Cooks across Italy have been making vegetarian dishes for centuries. Full of the exhaustive research and bona fides that readers worldwide have come to expect from Slow Food, Vegetariano collects over 400 of the best vegetarian (and frequently vegan) recipes from home cooks in every region of Italy - all approachable, cookable, and full of the rustic Italian spirit of abbondanza and gracious hospitality.
Befitting recipes handed down through families, most feature their original preparations and ingredients, rather than being re-engineered as vegetarian by modern chefs. Local knowledge and experience are highlighted, showcasing the generations of respect Italian cooks have lavished on their verdure. Sustainability, versatility, and a frugal cook's lack of waste all characterise the recipes meticulously researched by Slow Food. Organised by course, these 400-plus recipes are perfect for family meals and celebratory feasts alike, and each features charming cultural details and culinary customs not found in chef-driven books.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation. It was founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food traditions, counteract the rise of fast life, and combat people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, and how food choices affect the world around us. Founded in Italy, it is now active in more than 160 countries and involves millions of participants. Slow Food runs two international conferences annually and organises hundreds of other events, both through its headquarters and via its more than 1,500 local chapters.