The Hot Knives Vegetarian Cookbook
Alex Brown & Evan George
- Page Count: 128
- Size: 7 x 9.5 inches
- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: September 2011
- Price: $25.00
- ISBN: 978-1-935613-33-6
“What really stands out about Salad Daze is Brown and George’s creative approach to vegetarian cooking. A recipe isn’t just a way to eat that bag of butternut squash, but a response to a challenge to come up with unique and exciting way to enjoy vegetarian ingredients. And this means there’s a lot more than salads.”
Bountiful with Dionysian flair, and paired with beer selections and soundtracks, these recipes rely on hearty tubers, root vegetables, and bushels of other ingredients readily available during the winter months. Imagine a rice bowl that echoes Primal Scream’s decadent psychedelia; mushrooms with the musty umami of early Rolling Stones; squash ice cream as sweet and tangy as Os Mutantes. Salad Daze celebrates virtuous veggies in the name of health, sustainability, and, most importantly, over-the-top flavors and good times.
There’s no humdrum Caesar salad here. Illustrated with sumptuous photography by globetrotter Amanda Marsalis alongside the detailed recipes, Salad Daze guides readers through the finer points of real artisanal cheeses, shows how to roast and bake with beer, and explains how to make pantry potions like Sriracha, Woostershire, kimchi, and even a cough syrup cocktail, all vegan without the typical processed ingredients or corn syrup.
The Hot Knives bring fun, style, experimentation, and even danger to their recipes, in the form of vegetable “weapons” that will destroy any preconceptions of boring vegetarian cooking. The Hot Knives Vegetarian Cookbook: Salad Daze promises to leave you “feeling stoned on the awesome power of properly cooked produce.”
Check out the blog that started it all: urbanhonking.com/hotknives.
Alex Brown is the general manager for Gourmet Imports and a well-regarded cheese monger whose expertise has been quoted in Imbibe Magazine, LA Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. Evan George is a journalist who has written extensively about beer, coffee, and cooking for Los Angeles Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times. Amanda Marsalis (amandamarsalis.com) is a portrait, lifestyle, and travel photographer living in Los Angeles. Her photography has been featured in Dwell, The Fader, Food & Wine, GQ, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Time, Vice, and Wired, and she has shown her work at New Image Art Gallery, Sky High Gallery, and Ed. Varie.