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Favorite Recipes from The Savory Way by Deborah Madison?

I just scored an inexpensive used copy of THE SAVORY WAY by Deborah Madison. I'm hoping to incorporate more delicious vegetarian dishes into my life for 2008. Do you have any suggestions on where I should start?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. It's such a gem - I hope you enjoy it! I think that it's superior to the Greens Cookbook in that its less a product of a restaurant kitchen and more like what you'd regularly make at home (i.e. the hummus recipe here produces 1 cup and is made from canned chickpeas, in Greens you start with dried and end up with 3 cups - way too much)

    Ironically given the title, I most love the desserts. I think they are the best of any she's published. Very seasonal and sometimes old-fashioned (the sweetmeats!), I think everyone I've tried is a winner.

    I especially like the walnut nugget cookies, the quince compote, the prune and quince tart (almost like a tangy mincemeat pie), and the plum and nectarine crisp.

    From the savory side I like the tians very much when summer garden produce is abundant, the picked red onions are a staple for me, and I can't remember how I used to make greens before trying her mustard green recipe (although I now add coriander and cumin). Looking at the toc I remember loving all the spreads and should start making them again.

    It's also a good cookbook to turn to when you spy some really good produce and need to find something new to do with it.


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    1. re: ks in la

      Funny you should mention the hummus recipe -- that's one of my staples!

    2. I've made the pear coffee cake several times. Great flavors - cardamom, pear, and almond. Be careful not to overbake - seems to dry out easily.

      1. I love, love, love that cookbook. Funny, my favourites are also from the sweets section. The mexican pecan coffee tart (which I always make into mini tarts), the almond cake, the raisin cookies.....

        1. My copy falls open to the Quinoa Salad with Dried Furits and Pine Nuts. I've been making it for years; it's a terrific way to serve quinoa.

          The Tomato, Fennel, and Potato Stew with Saffron is also great

          1. It's a great cookbook & some of the simplest things are the best, like the pickled red onions & the avocado toast. I bought my copy after I tried the cold tomato soup w/ avocado & lime-it's delicious!

            1. Thank you all for the great suggestions! I love hummus...and dessert! I'm sure I'll enjoying exploring this gem. :-)

              1. The peanut sauce recipe is easy and addictive - I went through a phase of making it a lot and eating it with short-grain, slightly sticky rice and steamed broccoli. Really delicious, especially if you love cilantro.

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                1. re: chompy

                  I will definitely give this a try. I LOVE cilantro. Thanks!

                  1. re: chompy

                    OMGosh... I Love that recipe! I've made it so many times both hot and cold. It is definitely addictive.

                  2. I haven't used the cookbook much for a while because it has a lot of overlap with "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone," which in our house is called "the vegetable bible." (I have the hummus recipe memorized.) But your posts are making me want to pluck it off the auxiliary cookbook shelf!

                    1. My favorite guest recipe that I have used throughout the years - always to excited response - is the Tomato, Fennel and Potato Stew with Saffron. One of the home staples that is MUCH better the next day is the While Bean Soup.