March 12, 2013 in Book Review by Sandra Kohlmann
When I was contacted to review Lora Krulak’s book, Veggies for Carnivores, I was immediately interested. My approach, as a vegan cook and baker, is to show everyone that veg food approachable and delicious, whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or an omnivore. With a title like Veggies for Carnivores, and the tagline “Moving Vegetables to the Center of the Plate,” I was pretty sure I’d like the book. I was right. <—Because this is all about me, right?
Lora is an experienced world traveler and private nutritional chef. She brings these experiences to her cooking. The book is full of recipes that are influenced by her visits to India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. She uses international flavors to bring out the most delicious aspects of an array of veggies.
What I most appreciate about the book, is that Lora wants her readers to experiment with her recipes, and riff on the basic ideas she presents. Yes, she writes recipes with specific measurements, but it’s clear she sees the recipe as a mere starting point. By opening the book with info about ingredients, methods, and tools (her favorite is the blender), she is giving the reader the skill set needed to adapt her recipes to be interesting and enticing for their palate. Many recipes are followed with a list of variations that make adaptations a snap. Along the way, she gives helpful tips about nutrition, the origins of the recipes, and facts about the ingredients being used. Her recipes are laid out clearly, with step-by-step instructions. And for you non-vegans out there (gasp!), there are even suggestions for paring the dishes with non-veg proteins, to help make veggies the center of your diet, without making a drastic change to your diet.
Veggies for Carnivores is certainly a valuable resource for making the transition from omnivore to herbivore, and I’d recommend it to anybody looking to increase the presence of veggies on their plate.
**I was given a copy of Veggies for Carnivores, but was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.**