Cookbook Review: The Passionate Vegetable



The Passionate Vegetable by Suzanne Landry is a cookbook that you’d think, based on the title, is yet another vegetarian cookbook. But it’s actually an omnivore’s cookbook, one that aims to help omnivores bring more whole foods, vegetables and grains into their diets rather than convert them to a completely plant-based diet.

The first three chapters of the book are devoted to nutrition and how to have a healthier kitchen. It includes pantry basics, how to choose food (and ways to cook food), plan meals and even some basic knife skills. Very useful information. I do, however, have a quibble with a portion of the nutrition section, particularly in reference to protein. The chef/author explains the largely discredited claim that you must eat grains with beans to make them a complete protein (in fact, you don't need to combine foods to get a complete protein). Landry does, however, include the important point that, on average, Americans get about twice the recommended (RDA) protein they need daily. It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine when people assume I do not get enough protein from a vegetarian diet. Where do they think cows get their protein? But I digress ...

Aside from this disagreement, I still believe there is still plenty of great information in the book. And it’s packed with recipes from breakfast through dessert and for everything in between to help you get more plants into your body in the tastiest and least punishing way possible. Recipes include Dilled Rice and Green Pea Salad, Spanish Style Quiche, Thai Coconut Chickpeas with Fresh Basil, and Roasted Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese, among many others. The book is a nice resource for anyone who’d like to decrease reliance on animal proteins and get some fresh ideas for meal planning. The book is available via Amazon and the author's website.

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