The Eat Clean Vegetarian Cookbook is the most recent addition to my foodie library. Being a huge fan of Tosca’s other books, I ordered this one as soon as a found out it was available, and it certainly hasn’t been a disappointment.
The book contains 150 brand new recipes (some of her other cookbooks offer vegetarian options as well), 287 large pages, tons of pictures, and is divided into 11 sections as the following chapters:
Chapter 1- A Healthy Start (breakfast foods)
Chapter 2- Snack Break
Chapter 3- Simple Salads
Chapter 4- Savory Soups & One Pot Meals
Chapter 5- The Main Course
Chapter 6- From the Sea
Chapter 7- Vivacious Vegetables & Sides
Chapter 8- Fast Foods
Chapter 9- Sweet Treats
Chapter 10- Vegetarian Holiday Feast
Vegans should be aware that this book is not entirely vegan and many of the breakfast recipes do include eggs. It does however, provide a pictured guide, clearly marking which recipes are appropriate for certain types of vegetarians/vegans. In addition, many of the recipes can be “veganized” following the substitutions recommended at the bottom of each page.
Although the addition of a seafood section has raised some controversy, I think it is a nice addition. Although most vegetarians do not chose to eat fish, some do (including myself), and for that reason I believe that a seafood section should be a part of all vegetarian cook books. Seafood is found only in this section and can be easily passed over for those who chose not to consume fish or shellfish.
One of my favorite parts of this book is that the ingredients involved in the recipes are ones that most vegetarians would already have. The author uses different combinations of common ingredients to create unique meals that will keep boredom at bay for months on end.
The pictures in this book are also beautiful. The large page size allows us to really see great detail as well as presents recommended serving suggestions and gives the reader a good idea of portion sizes.
Not only is this just a cookbook, it is also a useful informational tool that highlights some important vegetarian nutrient information. At the end of each chapter, Tosca contained an excerpt that vegetarians can use even when they aren’t cooking from the cook book. Some excerpts include Pickling and Preserving Techniques, The Lowdown on Legumes, and information about Thriving Vegetarian Cultures.
Unfortunately, since I am still living in a dorm, I have not been able to try any of the recipes out. I do however, look forward to cooking up a Clean Eating storm when I am in contact with a kitchen again!