As promised, I've been cooking up a storm and have my first cookbook review for y'all! This one is for the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics cookbook, one of many published by this vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca, New York.
This cookbook offers a wide variety of recipes (350 total) from the basic to the exotic as well as many international-inspired dishes. It's a great resource for anyone who is vegetarian, enjoys meatless recipes, or is interested in exploring this way of cooking. All of the recipes I tried were quite tasty and I'll keep many of them in regular rotation from now on.
Many of the recipes are quite involved and require a lot of prep work. For me, as someone who enjoys cooking, this isn't a problem. But, it's definitely not a quick, 30 minutes or under kind of cookbook. You'll want to save these recipes for when you have a little more time. Also, most recipes that call for flour use white flour and even the whole wheat recipes use some white flour too. In my opinion, this is completely unnecessary as whole wheat flour can easily be substituted for white. Lastly, most of the recipes dirty a lot of dishes, making clean-up (my least-favorite part), a pain.
Overall, this is a great vegetarian cookbook with a wide range of recipes that I will turn to again and again. However, it's not the best for quick, no fuss recipes and they use white flour when whole wheat could easily be swapped in.