Review - Friendly Foods (Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine) by Ron Picarski

Review - Friendly Foods (Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine) by Ron Picarski
Review - Friendly Foods (Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine) by Ron Picarski
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Brother Ron Picarski (a Franciscan Friar) is an award winning chef who emphasizes the role of ‘friendly foods’ that are basically foods which according to him are compatible “to our bodies, our pocket books, our busy schedules and our environment”. Friendly Foods is for all of us who are interested in transitioning to the natural food diet. The meatless, sugarless and no-dairy recipes have been presented in a very attractive manner, although for the fastidious it may seem daunting to give up on traditional diets.

The ingredients include unfamiliar items as kombu, seitan, barley malt syrup, and agar flakes. You need to be well stocked with such natural foods in the kitchen. These ingredients are often more costly than the ordinary chemical-ridden processed foods at the supermarket and the seriously inclined may want to order in bulk to make the venture economical.

In spite of their strange ingredients, however, the preparations resulting from these recipes taste good and are satisfying to the palate. Actually you can not make out from their appearance or their flavors that they have been made from things like soy milk and brown rice syrup rather than cream and sugar. There is great variety here, and great inventiveness. Experienced and savvy vegetarian cooks especially will enjoy trying out the more classy dishes: e.g, a tofu seitan Wellington with Bordelaise sauce or decorative leek aspic with tahini lemon sauce. This book will delight the vegan food eaters.