The Conscious Cook

The Conscious Cook

Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change They Way You Eat

Book - 2009
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A former steak-lover himself, Chef Tal struggled for years on a vegan diet that left him filled with cravings for meat and dairy. Frustrated by the limited options available and unwilling to sacrifice the delicious flavors he associated with eating meat, he decided to create vegan meals that could hold their own at the center of the plate.

Chef Tal found that by applying traditional French culinary techniques to meatless cuisine, he was able to create delicious meals full of rich flavor and healthy fat--meals that any food-lover, even devoted meat-eaters, would find completely satisfying.

Seventy groundbreaking recipes later, Chef Tal is ready to share his magic. The Conscious Cook features vegan versions of tried-and-true dishes such as Oysters Rockefeller, Caesar Salad, Corn Chowder, and Paella, as well as adventurous new cuisine like Lemongrass Consomm#65533; with Pea Shoot and Mushroom Dumplings and Peppercorn-Encrusted Portobello Fillets. A full-color photo accompanies each of the recipes. Also included are engaging stories from influential people in the vegan world; a peek into Chef Tal's pantry and kitchen; a guide to eating seasonally; and a selection of dinner party menus.

Above all, The Conscious Cook shows readers that avoiding the health risks and ethical dilemmas of eating meat and dairy does not mean sacrificing taste or satisfaction. The starters, soups, sandwiches, entr#65533;es, and desserts here offer culinary adventure that will truly revolutionize the way the world experiences meatless food.

Publisher: New York : William Morrrow, 2009
ISBN: 9780061874338
Characteristics: 239 p. : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Long, Linda 1942-


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Feb 24, 2017

Wow this cookbook looks amazing!!! The photos are stunning but I really don't have the time or energy to make one recipe in this book. Good luck to whomever gives it a try :)

Sep 24, 2015

A book for serious vegans. I clearly need a vegetarian cookbook and was fooled by the subtitle. There was one recipe that contained ingredients I would normally cook with. I am not ready to be meatless, cheeseless, eggless and to have to buy exotic ingredients.

Jan 28, 2013

I agree with the other posters here. The recipes are perhaps a bit too fancy for everyday cooking - in fact, there's NO way I would have the time to make something like this on a week night. A fancy dinner party might be more fitting, but even so, the recipes require quite a few hard-to-find items, and the techniques used to prepare them are a bit advanced.

Feb 28, 2012

Beautiful book but too fancy for this everyday mom.

Feb 08, 2012

If you are trying to impress someone with fancy vegan food, this book could help. However, the recipes call for a lot of packaged food which makes the meals pricey. Not worth it for a regular home cook.

Sep 27, 2011

Chef Tal Ronnen is a culinary genious, but these recipes can be a little tedious to make. Well worth it though! You don't have to be a master chef to make quality recipes, just the time to do so. You'll definately learn a thing or two about vegan cuisine.

Sep 08, 2011

I think that on a list of where to get started being vegan this hould be firther down. There is a great del of prep work required for half of the recipes. THey are worth it though. This is more of an intermediate cookbook.

Apr 01, 2011

You have to give this book a chance!!! As a die hard carnivore myself, I was hugely skeptical at first. This is not a cookbook of sprouts and tofu burgers, but of mouth-watering, hearty meals that keep the protein at the center of your plate. Even if you don’t make any of the recipes from this book, there are some really unusual, interesting concepts and ideas that will get you thinking about food and flavor combinations in a whole new way.

Jun 09, 2010

Overly complicated recipes that need fussy hard-to-find ingredients.

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