Selected as a 2021 Best Cookbook of the Year by Bookshop staff:
I was already a big fan of Jenny Rosenstrach’s cookbooks, but I dove into her latest with extra excitement because of its focus on vegetarian meals (which I’m forever aiming to make more of). Rosenstrach totally gets what real life is like (busy schedules, cooking for people with different food preferences, trying to adhere to a budget, being too tired to cook), so her recipes are always accessible and easy. But she also loves good food, so her recipes are also always delectable. The Weekday Vegetarians is a stellar example of this. We loved her version of veggie burgers (using pinto beans), her salads, and the Tagliatelle with Corn, Tomatoes, “Onion Bacon” & Basil. Look no further for family meals done right!
You don’t need to be a vegetarian to eat like one! With over 100 recipes, the New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story and her family adopt a “weekday vegetarian” mentality.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME OUT AND TASTE OF HOME • “Whether you’re vegetarian or not (or somewhere in-between), these recipes are fit to become instant favorites in your kitchen!” —Molly Yeh, Food Network host and cookbook author
Jenny Rosenstrach, creator of the beloved blog Dinner: A Love Story and Cup of Jo columnist, knew that she wanted to eat better for health reasons and for the planet but didn’t want to miss the meat that she loves. But why does it have to be all or nothing? She figured that she could eat vegetarian during the week and save meaty splurges for the weekend. The Weekday Vegetarians shows readers how Jenny got her family on board with a weekday plant-based mentality and lays out a plan for home cooks to follow, one filled with brilliant and bold meat-free meals.
Curious cooks will find more than 100 recipes (organized by meal type) for comforting, family-friendly foods like Pizza Salad with White Beans, Cauliflower Cutlets with Ranch Dressing, and Squash and Black Bean Tacos. Jenny also offers key flavor hits that will make any tray of roasted vegetables or bowl of garlicky beans irresistible—great things to make and throw on your next meal, such as spiced Crispy Chickpeas (who needs croutons?), Pizza Dough Croutons (you need croutons!), and a sweet chile sauce that makes everything look good and taste amazing. The Weekday Vegetarians is loaded with practical tips, techniques, and food for thought, and Jenny is your sage guide to getting more meat-free meals into your weekly rotation.
Who knows? Maybe like Jenny’s family, the more you practice being weekday vegetarians, the more you’ll crave this food on the weekends, too!
About the Author
Jenny Rosenstrach is the creator of the award-winning website Dinner: A Love Story and the New York Times bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story; Dinner: The Playbook; and How to Celebrate Everything. She is a food columnist for the website Cup of Jo and her work has appeared in national publications, on television shows, and on websites that include The New York Times, Food52, Food Network, Martha Stewart Living, NPR’s Weekend Edition, and Bon Appétit, where she and her husband, Andy Ward, co-wrote the Providers column. She lives with Andy and their two daughters in Westchester County, New York.
“. . . thanks to this book, we have the fruits (and veggies and tacos and soups) of her labor to make our own plant-forward meals as effortless as they are satisfying.”—Real Simple “Cook These Books”
“Jenny Rosenstrach’s book The Weekday Vegetarians is perfect for anyone who, like me, is looking to live a more meat-free lifestyle.”—Julie Hines, Managing Editor, Food Network Kitchen App
“There’s a lot to be said about becoming a vegetarian right now, not just for yourself but for your body, your family, and the world at large. The Weekday Vegetarians lights a deliciously colorful and incredibly easy path for anyone’s life. Jenny’s approach to dinner has me not only thrilled to cook as a (mostly) vegetarian woman with things on-hand in my cupboard but also to get my two kids involved in exploring alongside me.”—Latonya Yvette, author of Woman of Color and founder of the lifestyle blog LY
“These bright, cheery, and inviting recipes are the sort that you’ll keep in your back pocket for days worth celebrating and days when you just need to get something delicious and inviting on the table without much fuss. From inspired salads to cozy pastas and soups, there is a little something for every mood and every appetite. This is the kind of low-stress, high-reward vegetarian cooking I love!”—Yossy Arefi, author and photographer of Sweeter Off the Vine and Snacking Cakes
“Jenny has the culinary gift of creating innovative vegetarian meals you can’t wait to eat all week long. She reinvents your go-to classics into plant-based creations, a few of which have already become family favorites. The Weekday Vegetarians inspires you to open your fridge, pull out the veg, and realize that the last thing you miss is the meat.”—Catherine McCord, founder of Weelicious