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Linda Yao is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, in the beautiful city of Philadelphia. Having grown up amidst music and art classes, she has an appreciation for the aesthetic, including the art of food. In pursuit of her passion for food, she loves sampling the best foods her city has to offer and enjoying time in the kitchen, exploring healthy options for desserts and entrees. Her biggest food weakness? Everything sweet, but especially dark chocolate. She hopes to influence those around her by sharing the joys of a healthy lifestyle.

Review Of Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Vegetarian

Incorporating more vegetables into your diet is a great way to reduce your calorie intake and increase your vitamin and nutrient consumption.  A diet rich in vegetables may not seem as exciting as a diet rich in chicken, pork, beef, steak, etc. But that’s only if your idea of eating vegetables is eating salad every day.

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I love Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian because the recipes are not difficult to prepare but provide unique and delicious dishes for presenting common vegetables. What’s great about the book is that it doesn’t expect you to know how to cook any vegetable before reading it. There’s an article on how to prepare leeks, for example, which goes through each step of preparation, from removing the tough leaves to slicing the leeks in half.

This book is not only for pure vegetable lovers, however. There are also very useful staples the book teaches you to make, such as the procedure for making ravioli. Once you’ve looked at this portion of the book, you will be able to easily make cheese ravioli, spinach ravioli, mushroom-cheese ravioli, and the list of possibilities for your next few weeks of pasta dinners is endless.

Whether you are looking for a recipe for an uncommon dish such as Butternut Squash Tortellini or Crunch Amaranth Griddlecakes or whether you are simply looking for how to improve your creation of a traditional dish such as Baked Chickpeas with Fresh Cheese, this book is for every cook, from the beginner to the advanced.

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