14 December, 2011  |   54 Comments

Cook without a book (from a book!)

Congrats to Heidi, commenter #10 for winning the book. Hooray! Hooray!

Meal planYou’ve seen my food planning.
You know what we eat.
A big hunk of animal protein, veggies and a starch.
But mostly the animal protein.
Just like mom used to make.

But if you look at my cookbook collection, you wouldn’t know that’s how I cook. There are vegan cookbooks, raw food cookbooks and all the juice fasts you can shake a dehydrated veggie cracker at.

To date, not one of these cookbooks have broken us from the mostly animal protein routine.

But then, Jane Maynard invited me to dinner at the hippest San Franciscan pizza place with some smartypants food bloggers and a famous cookbook author to celebrate the release her new book.

I may have had to promise my husband a full week’s worth of the good kind of favors —the toddlers, they are a handful these days — but it was worth it.

So what I’m saying is I have a book for you.

It’s called Cook Without A Book and it’s chock full of good stuff from Pam Anderson, the famous cookbook author. Not the other one. Although I hear that Pam Anderson doesn’t eat meat. So there’s that.

This cookbook makes me happy because it helps me sneak good meals in to creep our family closer to better health. To date, my manfriend and lady toddlers didn’t notice the vegetarian sloppy joes and well, let’s just not talk about the Great Fruit Pizza Overdose of 2011.

Would you like a copy of this cookbook too?
Leave a comment with your favorite one-word meatless ingredient.
(Bacon and codfish don’t count. Arugula does.)

I’ll pick a randomo and the rest of you shall weep bitter tears.
Just kidding.
The rest of you will get a Christmas postcard from me.
If you’re interested.

Pam Anderson and her daughter Maggy Keet are just the best kind of people. I’ve been searching the internet to try to find a way to join their family, but just not finding many options for me. This cookbook giveaway is as close as I can get.

Regardless. Comment! Meatless ingredient! Christmas postcard! Go!

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54 thoughts on “Cook without a book (from a book!)

  1. 1
    rosie says:


    (If you’re looking for a veggie: sweet potato!)

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    Christy says:

    (it was hard to pick just one!)

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    Wendy Darling says:

    Goat Cheese.
    technically two words… one word couldn’t contain the yum!

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    Alyson says:

    Gosh, that’s so hard! Probably bok choy!

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    Annie says:

    Hands down my favorite not-a-meat.

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    Leah Brooks says:

    No doubt there: KALE!

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    Heidi Devereaux says:

    I keep finding more and more wonderful things to do with quinoa and I finally have learned how to pronounce it too!

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    elaine says:


    comes in all shapes and sizes and is great to use as leftovers in all kinds of fried rices, meaty or meatless!

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    Maureen says:

    Black beans – so satisfying in a soup, quesidillas, with eggs….

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    Cassie says:

    I love lentils, but I only know one way to make them. I would love this book!

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    Sarah vL says:

    This cookbook is exactly what I’m looking for. If I don’t win it – I’m buying it!!

    Favorite meat-less ingredient: mushrooms.

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    Christina says:

    Hatch chiles. Especially in migas.

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    Laura says:

    Cheese! Although that’s probably not the best answer.

    Sweet potatoes?

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    Em says:

    kimchi! also tempeh. tempeh sloppy joes are delicious!

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    Kate says:

    Absolutely kale!

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    Carrie says:

    My three year old daughter says, “Chocolate!”

    What a great cookbook. I’ve added it to the library queue in case we don’t win. 😉

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    Deborah says:


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    Quinoa! Love the texture.

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    tanya ci says:

    Chard 🙂

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    Christy says:

    Mushrooms. I always have some on hand.

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    Patsy says:

    Beans! Black beans on everything!

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    Gata says:


    (please oh pretty please por favor pick me please!!!)

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    Janet S says:

    Tofu and mushrooms.

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    Laura says:



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    Mantis says:

    cheese, please!

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    Carol Wong says:

    Red peppers!

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    whitney says:

    Chickpeas! (Or garbanzo beans, but that’s two words.)

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    Chris says:

    It’s short for Green Juice. Comprised of Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Parsley and Beet Greens. I pound a glass a day, and in my head I chant, “Gruice! Gruice! Gruice!” It’s like I’m at a vegetarian fraternity in my head. : )

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    Kate says:


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    Jessica says:

    Rancho Gordo beans, for sure.

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    wendy says:


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    Lindsay says:

    Black beans.

    I hear so many people raaaave about kale (like, with glow sticks and all) but that is one bandwagon I have yet to jump on. Just can’t do it.

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    Katja says:

    couscous! yumyum.

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    Rick says:

    Beans, black.

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    Vicki says:

    Chick peas!

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    Kelly O'Keefe says:


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    Adrienne says:

    potato! Any kind.

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    Marguerite says:

    Beans. Especially those gems from Rancho Gordo.

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    Lynette says:


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    Natasha says:

    (Extra-firm, Wild Wood brand is our fave.)

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    Jen says:


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    Skye says:

    Risotto. It’s a fantastic base for spinach and blue cheese, or mushrooms, or tomato and chard….

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    Mena says:


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