From the author of Moosewood
, The Heart of the Plate
offers an updated take on the classic vegetarian cookbook. In the introduction, Katzen emphasizes her intention to create lighter vegetarian and vegan dishes - not only those that use tons of butter, cheese, dairy, and oil to convince omnivores that plant-based dishes can be exciting. The result is a really solid book with recipes pulling from many different cuisines. Most of the recipes are staples or mid-level (in terms of experience needed or complexity), there's nothing too crazy or exciting, but everything is accessible and nicely photographed. My favorite feature is the set of vegetarian and vegan menus. I'll definitely be looking to this the next time we need to make a fancy meal.