PLANTLAB

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In PLANTLAB, world-renowned vegan chef Matthew Kenney serves up a truly unique and visually stunning cookbook emphasizing the art of plant-based cuisine.

From Matthew Kenney, long considered a pioneer in raw and vegan cuisine, comes the first definitive vegan cookbook for serious foodies and chefs. Kenney’s life work has been his commitment to plant-based innovation as well as culinary nutrition, and in PLANTLAB he employs inventive techniques and creative thinking in dishes that are visual masterpieces as well as delectable meals. Inspired by his experimental kitchen and laboratory located in Belfast, Maine, PLANTLAB will help redefine plant-based cuisine for home cooks and amp up their skills to create beautifully prepared, delicious vegan foods in their own kitchens. From root purees and soups to kale polenta and pizza, the 100+ recipes employ a modern, creative approach that builds on skills as you progress through the book. As the recipes get more advanced, so to do the techniques, and by the end, you will be fermenting and using a smoke gun like a pro.

Throughout, Kenney explores elements of the lifestyle that go along with plant-based wellness, expanding on the science behind foods and explaining cutting-edge food technology and innovative techniques, such as using and making nut-based cheeses and artisanal chocolate.

Elegantly designed and gorgeously photographed, PLANTLAB celebrates innovative vegan cuisine at the highest level. It is a feast for the senses.
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About the author

Matthew Kenney graduated from the French Culinary Institute and, after working in upscale New York City kitchens, opened a number of his own highly regarded restaurants in New York (including Plant Food and Wine) and along the East Coast. He has earned several awards, including being named one of America’s Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine and was twice nominated as a Rising Star Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. Kenney has appeared on numerous food and talk shows, and regularly lectures on the subject of food and health. In 2009, Kenney founded the world’s first classically structured raw food culinary academy. Along with operating his namesake academy and restaurant brand, Kenney is involved in raw food chef and plant-based projects around the world, and travels extensively to forward his mission to show others that food can be delicious and vibrant, while still healthy. This is his eleventh book.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Nov 14, 2017
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781682450895
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Language
English
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Genres
Cooking / Health & Healing / General
Cooking / Vegan
Cooking / Vegetarian
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Can we all sit down and have dinner together?

For years, Anna Thomas’s fans have cooked from her trailblazing vegetarian cookbooks. Now, Anna turns her thoughts to that larger question. We are eating differently: your daughter is a vegan, or you are but your in-laws don’t think it’s dinner without meat, or you’re hosting Thanksgiving for a mixed group… In this timely and useful new book, Anna offers her solutions for reuniting our divided tables.

“My idea is simple,” says Anna. “Start with the food everyone eats, design a meal or a dish around that, then expand and elaborate with just the right amounts of the right cheeses, meats, or fish for your omnivores. Everyone feels welcome, and we eat the same meal—but in variations.”

Anna shows us how to cook for today’s table, with over 150 recipes for all tastes, and menus for every occasion. For a casual evening with friends, Farro with Lentils and Lavender served with Ratatouille from the Charcoal Grill makes a beautiful vegan supper—and also pairs wonderfully with garlic-and-herb rubbed lamb chops for the omnivores. Anna’s crowd-pleasing Easy Fish Soup begins as a robust vegetable soup, with seafood added five minutes before serving—an ideal two-way dish. A vegetarian Lemon Risotto with Sautéed Fresh Fava Beans is perfect on its own, and can easily take on tender shrimp. For dessert, have vegan Pumpkin Gingerbread and add vanilla ice cream, or serve a delectable Dark Chocolate Almond Bark studded with ginger and dried cherries.

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With dishes inspired by the vibrant produce of farmers’ markets, Anna shares her love of cooking and of hospitality. Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore shows us how to navigate a world of change, and bring all our friends and family together at one big, generous table.

Top New York chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney and his partner, Sarma Melngailis, had been thinking of opening a Moroccan restaurant. But one night they were invited to a raw food restaurant -- and it changed their lives. They instead opened Pure Food and Wine, a restaurant devoted to creative, tasty raw food, and it has been drawing rave reviews. Dishes such as Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagne, Golden Squash Pasta with Black Summer Truffles, and Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Vanilla Cream have given raw food a sexy new appeal.

The decision to go raw was shocking at first for these two ex-carnivorous chefs, but they soon found that preparing and eating raw food made them and their guests feel their physical best. Melngailis noticed a difference almost immediately -- "Light, clean, natural, and alive foods make you feel light, clean, and more alive. And sexy." This new way of life has changed their outlook on eating and cooking and connects them to the world around them. As Kenney says, "Raw foods and the lifestyle associated with it are so compelling and complex that we will be forever learning and growing. Already it seems that we have discovered some of the magic that life offers."

In this lushly photographed book, Kenney and Melngailis share some of that magic -- and show that preparing and eating raw does not mean bland, unsatisfying, or impossibly time-consuming meals. Using dehydrating, Vita-Mix blending, a nuanced understanding of spices, and unprecedented creativity, they explore a whole new outlook on raw food that transfers beautifully and easily from their kitchen to yours -- no matter what your present diet. And you'll immediately begin to reap the benefits of healthful, delicious, life-giving raw food.

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