Cookbook Reviews: Martha Stewart's "Meatless"

As a vegetarian, it can be a struggle to find recipes that aren't centered around meat. After all, there are only so many variations on green salad. That's why I'm glad I discovered "Meatless," a cookbook of vegetarian recipes...

As a vegetarian, it can be a struggle to find recipes that aren't centered around meat. After all, there are only so many variations on green salad. That's why I'm glad I discovered "Meatless," a cookbook of vegetarian recipes from Martha Stewart. Previously, I had thought of Martha as someone who can make a table or dining room look beautiful, but I hadn't really thought of her as an authority on food.

Martha Stewart Meatless
Martha Stewart Meatless

"Meatless" changed my mind. It has over 200 recipes for vegetarians, including many that are great for cooler weather. That's important to me, since I often feel I'm missing out when my friends sit down to a heart roast or stew and I'm stuck nibbling on side dishes.

Unlike other cookbooks I've seen, "Meatless" doesn't recycle the same vegetarian recipes anybody who has decided to forego meat already knows. Furthermore, it's sumptuously photographed, making every dish look like something you can't wait to try.

(And if there's a meat-eater in your household, "Meatless" does offer recipes to which a form of animal protein can be added.)

I would note that vegetarians with more exotic palates may not find as much here as they'd like. Personally, I like that these recipes didn't call for many expensive, hard-to-find ingredients, but one trade-off is that not too many recipes could be described as 'adventurous.'

For more cookbook reviews, keep checking back with this blog. We continually stock it with updates, news and tips on food and cooking. You're always welcome to contact us, too.