The Vegetarian Epicure has stood the test of time both in my kitchen and throughout the world. With over a million copies sold, it's a cookbook that easily delights anyone that loves to eat good food - not just vegetarian's either.
My love affair with Thomas' cookbook (yes, I am a foodie and I have love affairs with "certain" cookbooks...lol!) started the first day I opened its cover. I can't pinpoint the exact date that I got my copy of the cookbook, although as I sit here writing this, memories of my newlywed days and making bread with my hubby come flooding back. "Here is the world's simplest bread...", Anna (the author) said to us from the French Bread recipe...well, we had to try that one! Her bread recipe has been made time and again since our first attempt and has to be noted as one of our all-time favorites.
Thomas' writing style encourages me to try new things. Just hearing the word souffle makes my knees get a little wobbly (or should that be wizzley :) - no one likes to be a failure in the kitchen and souffles produce many of those! Anna writes, "don't be frightened off", along with two pages of the best darn information I've read anywhere about how to perfect a souffle. Yes, yes...even I can do that!
An invitation to entertain your family and friends. Any number of menu ideas can be gleaned from this cookbook, plus Anna dedicates a whole chapter just to menus, along with her notes on each. From simple all the way up to the more elaborate meals, epicures, novice to seasoned will be hearing the mmm! sounds that people make upon eating good food.
Take me back to the 70's! From cover to cover the happy, hippie inspired pencil drawings by Julie Maas make this cookbook really special. I love browsing the pages, recalling the sweet smell of spices from the Orange Curry (pg 254) or nibbling on bites of Marinated Vegetable Salad (pg 110). With over 250 more recipes to try, I suggest digging out your maxi dress, sans the shoes and head on into the kitchen with The Vegetarian Epicure...70's style!