Cookbook Giveaway: The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook

by Sarah Henry on October 31, 2010 · 69 comments

in food book giveaways

Are you in a mixed marriage? Food-wise that is. Maybe one of you is a confirmed carnivore while the other is a vigilant vegetarian.

Or perhaps the eating preferences of your family run from strict vegan to unapologetic omnivore.

No worries, Kim O’Donnel‘s new cookbook may help keep everyone you feed happy.

The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour (paperback, Da Capo Press, $18.95) is this month’s giveaway pick.

As I wrote in a previous post, the guide is arranged differently from your typical cookbook. There’s 52 menus (95 recipes), one for each week of the year, organized by season, rather than chapters on different courses.

You can read more of my profile of Kim O’Donnel and her new guide here.

Her cookbook includes classics like ratatouille and apple sauce, personal favorites such as kale chips and pear-arugula salad, and dishes to keep the seasoned home cook interested: Spinach and Feta Crostata, Chickpea “Crab Cakes,” and Pepita Crusted Tofu Cutlets.

My only quibbles: Some of the images could be presented in a more enticing way and I found the typeface for sub-headings a bit distracting. But the introduction, FAQ, glossary, and recipe head notes showcase O’Donnel’s trademark informed and friendly voice.

No need to take my word for it. Says vegetarian cookbook queen Mollie Katzen, “I can’t think of a more cordial or welcoming tone with which to invite possibly skeptical meat eaters into the world of delicious, accessible plant-based cooking.” Adds The Washington Post: “If anyone can persuade Americans to eat more tempeh, it’s Kim O’Donnel.”

To win a copy of The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook leave a comment below telling me about the culinary persuasions of the people you cook for: omnivore, carnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, choosy chowhound, or would eat boiled shoe leather if it was served at the table.

Entries must be received by Sunday, November 7, by 10 pm PT.

Winner chosen at random.

My job: I’ll announce the winner on Monday, October 8 and contact this lucky person via email.

Your job:  You’ll have exactly one week to claim your prize. After that, I’ll find an alternate home (also at random) for this book.

Update: The winner of the giveaway is Jacquie and I’ll do my best to ship this cookbook to you in plenty of time for holiday meal planning. Thanks to all of you for entering and sharing your stories.

And check back in later this month for another food book contest.

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Michele @ Healthy Cultivations October 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm

When I cook for others, they’re usually carnivores. Most of the time, people are very willing to try tasty meatless meals… even if they don’t want to forebear on the meat-eating on a regular basis.


Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi October 31, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Ooh, the way the cookbook is arranged sounds great. I try to cook in season, so it makes sense to me. I’ve not had any guests complain when I opt to cook veg meals for them. Tasty food is tasty food.
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Cee October 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm

My family members all eat meat, but my toddler loves the bean dishes and mock meat dishes that I prepare. With my husband, it is hit or miss.


Marthaandme October 31, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Everyone here eats meat, although both kids flirted with vegetarianism for a while. I try to do meatless dinner once or twice a week though so this would be great.


Elizabeth Ray October 31, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I cook for 2 omnivores and 1 vegetarian. (I’m trying to do more meatless meals, so we can all eat the same thing at least part of the time.)


Shannon Baas October 31, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I’m an omnivore as I like both meat and vegetables.


Christine October 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Everyone is an omnivore here. Meat is usually just a smaller part of the whole meal, but most of our meals do include some, so I’d love to try recipes from this cookbook that move us towards a more exclusively plant-based dietary lifestyle.
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Rachel October 31, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I’m a pescatarian (but vegetarian at home), and my boyfriend is all omnivore–and a picky one! It’s a challenge to cook for us, and I’d love to have this cookbook to help me out!
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Sheryl October 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I am in the minority in my house – hubby loves meat, as do sons. I haven’t eaten it in a good 25 years. I could be a vegetarian and not miss the chicken or fish…but to keep the peace, I do cook the latter two. But I must say, a cookbook like this really sounds great – and it might just give me some new ideas to try to entice my men over to my side~!


Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart October 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm

We are indeed of the omnivore persuasion around here, with a couple of pups that I swear are part piglet. I am very lucky that my DH doesn’t mind leftovers, so lately, I’m cooking 2-3 times a week. That helps a lot when I’m exhausted …. like today, to come home from a LONG day of eldercare worries and know that dinner just needs to be warmed up.


Amber October 31, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I mostly cook for omnivores, though I do have vegetarian and vegan friends that I will always accommodate!


Melissa October 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Hi there,

I am new to the Bay Area from San Diego. I moved here to be closer to the collective of conscious people who believe in the land, sustainability, organic and making food from scratch.

I am a holistic health practitioner and holistic cook. I am currently enrolled in the culinary arts cert. program at Santa Rosa JC.

I would LOVE to have this cookbook to add to my repertoire. I currently specialize in cooking and baking without wheat, rice, corn, soy or dairy.

So this cookbook could be a great addition to my collection. I am actually very picky about which cookbooks I use.

Thank you for the opportunity to express myself and to have a copy! Blessings, Melissa


Liz Carlin November 1, 2010 at 4:26 am

It’s difficult to find a good vegetarian cookbook.


Alexandra November 1, 2010 at 4:28 am

When I lived in France and cooked for guests, I never thought to include a dish for vegetarians. Here in the USA, so many more people go meatless that it becomes second-nature to at least ask, if not have one casserole with veggies or lasagne, as a side so to speak. Myself, I eat very little meat. I would love this cookbook and learn how to improve my vegetarian cooking, making it more nutritious. Is there any information on how to avoid gmos, I wonder, or is this a topic cookbook writers have not yet tackled?
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debp November 1, 2010 at 6:16 am

My family are carnivores, of course they would eat anything set in front of them. They aren’t choosey. In fact, I think my son is a more adventurous eater than I am. I will eat almost anything. I would love to add this cookbook to my collection.


Judith (from Israel) November 1, 2010 at 6:59 am

My husband & son will eat anything. I can’t abide cooked vegetables. (I eat salads instead.) My daughter is a vegetarian who doesn’t like vegetables. (She subsists on rice & pasta.)


Jamie Roy November 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

I usually cook for my husband – he is a carnivore and I am a new(er) vegetarian so it is vegetarian 95% of the time. I try to make heartier meals that fulfill his “meat” cravings and give me the nutrients I need. I am sure he would appreciate the dishes from your cookbook.


Dina Nishioka November 1, 2010 at 8:16 am

I typically cook vegetable-laden and/or meat dishes for myself since I am a former vegetarian. But I have a very close friend who is a true veg, and I’m trying to convert my Asian cooking (uses a lot of chicken broth) to veggie. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it doesn’t. Would love a meatless cookbook to teach me how to make tasty veggie dishes.


Suzanne K November 1, 2010 at 8:19 am

I cook for my 16 year old daughter – who decided almost a year ago that she wanted to be a vegetarian… just hasn’t bothered to do any research as to what she needs in her diet to be a healthy vegetarian! So, I’m doing it for her, and hopefully teaching her as we go.


Rebecca November 1, 2010 at 8:35 am

Cooking for a family of 5 always has its challenges. We eat meat but it’s a must that it is either local or hormone free. My oldest son has requested tofu out of the container in his lunch, my middle son has been known to say going into the grocery store “mama can we get asparagus?” yet my daughter would eat pasta and edamame endlessly. My husband goes with the flow and if he doesn’t like it, knows not to comment. I’m always looking for new recipes to appease my masses.


Donald Hines November 1, 2010 at 8:41 am

I cook for omnivores.


M'Lisa Kelley November 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

Hi Sarah,

As a working chef, I cook for them all, and for ones who consistently rotate what they want to eat, based on the meal available. People have so much associated with food. This makes cooking for people for a living a real challenge. I am always looking for new ways to help the folks I cook for make healthy choices. It sounds as if this new book could really help with that!


Missy November 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

3 omnivores (well 1 who doesn’t eat vegetables ~he says he is allergic ) and 1 vegetarian. Help us make food that everyone will eat and enjoy.


Green with NV November 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

I cook for a family of omnivores and I guess I’m more of a flexitarian. I like it all, but prefer to eat vegetarian. To entice my family to my side of the fence, I cook meatless 1-2 times per week. Generally including flatbread, pasta or egg as the options. Even my husband is learning to embrace life without meat 7 days a week. The new book sounds great!


Tonya Dean November 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

My family will eat anything!


Lori Hart November 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I cook mostly for my husband and he’s a total carnivore but there are occasions he’ll go meatless… especially if I make my eggplant parm


Shelley November 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

We are a bunch of carnivore’s in this house! We pretty each eat anything and everything. Except for my 6yo son. He has Autism, is very picky, and I try to give him as many gluten free/casein free products as I can. It’s definitely a hard diet to follow. Thanks for the giveaway!


Patrice November 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

My husband and I are both vegetarians. I would love to have this book and add some new recipes for our household.


Susi Kurteff November 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

We are predominantly carnivores but manage a pretty well balanced weekly plate. Introducing more interesting vegetarian foods which all my 3 boys will devour and embrace would be refreshing particularly with all our good health in mind. This book sounds just the ticket.
Just hoping the ingredients may be flexible enough for Ozzie shopping !


Miranda Ward November 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I have choosy chowhounds! LOL
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Teresa Choplin November 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

My family will eat anything I cook and put on the table, LOL.

They swear my moma’s cooking. And tell all their friends and co-workers, and it has to be a meat, potatoes, veggie, and homemade biscuits involved.
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Merr November 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

This book looks terrific! When I cook for company, let’s say, I will try to make something vegetarian in some way even if the guests eat meat! Sometimes I don’t, and I prepare something else, but I always feel “cleaner” when I can pull off something tasty that is sans meat.
That said, my husband and I recently dined at a restaurant and had a portobello sandwich and it was not only delicious, it tasted like a hamburger (but it wasn’t!). Incredible!
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Joy F November 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Carnivores. This would be great to try some of these recipes to get them to eat less meat. Thanks.


hjm November 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I cook for myself and my partner, and while I’m a relatively recent veggie newbie, he’s the first one to order a burger when we go out– needless to say I cook a lot of beans and mushrooms, but trying to find other things to expand and make him think a “real” meal doesn’t have to mean meat….


Christine November 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm

a family of omnivores


Casey@Good. Food. Stories. November 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I’m sort of in a mixed marriage in that my other half would happily eat burgers 24/7 if I didn’t monitor his intake. I NEED this book to continue fooling his tastebuds!


Kayte CookWatts November 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm

My boyfriend has to be tricked into eating veggies. I used to eat a lot healthier- now I have slid into a junkier diet-would love this book.


Francine November 2, 2010 at 1:25 am

My household is picky, picky, picky. I have to work at tricery to get something healthy on the table.


Jenelle November 2, 2010 at 2:37 am

I mostly cook for my fiancee who of course loves his meat. But like any good man, he loves anything I cook for him! That is why I’m marrying him! I love all foods, cheese, carbs, meats, and chocolate. Anything but ketchup.


Barbara November 2, 2010 at 4:42 am

I’m an omnivore as I like both meat and vegetables.


tina page November 2, 2010 at 5:14 am

My family is certainly omnivorous (though the oldest 2 males lean to the carnivorous side!;}) I periodically go vegetarian for a year or 2 at a time then I find I miss BBQ brisket (wheat meat just doesn’t suffice) and I go back to eating the occasional meat product. I like the premise behind this cookbook…will certainly find it at a library if i don’t have the great good fortune to win it here!:)


ML November 2, 2010 at 5:22 am

While both my live-in boyfriend and I are vegetarians, I’m the strict one – he’s fine with grabbing a hot dog at a ballgame, while I would never dream of it. At home though, it’s veg all the way! I love the sound of this cookbook – I love cooking for friends, but most of them are fairly skeptical when it comes to my stir-fried or baked tofu. Bring on the variety!


steadycat November 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

our household includes two pescatarians, though 80% vegetarian.


Aline November 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I cook for a bunch of meat and potato eaters, but want to give them more vegetarian meals. I’ll have to sneak it though. It’s gotta look and taste like meat.


Karen November 3, 2010 at 6:07 am

I cook a lot of fresh organic foods. Both my daughters are very sensitive to MSG. We love all types of foods!


Stephanie - Wasabimon November 3, 2010 at 10:12 am

I cook for all sorts of people – to the degree that the first thing I ask when someone’s eating over is, “Is there anything you can’t or won’t eat?”
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Crystal November 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I am always the one who brings the meatless dish to holidays…Usually vegetables!


jacquie November 5, 2010 at 4:23 am

Carnivores, though i predominately cook vegetarian in the house.
dread the thought of the upcoming holidays and going to family…


Sue Farrell November 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I cook for a very picky carnivore–I’d love to find some recipes that he might try.


Carol Wong November 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I have got to see this one! I have been a vegetarian for 17 years now and when people ask about it, they always say” How do you get your protein”! My answer is “In many ways!


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