Moosewood Cookbook

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The Moosewood Cookbook
Moosewood Cookbook 1e cover.jpg
Cover of first trade edition after the initial 1974 self-published First Edition issued by Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca.
AuthorMollie Katzen
CountryUnited States
SubjectVegetarian cooking
PublisherTen Speed Press
Publication date
1977 (2ed 1992, 2ed revised 2000)
Media typebook
ISBN0-913668-69-9 (1ed, hardcover), 1580081304 (2ed rev. softcover)
641.5/636 19
LC ClassTX837 .K2593 1977
Followed byThe Enchanted Broccoli Forest 

The Moosewood Cookbook is a vegetarian cookbook written by Mollie Katzen when she was a member of the Moosewood collective in Ithaca, New York. The original First Edition, self-published in 1974 by Moosewood, was a spiral bound paper-covered book, with photographs of the restaurant staff, with illustrations hand-drawn and text hand-written by Molly Katzen. It was printed by the Glad Day Press in Ithaca. The full title of the self-published edition was The Moosewood Cookbook, Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant in the Dewitt Mall, Ithaca, New York. The book was then picked up by the then-fledgling Ten Speed Press in California, whose edition was given a different cover and hand-lettered and illustrated by Katzen.

Moosewood Restaurant

Katzen later rewrote the book with leaner recipes in a version published in 1992, long after her original association with the Collective had lapsed, though she kept the title and the hand-lettered style; the later Collective went on to publish its own unrelated series of books. Katzen has written two books that might be considered sequels; the first, called The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, expands on topics such as baking that the Moosewood book does not cover in depth, and is done in the same hand-lettered style as the original. The second, The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without, came out in 2007 and returned to Katzen's original hand-written style after years of more conventionally designed books such as Still Life with Menu and Pretend Soup.


In 2018, New York Magazine named it to their list of best vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, saying "no chef cooking vegetables can afford not to read (it)."[1]

In 2017, Washington Post Food Editor Joe Yonan listed it as one of three must-have classic vegetarian cookbooks.[2]

In 2007, the James Beard Foundation named the book to the Cookbook Hall of Fame. The New York Times has listed it as one of the ten best selling cookbooks of all time.[3]


  1. ^ Builder, Maxine. "The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks, According to Vegetarian and Vegan Chefs". New York Magazine. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ Swift, Sally. "Joe Yonan's three must-have classic vegetarian cookbooks". The Splendid Table. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "New Editions of Moosewood Cookbook & Enchanted Broccoli Forest". Archived from the original on 2015-04-13. Retrieved 5 May 2015.