For Those Kicking the Beige Diet
The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without, by Mollie Katzen, hardcover, 160 pages, list price: $22.95
Three cheers for the vegetable-cookbook revolution! It's only about 5 years old, and it's been a blessing for those of us whose powers of invention dwindle and die in the produce aisle. Mollie Katzen, of course, achieved her initial fame with the classic Moosewood Cookbook, but she's never been one to rest on her bay laurel leaves. Here is everything from Lemon-Spiked Artichokes to Parmesan-Crusted Zucchini, embellished with the lovely pen and pencil drawings that are Katzen's trademark. They're resolutely unfussy, sometimes whimsical (Chard Decorated With Itself!) recipes that nevertheless deliver explosive flavor, powered and teased to life with nut oils and tart vinegars or citrus or dried mushrooms. (Listen to an interview with Mollie Katzen.)
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