Karen Page is a two-time James Beard Award-winning author whose books include The Flavor Bible, which was named one of the year's best cookbooks on both Today and Good Morning America, one of the 100 best cookbooks of the last twenty-five years by Cooking Light, and one of the ten best cookbooks in the world of the past century by Forbes. The former Washington Post wine columnist is also the author of What to Drink with What You Eat, which was named the IACP Cookbook of the Year and Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year. She lives with her husband, author and photographer Andrew Dornenburg, in New York City.
Throughout time, people have chosen to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet for a variety of reasons, from ethics to economy to personal and planetary well-being. Experts now suggest a new reason for doing so: maximizing flavor - which is too often masked by meat-based stocks or butter and cream. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible is an essential guide to culinary creativity, based on insights from dozens of leading American chefs, representing such acclaimed restaurants as Crossroads and M.A.K.E. in Los Angeles; Candle 79, Dirt Candy, and Kajitsu in New York City, Green Zebra in Chicago, Greens and Millennium in San Francisco, Natural Selection and Portobello in Portland, Plum Bistro in Seattle, and Vedge in Philadelphia.
Emphasizing plant-based whole foods including vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, the book provides an A-to-Z listing of hundreds of ingredients, from açaí to zucchini blossoms, cross-referenced with the herbs, spices, and other seasonings that best enhance their flavor, resulting in thousands of recommended pairings. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible is the ideal reference for the way millions of people cook and eat today-- vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores alike. This groundbreaking book will empower both home cooks and professional chefs to create more compassionate, healthful, and flavorful cuisine.
"Although I am not entirely vegetarian (allowing for lapses and dinner parties) I am inspired by this book. What a helpful guide to anyone who is at a loss when approaching an unfamiliar plant, be it vegetable, fruit, legume, or or grain."—Deborah Madison, author of The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
"As a chef-restaurateur, I've used The Flavor Bible for years as an idea starter when coming up with new dishes. I know our mixologists find it just as helpful when they're creating new cocktails. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible is going to be invaluable at the restaurant, and I plan to keep a copy at home, too. Bravo!"—Tal Ronnen, author of The Conscious Cook, chef and founder at Crossroads (Los Angeles)
"If you thought eating vegetarian or vegan meant sacrificing flavor, think again." --Kristen Bell—
"Open this book to just about any page and you will find yourself in an orchard of inspiration and useful information organized from every angle: seasons, flavors, ethnic tradition, ingredient affinities. The logic of delicious plant food cookery is ripe for the picking- accessible, instructional, and even playful. Karen Page's thorough, generous message is an intuition booster for every level of experience, and Andrew Dornenburg's beautiful images will make it all feel magical and pull you in, guaranteed."—Mollie Katzen, author of The Heart of the Plate and The Moosewood Cookbook
"The Vegetarian Flavor Bible underscores the fact that not only is a plant-based diet better for your health, for the animals, and for the planet, it's an extraordinarily flavorful and satisfying way to eat, to"The Vegetarian Flavor Bible is that beautiful best friend who knows absolutely everything. From nutrition to food history to flavor pairing, this book will answer all your questions about a plant-based diet. But what's even more important is that it does so deliciously and joyfully."—Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Isa Does It, Veganomicon, and Vegan with a Vengeance, and contributor to Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook