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You don't need to be a vegetarian to eat like one! With over 100 recipes, the New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story and her family adopt a "weekday vegetarian" mentality. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME OUT AND TASTE OF HOME - "Whether you're vegetarian or not (or somewhere in-between), these recipes are fit to become instant favorite You don't need to be a vegetarian to eat like one! With over 100 recipes, the New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story and her family adopt a "weekday vegetarian" mentality. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME OUT AND TASTE OF HOME - "Whether you're vegetarian or not (or somewhere in-between), these recipes are fit to become instant favorites in your kitchen!" --Molly Yeh, Food Network host and cookbook author Jenny Rosenstrach, creator of the beloved blog Dinner: A Love Story and Cup of Jo columnist, knew that she wanted to eat better for health reasons and for the planet but didn't want to miss the meat that she loves. But why does it have to be all or nothing? She figured that she could eat vegetarian during the week and save meaty splurges for the weekend. The Weekday Vegetarians shows readers how Jenny got her family on board with a weekday plant-based mentality and lays out a plan for home cooks to follow, one filled with brilliant and bold meat-free meals. Curious cooks will find more than 100 recipes (organized by meal type) for comforting, family-friendly foods like Pizza Salad with White Beans, Cauliflower Cutlets with Ranch Dressing, and Squash and Black Bean Tacos. Jenny also offers key flavor hits that will make any tray of roasted vegetables or bowl of garlicky beans irresistible--great things to make and throw on your next meal, such as spiced Crispy Chickpeas (who needs croutons?), Pizza Dough Croutons (you need croutons!), and a sweet chile sauce that makes everything look good and taste amazing. The Weekday Vegetarians is loaded with practical tips, techniques, and food for thought, and Jenny is your sage guide to getting more meat-free meals into your weekly rotation. Who knows? Maybe like Jenny's family, the more you practice being weekday vegetarians, the more you'll crave this food on the weekends, too!


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You don't need to be a vegetarian to eat like one! With over 100 recipes, the New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story and her family adopt a "weekday vegetarian" mentality. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME OUT AND TASTE OF HOME - "Whether you're vegetarian or not (or somewhere in-between), these recipes are fit to become instant favorite You don't need to be a vegetarian to eat like one! With over 100 recipes, the New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story and her family adopt a "weekday vegetarian" mentality. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME OUT AND TASTE OF HOME - "Whether you're vegetarian or not (or somewhere in-between), these recipes are fit to become instant favorites in your kitchen!" --Molly Yeh, Food Network host and cookbook author Jenny Rosenstrach, creator of the beloved blog Dinner: A Love Story and Cup of Jo columnist, knew that she wanted to eat better for health reasons and for the planet but didn't want to miss the meat that she loves. But why does it have to be all or nothing? She figured that she could eat vegetarian during the week and save meaty splurges for the weekend. The Weekday Vegetarians shows readers how Jenny got her family on board with a weekday plant-based mentality and lays out a plan for home cooks to follow, one filled with brilliant and bold meat-free meals. Curious cooks will find more than 100 recipes (organized by meal type) for comforting, family-friendly foods like Pizza Salad with White Beans, Cauliflower Cutlets with Ranch Dressing, and Squash and Black Bean Tacos. Jenny also offers key flavor hits that will make any tray of roasted vegetables or bowl of garlicky beans irresistible--great things to make and throw on your next meal, such as spiced Crispy Chickpeas (who needs croutons?), Pizza Dough Croutons (you need croutons!), and a sweet chile sauce that makes everything look good and taste amazing. The Weekday Vegetarians is loaded with practical tips, techniques, and food for thought, and Jenny is your sage guide to getting more meat-free meals into your weekly rotation. Who knows? Maybe like Jenny's family, the more you practice being weekday vegetarians, the more you'll crave this food on the weekends, too!

30 review for The Weekday Vegetarians: 100 Recipes and a Real-Life Plan for Eating Less Meat: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I like some of the customization aspects and even some of the tofu options. There are parts that felt a little too haphazard and maybe more suited for instagram photos than actual eating. The stuff on pizza, stuff in a bowl, and stuff on polenta section was particularly unimaginative and it's at the start of the book. Also, if you're following this book, do not keep the lima broth. (Big wtf over here on that note.) And, in case you're curious, "heirloom limas" are really just whatever old generic I like some of the customization aspects and even some of the tofu options. There are parts that felt a little too haphazard and maybe more suited for instagram photos than actual eating. The stuff on pizza, stuff in a bowl, and stuff on polenta section was particularly unimaginative and it's at the start of the book. Also, if you're following this book, do not keep the lima broth. (Big wtf over here on that note.) And, in case you're curious, "heirloom limas" are really just whatever old generic variety of regular limas/butterbeans you'd find at pretty much any seed exchange (ex. Christmas Limas). This felt like an extended recipe blog page with long exposition and slimmed down instructions. Seeing as how it's a cookbook, some better detailing in the recipes would have been appreciated.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chessa

    I really liked this cookbook! It’s an inspiring look at the real work of eating less meat and a very realistic look at what that means in a family setting when you need to get dinner on the table - perhaps with picky eaters - night after night. I really love her strategies - the “hooks” she employs to pump up flavor and therefore enthusiasm for a dish. Love the chart near the back - going to be looking at that one quite a bit. Also really love all the small plate options. I cook for 2 kids (one I really liked this cookbook! It’s an inspiring look at the real work of eating less meat and a very realistic look at what that means in a family setting when you need to get dinner on the table - perhaps with picky eaters - night after night. I really love her strategies - the “hooks” she employs to pump up flavor and therefore enthusiasm for a dish. Love the chart near the back - going to be looking at that one quite a bit. Also really love all the small plate options. I cook for 2 kids (one EXTREMELY picky) and 2 other adults (one of which is VERY old school meat and potatoes) - so although it feels pretty impossible to go as fully vegetarian as Rosenstrach’s family at this point, it does feel doable to stretch our thinking of what constitutes a satisfying dinner and having meat less. A great cookbook full of excellent recipes and ideas - I’m sure this one will be a hit.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This colorful, nicely-presented cookbook presents the idea of eating more vegetarian meals with no judgement or other content that could scare off mainstream eaters. This cookbook will work nicely for everyone from omnivores who currently wish to choose more plant-based foods but aren’t sure where to start, to those who eat plant-based most or all of the time. True to the title, the recipes are predominantly vegetarian, but there are quite a few vegan ones, too, and these are helpfully marked. Se This colorful, nicely-presented cookbook presents the idea of eating more vegetarian meals with no judgement or other content that could scare off mainstream eaters. This cookbook will work nicely for everyone from omnivores who currently wish to choose more plant-based foods but aren’t sure where to start, to those who eat plant-based most or all of the time. True to the title, the recipes are predominantly vegetarian, but there are quite a few vegan ones, too, and these are helpfully marked. Several other vegetarian ones would be easy to veganize, especially with the use of widely available plant-based cheese or egg products. I was a little confused by the creator’s neglect of the huge array of plant-based meat and dairy brands in her recipes—which can make a meal easier to make and more familiar to everyday diners. However, there are plenty of yummy recipes here, even without these products, and I plan on making a few of them. The book’s chatty tone, in which Rosenstrach describes her efforts to win over the toughest food critics of all—her family—will resonate with many readers and hopefully convince them of the feasibility and benefits of eating plant-based meals more often. True, I did wonder a little at the author’s inclusion of the “for the holdouts” section in which she suggests which animals to toss in to various meals for those who refuse to eat a dish without them. (My recommendation for the “holdouts” would be to make the dish with Gardein chick’n strips and just don’t tell them—the eater won’t know the difference and everyone will be happy. Especially the chickens.) But anyway, this book does present a good idea-- Even if you live with someone who turns their nose up at plant-based meals, don’t let this stop the other people in your household from choosing differently. Chances are, you don’t eat the same thing as this person every single day of your life—why not choose plant-based when you are not eating with them? Or even if you do follow Rosenstrach’s advice for "the holdouts," this will still result in your household consuming significantly fewer animals. Something to think about! I so am happy to see books like this one, VEGAN, AT TIMES, and others. This is how change will happen for animals and the environment—when mainstream eaters begin consuming more plant-forward meals and fewer animals. Accessible, fun, and gentle cookbooks like this will help!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Union County Library

    I've been a vegetarian for about 30 years, so I've seen many cookbooks on the subject. Many have very similar recipes. However, The Weekday Vegetarian by Jenny Rosenstrach is full of recipes that are new to me that are amazing! I highly recommend this if you are looking to eat less meat. - Reviewed by Laura K. I've been a vegetarian for about 30 years, so I've seen many cookbooks on the subject. Many have very similar recipes. However, The Weekday Vegetarian by Jenny Rosenstrach is full of recipes that are new to me that are amazing! I highly recommend this if you are looking to eat less meat. - Reviewed by Laura K.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    A great book for those who are trying to eat less meat! I was tired of buying cookbooks and only being able to make half of it. Pros: -I really enjoyed Jenny’s voice throughout the book. I’m a 20-something so the “getting dinner on the table for the kids” idea wasn’t applicable, but I enjoyed nonetheless. -A lot of the recipes are simple enough to be approachable and please a lot of people’s palates, but creative enough I wouldn’t have thought to do them myself. -A good mix of “stuff in a bowl” ( A great book for those who are trying to eat less meat! I was tired of buying cookbooks and only being able to make half of it. Pros: -I really enjoyed Jenny’s voice throughout the book. I’m a 20-something so the “getting dinner on the table for the kids” idea wasn’t applicable, but I enjoyed nonetheless. -A lot of the recipes are simple enough to be approachable and please a lot of people’s palates, but creative enough I wouldn’t have thought to do them myself. -A good mix of “stuff in a bowl” (we loved the cabbage-kale-tofu salad) and actual recipes (the greenest pasta or beets with pistachios, both of which we also loved). -the photography is beautiful Cons: -Sometimes I think Jenny and I have different ideas of what constitutes a whole meal. For example, the teriyaki tofu and green beans doesn’t really seem like enough for a meal to me. I’d either need to put it over rice or add a side, but she presents these as full meal recipes. This is fine, because I can always add a side on my own (for example, serving that with the cabbage okonomiyaki). -the idea of a “small plates dinner” doesn’t appeal to me, and many of her suggestions felt like basically serving a snack plate (the type of thing when I’m eating solo and throwing together different leftovers). -A bunch of the recipes appear to have no protein. For example: Cauliflower Cutlets in Romesco Sauce, Cabbage Wedges with Polenta, the aforementioned Greenest Pasta. Not every recipe for me needs protein, so it’s not a huge deal, but since my partner is a 26 year old guy (and one of the main reasons people don’t want to go meatless is protein concerns), it would’ve been nice if she’d provided recommendations in the notes for how to add a protein hit. Despite the cons, I’m still giving 5 stars, because the pros outweigh them by a mile. Almost every single recipe in this book is something I would actually make, with ingredients I can easily find nearby.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ada-Marie

    So excited to cook so many of these recipes and eat more plant-based in 2022!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Love this cookbook! I've been making my way through the recipes the past few months, and many have become staples in our house. The food is delicious and the recipes are not difficult. Yum!! Love this cookbook! I've been making my way through the recipes the past few months, and many have become staples in our house. The food is delicious and the recipes are not difficult. Yum!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dixie Diamond

    . . . meh? There are some nice ideas here but they're nearly all of the off-the-cuff variety that everybody tends to come up with on their own, anyway: Pizza, grain bowls, salads, soups/stews/chilis, tacos. Unless you have very, very, little cooking experience you can probably wing a dinner of black beans with chard and feta--it's one basic cooking skill dressed up with some interchangeable additions. She doesn't even give you a recipe for dough for the pizzas and flatbreads, she just says "store . . . meh? There are some nice ideas here but they're nearly all of the off-the-cuff variety that everybody tends to come up with on their own, anyway: Pizza, grain bowls, salads, soups/stews/chilis, tacos. Unless you have very, very, little cooking experience you can probably wing a dinner of black beans with chard and feta--it's one basic cooking skill dressed up with some interchangeable additions. She doesn't even give you a recipe for dough for the pizzas and flatbreads, she just says "storebought is fine", which is great if you've happened to have thought to buy dough, but a quick-bread (with baking powder) or quick-rise (with yeast) substitute would have been nice. This feels very much like a lot of ideas pulled from Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. It's also very carby and generally low-protein, which is fine for me but will limit its usefulness to people whose dietary needs aren't met by that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Johnson

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I would love to eat less meat and my husband has said several times that he wishes he were a vegetarian. Our problems are breaking the mental habit of thinking that each meal must contain meat and making smart food choices if meat is eliminated from a meal, because vegetarian/vegan doesn't instantly equal healthy. Jenny Rosenstrach has compiled a collection of 100 simple and approachable recipes that have each pas I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I would love to eat less meat and my husband has said several times that he wishes he were a vegetarian. Our problems are breaking the mental habit of thinking that each meal must contain meat and making smart food choices if meat is eliminated from a meal, because vegetarian/vegan doesn't instantly equal healthy. Jenny Rosenstrach has compiled a collection of 100 simple and approachable recipes that have each passed the test with her family. I tested her recipes for "A Farrotto for All Seasons" and "Chickpea-Pasta Mac & Cheese" and I deemed them each to be a success. The steps were easy to follow, the results got thumbs up all around, and I was proud to introduce 2 new ingredients (farro and chickpea pasta) into my family's dinner repertoire. Come chat with me about books here, too: Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sydna

    I adore cookbooks. I adore reading them. Good ones are a wealth of knowledge - kitchen tips and building block recipes for basic things like stock, beans, sauces, etc. I first heard of this book in a MMD email when it was on sale as a Kindle book. I can't do cookbooks in ebook format so I bought the hardcover. Things I love: this got me excited to play around with tofu and homemade veggie burger patties, which isn't something I'd normally care to delve into. Also, this will become one of my go to I adore cookbooks. I adore reading them. Good ones are a wealth of knowledge - kitchen tips and building block recipes for basic things like stock, beans, sauces, etc. I first heard of this book in a MMD email when it was on sale as a Kindle book. I can't do cookbooks in ebook format so I bought the hardcover. Things I love: this got me excited to play around with tofu and homemade veggie burger patties, which isn't something I'd normally care to delve into. Also, this will become one of my go to cookbooks for all the CSA vegetables. I also love how you can use this how it works best for you -- I can easily add whatever protein I want if I want or keep it completely vegetarian. This book inspires creativity in the kitchen. I love how she makes vegetables approachable. Aaand the restuffed japanese eggplants with miso tahini sauce?! YES. I first tried some of those beauties this past year when they came in my CSA and I'm so excited to find a jazzed up recipe for them. And thank you book darts! Super easy to find the recipes I marked later.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lorilin || thegoodbug

    Pure motivation in a book. Lots of genuinely good ideas. I actually loved the text accompanying the recipes, too. The advice in the beginning to have at least one sure-thing-winner on the plate... um, genius. We're trying new vegetarian dishes slowly but surely. My kids are eating new foods, and I'm feeling better about killing fewer animals. What a fantastic resource. Pure motivation in a book. Lots of genuinely good ideas. I actually loved the text accompanying the recipes, too. The advice in the beginning to have at least one sure-thing-winner on the plate... um, genius. We're trying new vegetarian dishes slowly but surely. My kids are eating new foods, and I'm feeling better about killing fewer animals. What a fantastic resource.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim Sanders

    I’m torn between a 3 and a 4, and need to cook a few more to make my final review. Stay tuned!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer

    I love Jenny’s writing in all forms and Weekday Vegetarians delivers. Her voice comes through with great story, recipes and tips in a manageable, helpful and delicious how-to guide. The recipes are outstanding.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Some new favourites have entered the dinner rotations from this one!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Lives up to what is advertised--a well-organized and realistic guide for cooking more vegetarian meals for a family. Doesn't have that many recipes overall but feels approachable, kind of like..."dip your toe into Ottolenghi recipes but we get that you're busy." Probably tougher to use if you have a mushroom allergy or need to do low carb, but there are some things I'd want to try once I'm off being low-carb. Lives up to what is advertised--a well-organized and realistic guide for cooking more vegetarian meals for a family. Doesn't have that many recipes overall but feels approachable, kind of like..."dip your toe into Ottolenghi recipes but we get that you're busy." Probably tougher to use if you have a mushroom allergy or need to do low carb, but there are some things I'd want to try once I'm off being low-carb.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    Fresh ideas, not pretentious and leaves room for improvisation. Feel like it appeals to all cooking skill levels. Rarely find one that has it all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Davis

    Fantastic cookbook, especially for getting some more vegetarian recipes in our rotation of favorite meals.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I'm not a vegetarian but I was impressed with this cookbook. I thought many of the salad and side dishes looked terrific. The illustrations of the dishes that were presented, looked fresh and appealing. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this cookbook. I think vegetarian and I think tofu and weird concoctions of food. I know, that's not typical but that's what I think. This cookbook showed me a different side of that. I saw the Artichoke Dip Pizza and thought that looked amazing. The I'm not a vegetarian but I was impressed with this cookbook. I thought many of the salad and side dishes looked terrific. The illustrations of the dishes that were presented, looked fresh and appealing. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this cookbook. I think vegetarian and I think tofu and weird concoctions of food. I know, that's not typical but that's what I think. This cookbook showed me a different side of that. I saw the Artichoke Dip Pizza and thought that looked amazing. The Pizza Salad with White Beans looked nice and refreshing and the Tagliatelle with Corn, Tomatoes, Onion-Bacon & Basil looked like something I would definitely eat. I liked the type print of this book as it was large and easy to read. There’s a lot of information about each recipe which might include hints, sides to use, how the recipe came to be, how to serve, etc. With each recipe you’ll find step-by-step instructions, a list of ingredients, and how many this recipe serves. There is no calorie or nutritional or serving size (per person) information presented. There are also labeled vegan recipes throughout the book. These recipes claim to be "healthy, delicious, and easy to execute." The book is broken down into 4 sections: The New Regulars, Small Plates Night, The Vegetarian's Very Special Bag of Hook & Tricks and Mix-&-Match Meal Chart. Within these sections, there are smaller sections like Pizza, Soups, Skillet Mains, Beans, Breads, Magic Blender Sauces & Dressings and Pantry Staples. I thought all these categories were a bit too much for me as I felt some of the sections could have been combined to save some dead space and help with the book’s flow. The index in the back is nice too. This is a great cookbook and one that I think, you'll find some recipes that will tempt your taste buds. 4.5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    This book has a lot of "how to convince your family it's okay to skip meat" which I tend to roll my eyes at. If your family doesn't like vegetables, you're cooking them wrong. Vegetables are delicious, and pretty too. I eat meat, but not every day, and I'm always looking for easy, quick, tasty no-meat meal plans. What I liked about this book was 1. It uses mostly "basic" ingredients that I can get at my big box suburban grocery store. 2. It had several recipes with treatment of basic vegetables This book has a lot of "how to convince your family it's okay to skip meat" which I tend to roll my eyes at. If your family doesn't like vegetables, you're cooking them wrong. Vegetables are delicious, and pretty too. I eat meat, but not every day, and I'm always looking for easy, quick, tasty no-meat meal plans. What I liked about this book was 1. It uses mostly "basic" ingredients that I can get at my big box suburban grocery store. 2. It had several recipes with treatment of basic vegetables that I hadn't seen before. The first one I made was "cabbages braised in cider", which turned out pretty well. 3. The author puts a lot of thought and effort into describing and diagramming her approach to making meals out of grains, veggies, and whatever is in the pantry. For example, if you're in the mood for pasta, here's how you figure out how to make a tasty dish out of simple ingredients. If you're in the mood for pizza, and you have a squash, here's what you do. Since this is how I approach my meal planning ("It's 5pm and I want to eat something asian-ish and I have some bell peppers and some greens I found in the garden") it was great for me. I borrowed this from the library, but might get my own copy to keep.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Croucier

    Have you thought about eating less meat? Trying to figure it out is overwhelming, or it least it has been to me. I have started playing more veggies than anything, but it’s still a struggle with my resistant family. Enter 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒆𝒆𝒌𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝑽𝒆𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒔 by Jenny Rosenstrach with suggestions of how to take your regular meals vegetarian, plus additional recipes that have worked for her family. She also makes it more attainable by suggesting that weekends can be for those meat recipes you are craving. I lo Have you thought about eating less meat? Trying to figure it out is overwhelming, or it least it has been to me. I have started playing more veggies than anything, but it’s still a struggle with my resistant family. Enter 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒆𝒆𝒌𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝑽𝒆𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒔 by Jenny Rosenstrach with suggestions of how to take your regular meals vegetarian, plus additional recipes that have worked for her family. She also makes it more attainable by suggesting that weekends can be for those meat recipes you are craving. I love how she also gives suggestions for meat additions for the super resistant! There are also recipes for “hooks,” sauces that you can add to make anything delicious, and a chart in the back to help you find recipes using many popular ingredients. We may not go full weekday vegetarian, but I am stocking up on tofu and multiple veggies, plus ingredients for several sauces and dressings so we can go meatless more days than not! Thank you to Clarkson Potter for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own and freely given. #theweekdayvegetarians #dinneralovestory #jennyrosentrach #vegetarianrecipes #clarksonpotter #tenspeedpress

  21. 4 out of 5

    Grace B

    I loved the recipes but I didn’t like her overall approach to the book, which came across as a bit heavy-handed and self-conscious. Instead of saying, here’s what we did and what we have learned, and you might enjoy the recipes too, it assumed that every reader would be making the exact same decision (to eat only vegetarian meals 5 days per week), and simply needed to be told how to get their kids on board. Lots of people may have a lot of different reasons for buying this book and/or eating veg I loved the recipes but I didn’t like her overall approach to the book, which came across as a bit heavy-handed and self-conscious. Instead of saying, here’s what we did and what we have learned, and you might enjoy the recipes too, it assumed that every reader would be making the exact same decision (to eat only vegetarian meals 5 days per week), and simply needed to be told how to get their kids on board. Lots of people may have a lot of different reasons for buying this book and/or eating vegetarian meals, including simply liking Jenny Rosenstrach’s other books. My own family has always enjoyed a mix of vegetarian and meat-based meals and I do t feel like I need to convince my kids to eat a meal without meat. At the same time, I’m not interested in enshrining my somewhat eclectic omnivore diet into a lifestyle. All that aside, every recipe we’ve tried from the book has been great, and several are on regular rotation (the artichoke quiche, corn pasta, kale salad, and cheesy bean bake are especially favorites). On the whole, this cookbook has been well worth it despite the tone falling flat for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked this book more for its attitude and motivation than for many of the recipes. I've always liked Rosenstrach's attitude towards food and found her picky eater tips to be very helpful when my kids were younger. Similarly, I found her ideas towards presenting more vegetables to be good for our family. The sauces and salad dressings in here are genius and very easy. I also liked the soup recipes in the book (particularly the lentil) and her mushroom tarte is amazing. The trick about putting n I liked this book more for its attitude and motivation than for many of the recipes. I've always liked Rosenstrach's attitude towards food and found her picky eater tips to be very helpful when my kids were younger. Similarly, I found her ideas towards presenting more vegetables to be good for our family. The sauces and salad dressings in here are genius and very easy. I also liked the soup recipes in the book (particularly the lentil) and her mushroom tarte is amazing. The trick about putting nutritional yeast into the store-bought crust is great, and can be used elsewhere. I use her hacks like small plate dinners, but generally find her actual recipes to be too involved for me on a weeknight. I really don't even have 45 minutes to stand at the stove. Also, there is too much tofu in here for me. This is a great resource if you're looking to feed your family healthier food. The author has a great attitude, the recipes are clearly written and it's a very enjoyable read. I gave it 3 stars because I always remove a star if there's no nutritional information, and I found the time it took to cook a lot of these to be a bit of a stretch on a weeknight.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liv

    I mostly cook vegetarian already, so I'm not exactly the target audience being coaxed away from daily meat-centered dinners, however I often find myself in a veggies+pasta hole. I am always looking for something to spark a fresh meal idea. I love the easygoing approach to this book: maybe you can't get everyone in your house eating vegetarian every meal but you can do it a few days a week in a way that's familiar and appealing for all. Flipping through this at the bookstore, I loved the colorful I mostly cook vegetarian already, so I'm not exactly the target audience being coaxed away from daily meat-centered dinners, however I often find myself in a veggies+pasta hole. I am always looking for something to spark a fresh meal idea. I love the easygoing approach to this book: maybe you can't get everyone in your house eating vegetarian every meal but you can do it a few days a week in a way that's familiar and appealing for all. Flipping through this at the bookstore, I loved the colorful, enticing photos and clean design. The flavors and ingredients look mostly familiar and tasty. One of my favorite features is that she includes quick modifications for vegans and meat eaters on many recipes. I'm imagining using this book to prep a meal when I have friends or family with various diets over. I'm not sure if I'm convinced by the organization of the book: she's lumped many of the recipes into a small plates section, but I'll hold my judgement until I've used the book more. I will come back to update once I've cooked a few things.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Dickson

    I liked this book so much and I am not a vegetarian! This book is for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. It is beautifully written and photographed. Jenny's stories and anecdotes about her family becoming weekday vegetarians are delightful and grabbed my interest right away. The book is divided into four parts and there are recipes for everyone: vegetarians and/or non vegetarians. There is a mix and match food chart at the end of the book that offers dozens of meal possibilities. The recipes I liked this book so much and I am not a vegetarian! This book is for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. It is beautifully written and photographed. Jenny's stories and anecdotes about her family becoming weekday vegetarians are delightful and grabbed my interest right away. The book is divided into four parts and there are recipes for everyone: vegetarians and/or non vegetarians. There is a mix and match food chart at the end of the book that offers dozens of meal possibilities. The recipes are simple and made with readily available ingredients for most everyone. I made the Pizza with Cheddar, Caramelized Onions & Eggs and it was fabulous. This left me with the need to try more of the recipes and perhaps becoming a weekday vegetarian myself. I've received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura B

    "But it's one thing to know you want to eat in a more plant-based direction and an entirely different thing to know how to execute that pledge night after night at the dinner table...." After reading that in the introduction to The Weekday Vegetarians, I knew this was the plant based cookbook for me. I felt discouraged after buying a few vegetarian cookbooks last year that had complicated recipes with long ingredient lists (and after all the effort, my veggie loving four year old wouldn't even to "But it's one thing to know you want to eat in a more plant-based direction and an entirely different thing to know how to execute that pledge night after night at the dinner table...." After reading that in the introduction to The Weekday Vegetarians, I knew this was the plant based cookbook for me. I felt discouraged after buying a few vegetarian cookbooks last year that had complicated recipes with long ingredient lists (and after all the effort, my veggie loving four year old wouldn't even touch them...ugh). The recipes in this book are easy to follow and unpretentious. I appreciated that the author makes suggestions on how to make most vegan or add meat for any "holdout" folks. There are recipes for everything from pizza to salad dressings, and I'm grateful this cookbook has lit a renewed fire within me to eat less meat.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    There were a lot of delicious sounding recipes in this book, but far too many too many relied on frying something or coating it with olive oil and roasting it. The recipes also seemed like mostly side dishes as opposed to being complete meals. There was a section dedicated to small plates, but it seemed like that was really the theme of the book. Often, the author's solution to making one of these side dish recipes into a meal was to "add bread." It would take a little bit of planning to make ma There were a lot of delicious sounding recipes in this book, but far too many too many relied on frying something or coating it with olive oil and roasting it. The recipes also seemed like mostly side dishes as opposed to being complete meals. There was a section dedicated to small plates, but it seemed like that was really the theme of the book. Often, the author's solution to making one of these side dish recipes into a meal was to "add bread." It would take a little bit of planning to make many of these recipes into a complete dinner. I also found the author's regular "for the [carnivore] holdout" tips offputting. Anyone who has cooked with meat is going to know they can swap a chicken breast for crispy tofu in a sandwich, add pork to enchiladas, or put sausage on a pizza. You don't need to include that in a vegetarian cookbook.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A very inspiring cookbook for me, as I want to find more veggie-centric recipes to fold into our dinner routine. Approachable, yummy sounding recipes and readily available ingredients make me want to try most! We already tried the Restuffed Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Butter (which was good but sweeter than I expected, so maybe next time I'll use a little less miso.) I want to try these too, among others: Farrotto for All Season Mushroom Leek Gallette Sugar Snap Peas on Ricotta Baked Tofu with A very inspiring cookbook for me, as I want to find more veggie-centric recipes to fold into our dinner routine. Approachable, yummy sounding recipes and readily available ingredients make me want to try most! We already tried the Restuffed Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Butter (which was good but sweeter than I expected, so maybe next time I'll use a little less miso.) I want to try these too, among others: Farrotto for All Season Mushroom Leek Gallette Sugar Snap Peas on Ricotta Baked Tofu with Sweet-Hot Chili Glaze I really liked the suggested combos at the end, which was a nice touch. I was able to get an e-galley, but the layout is pretty horrible as it is for most e-cookbooks, so I can't wait to get a physical copy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ♡Ellie

    A Beautiful, vibrant collection of photos and recipes of super delicious vegetarian meals! This one is for all vegetarians, for anyone looking to become vegetarian, even for those who are wanting to consume less meat. I love that this cookbook can live in any kitchen. The instructions are easy to follow, and the recipe includes serving size, and some are even vegan meals as well! It also gives the reader suggestions, in case one would like to add meat to the dish. The author though of everything, A Beautiful, vibrant collection of photos and recipes of super delicious vegetarian meals! This one is for all vegetarians, for anyone looking to become vegetarian, even for those who are wanting to consume less meat. I love that this cookbook can live in any kitchen. The instructions are easy to follow, and the recipe includes serving size, and some are even vegan meals as well! It also gives the reader suggestions, in case one would like to add meat to the dish. The author though of everything, and it’s so pleasing to look at and read, the design is beautiful.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I try to cook Vegetarian at least a few days a week and this book has inspired me to try the recipes included. The pictures are gorgeous and they motivated me to try some of the recipes I would not have considered otherwise. One of my favorites is the Artichoke-Parm Quiche. Another favorite is the Tagliatelle with Corn, Tomatoes, "Onion-Bacon" and Basil. I can't wait to try all of them! I have received a free copy of this book from Clarkson Potter. This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I try to cook Vegetarian at least a few days a week and this book has inspired me to try the recipes included. The pictures are gorgeous and they motivated me to try some of the recipes I would not have considered otherwise. One of my favorites is the Artichoke-Parm Quiche. Another favorite is the Tagliatelle with Corn, Tomatoes, "Onion-Bacon" and Basil. I can't wait to try all of them! I have received a free copy of this book from Clarkson Potter.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I just love Jenny Rosenstrach. I’ve followed her blog and read her books for years, and very seldom have I made a recipe that was overly difficult or less than tasty. The Weekday Vegetarians is more of the same, but of course, without the meat! I have been trying to eat less meat, so this cookbook couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve now made four recipes from this one and would make three of them again, which is a pretty high ratio. The pictures are pretty but not pretentious, and the litt I just love Jenny Rosenstrach. I’ve followed her blog and read her books for years, and very seldom have I made a recipe that was overly difficult or less than tasty. The Weekday Vegetarians is more of the same, but of course, without the meat! I have been trying to eat less meat, so this cookbook couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve now made four recipes from this one and would make three of them again, which is a pretty high ratio. The pictures are pretty but not pretentious, and the little stories are a nice touch. I’m glad this book has a permanent spot on my shelves!

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