Vintage 1970s Vegetarian Cookbook - The Vegetarian Epicure Book Two by Anna Thomas circa 1978 Second Printing
A good menu is like a good story. Rumbling past slowly changing landscapes and thousands of telegraph poles, we detailed the high points of a culinary odyssey... (Anna Thomas)
In college in the 1970s, German-American filmmaker and author, Anna Thomas wrote her first cookbook - The Vegetarian Epicure - after she found herself leaning more and more on preparing vegetarian meals for herself and her friends. A runaway hit, she followed it up with a second volume - this one - The Vegetarian Epicure Book Two - published in 1978 featuring vegetarian recipes from her around-the-world travels with her husband to Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
Inspired by these flavors, ingredients and cooking techniques from other countries, Anna, at the dawn of the organic food, healthy living, earth conscious movement had no idea that she was writing two cookbooks that would eventually become beloved classics in the kitchen. She simply wanted to collect some recipes that were meat-free, and delicious and tell some interesting stories. With the help of famed book editor Judith Jones, Anna's cookbooks became beloved food bibles for vegetarians of the late 20th century.
As Anna shares in the introduction, this book is for vegetarians AND vegetable lovers, two classifications of eaters that are equal but also separate. Meat eaters who wish to expand their vegetable repertoire will love this book for its wide variety of recipes and vegetarians will love it for its international flavor.
Here in the Vintage Kitchen, we love it also for its gorgeous and whimsical illustrations by American artist Julie Maas and its chapter on the suggested menu which Anna says " must have the proper balance of dramatic elements" so that you wind up surprising and delighting your tablemates with each new course. Food is fun whether you are a strict vegetarian or just a simple lover of vegetables.
Please note: This cookbook is vegetarian, not vegan so readers will find some recipes that contain eggs, dairy, and gluten.
- Second Printing, Published April 1978
- Paperback edition
- 401 pages
- 325 recipes
- Illustrated throughout by Julie Maas
- Interesting recipes include Avocado Omelets, Chapatis Indian Bread, Oatmeal Raisin Bread, Beet, and Pineapple Salad, Mushroom Stroganoff, Egg Croquettes, Ensadilla Russa, Spinach Enchiladas Suizas, Egg and Potato Curry, Apple Strudel, Hungarian Walnut Crepes, Tomato-Apple Chutney and Whole Apricots in Brandy
In good vintage condition. All pages are clean and bright and free from stains or notations. There is foxing around the edges on the front and back endpapers, and the paper sides of the spine. The front cover contains a slight curl at the edge. And there are some creases in the spine as expected with a vintage paperback. Please see photos.
Measures 8" inches )length) x 8" inches (width) x 1.25" inches (thickness) and weighs 1lb 10oz