September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Can you review cookbooks?  I don’t know, but I’m going to try.

I have a love-hate relationship with food.  On the one hand, I love to cook elaborate, million ingredient meals that take time to simmer and boil and mix and a whole other slew of cooking terms i only have know how to do.

But on the other hand–a much larger hand–I hate how long things take.  I hate how you have to marinade a steak for 20 whole minutes before you cook it (longer, really, if you’re dedicated).  Because most of the time I just want food now.  Like a caveman.  I’m not in the mood to wait for dinner.  So I like fast meals.  Good meals, though, not really the 3-ingredient meals or anything, but like Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart, and others.  And I’m a fairly decent cook, in my own humble opinion–but I’ll admit that my impatience causes me to skip whole lines of ingredients or directions.  And more often than not I substitute an ingredient or a directive for something else.

All that to say, I have a lot of cookbooks.

We’re semi-regular vegetarians.  I hear the term is flexitarian, but whatever, the point is we basically only eat meat–including poultry, excluding food from the sea–twice a week at the max.  And I got tired of pouring through every single cookbook I have to find the veggie-only recipes.  So I used it as an excuse to buy a new one!

I really like this cookbook.  With the exception of one recipe, I’ve liked every one that I’ve tried.  They’re fast and simple, and use real vegetables like zucchini and eggplant and asparagus and such, not the fake kinds like tofu and satan (if it’s spelled like the devil, why would anyone eat it?).

Tonight it’s Veggie Phyllo Pizza, because I love pizza, and because it’s super fast.  It’s phyllo sheets piled on top with crumbled goat cheese, artichoke hearts, and cherry tomatoes.  Only, of course, I used goat cheese slices and Zima tomatoes, but I figure it’d surely taste about the same.


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