Veg foodies, rejoice! Michael Natkin’s Herbivoracious is an epicure’s delight. Filled with stunning photographs and inventive recipes, the book will appeal to anyone with a love of food. But with the unusual ingredients and refined flavors, Herbivoracious fills a void in the array of great vegetarian cookbooks available, providing a modern gourmet take on vegetarian and vegan food.
From India to Italy, from terrines to tagines, Natkin draws from dozens of cultures and techniques. Bold colors and unexpected flavor combinations abound, such as the gorgeous Grapefruit & Avocado Crudo, or the subtle Apple Celery Sorbet.
Of the more than 150 recipes, 84 are vegan or have vegan options. Several others can be easily veganized by experienced vegan cooks. Gluten-free recipes are also clearly marked.
If you’re looking for everyday fare, this may not be the ideal cookbook for you. While most of the preparations are simple and clearly explained, many require ingredients that are unlikely to be found in the average pantry. Some ingredients will require trips to specialty stores, or cooking seasonally. But if you’re looking to step up your skills in the kitchen or make something for a special occasion, you can’t go wrong with this truly special fare.
A Flavor Revolution, with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes
By Michael Natkin
Harvard Common Press
$24.95 US / $29.95 CAN
Also available in an enhanced e-book edition, with 25 videos featuring Natkin touring
ethnic markets, introducing ingredients and showing how to choose them, and preparing
recipes from the book. The e-book will also offer social media functionality for sharing
recipes, photos, and video on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.
Disclosure: A complimentary copy of this publication was provided to TDIV for review. TDIV provides fair and unbiased reviews of all publications or products submitted for assessment.
Photo credit: Herbivoracious