I received the book Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for all Seasons by Nava Atlas in the mail the day before I left to go to New York for a week. I skimmed it to see what I would start with (because I can't bare to not look at cookbooks). I started bookmarking the recipes immediately. There are quite a few that I really like the sound of and am anxious to give them a try.
The book is laid out by seasons, which I like, because I really like the idea of cooking seasonally. The book also contains recipes for breads that go well with the soups and stews. That makes is easy to find a good accompaniment so you dont have to search all over for something to go with the main dish. I also like the fact that it gives you nutritional information. I always feel better knowing the nutritional breakdown of recipes before I get started. I wish that it had more photos simply because I prefer cookbooks with photos, but that is just me. I dont know why, but I guess I like being able to see what the end product looks like. Not to mention the fact that it helps me convince the masses here that is looks good enough to try!
Although it is winter, I chose to make the Cool Ratatouille first. It has been quite warm here lately, so trying to get in the mood for hot soups and stews has been really hard. Also, after having been gone for a week, I really needed some fresh vegetables! I did have to alter the herbs a little (I used fresh rosemary from my yard) due to the fact that I could not find fresh basil or thyme at either store I went to today. I have to say that we were all very impressed. The vegetables were perfect! It was a really nice lite meal and I think this particular recipe is pretty versatile. I also had some chopping therapy while making this recipe and I really enjoyed every minute of it from start to finish! I loved this recipe and cant wait to try out more! I highly recommend this book!