The legendary New York Times columnist introduces readers to the delicious simplicity of template cooking
Martha Rose Shulman’s The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking is an accessible, delicious recipe-packed teaching book designed to give home cooks a plan ("templates") and a language for cooking mouthwatering plant-based meals everyday. What is a template? It's a generic recipe for a basic dish—a risotto, a frittata, a rice bowl, a pasta bowl, a soup base—into which you put any suitable combination of vegetables and herbs based on seasonality and availability. By having these basic templates in hand, readers—wherever they live and whatever the season—will be able to prepare meatless dishes simply and easily, making them ideal for busy families, working moms, and everyone who wants to be able to put a mouthwatering vegetarian dish on the table, angst-free.
Template cooking—providing reliable, sensible framework for dishes that can change fluidly with seasonable availability—is enjoying rising popularity in the food world, and Shulman is a Rodale house author and legend. Whether the reader is a working parent trying to decipher the overflowing CSA box or a new vegetarian trying to navigate a world where meals can't be summed up with "steak," "chicken," or "pork chops," The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking, with 125 recipes, is the perfect tool.