Picks and Pans Review: Moosewood Restaurant

updated 11/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

New Classics
By the Moosewood Collective

We don't know what "new classics" means, but Ithaca, N.Y.'s famed Moosewood Restaurant has earned the right to turn a phrase. With 10 cookbooks (including this one), Moosewood's name has become synonymous with homey vegetarian cuisine. The latest tome by the restaurant's 19 owners is an encyclopedic whopper: 350 meatless recipes, ranging from such breakfast fare as tangy lemon ricotta pancakes to dinner party knockouts like cioppino, the San Francisco fish stew. We could live without the tofu sloppy joes, but chapters on soups and casseroles may become life-sustaining. And the book offers good advice on recognizing food additives, using leftovers, even packing lunches. (Clarkson Potter, $40)

Bottom Line: Veggie victory

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