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Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special

More than 250 Recipes for Soup and Salad Meals
Paperback Book
October, 1999
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Banyen's Description: 

One of the first things diners seek upon entering Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York, is the chalkboard listing the daily special. Among the most-ordered menu items are soup-of-the-day and salad, and the restaurant’s famed multi-salad combo plates that offer a lively balance of seasonal ingredients in a meal that is filling but never heavy. One day might bring a bean- or grain-based stew served with goat cheese toasts; another might offer a Thai tofu salad served with a sprightly vegetable broth brimming with Asian flavours.

Now the cooks at the collective have gathered recipes (all vegetarian) for their most-requested soups, stews, salads, and accompaniments so that home cooks can re-create these simple, appealing meals themselves. This is the way we want to eat today: food that’s not fancy yet packs a flavour wallop; meals that can be made ahead of time and reheated or served as schedules allow; and dishes that can be dressed up or down and mixed or matched in endless delicious ways to transform leftovers into exciting new meals; also included are dozens of versatile dressings, soup toppings and garnishes, and bread recipes—making this a comprehensive cook’s resource and vegetarian’s delight. Where’s that garlic?...

Also by the Moosewood Collective are Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites and Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts.

Publisher’s Description: 

A steaming bowl of soup with fresh bread and a green salad, a tempting combo plate of crisp, complementary salads--these Daily Specials have been staples of Moosewood's ever-changing menu board since the restaurant opened its doors more than twenty-five years ago.

Over the years the creative chefs of the Moosewood Collective have introduced literally thousands of new soups and as many salads, all devised to showcase the fresh seasonal produce, vibrant ethnic flavors, and meatless food products that form the core of their cuisine. Now, for the first time, they have gathered the very best offerings from their vast soup and salad repertoire, as well as the ingenious extras that transform these simple dishes into world-class meals. Here are classics like Very Creamy Vegetable Chowder and Tuscan Bean Soup, as well as intriguing new creations like Caribbean Sweet Potato Coconut Soup, Golden Gazpacho, and Fennel Vichyssoise. Salads range from straightforward choices that are easy to mix and match, such as Spinach with Cilantro Cashew Dressing, Mexican Chickpea Salad, or Tunisian Carrot Salad, to satisfying one-dish meals like Broiled Tofu & Sugar Snap Peas or Persian Rice & Pistachio Salad. Each recipe is followed by helpful suggestions for selecting dishes so that creating well-balanced combo plates at home is a snap.

There are easy-to-use indexes of recipes by categories including children's favorites, quickly made, low-fat, low-carbohydrate, and vegan dishes. And each recipe has a complete nutritional breakdown, so it's simple to create menus for those with special health or dietary concerns. The section on transforming leftovers into sprightly new dishes also makes Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special a practical primer for those who want to make the most of seasonal bounty.

Few foods are more comforting--or satisfying--than a good soup and a well-made salad, and because many can be made ahead and served on demand, they are perfectly suited to the way we eat and live today. With more than 275 kitchen-tested recipes to fit any occasion, Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special offers years' worth of inspiration for Daily Specials every cook will be delighted to serve.

Moosewood Inc. and the authors of this book have donated 1 percent of their royalties from Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special to the community food and nutrition programs of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (G.I.A.C.) in Ithaca, New York.One of the most recognized names in vegetarian cooking offers its 8th and most appealing cookbook yet, with over 250 of the most-ordered soups, stews, salads and accompaniments that make up Moosewood Restaurant's famous Daily Specials. Flavorful but not fancy, they have long been a favorite at the famed Ithaca, NY, eatery. Also included are dozens of versatile dressings, soup toppings and garnishes, and bread recipes.

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