I am starting my first cookbook review (the first of many to come, I hope!) with a writeup of one of my favorite cookbooks: Moosewood Cookbook by Molly Katzen. It's near and dear to my heart because it was one of the very first cookbooks I owned, but also because it was the cookbook that first turned me on to healthy, mostly-vegetarian cooking.
This cookbook was originally published in 1978 but it is, by all definitions, a true classic. According to the New York Times, it's one of the ten best selling cookbooks of all time.
I personally have made dozens of recipes from this cookbook and they are WONDERFUL. I have not met one that I didn't like. My favorites are Hungarian Mushroom Soup, Multi-Bean Salad, Tahini Lemon Sauce, and Tabouli.
What I like about this book
- It has an old fashioned charm. The recipes are hand-written and the illustrations are sketched by hand. It is simply a pleasure to read and to cook from.
- The food is FANTASTIC. Healthy, delicious, and never complicated.
- No fancy or unusual ingredients. Basic vegetables, beans, grains and pantry staples. (Plus everything can be found KOSHER! A real plus for me!)
What I don't like about it
I was hard pressed to come up with anything I don't like about this classic. Just one small point: it doesn't have photos of the finished dishes, which I've gotten so accustomed to in newer cookbooks.My ratings
|How’s the food?||Yuk.||Nothing to write home about.||Good enough to make again.||Wow. I’d eat it every day.|
|Is it a good read?||Yuk.||Readable but nothing special.||Pretty good.||Great reading. Keep it on your night table!|
|How do you like the design of the book?||Yuk.||Alright.||Attractive and appealing.||Flat out fantastic.|
If you don't own this cookbook yet, go out and get it! If you do, what are you doing reading this review? Get the cookbook off your shelf and USE IT!