Love and Lemons Every Day by Jeanine Donofrio

love and lemons cookbookJeanine Donofrio’s new cookbook, Love and Lemons Every Day, contains over 100 vegetarian (and often vegan) recipes with beautiful full-color photos for each and every one. Most important for me—because I’m not especially talented in the kitchen—are the how-to sections on basic things, such as:

  • making scrap stock
  • building up a pantry of staples
  • roasting various vegetables
  • a grid for a variety of salad dressings
  • ideas for reducing food waste
  • and more!

Even when a recipe called for a lot more ingredients than I’m used to working with—again, I’m not terribly skilled—the clear instructions and familiar ingredients made me feel like I can make *anything* in this book! That’s a nice feeling.

I was hoping for a bunch of new recipes I could use for Food Not Bombs, but it would be pricy to scale up most of these recipes for a gathering that large. They’re perfect for just my family and maybe a few extra guests. However! The way the book is laid out, with tips and tricks throughout, I feel like I’ll be learning a lot (both in skills and mindset) that will help me get creative when cooking for large groups. I love that! Love and Lemons Every Day is big and sturdy, and so beautiful that I want it out on my kitchen counter, not hidden away on a bookshelf.

Cashew Allergy Note:

A lot of the recipes call for cashews, which our 12-year-old is allergic to. I recently learned that sunflower seeds can be substituted 1:1 for cashews in any recipe! So, if that’s something you have to worry about like we do, or if you just need to reduce that grocery store bill, No Meat Athlete has all the how-to details.

For Further Reading:

This cookbook ties in well with In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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