Root Recipes that Can Beat the Wintertime Blues

True to Your Roots: Vegan Recipes to Comfort and Nourish You, by Carla Kelly, (Arsenal Pulp Press), 288 pages, release date 1 September, 2015.

I want to eat vegan, but so often that involves either compromising taste or investing more time than I really have to spare. If you’re like me—or if you’re just looking to broaden your cooking repertoire—you’ll appreciate True to Your Roots for offering delicious, not-too-fussy recipes.

The chapters of the book offer recipe ideas for the entire day. I’m a salad/side dish/main dish kind of cook, and Kelly gives me plenty of options. These include Carrot and Walnut Ravioli with Carrot Top Pesto; Kohlrabi and Chickpea Burgers; Water Chestnut and Chestnut-Stuffed Tofu.

She also includes breakfast, juices, and desserts, as well as starters and condiments. Each chapter offers a dozen or more recipes, so even if, like me, you focus on a particular meal or type of dish, True to Your Roots will offer you many possibilities.

I particularly appreciate Kelly’s emphasis on root vegetables. I find it easy to cook delicious, meat-free meals in the summer, but doing the same thing in winter feels daunting. By emphasizing variety Kelly demonstrates that root-based meals can go well beyond the oven roasts and purées that most of us are familiar with.

 

September 10 2015 06:14 am | Uncategorized

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