut stew, Chinese noodle pancakes and couscous with pistachios and dried cranberries, which makes an elegant yet healthy Christmas dish.

Traditional menu fans will appreciate the lentil walnut burgers and cardamom-spiced brown lentil and potato wraps. I would recommend The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook to anyone new to the meatless lifestyle, and for long-time vegans and vegetarians looking for foods to serve guests with hearty appetites. With as many nondairy recipes as Robertson has included in this title, I would feel comfortable including it on a list of favorite vegan cookbooks as well.

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