A good meal means lovingly prepared dishes that enliven the tongue, tickle the nose, and delight the belly. In short, a good meal strikes at The Heart of the Plate (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $34.99), but that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. Unlike other cookbooks, Molly Katzen’s spread of flavorful yet simple dishes don’t require trips to specialty food stores or a search through online cupboards for unusual ingredients. Focusing on vegetarian and vegan cuisine from soups and stews to burgers, quiches, and pizza, Katzen’s recipes allow for ample leftovers—that is, if you can limit yourself to just one helping. The full-color photographs here make every dish irresistible. Try the tomato-coconut soup with a twist of Indian seasoning, a helping of savory crispy fried lemons , and the pomegranate tabbouleh for starters, and spend the rest of the holidays mixing and matching from these two hundred recipes—or choose from one of Katzen’s thirty-five menu suggestions.
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