Pros: excellent assortment, consistent results, easy to read, no refined sugar
Cons: lots of dairy and white flour
The Bottom Line: From one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in New England, this book is worth finding if you can. It is a valuable collection never to be seen again.
Ahhh for the good old days.
-The days when it was easy to buy inexpensive whole foods.
-The days when excellent quality food was considered more important than convenience.
-The days when natural foods was not full of hypocrites and refined products addicts....
Okay, if you are still with me here, hang on, I will get to the book review. First, a little background.
When natural foods first hit the country with a vengeance, it was from the people who were sick of the hypocrisy of the country. They were tired of being lied to and manipulated by media, medicine, and mediocrity. A large group of people decided to go back to nature and eat like we were designed to eat, not buying into society's marketing ploys.
There were large numbers of people who were suddenly no longer sick. They were experiencing life to the fullest, living fufilling lives as they touched base with our ancestors who worked hard to build this country.
People were finding out that it took hard work to eat right and live right and that it was not easy, but gave people something to do, a purpose to living that carried them beyond the sterile packaged dinners and fast food nightmares and made a life very rich not boring.
But then came television again. That little god who sits on its appointed throne dictating to all of its devoted followers what to eat, wear, buy, look like, and think.
Suddenly, all of the hard work seemed a poor trade-off for the plasticine world of the media gods. After all, why work when you can live the "easy" life?
You know- go to work, leave your kids, spend most of your spare time at the doctor office, get cancer, feel lousy....
Hey, living the easy life is so rewarding.
HOW DID I COME TO GET THIS BOOK?
Some years ago when this backward trend began, it was getting more and more difficult to obtain truly natural and wholesome cookbooks. The trend was going toward chocolate, refined sugar (as long as it is organic!), and refined flour. All of these are health sapping ingredients.
If I was going to purchase a natural cookbook, I wanted it to be natural and full of great recipes. I could use any old recipe and do a host of substituting, why buy another book that would lead me to do the same?
I saw this book on a list of natural cookbooks back before I was a pioneer on the web. I decided to buy it at half price before it was gone. Good thing I did.
WHAT IS THE BOOK LIKE?
HORN OF THE MOON by Ginny Callan is a very nice vegetarian book from a restaurant on Vermont that was around at the time. It was copyrighted in 1987 by Harper and Row publishers. I would not be surprised to find that this book out of print, but you can find it on www.abebooks.com or perhaps www.amazon.com
This book is paperback with 304 pages.
The set up of HORN OF THE MOON COOKBOOK is easy to read. Each page is devoted to a single recipe with a few exceptions. The writing is a good size type and the layout is clear.
The paper is pretty thick stock, resembling recycled paper, but no indication that it is recycled is here. The color of the pages is creamy white, with no glare.
Introduction Stocking Your Pantry Breakfast Soups Salads Simple Meals Main Courses Desserts Celebrations of Cooking for the Masses Menu Planning Index
COMMENTS ON THE BOOK
I really like this book. Despite the rather plain titles of chapters, the recipes included in this book are very nice and rather unusual.
For instance, in the soup chapter, there are soups like " Butternut White Bean Ginger Soup" or "Oriental Bean Thread Soup"
There are plain recipes that are great staples, but there are special favorites like "Moon Cookies" and "Celebration Pot Pie".
The recipes featured in here are customer favorites from the restaurant, tried and true from the 23 years that the restaurant was open.
In this book you will find : many tofu recipes, chapatis (flat breads) of various types, lots of veggie burgers, sandwiches, lots of salad dressings and salads of various types, a host of wonderful breakfast treats, many pasta dishes lots of pies crepes excellent desserts using honey or maple syrup
The menu planner and large scale cooking chapters are very helpful if you want to entertain a crowd or party. Again, this is from a restaurant experienced in this kind of preparation. Great advice here.
WHERE IS HORN OF THE MOON NOW?
HORN OF THE MOON CAFE sadly closed on December 12, 2000 after 23 years in business as a vegetarian restaurant in Montepelier Vermont.
Apparently, the owner, Gary Bearsworth took his own life in June of 2000 and his wife decided to close the restaurant the following December. Many people had tried to run it as a cooperative, but it just did not pan out.
Once Gary died, people all thought the restaurant had closed so business had dropped off.
Once again, the media gods have orchestrated their decree that more people eat the media blessed foods of the designated temples of marketing. While the real and true servants of mankind are left holding the true riches with no one to take them......
GET ONE WHILE YOU CAN
Although this book is probably out of print (I can neither disprove or prove that it is yet), you can still find copies of it at www.amazon.com through the ZSHOPS and on www.abebooks.com. The prices vary from $5 to $60 each.
Along with UPRISINGS- a book that is a MUST HAVE for anyone seriously interested in healthy eating and baking fabulous whole foods goodies, these books are classics well worth having.
I highly recommend that you get a copy if you like to make delicious vegetarian food that will please even a finicky eater.
I will say that there is a lot of dairy used in this book that you will have to substitute forif you can not have it , but you can easily use a decent soy or rice milk to do this. Also, I have made most everything in the book with whole wheat flour instead of white or unbleached and it has turned out beautifully.
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