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About the Book
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller
"Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." With these seven words, Michael Pollan—brother of Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan, and son of Corky—started a national conversation about how to eat for optimal health. Over a decade later, the idea of eating mostly plants has become ubiquitous.
But what does choosing "mostly plants" look like in real life? For the Pollans, it means eating more of the things that nourish us, and less of the things that don’t. It means cutting down on the amount of animal protein we consume, rather than eliminating it completely, and focusing on vegetables as the building blocks of our meals.
This approach to eating—also known as a flexitarian lifestyle—allows for flavor and pleasure as well as nutrition and sustainability. In Mostly Plants, readers will find inventive and unexpected ways to focus on cooking with vegetables—dishes such as Ratatouille Gratin with Chicken or Vegetarian Sausage; Crispy Kale and Potato Hash with Fried Eggs; Linguine with Spinach and Golden Garlic Breadcrumbs; and Roasted Tomato Soup with Gruyere Chickpea "Croutons".
Like any family, the Pollans each have different needs and priorities: two are vegetarian; several are cooking for a crowd every night. In Mostly Plants, readers will find recipes that satisfy all of these dietary needs, and can also be made vegan. And the best part: many of these dishes can be on the table in 35 minutes or less! With skillet-to-oven recipes, sheet pan suppers, one pot meals and more, this is real cooking for real life: meals that are wholesome, flavorful, and mostly plant based.
“Ever wonder what Michael Pollan’s mother and sisters serve for dinner? This loving collaboration welcomes you to find out. Try a few of these delicious recipes, and you’ll feel like you’re sitting with the Pollans around their family table. Everyone finishes everyone’s sentences—only in this case, it’s the food completing Michael’s now-classic healthy-eating ‘haiku.’ I will definitely be cooking from this book, and imagining I’m there.” —Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook and The Heart of the Plate
“In Mostly Plants, the Pollan family offers an abundance of healthy, delicious recipes the whole family will love. This book makes it easy for anyone to cut back on meat without sacrificing enjoyment.” —Tom Colicchio, Chef/Owner, Crafted Hospitality
“My husband’s favorite four-letter word is probably pork and while we both eat meat, we’ve become a 70/30 family—about 70% of our meals are plant-based. This book speaks to the way we live and cook today. Congratulations to the Pollans for making so many brilliant connections and for inviting us to their tables and into their hearts. Mostly Plants is a both a cookbook and a discussion that you can really sink your teeth into.” —Rachael Ray, bestselling author and television host
“Mostly Plants is a terrific and timely cookbook that upends our expectations of everyday food. The Pollans have offered a blueprint for the future of home cooking, where vegetables and grains get the respect they deserve, and deliciousness takes center stage at dinner and beyond.’ —Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, bestselling author of The Third Plate
“The Pollan family has just the right idea about cooking vegetables: making them the absolute center of attention and the foundation for every meal. Cavatappi with broccolini or crispy kimchi pancakes are the kind of dishes that send me running to the kitchen to cook.” —Yotam Ottolenghi
“This is exactly the kind of weeknight cooking we need.” —New York Magazine