It all started with lasagna.
In December 2010, I brought a beautiful baking dish of homemade, meatless lasagna to a covered dish dinner. Twenty minutes later, my husband hurried into the kitchen and whispered to me that if I wanted to have anything to eat, I better get into the dining room quickly.
Even though there were platters of ham, beef and chicken, everyone had gravitated toward my lasagna. Many people complimented me on my lasagna and asked for the recipe. I quickly realized that no one had a clue that the lasagna hadn’t contained meat! It looked and smelled like meat, and had a great taste (thanks to my homemade sauce, fresh herbs from my garden, and excellent fresh mozzarella).
When I finally admitted that it was meatless lasagna, made with one of the vegetarian meat products I recommend in Fool a Carnivore, everyone was shocked.
That evening motivated me to create a cookbook for vegetarians who live in families of carnivores – and who are trying to keep the peace, along with their sanity. Instead of cooking meat for their family and separate meals for themselves, I wanted to show how to fool the carnivores in your household into thinking they’re eating the dish they expected.
When I became a vegetarian in 1974, there were no “meat-like” products and very few recipes. Through a lot of trial and error, I learned how to adapt familiar, classic meat recipes to the growing array of plant-based protein products. In Fool a Carnivore, I share with you some of my family’s favorite dishes, perfected over the years.
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