I recently borrowed a new cookbook called World Vegetarian Classics from the library, and after flipping through the extensive collection of over 250 authentic vegetarian dishes I immediately decided to purchase the book without having yet tried any of the recipes. They look just that good! I simply could not resist the beautiful photographs contained within and the insightful descriptions of each region's culinary traditions, complete with a focus on the potentially more obscure and unfamiliar ingredients commonly used. A host shopping around for coffee tables books should take note, especially if they are planning on serving dinner to their guests.
Each recipe presented contains readily obtainable ingredients as the author has taken care to adapt her selections for the modern kitchen. The instructions are straightforward and sure to provide novice cooks with the means to produce first class meals. More experienced chefs will be inspired to add their own special and favored touches to classic international signature dishes.
Characteristically, the first recipe I decided to make shortly after my copy of Celia Brooks Brown's book arrived was focused on mushrooms. Hungarian in origin, this easy and quick-to-prepare dose of hot and tangy paprika and sour cream mushroom bliss would be perfect served over pasta or any cooked grain. I complemented the earthy mushrooms in this dish with the nutty flavor of brown rice — yum!
|Mushrooms Paprika (Houby Paprikas)|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from World Vegetarian Classics: Over 200 Essential International Recipes for the Modern Kitchen
Published on March 22, 2008
Quick and easy Hungarian-style mushrooms cooked with paprika and simmered in tangy sour cream
Hungarian Mushroom Soup.