Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table (Hardcover)

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A fan of Anna Thomas’s recipes since the release of The Vegetarian Epicure in 1973, I’m heartened by her latest effort to unite our divided tables of vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters around simple, yet elegant meals that will delight family and friends around the dinner table.  She starts with food everyone eats, designing a dish and full meals around that, varying parts of each with small amounts of the right cheeses, meats or fish so everyone feels welcomed.   Thomas shares her love of home cooking, giving us more than 150 recipes for salads, soups, risotto, main courses and desserts including a festive “Thanksgiving for Everyone” and other special dinners. ~Mark

— From 2016 Cookbooks


For years, Anna Thomas's fans have cooked from her trailblazing vegetarian cookbooks. Now, Anna turns her thoughts to that larger question. We are eating differently: your daughter is a vegan, or you are but your in-laws don't think it's dinner without meat, or you're hosting Thanksgiving for a mixed group... In this timely and useful new book, Anna offers her solutions for reuniting our divided tables.

"My idea is simple," says Anna. "Start with the food everyone eats, design a meal or a dish around that, then expand and elaborate with just the right amounts of the right cheeses, meats, or fish for your omnivores. Everyone feels welcome, and we eat the same meal--but in variations."

Anna shows us how to cook for today's table, with over 150 recipes for all tastes, and menus for every occasion. For a casual evening with friends, Farro with Lentils and Lavender served with Ratatouille from the Charcoal Grill makes a beautiful vegan supper--and also pairs wonderfully with garlic-and-herb rubbed lamb chops for the omnivores. Anna's crowd-pleasing Easy Fish Soup begins as a robust vegetable soup, with seafood added five minutes before serving--an ideal two-way dish. A vegetarian Lemon Risotto with Saut ed Fresh Fava Beans is perfect on its own, and can easily take on tender shrimp. For dessert, have vegan Pumpkin Gingerbread and add vanilla ice cream, or serve a delectable Dark Chocolate Almond Bark studded with ginger and dried cherries.

Anna's festive "Thanksgiving for Everyone" menu centers on a sumptuous Polenta Torta with Roasted Squash and onion marmalade, surrounded by an array of seasonal vegetables--all pairing equally well with roast turkey for the traditionalists. "Taco Night at Home" allows everyone to design their perfect meal, mixing and matching from a spread of Spicy Black Beans, Poblano Peppers with Portobello Mushrooms, Carnitas, and Guajillo Chile Salsa. Anna's exuberant Mediterranean mezze menu is a relaxed summer party, featuring vegan Roasted Eggplant and Poblano Chile Spread with flatbread, Tabbouleh with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemon, Charred Zucchini with Lemon and Mint, and Baked Lamb Kibbeh Wedges for the omnivores.

With dishes inspired by the vibrant produce of farmers' markets, Anna shares her love of cooking and of hospitality. Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore shows us how to navigate a world of change, and bring all our friends and family together at one big, generous table.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393083019
ISBN-10: 0393083012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 18th, 2016
Pages: 496
Language: English