Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen
Broadway, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
eborah Madison states in
that she loves this mealtime - '
It's friendly and relaxed. It's easy to invite people over for supper, for there's a quality of comfort that isn't there with dinner, a meal that suggests more serious culinary expectations.
' She tells us that '
With supper there's a willingness to make do with what's available and to cook and eat simply. It can also be special and beautifully crafted if that's what you want.
' Madison, author of the bestselling
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
, lists tips to make your cooking simple, tasty, and attractive. And then moves into the meat of the book, with no meat on the menu. This is vegetarian cooking, remember? Which suits me just fine.
he starts with
Savory Pies and Gratins
. The photo on the first page of this section is enough to make you pick up a fork.
Dried Porcini and Fresh Mushroom Tart
looks exotically wonderful, while
Feta and Ricotta Cheese Skillet Pie
looks simple to make and a delight to eat – especially with the Zinfandel Madison recommends.
Eggplant and Tomato Gratin
also seems uncomplicated – but the flavor must be marvelous, combining eggplant and tomato. Divine! I've always loved stews and pretty much gave them up when I stopped eating meat. The
Vegetable Stews and Braises
here have given them back to me. With
Brussels Sprout and Mushroom Ragout with Herb Dumplings
, I'm back in business.
has always been a love of mine and there are enough lovely recipes to keep me cooking suppers for a long time to come. Thank you, Deborah. Thanks also for the
Crepes and Fritters
. They look luscious. These
Zucchini Skillet Cakes
would rival my daughter's and she's a past master at rustling them up. I'll have to try
Lemony Risotto Croquettes with Slivered Almonds, Snow Peas, Asparagus and Leeks
. I'm ready to dig in with a glass of the Giacosa Arneis recommended.
Mostly Tofu (and some Tempeh)
comes next. Don't turn up your nose. Tofu's good stuff. Try it and let me know. There are enough recipes here to make a believer of you. Who could ever turn down
for Supper? Here are a
Fried Egg Sandwich
Scrambled Eggs in a Tortilla
. Good any time of year – especially in cold weather.
adison finishes her
Hearty Cool-Weather Suppers
Light Meals for Warm Weather
Condiments and Sauces
is a real find.
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