Mostly Plants
“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” With these seven words, Michael Pollan—brother of Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan, and son of Corky—started a national conversation about how to eat for optimal health.  A decade later, the value of a plant-based diet is widely accepted––and yet for many people, easier said than done.So what does choosing “mostly plants” look like in real life? In families where not everyone is on the same vegetarian page the word “mostly” is key. The point isn’t necessarily to give up meat entirely but to build a diet that shifts the ratio of animal to plants to create delicious––and nutritious––meals sure to appeal to everyone.  There has never been a better time to cook with vegetables—and to move plants to the center of the American plate. Even if plants weren’t the better choice for your health, they make the case for themselves purely on the basis of deliciousness.This approach to eating—also known as a flexitarian diet––strikes the best balance on our plates between flavor and pleasure, and nutrition and sustainability. In Mostly Plants, readers will find inventive and unexpected ways to focus on cooking with vegetables—dishes such as Crispy Kale and Potato Hash with Fried Eggs; Tandoori Chicken and Vegetable Sheet Pan Supper; Salmon Farro Bowl; and Roasted Tomato Soup with Gruyere Chickpea “Croutons”. Here are recipes that keep the spotlight on the vegetables, at a time when the quality of fresh produce has never been better.In Mostly Plants readers will find recipes that satisfy or can be adapted to almost all dietary needs; vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and dairy free. And the best part: many of these dishes can be on the table in 35 minutes or less! With skillet-to-oven recipes, sheet pan suppers, one-pot meals and more, this is real cooking for real life: meals that are wholesome, delectable––and mostly plants.

Mostly Plants Details

TitleMostly Plants
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 16th, 2019
PublisherHarper Wave
ISBN-139780062821386
Rating
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Nonfiction, Cooking, Food, Health

Mostly Plants Review

  • Danyelle Drexler ( danythebookworm_ )
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve already made the Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad for our Easter Dinner and it was a big hit. I look forward to making more of the 101 amazing recipes.
  • Brenda Williams
    January 1, 1970
    This is by far the best cookbook of 2019! I loved this book so much I bought it for my collection.
  • ❀ Susan G
    January 1, 1970
    As we expand our repertoire of meatless meals, this is a book that I will now purchase for our home after borrowing a copy from the library. I love the tone of the book and it's flexitarian approach highlighting that it is ok to have a vegan, vegetarian or less meat approach. It has some great recipes that we look forward to trying!
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    Nice recipe selection for all types of eaters.
  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    Good ideas and very nice photos!
  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, I just found the recipes...uninteresting. There wasn't a single thing that really caught my eye. This might be a good place to start if you're just looking to cut back on meat some and haven't read any other cookbooks, but that's not the place I'm in, so maybe I'm just not the audience for it.
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  • Cris
    January 1, 1970
    Not what I was expecting. Considering Pollan's emphasis on eating plants, I was surprised to find such a concentration on meat in the recipes in this book.
  • Christina Karvounis
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent. For the experts out there, there’s a lot of ‘seen that’ but it’s an excellent beginning book for new flexetarians. Highly recommend...great for recipe tweaking!
  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    I’m always looking for good meatless recipes and thought this looked promising. I’m an experienced cook, and I hate to think about the experiences of a newbie with this book. Comparing the exactitude of Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, Pierre Franey, or Maida Heatter to this book makes the Pollans look like bush league kitchen messes. Neither economy of equipment nor sensible technique are to be found in Mostly Plants. However, if you already know what you are doing in the kitchen, you can ignore a I’m always looking for good meatless recipes and thought this looked promising. I’m an experienced cook, and I hate to think about the experiences of a newbie with this book. Comparing the exactitude of Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, Pierre Franey, or Maida Heatter to this book makes the Pollans look like bush league kitchen messes. Neither economy of equipment nor sensible technique are to be found in Mostly Plants. However, if you already know what you are doing in the kitchen, you can ignore a lot of their labor intensive (for way too little return on the effort) directions and use your own skills to get the job done. I tried a recipe for penne with roasted vegetables and my notes (oh, yeah, I write in my cookbooks) said to skip the business of grating 2 pounds of tomatoes. I did it, just to see why they’d insist on doing that, and honestly, it would be less work to pop the maters into boiling water a second and peel them, then squeeze with hands, break up with a few zips of the immersion blender and done. Grating took forever and all it did was reduce the tomato to tomato juice, which then had to be greatly reduced. Also, you don’t need to separate the zucchini from the pepper and eggplant. You can absolutely roast all of it on ONE sheet pan. (Who cleans up after these ladies? You can mix the veggies, oil and salt and pepper right on the pan, no extra bowl needed!) The Three Greens Spanakopita was good, but the directions did not take into consideration the time involved in prepping the greens - thorough washing, chopping, etc. Also, these women are scared of salt. If you are used to grabbing a little with your fingers and just sprinkling, feel free to ignore their meager salt quantities. So, overall, the recipes so far have been good, but the directions are sketchy where they should be more explicit, and too involved where they could simplify. (Grating tomatoes? Never again!) There is a good variety of dishes, although maybe a little heavy on the pasta offerings. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, but if you are needing to watch carbs, be advised. I am four starring this book because quite honestly, some of the dishes are very creative and tasty. I think they must have someone else cleaning the kitchen after them because they use too many bowls and pans, and I also think they must not think it is necessary to wash greens that come in boxes from organic farms. But the fact is, you must, so gauge your time accordingly. Much of that work can be done in advance. They just don’t tell you that! But, good food is important, and there are some winner recipes in here.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    When Michael Pollan said in his book In Defense of Food, "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." as his guide to healthy eating, he started a national conversation about food and what we should eat. This quote is also the inspiration for this cookbook created by his 3 sisters and his mother. While the Pollan family grew up eating the typical meat, starch, and veggie meals over time many of them moved into vegetarianism or flexitarianism. So, this cookbook is a way for them to share some of When Michael Pollan said in his book In Defense of Food, "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." as his guide to healthy eating, he started a national conversation about food and what we should eat. This quote is also the inspiration for this cookbook created by his 3 sisters and his mother. While the Pollan family grew up eating the typical meat, starch, and veggie meals over time many of them moved into vegetarianism or flexitarianism. So, this cookbook is a way for them to share some of their favorite meals that can be made meat, dairy or gluten free easily. Michael Pollan writes the foreword and in the introduction the reader is introduced to each member of the Pollan family who contributed and their personal food journey and philosophy. While I'm not a vegetarian, I do buy all my meat from local farmers which is more expensive, so I do try to have some vegetarian meals just to stretch my food budget. There are definitely some recipes I want to try in here. Overall a good cookbook if you're looking to add more vegetable-centered meals to your table.
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  • Salamah
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book to take home after reading the intro, eat food, not too much and mostly plants. That was the perfect way to explain how I feel about food now at this point in my life. I have learned so much about how meat is harmful to our bodies. In addition I have experienced the effects of overeating (GERDS) and sugar (inflammatory pain) can have on the body. Since I have made changes I have felt better and am not on regular medication. So this book only added to my knowledge of I picked up this book to take home after reading the intro, eat food, not too much and mostly plants. That was the perfect way to explain how I feel about food now at this point in my life. I have learned so much about how meat is harmful to our bodies. In addition I have experienced the effects of overeating (GERDS) and sugar (inflammatory pain) can have on the body. Since I have made changes I have felt better and am not on regular medication. So this book only added to my knowledge of learning how to eat more plants and more nutritious meals. My top winners from this book was the kale, tomato and cannellini bean soup, roasted corn and avocado salad and red lentil bean chili. The only thing is I needed to add my own amounts of seasoning because the amount listed in the recipes were not enough to add any real flavor to the dishes in my opinion. This beautifully pictured book has tons of recipes to try.
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  • Kim Friedman
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little disappointed with this cookbook. The cookbook itself is BEAUTIFUL. The photography and layout is gorgeous. And the recipes all look super yummy. However, for someone leaning toward a plant based diet, I was surprised to see a whole chapter on chicken and whole chapter on fish, and plenty of dairy. I've read their brother’s books (Michael Pollan, "In Defense of Food") so I expected a more vegetarian slant. They provide a key on each recipe - dairy free, vegan, etc, but it's all I was a little disappointed with this cookbook. The cookbook itself is BEAUTIFUL. The photography and layout is gorgeous. And the recipes all look super yummy. However, for someone leaning toward a plant based diet, I was surprised to see a whole chapter on chicken and whole chapter on fish, and plenty of dairy. I've read their brother’s books (Michael Pollan, "In Defense of Food") so I expected a more vegetarian slant. They provide a key on each recipe - dairy free, vegan, etc, but it's all over the board. It would be helpful to have an index at the back with all recipes listed by type. There's something in here for everyone! However, that's not what I was looking for.
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  • Amanda Judd
    January 1, 1970
    A wide selection of recipes for anyone looking to up their vegetable intake. Recipes are well-labelled and written clearly. Gorgeous photos as well.I got this for the library but I'm considering buying it because it does have a lot of great, fairly simple meal ideas. If you've eaten at many vegetarian restaurants, I don't think the recipes will seem that imaginative to you, but I also don't think that's who this is written for!
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    A comprehensive set of inspirational and delicious recipes for people who want to extend the boundaries surrounding their concept of a meal. Don't be intimidated by the number of ingredients in some of these recipes; many can be simplified to easy to find ingredients. Also helpful are a listing of pantry supplies and kitchen utensils that will aid in preparation.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a fan of Michael Pollen for ages and this seemed a logical book to investigate.Often I find cookbooks are tiresome because they all want you to reinvent your pantry/kitchen/style. This was more informative, with some really enjoyable recipes. I'll never cut meat out of my diet completely but do agree that less can still fill the void.I've recommended it to several people.
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  • Carina Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I found the title somewhat misleading.. thinking to find vegan dishes but they are mainly vegetarian and with meat or seafood and dairy.But if you are not plant based and want to eat whole foods this book is for you.
  • Xtinazzz
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty to look at. I thought the recipes were a bit boring and uninspiring. Probably better for someone just getting into cooking. Some of their tips just annoyed me (cover a pot of water to help it boil faster). Was looking forward to more veggie recipes, but most of these had meat.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    I expected this book to be strictly vegetarian and or vegan. It was not. I was pleasantly surprised by how many recipes I want to save and try on my own. Lots of variety and great explanations within the recipes. It’s a good reference for unique vegetable faire.
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  • Cindy Gold
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic book which provides easy to follow, quick from preparation to table and ALWAYS delicious.This is my go to along with their first book “The Pollan Family Table.Thank you Pollans for helping me provide my friends and family with such a great variety of memorable meals.
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  • LM
    January 1, 1970
    Basic to mediocre but will keep it for a reference.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    The pictures were beautiful and definitely worth an extra star. The rest was fine. Nothing ground-breaking.
  • Morris
    January 1, 1970
    Flexitarian is THE way to go for personal health, and the environment! Beautiful book and photos, delicious and wonderful recipes, clearly explained.
  • Karli
    January 1, 1970
    Yup. Mostly plants. I know. I have heard this before.
  • Dohlinger
    January 1, 1970
    some great looking recipes I’m looking forward to trying
  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    I made one of these dishes, substituting real sausage for the vegetarian they suggest. My teen and I both enjoyed it.
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    A rather average cookbook that likely got published because of the family name.
  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is terrific! Nice family of authors with good narrative and excellent recipes. Great variety, great techniques.
  • Beth Polebaum
    January 1, 1970
    Try the Caldo Verde. Delish!
  • Sydney Legg
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! “Eat food, not too much. Mostly plants.” Can I be a part of the Pollan family?
  • Kristin Kern
    January 1, 1970
    my favorite cookbook of this year! I prob made everything in this book and everything was phenomenal. This is one I will have to buy.
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