Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious is coming out with a book on May 8. He was gracious enough to send us a galley copy and we have to say that we were both impressed. What struck me immediately as I flipped through the pages was that if I didn't know it was a vegetarian cookbook I wouldn't notice that at first glance. It's so full of interesting and accessible recipes that it wouldn't occur to you that anything was missing. Of course as soon as you begin reading the introduction Michael introduces you to his personal thoughts on food and why he chooses to cook and eat the way he does.
Herbivoracous is full of interesting information and cooking tips. The recipes span the world and still manage to be easily approachable and relatively simple to prepare. A few that jumped out at us are the Roasted Maitake Mushrooms in Smoked Tea Broth, the Persimmon, Parsley and Olive Salad and the Spicy Tamarind Glazed Potatoes. They are clearly written with background information on unusual ingredients and straightforward directions. There is an emphasis on bright flavors that makes you want to try his dishes. It's a fun book that will teach you some new tricks and get you excited about getting into the kitchen. Michael has a passion for food that he brings to life within its pages and that is what great cookbooks are all about.
PS: If you can't wait till May 8 to check out the book, visit his website Herbivoracious. There are previews of some of the recipes with videos for you to get a taste.
April 10, 2006