Not just for vegetarians Jun 23, 2007
Yes, it's a vegetarian cookbook, but most non-vegetarians have been known to dabble in creative vegetables now and then. In fact, making vegetables more interesting might make a whole dinner more interesting.
The title recipe, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. is a case in point. It takes a bit of fussing to get the presentation right, but it's quite a memorable dish. Not many dinners include forests, and enchanted ones at that. Even kids who say they hate broccoli might concede that this dish is interesting.
Of course, there are a lot of dishes that we don't really consider vegetarian, because they're so common -- like breads, salads, pastas, desserts. They don't have meat, but we don't expect them to. Those sorts of recipes are included in this book, along with vegetarian entrees, some of which might even pass muster on occasion in a meat-eating household.
The real value of this book, to me, is making vegetables more of a star in meals instead of being a limp afterthought. Rather than just microwaving some frozen mixed veggies, some of these dishes -- even the ones labeled as vegetarian entrees -- could serve as very interesting sides. Some are a bit complicated for everyday use, but if you're just grilling a chop, maybe the veggies deserve a little extra time.