"No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize." - Julia Child

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Recipe sampler on 101 Cookbooks

Even though I'm not a vegetarian myself, and don't know if I ever could be (BACON), I do appreciate good vegetarian cooking and am not adverse to regularly skipping meat in meals. I try to subscribe to the idea of using meat more as a condiment rather than a main focus of the meal--so instead of making it all about the beef, using the beef to accent a larger dish, like a stir-fry, salad, stew, etc.

I do, however, have a real fondness for the blog 101 Cookbooks, by Heidi Swanson. It's a beautiful site with photos that make me want to lick my computer monitor, and despite my bacon-loving ways, I still want to eat most everything on her site. Everything looks hearty and fulfilling and delicious, despite the fact that most of it is pretty healthy too.

Heidi has a new book coming out this April called Super Natural Every Day. I may get the book myself (which is currently available on pre-order via Amazon). I'm trying hard to eat healthier and anything that might entice me into doing it would probably be a good thing. As a nice little gift, there is a mini sampler of six recipes available as a PDF on her site. Those photos are gorgeous. Again with the desires to lick the screen.

I'll be honest: that avocado and mustard seed salad makes me want to have a party in my mouth. And that tutti-frutti crumble? Forget it. Can you imagine how much your taste buds would want to hug you if you had a plate of that topped with a big dollop of creme fraiche?

What do you think of vegetarian cooking? What about all-natural cooking? Is it something you're into?


Nina said...

I would love to cook raw and natural - just so I have more options. That summer salad list from the New York Times The Minimalism in 2009 changed my life.

Raquel said...

That salad list is wonderful! Love Mark Bittman.