cover image Dharma Feast Cookbook: Recipes for a Fresh Start

Dharma Feast Cookbook: Recipes for a Fresh Start

Theresa Rogers and Tika Altem%C3%B6ller. Hohm/Kalindi, $24.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-935826-21-7

Though Rogers and Altem%C3%B6ller's 3-step plan%E2%80%94based on Humbart Santillo's Intuitive Eating%E2%80%94is meant to guide readers and eaters to an essentially vegan diet, their cookbook also functions as a terrific resource for omnivores in search of a healthily varied menu. Incorporating a multitude of ethnic cuisines such as Korean, Pakistani, Mexican, and Italian, as well as disciplines such as gluten-free, macrobiotic, and raw, the end result is a surprisingly diverse collection that keeps esoteric ingredients and laborious preparation to a minimum. Readers need not consider themselves dharma bums to appreciate White Bean Stew with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Sage; Cherry-Pecan-Oatmeal Cookies; Miso Soup; from-scratch Marinara Sauce; Kimchi; Caesar Salad; or a Tomato, Onion, Spinach Frittata; and those sticking to a specific diet will certainly appreciate Vegan Pancakes and Vegan Thousand Island Dressing, or Kvass%E2%80%94a secret ingredient in Ukrainian cuisine and a purported health tonic made from fermented beets. Regardless of where readers are on the dietary spectrum, there is something for everyone among the 200+ recipes. This is a refreshing, healthy collection that's light on politics and heavy on taste and ease of preparation. (Feb.)