I discovered this book a few years ago while I was going strong on my third year as a pescetarian, a fish-loving vegetarian. I was looking to get out of my recipe slump and break away from the same 5 dinners I seemed to rotate weekly. Even though I was looking for meat free meals for breakfast lunch and dinner, seven days a week, the book's intention is to encourage meat lover's to try meat free for only one day a week. In the forward by the McCartneys, who are proudly vegetarian or vegan, they talk about the environmental impact families can make with just being meat free one day a week and with this book how easy it can be.
First what I love about the book is that it is organized by season. With local farmer's markets visiting many of the libraries in the area, it's easier than ever to stock up on fresh season ripe fruits and veggies. I love starting with the freshest ingredients then looking for ideas on what to do with them. Within the seasonal sections the recipes are organized by week, to have a breakfast, lunch and dinner planned for one day.
The recipes vary in length of the ingredient list and prep time. Some like the Pepper Pockets may not be a quick-fix having to make the dough and roll out the pockets. Where recipes like the Summer Coleslaw can be whipped up before taking to a BBQ to share.
So challenge yourself and see if you can be meat free just one day a week- it's tastier than you might think! To start check out The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, for more McCartney family cooking check out Mary McCartney's Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking. For more fresh veggies, check out The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast and start growing your own pantry!
Review by Stevie Z.