Book Review: Moosewood Cookbook (40th Anniversary Edition), by Mollie Katzen


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Mollie Katzen originally wrote the Moosewood Cookbook in 1974 as a collection of vegetarian recipes from the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York. When she published her handwritten, spiral-bound cookbook in 1974, no one knew that it would become one of the top best-selling cookbooks in history. Now available in a 40th anniversary edition, the Moosewood Cookbook is a classic among vegetarian cooks and an inductee in the James Beard Award Cookbook Hall of Fame.

The cookbook starts with a history of the Moosewood Restaurant, which was founded by Katzen and a group for friends. Like the cookbook, the menu featured favorite family recipes and vegetarian dishes. The Moosewood Cookbook starts with a list of recommended cooking tools such as a food processor and whisks, followed by a metric conversion table. Beginning with Soups, the recipes are divided into sections including Salads, Sauces and Dips, A Few Baked Things and Sandwiches, Entrees and Desserts.

True to its origins, the Moosewood Cookbook has a warm, friendly vibe that makes you want to cook with your friends. My favorite section is A Few Baked Things and Sandwiches, especially the “Celebratory Sandwich Fillings” and “Broiled and Grilled Sandwiches.” Still in its original, handwritten and illustrated format, the book has recipes for dishes that will appeal to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. “Sweet Potato Pancakes,” “Mexican Pepper Pie,” and “Real Blueberry Pie” are just some of the widely varied dishes in this cookbook.

I highly recommend the Moosewood Cookbook, not only as a classic vegetarian cookbook, but as an example of the difference a small group of dedicated people can make. I will turn to the pages of this book often for inspiration as well as recipes!

You can learn more about the Moosewood Cookbook here, or read Mollie Katzen’s bio here.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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