This is an inventive and lovely cookbook that features many famous Southern recipes "vegetarianized" with modern methods and ingredients. One thing that I really like about Ms. Phillips' recipes is that her book highlights and improves recipes that are already traditionally vegetarian by removing many of the processed foods that have fallen out of favor in recent times. Other recipes use interesting ingredients and techniques for replacing the meat in many favorite Southern dishes
All this combines to make a lovely cookbook that would appeal to both vegetarians and meat-lovers who are trying to add more plants to their diet - or anyone who is trying to have less of an environmental footprint on this world. As a former vegetarian myself, I can honestly say this cookbook would almost certainly make holiday menu planning easier to navigate.
From the Publisher:
Damaris Phillips is a southern chef in love with an ethical vegetarian. In Phillips's household, greens were made with pork, and it wasn't Sunday without fried chicken. So she had to transform the way she cooks. In Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy, Phillips shares 100 recipes that embody the modern Southern kitchen: food that retains all its historic comfort and flavor, but can now be enjoyed by vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.
The book features Phillips's most cherished entrees from her childhood made both with and without meat: Chicken Fried Steak becomes Chicken Fried Seitan Steak. Loaded Potato and Bacon Soup is now Loaded Potato and Facon Soup. She gives down-home side dishes a makeover by removing meat, adding international spices, and updating cooking techniques, and offers soul-satisfying, irresistible desserts that triumph over the meat-eater-versus-vegetarian divide, every time. Phillips found a way to make Southern food that everyone can enjoy, wherever they are on their culinary journey.
Release Date: Oct 2017