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Deborah Madison

Author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

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About the Author

Deborah Madison grew up in Davis, California and later attended the University of California. Madison worked in the kitchen at the Zen Center in San Francisco then left to cook at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Later, she returned to Zen Center to become the first chef at The Greens in Fort Mason. show more Madison has contributed articles to Saveur, Fine Cooking, Gourmet, Eating Well, and the Time-Life Cookbook Series. She has written "The Greens Cookbook" and "The Savory Way," which won the Cookbook of the Year Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Madison has also received the M. F. K. Fisher Mid-Career Award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Deborah Madison

Associated Works

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection (1967) — Introduction, some editions — 702 copies
Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes (2012) — Foreword, some editions — 141 copies
Edible: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Food Plants (2008) — Foreword, some editions — 125 copies
The Seasons on Henry's Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm (2009) — Foreword, some editions — 118 copies
Best Food Writing 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 71 copies


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I went to the San Francisco Greens restaurant in the 1990's and had the most wonderful meal. I bought this book and have used it more than any other cookbook I own. This is a keeper.
RuthInman123 | 4 other reviews | Mar 22, 2024 |
Really enjoyable memoir. I had no idea who Deborah Madison is, but I love hearing about the different ways that chefs become chefs and that foodies are drawn into their lifestyle. This book was particularly interesting because of Madison's pivotal and yet cranky relationship with vegetarianism. I love her message -- that vegetables are for everyone -- and that often the most memorable food isn't about the food, it's about the kindness of the person who prepared it. It's an episodic work, and somewhat non-linear, but I enjoyed that as well.

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jennybeast | 2 other reviews | Apr 14, 2022 |
I had never heard of Deborah Madison before I saw this book recommended by Marion Nestle, a writer about food issues that I admire. So I got this book from my library.

Madison has certainly had an interesting life which includes twenty years living in a San Francisco Buddhist community. Before and after that time she ate meat but for those twenty years she was almost exclusively vegetarian. In fact, I gather that her fame (for those who, unlike me, have heard of her) is due to books about vegetarianism that she has authored. I am going to take one of her vegetarian cookbooks out of the library as I think that will more clearly show her vegetarian credentials than this book did.… (more)
gypsysmom | 2 other reviews | Aug 31, 2021 |
I borrowed from the library at one point but it's too advanced for me at this point. I would love to be capable of making these recipes tho.
Corinne2020 | 1 other review | Aug 23, 2021 |



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