, admittedly, it’s hard to look at it with new eyes. But a 40th anniversary edition is out from Ten Speed Press, the same Berkeley outfit which first nationally distributed the hand-collated notebook that a young Mollie Katzen – who has now been an East Bay resident for decades – kept mostly in her car.
For those who didn’t grow up with the Moosewood Cookbook
, it all began in a restaurant in Ithaca, N.Y., that served homey vegetarian cuisine cooked by non-professional chefs, bringing in modified versions of their old family recipes.
Before Deborah Madison and Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and way before there was Ottolenghi, there was the Moosewood, which would go on to become synonymous with vegetarianism through its never-ending line of cookbooks, promoting vegetarian cooking at a time when it was still considered pretty revolutionary and fringy to not eat meat.
When something is as familiar – and splatter stained – as the original