View the full article at examiner.com | January 1, 2015 | A. Michelle Blakeley
The carefully curated cookbooks below are all the inspiration you need to take being a vegetarian, one day at a time. Each month, I will feature a book from the list and post a weekly recipe accompanied by an interview with the author. I want readers to eat with their eyes first, and then for content. Even if you are a “seasoned” vegetarian or “foodporn” addict, you will not be disappointed. We’re talking about endless pages of vibrant, flavorful, fresh and wholesome recipes.
1. Eat Clean Live Well by Terry Walters (Sterling Epicure, 2014)
2. Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry (Ten Speed Press, 2014)
3. Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin (Harvard Common Press, 2014)
4. The Vibrant Table by Anya Kassoff (Roost Books, 2014)
5. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ten Speed Press, 2014)
6. But I Could Never Go Vegan by Kristy Turner (The Experiment, 2014)
7. Veggie Burgers Every Which Way by Lukas Volger (The Experiment, 2014)
8. Green Kitchen Travels by David Frenkiel and Luis Vindahl (Hardie Grant Books, 2014)
9. The Southern Vegetarian by Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence (Thomas Nelson, 2013)
10. Plant Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer (The Experiment, 2014)
11. Whole Grains by Julie Karla (Karla’s Nordic Kitchen, 2014) and Homemade Flour Cookbook by Erin Anderson (Fair Winds Press, 2014)
12. Pure Food by Veronica Bosgraaf (Crown Publishing Group, 2015)
I can assure you, with these authors and cookbooks, your journey and commitment to being a vegetarian will be nothing short of mind-blowing and enlightening. Don’t miss the interview series with each of the authors or the recipes, subscribe to my feed or follow me on Instagram for the featured recipes at @vegetarianaficionado.
Party In My Plants | November 20, 2014 | Talia Pollock
Who doesn’t love a trilogy? Toy Story, Mission Impossible, The Hangover, Twilight? (Oh, Twilight‘s not a trilogy? I guess I just gave up at #3.)
Trilogies prove that a story line has real leverage – real staying-power, a real ability to keep people coming back, wanting more..and more…and even more.
Not all movies can make trilogies, heck – a lot of movies can’t even make sequels.(Umm, Bring it On Again? Jaws 2? Grease 2? Legally Blonde 2? Like seriously…oh wow, like totally freak me out…)
So that makes it all the more impressive when a trilogy kicks ass, now doesn’t it!
Such is the case with cookbook author Terry Walters, of the Clean Food trilogy. Terry was able to write not one, not two, but THREE blockbuster plant-based cookbooks! [Clean Food, Clean Start, Eat Clean Live Well]
Each book is filled with incredible recipes, drool-worthy photos and really warm personal sentiments. Sometimes browsing her cookbook feels like you’re reading her holiday card…or diary. (I mean, the books come with those satin ribbon things that help you bookmark your page – just like the one in your high school diary! Point proven.)
But even more than the photos and personality, Terry’s recipes are truly, hands down, the easiest, most fail-proofed, HEALTHIEST (and tastiest) plant-based recipes around.
Terry’s books are those books that I grab when I want certainty that what I cook or bake that day will be an ultimate success.
I have made dozens of recipes from her cookbook trilogy and I have never ONCE not had that recipe be a home-run. (I mean, I guess one or two might’ve been a triple, but her books give me a really high batting average.)
The food I make from her books are demanded by family, friends and family friends for months and years after they ate it – “you can only come to my graduation party if you bring that berry tart” or, “can you make that carrot ginger soup? I’m sick [fake] cough cough” or “I’m mad at you. Make me Terry’s tofu kale lasagna and I’ll forgive you.”
Now, before you go thinking that Terry’s secretly paying me (with her amazing teff ginger molasses cookies – OMG I wish), let me assure you that she is not. It’s just my duty and responsibility as a plant-partier to share the best resources in plant-party-world, and Terry’s books are some of those best resources. I am lucky enough to call Terry a friend, however. I fortuitously grew up right next to her in the woods of good ol’ Connecticut. It’s a shame I didn’t start giving two hoots about healthy eating until I moved OUT of my Connecticut home and into my college dorm, or else I probably would’ve moved in with Terry (or at least hid in her kitchen).
So let’s talk about her latest installment in her series, shall we?
Her third book, Eat Clean Live Well, JUST came out! Wahoo! And while her previous two books were filled with personal anecdotes and backstories for her recipes, Eat Clean Live Welltakes it to the next level. This time, you basically move in with her – into her garden, her kitchen, her pantry…no, not her bed you dirty mind!
The book tells (and shows) you the ins and outs of clean, healthy living – in a broader sense than just food. She talks about decluttering, gift-giving and gardening (which is 100% non-applicable to me in my tiny NYC apartment, my aloe plant is barely makin’ it…but it’s still fun to read about).
But my favorite part of Eat Clean Live Well and the entire Terry Walters trilogy is how her recipes are divided by seasons. Hands down, this part makes me giddy. No joke. Not an exaggeration. (Maybe kind of a weird thing, though.)
There’s just something so freaking exciting about finding a slew of recipes specifically for the current season. It’s like when Netflix gives you a list to watched based on “what you previously watched,” or when Spotify gives you new artists to check out based on your listening habits…or when Facebook pops up ads based on the secret piece of lingerie you bought for your anniversary, while you’re using Facebook in a public coffee shop…..
I love being in the middle of autumn and going to the “fall” section in her book (’cause autumn=fall BTW) and finding loads of squashy recipes. (And you know how I love my squash…)
Or being in the heat of summer and going to the “summer” section in her book (there’s really no second word for summer, is there?) and finding a bunch of peachy, watermelony and cucumbery things to make.
In fact! I did just this the other night. I turned to the “fall” section and found a “seared tart apple and kale sauté,” which worked perfectly with the bushel (literally) of apples I had recently picked with my own two hands, and decided to whip it up, knowing, with certainty, that the recipe would rock my wool socks.
Rock my wool socks it did, and now I’m going to share this simply easy recipe with you, from Terry’s latest book (GO BUY IT) Eat Clean Live Well. Oh! And I might as well share the recipe I made it with: Terry’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Peas. It’s from the “winter” section of her new book, but I figured since I can see my breath outside now, I’m allowed to make a “winter” recipe. (By the way – this “cheese” isn’t dairy cheese, it’s homemade dairy, soy and nut-free cheese.)
So lemme walk you though my totally comforting, healthy, delicious dinner from Eat Clean Live Well. [Click here and scroll down for recipes and photos included in the original post.]
Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Peas and Chard, page 258
Seared Tart Apple and Kale Sauté, page 187
Honestly, these two dishes complemented each other fabulously. Whenever I eat something like pasta, it’s essential to balance all the starch with a ton of greens, and lucky for me, this easy, quick kale recipe was not just a good way to get in the greens, it was one of the most delicious kale recipes I’ve ever made! (And not because it brought out the flavor of kale. It actually disguised it. No kale flavor here – I promise.)
Chicago Sun-Times thrive | November 2014 | Sue Ontiveros
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With 175 recipes, it’s clear “Eat Clean Live Well” by Terry Walters (Sterling Epicure, $30) is a cookbook. But it’s a lot more than that.
Walters is one of the dominant voices of the clean living movement in the United States. So it is no surprise that in “Eat Clean Live Well,” her third book, she offers advice on how we can maintain a cleaner and healthier life in addition to the recipes.
A lot of people, myself included, think living a cleaner life probably means a lot of work.
If there’s one thing I’ve discovered from reading “Eat Clean Live Well” (Sterling Epicure, $30), it’s just the opposite. And, it’s not the expensive proposition you and I thought it was, either.
Everything about the book tells a reader, yes, you can do this. What a celebration of eating and living a clean life this book is! Reading it I just felt like I want to be part of this.
Walters knows we all have busy lives. She has one, too. So she shows simple steps that can be taken. Personally, I know that household cleansers are giving me sinus problems. Ah, but where to start to change? Walters has a nice selection of homemade cleansers that sound simple (and cheap) to make. I know I am giving some of these a try. (Love the idea of using felted wool balls to throw in the dryer instead of those scented sheets!)
The author has children and offers a lot of sensible and easy-to-follow advice on getting kids to adapt to clean food. I like this tip in particular: talk with your kids about clean food choices, explain why you are making them. Once they know the reason, they are more likely to go along with the program. Good advice.
The tasks and recipes are divided into the four seasons. I really like this format, something I have seen in a few other books as well. It just makes sense that we live our lives according to what’s going on in nature.
Since it’s fall I’m concentrating on that section (although she has advice in each season I want to follow), which includes methods for dehydrating herbs and making the bounty of fall last. She also features a recipe for a daily tonic to ward off colds and the flu. Gonna try that, too. Couldn’t hurt!
But back to the recipes. I tell people this all the time: cooking real food doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. “Eat Clean Live Well” supports that reasoning. For the most part the recipes use a short list of ingredients. They are easy to follow. I like the combinations she shows us, such as apple and kale (Seared Tart Apple and Kale Saute) or pumpkin and cannellinis (Pumpkin and Cannellini Bean Chili). Very original.
Her recipes are so fresh and inviting. I have a whole list I want to try.
So many fall recipes concentrate on apples. Here’s one from “Eat Clean Live Well” that uses the other bountiful (and often forgotten) fruit of fall, the pear.