I love cookbooks with a twist, and as the book subtitle makes clear, Double Take has a great one: feeding vegetarians and omnivores together! What a great idea, basing a single meal around components that complement both a meat and an alternative protein.
Now, don’t think the omnivores suffer here, as the authors state, “This isn’t supposed to be a political manifesto.” And to further assuage your fears, just a few paragraphs later we find out that “grass-fed beef rocks the party!”
This thoughtful book works to bridge the gaps that separate vegetarians and omnivores while espousing a move to organic and humane farming. What’s not to like?
Meet the AuthorsJeremy Holt, a happily-married father of one, has worked as a cook or bartender in numerous restaurants. An avid home cook who for many years wrote the food-and-drink blog The Husky Boy, he is currently a pharmacist in Seattle. A.J. Rathbun is a freelance writer on food and entertaining and the author of Dark Spirits, Wine Cocktails, Luscious Liqueurs, Party Snacks!, Party Drinks!, and the IACP Award–winning Good Spirits. Rathbun lives in Seattle, Washington.
Buy Double Take: One Fabulous Recipe, Two Finished Dishes, Feeding Vegetarians and Omnivores Together
The recipes in Double Take are frequently familiar takes on comfort foods and old-time classics updated to work with many meat alternatives. They tend to be recipes that are styled for a family; honest food that doesn’t involve special equipment or an extensive culinary background to master. These are just the type of dishes that are perfect for today’s busy lifestyle, which certainly can involve the sometimes-unlikely pairing of omnivores and vegetarians.
Wine pairingsSunday Roast A perfect partner for a rustic Cotes du Rhone. I suggest the 2007 Domaine de la Solitude.
Fricassee Acadienne This lightly spicy take on un plat Louisiane is rich yet lightly spicy, perfect for a rich, bright white. Chenin Blanc, especially one with a whisper of sweetness immediately springs to mind. Try the 2007 Francois Pinon Cuvee Tradition for a perfect match!
Recipes from Double Take after the jump.