COOKING & FOOD

The Vegetarian Silver Spoon: Classic and Contemporary Italian Recipes

Phaidon. Apr. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781838660581. $49.95. COOKING
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Featuring more than 200 vegetarian recipes based on Italian classics, The Vegetarian Silver Spoon marries tradition with contemporary influences to present an array of meat-free options. Sections include Snacks & Small Plates; Breads & Pizzas; Salads & Vegetable Sides; Soups & Stews; Pasta, Dumplings & Crepes; Tarts & Pastries; Grains, Gratins, and Stuffed Vegetables; and Sweets & Desserts. In addition to vegetable and pasta dishes, recipes center on grains, legumes, and tubers, while integrating vegetarian staples such as tofu and seitan. Recipes include options such as basic bread dough (for pizza), carrot and paprika soup, eggplant-tomato strudel, and mango-papaya tiramisu. Icons make it easy to identify dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options, as well as recipes that take 30 minutes or less, and use five ingredients or fewer, while a set of handy lists makes it easy to identify recipes by meal, dietary needs, and more.
VERDICT While the recipes are intended to serve as stand-alone meals, many seem more suited to serve as sides rather than mains. Great options for home cooks looking to impress at a weekend dinner or potluck, but maybe not a weeknight meal.

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