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The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook by Debra Daniels-Zeller

(Step Up to the Plate is running a series of posts to introduce readers to seasonal cooking. We aim to get you through the winter with satisfied taste buds and a head full of delicious recipes. Our third cookbook review is Debra Daniels-Zeller’s Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook.)

baked goodsThe title doesn't lie: The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook is a great authority for seasonal, tasty meals built with local ingredients. The options are wholly regional (Daniels-Zeller references many Oregon and Washington producers by name, and some of the recipes were themselves created by area farmers), and all are based on the products of the season. As with The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook, the author devotes equal time to winter, spring, summer, and fall; as with Winter Harvest Cookbook, the offerings are varied, numerous, and highly accessible.

While the stories, essays, tips, and random bits of information (ever wonder how beets are harvested?) would, by themselves, be worth the cover price, the recipes are no less engaging. From breakfast to dessert, Daniels-Zeller has you covered.