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July Cookbook of the Month is VEG. COOKING FOR EVERYONE

oakjoan Jun 22, 2008 08:37 PM

In a very tight race, Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone came out 4, count em, 4 votes ahead of The Glorious Foods of Greece (13-9)

I'll be posting the threads at the very end of June so that we can get started right away.

I've found a number of Madison recipes online and will also post those. Any help the usual suspects can provide in the realm of links would be gladly accepted.

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  1. Gio RE: oakjoan Jun 23, 2008 04:38 AM

    In light of an interesting article in this morning's Boston Globe about rising meat and dairy prices, July's COTM now seems more timely than ever.

    Here's an exerpt:
    "In the latest bout of food inflation, beef, pork, poultry, and even eggs, cheese, and milk are expected to get more expensive as livestock owners go out of business or are forced to slaughter more cattle, hogs, turkeys, and chickens to cope with rocketing costs for corn-based animal feed."

    The entire article is here:

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    1. re: Gio
      oakjoan RE: Gio Jun 23, 2008 11:06 AM

      Yeah, a lot of the corn now grown in the States is for ethanol now instead of animal feed. Well, since reading the Omnivore's Dilemma on how cows are actually allergic to corn, being grass-eating animals, and have to be fed all sorts of other stuff so that their bodies will accept it....

    2. The Dairy Queen RE: oakjoan Jun 23, 2008 05:26 AM

      Thank you, oakjoan. Here are some links that I grabbed from the first four pages of results by googling on

      “vegetarian cooking for everyone” recipe

      Deborah Madison’s Random House “blog” with some very old entries--don't know if there are any recipes buried in there...

      Global Gourmet cookbook profile
      Lentil Minestrone
      Chard & Onion Omelet (Trouchia
      )Prune Tart in Almond Custard
      Tart Pastry

      Quince applesauce
      Yeasted sugarcake
      Yeasted Buckwheat waffles

      Rosemary Holiday Bread

      Here’s Rebecca Blood’s (whoever that is) “recipe notes”, though, no recipes

      I’ll try to add more later.


      1. ArikaDawn RE: oakjoan Jun 23, 2008 07:15 AM

        Zucchini with Corn and Squash Filing

        Cobbler Topping and Blueberry Cobbler

        Cooked Amaranth

        Hearty Lentil Soup

        Red Peppers Stuffed with Corn and Fresh Mozzarella

        Vegetarian Nuoc Mam


        Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Tomato
        Spicy Quinoa & Potato Croquettes


        1. The Dairy Queen RE: oakjoan Jun 23, 2008 01:07 PM

          A couple more:

          Artichoke, Leek, Fennel Pie with White Beans and a Phyllo Crust

          Roasted Harvest Vegetables in a Baked Pumpkin

          Butternut Squash Gallette


          1. ArikaDawn RE: oakjoan Jun 23, 2008 02:00 PM

            Spring Vegetable Stew

            Quinoa Chowder with Spinach, Feta, and Scallions

            Picnic Potato Salad with Marjoram and Pickled Onions

            Sweet Potato Muffins with Candied Ginger

            Mushroom and Spinach Bruschetta

            Blueberry Custard Tart

            Winter Squash Soup with Lemongrass and Coconut Milk


            1. foxy fairy RE: oakjoan Jun 26, 2008 12:31 PM

              Oh! I'm so excited. I wasn't even in the voting and just tuned back in... a cookbook I own this time! I can't wait. I will cook from it tonight to get a head start. Thanks for organizing. What a perfect month for this.

              How are you thinking of organizing the threads?

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              1. re: foxy fairy
                oakjoan RE: foxy fairy Jun 26, 2008 07:51 PM

                Dear ff:

                I haven't really decided yet. The book doesn't have the usual breakdown of sections but I don't want to make too many categories. I'm thinking of Appetizers and Sandwiches, Main Courses (including casseroles, grains, beans, stews, pasta, savory tarts, etc.), Soups and Salads, Breakfast Dishes, Breads and Desserts.

                The Main Course section would admittedly be huge, since there are so many sub categories - pastas, savory tarts, stews, pizzas, veggie stews, casseroles and gratins, beans, etc. However, to divide them into individual threads would be, imnsho, just too overwhelming.

                What are your thoughts and anybody else's? Suggestions happily received!

                1. re: oakjoan
                  JasmineG RE: oakjoan Jun 26, 2008 09:09 PM

                  I might split up Main Courses a bit, maybe grouping together stews/gratins/savory tarts, beans/grains/pasta and then give vegetables their own section?

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                JackieChiles RE: oakjoan Jun 27, 2008 01:25 PM

                Hi All, can anyone play? Is this a closed group? Are there rules? I don't see a sticky post? I've read some of the threads and can't get the gist of participate yet? Every day, every week? One dish, two, a whole meal?

                Thanks for the info.

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                1. re: JackieChiles
                  MMRuth RE: JackieChiles Jun 27, 2008 01:28 PM

                  Of course you can play! The basic idea is that posters who want to cook from the book(s) chosen during a month - as much or little as they like - and post about the recipes on the various threads. Have to run - but do a search on Site Talk about COTM and you'll find more information.

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                    oakjoan RE: JackieChiles Jun 27, 2008 02:04 PM

                    Well, Jackie, if you have enough time to cook when you are not too busy bringing Kramer's hot coffee suit, we'd love to have you participate!

                    As you can see when you read some of the posts in the previous months' threads, substitutions, mistakes, bad photos, and much more occur in the COTM posts. No registration is necessary, as MMRuth says, just cook and post. Well, first you need to have the book.... We've found that our local libraries are great sources if you don't want to or cannot buy the book.

                    If you want to post photos of your efforts, please do.

                    Everyone's welcome.

                    1. re: oakjoan
                      JackieChiles RE: oakjoan Jun 27, 2008 02:49 PM

                      Awesome, stupendous...amazing.

                      My local library does not have this book. I checked. Imagine that in San Diego? I'm going there tomorrow to see if they can order it from another.

                      When I participate this month it may be late because of that. Next month, I want to be a fully prepared contributing member.

                      A great idea, on a great website. Look forward to it.

                      1. re: JackieChiles
                        MMRuth RE: JackieChiles Jun 27, 2008 05:30 PM

                        Also, a number of posters try, at the beginning of each month, to post online links to recipes included in COTM for that month on the "mother thread', which I hope helps those who can't get a copy of the book.

                        1. re: MMRuth
                          JackieChiles RE: MMRuth Jun 27, 2008 05:34 PM

                          I saw that MMRuth, and I loved that opportunity. It excited me until I looked at the links. How do you cite the page number in that case? The web links don't usually do that. Just asking.

                          1. re: JackieChiles
                            MMRuth RE: JackieChiles Jun 27, 2008 05:38 PM

                            In that case, ignore the "rule". I do when I'm too lazy to go get the book and no one's shot me yet. Really - this is completely relaxed - I promise!

                            1. re: MMRuth
                              JackieChiles RE: MMRuth Jun 27, 2008 05:52 PM

                              Cool, I'm in then!

                              1. re: JackieChiles
                                MMRuth RE: JackieChiles Jun 27, 2008 05:55 PM

                                Now that I'm back from movie and dinner (see Fred and Elsa if you can), here's the link to the most recent COTM discussion thread:


                                and I link to the prior one in it.

                    2. re: JackieChiles
                      DanaB RE: JackieChiles Jun 27, 2008 02:05 PM

                      No rules, really. It's a voluntary group effort -- we pick a book every month, and then cook out of it, as much or as little as people have time for, and then post about the results. Welcome aboard!

                      1. re: JackieChiles
                        Gio RE: JackieChiles Jun 27, 2008 05:12 PM

                        Hey Jacikie - yes anyone can play. There are no rules that I have ever seen although when you report on a recipe you have made, it's advisable to cite chapter and page....just so the rest of us can look at the original recipe. It's been so much fun and although I've been cooking for more years than I want to remember, there's always something to learn and experience.

                        Jump in and have fun. Your family will thank you.

                      2. foxy fairy RE: oakjoan Jun 30, 2008 04:01 PM

                        To organize:

                        I am glancing at her contents. How about this, combining a few of her chapters and breaking up the VEGETABLES section (p 327-442), which she so cleverly organizes by ingredient:

                        Sauces, Condiments, Appetizers & First Courses
                        Sandwiches & Salads
                        Soups & Stews and Stir-Fries
                        Gratins and Casseroles & Beans
                        Vegetables: A -G
                        Vegetables: H-M
                        Vegetables: N-S
                        Vegetables: T-Z
                        Pasta, Noodles, Dumplings
                        Tarts, Pies, Turnovers, Pizzas
                        Eggs and Cheese & The Soy Pantry
                        Breads & Desserts

                        1. MMRuth RE: oakjoan Jul 23, 2008 04:01 AM

                          A bunch of recipes here:


                          You have to register with the site to access them, but it's very quick.

                          I've not checked for overlap with the recipes links already posted but these are the ones available:

                          Bread Pudding with Corn
                          Three Bean Salad
                          Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Garlic Vinaigrette
                          Grilled Lemon Chicken
                          Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches

                          Sugar Snap Pea Tempura
                          Chilled Mung Bean Noodles with Dulse and Crushed Peanuts
                          Miso-Glazed Tuna Kebabs
                          Honeydew Melon in Coconut Milk

                          Chilled Radish Buttermilk Soup
                          Fresh Herb Tart
                          Summer Tomatoes
                          Mixed Berry and Cassis Sundaes

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                          1. re: MMRuth
                            greedygirl RE: MMRuth Jul 23, 2008 04:50 AM

                            Thanks MMRuth. Although I'm struggling to see how Lemon Chicken and Tuna Kebabs are vegetarian!

                            1. re: greedygirl
                              MMRuth RE: greedygirl Jul 23, 2008 04:53 AM

                              Hmm - that's a good point!

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