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September 21, 2005

35 Down, 17 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

When my friend Jen recommended La Dolce Vegan for my September reading list, I knew I had to give the book a serious look. Jen and I shared many a meal when I lived in Minneapolis, and she has never steered me wrong. Plus, she is a meat-eater recommending a vegan cookbook, so I figured the book has to be good.

Sarah Kramer's cookbook manages to give interesting lessons on the vegan lifestyle while serving up a surprisingly diverse collection of recipes. These recipes range from staples like macaroni and cheese to more exotic Indian dishes, there is truly something for everyone. The book is full of helpful cooking tips as well, and the recipes are anything but tofu-bland. My only criticism is the lack of photos of the finished recipes, even though there are plenty of (the very photogenic Ms. Kramer) sprinkled throughout the book. This is a great addition to our cookbook collection, I already made the garlic shoot stir-fry and was more than pleased with the result.

For her kind recommendation, Jen is getting a copy of Frank Stitt's Southern Table : Recipes and Gracious Traditions from Highlands Bar and Grill, courtesy of the largehearted kitchen staff. If you are ever in Birmingham, definitely try to eat at one of Stitt's restaurants: the Highlands, Bottega, or Chez Fonfon.

I have been looking forward to my next book for a while, Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown.

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