Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2013, Pt. 5: Three Major Cookbooks; Katzen, McCord, Seinfeld

Katzen, Mollie. The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation. Houghton Harcourt. Sept. 2013. 608p. ISBN 9780547571591. $34.99. COOKERY
Katzen made history with the Moosewood Cookbook, one of the biggest cookbook best sellers of all time and among the first vegetarian cookbooks to make waves (my copy is in tatters). Since Moosewood appeared, Katzen has published other cookbooks, helped found The Sustainable Business Leadership Council, been inducted into the James Beard Hall of Fame, and been credited by Health magazine with being “one of five women who changed the way we eat.” Vegetarian eating has upscaled since Moosewood first appeared, and here Katzen offers 250 recipes for a new age, contrasting textures while retaining that homey touch. Kale salad and angel hair pasta with orange chili oil, anyone?

McCord, Catherine. Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunchbox with More Than 180 Happier Meals. Morrow. Sept. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780062078452. $27.50. COOKERY
Chicken Satay Bites? Cinnamon Pita Chips? These are only some of the recipes McCord presents for children’s lunchbox meals that go beyond peanut butter and jelly. The idea is to provide food that’s both tasty and healthful, and since McCord’s blog,, a 2010 Babble Blog of the Year, gets 265,000 unique visitors and over 1.4 million page views each month, readership seems assured. Start packing.

Seinfeld, Jessica. The Can’t Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified! Atria: S. & S. Sept. 2013. 9781451662252. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781451666328. COOKERY
With two New York Times best-selling cookbooks to her name, Seinfeld sets out to show neophytes that they really can cook. She talks readers through the basics, from roasted asparagus to roasted chicken, explaining that if they can operate a blow dryer they’ll be cool with a blender. Lots of step-by-step instructions, plus photos, in a spiral-bound format; the 350,000-copy first printing says it all.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.