Vegetables Are Pretty Awesome. Let’s Throw Them a Party!

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The book: Vegetarian Dinner Parties by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

The angle: Let’s move tasty vegetables and grains from side dish status to the center of the plate!

Recipes for right now: Ginger Cosmopolitan, Parmesan Crisps, Squash Noodles with Almond Chimichurri, Apple Slaw with Fried Chickpeas, Miso Soup with Celery Root and Rye Berries, Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter

Who would enjoy this book? Vegetarians and those who frequently cook for vegetarian guests.

Quick Facts

Who published it: Rodale

Number of recipes: 150

Other highlights: Many of us non-vegetarians feel stymied when we realize we have a vegetarian guest coming for dinner. What to do? What to serve? Never fear! Bruce and Mark are here. They have endless ideas for festive meals that will make not just your veggie friends happy, but all your guests! Because why not? Vegetables really are awesome, and they can totally stand on their own in a beautiful dinner party spread.

This book also goes way beyond just helping you plan a good menu — Bruce and Mark also share their best advice for planning and actually throwing the whole party. They start off the book with a treatise on dinner parties and then delve into suggestions for setting the table, creating mood lighting, assembling the ultimate playlist, and even how to put together the guest list. I also appreciate how each recipe comes with a list of suggested table companions and a wine to pour. These authors make it easy to plan — and throw — a memorable dinner party.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Vegetarian Dinner Parties by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

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