First published in 1984, Vegetariana was one of the quirkiest entries in the field of hand-illustrated cookbooks. Publishers Weekly’s review predicted: “This book should prove itself a classic.” Now in its fourth edition and for the first time entirely vegan, Vegetariana is here for new readers to enjoy and original fans to rediscover. While more than 170 easy recipes are at the heart of its pages, Vegetariana is much more than a cookbook; it’s a sampler of literary quotations, folk wisdom, botanical lore, and historical anecdotes. So even if you don’t like to cook, this is a cookbook to read in bed! Taking her cues from her subjects, Nava Atlas animates the pages with whimsical pencil illustrations to create an unforgettable visual experience that will delight food lovers of all culinary persuasions. Vegetariana’s quirky art and design tap into a nostalgia both for beautifully illustrated books and simple, hearty food. While it may not have the lush photography and jazzed-up cuisine of contemporary cookbooks, it does have a kind of soul and wit that appealed to its first generation of fans and will surely appeal to new readers.
Nava Atlas has written (and often illustrated) many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, including Vegetariana, American Harvest, 5-Ingredient Vegan, Wild About Greens, Vegan Holiday Kitchen, and Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Nava also creates trade and limited edition visual books on women’s issues, notably, The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life and Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife. Visit her websites, The Vegan Atlas (theveganatlas.com) and Literary Ladies Guide (literaryladiesguide.com). She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.
Praise for earlier editions:
"This book should prove itself a classic…savory recipes, witty anecdotes, delightful aphorisms, and fascinating food folklore…a stunning visual feast. The author’s illustrations render this a very special and unusual book." —Publishers Weekly
"A one-woman masterpiece celebrating vegetarianism, it’s an offbeat, lighthearted look at the lore of vegetarian foods, as well as a compilation of good, appetizing recipes." —Detroit News
"A treasure...Atlas’s historical journeys are whimsical and memorable. Good, simple recipes, enough to form an entire repertoire of healthy, ethnic cuisine." —Vegetarian Times
"A cookbook that is as much a pleasure to look at as it is to cook from." —Washington Jewish Week
"Aside from great recipes, this charming cookbook provides an overview of vegetarianism." —Glamour
"A book to read cover to cover…appealingly illustrated; the recipes are out of the ordinary."—New Age Journal
"For the inveterate cookbook reader, this book provides additional enjoyment beyond the recipes." —Ann Arbor News
"Vegetarian or not, you’ll turn to Vegetariana’s pages again and again for lore and history, as well as recipes." —El Paso Times
"Charming tidbits, along with her skillful drawings, make Ms. Atlas’s book stand out from the array of vegetarian cookbooks." —Durham Morning Herald
"Ms. Atlas’s good-humored approach makes her book appealing both to the herbivore looking for a lift and the meat-eater who wants a little variety…an excellent cookbook." —Richmond Times-Dispatch