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I love supper. It’s friendly and relaxed. It’s easy to invite people over for supper, for there’s a quality of comfort that isn’t always there with dinner, a meal that suggests more serious culinary expectations—truly a joy to meet, but not all the time. Supper, on the other hand, is for when friends happen to run into each other at the farmers’ market or drop in from out of town. Supper is for Sunday night or a Thursday. Supper can be impromptu, it can be potluck, and it can break the formality of a classic menu. With supper, there’s a willingness to make do with what’s available and to cook and eat simply. It can also be special and beautifully crafted if that’s what you want.
from the Introduction

The author of the bestselling cookbook classic, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, solves the perennial question of what to cook for dinner in her first collection of suppertime solutions, with more than 100 inspiring recipes to enjoy every night of the week.

What’s for supper? For vegetarians and health-conscious nonvegetarians, the quest for recipes that don’t call for meat often can seem daunting. Focusing on recipes for a relaxing evening, Deborah Madison has created an innovative array of main dishes for casual dining. Unfussy but creative, the recipes in Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen will bring joy to your table in the form of simple, wholesome, and delicious main dish meals.

These are recipes to savor throughout the week—quick weekday meals as well as more leisurely weekend or company fare—and throughout the year. The emphasis is on freshness and seasonality in recipes for savory pies and gratins, vegetable stews and braises, pasta and vegetable dishes, crepes and fritters, delicious new ways to use tofu and tempeh, egg dishes that make a supper, hearty cool-weather as well as light warm-weather meals, and a delightful assortment of sandwich suppers.

Recipes include such imaginative and irresistible dishes as Masa Crêpes with Chard, Chiles, and Cilantro; Spicy Tofu with Thai Basil and Coconut Rice Cakes; Lemony Risotto Croquettes with Slivered Snow Peas, Asparagus, and Leeks; and Gnocchi with Winter Squash and Seared Radicchio.

Vegan variations are given throughout, so whether you are a committed vegetarian or a “vegophile” like Deborah Madison herself, you’ll find recipes in this wonderful new collection you will want to cook again and again.

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Eggs
over smoky potatoes

serves 2 to 4

Start the potatoes, then finish the dish by cracking the eggs over them and finishing them in the oven or on top of the stove.

That smoky Spanish pimentón does wonders for foods that might otherwise be cooked with sausage, such as these eggs and potatoes, inspired by a recipe in Marie Simmons’s book The Good Egg. While you can finish the eggs on the stove, I think it makes an especially handsome presentation if you transfer the potatoes to a shallow-sided earthernware gratin dish, bake the eggs in the oven, and bring the whole, gorgeous dish to the table. This recipe is as easy to make for one as it is for a crowd.

A bit intense for an early-morning breakfast perhaps, these lusty eggs are great for supper at any time of year. In summer I’d serve them with sautéed peppers and in winter with a lively salad of cauliflower, green olives, and green peppers, ending with a cooling orange compote for dessert. For wine, stay with the Spanish influence and choose a Ribera del Duero for a red, or an Albariño for a white.

Start the potatoes, then finish the dish by cracking the eggs over them and finishing them in the oven or on top of the stove.

approximately 2 pounds potatoes, any variety, peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt
1⁄2 to 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (pimentón), to taste
1 garlic clove, minced
4 scallions, including a few inches of the greens, thinly sliced
4 or more eggs
minced parsley to finish

1. If you’re using russet or baking potatoes, put them in cold water as you work to draw out some of the starch. Drain them and blot them dry before cooking.

2. Heat the oil in a large, well-seasoned cast-iron or nonstick skillet. Add the poatoes to the pan and cook over medium heat, turning them every so often so they brown on all sides. When they’re tender, after 15 minutes or so, season them with salt, toss them with the smoked paprika, garlic, and scallions, and cook for 1 minute more.

3. Break the eggs over the potatoes. You can add more as long as there is room for them. Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat until the whites are set, about 5 minutes, or longer, if you want the yolk to set as well. Sprinkle with the parsely and serve.

Or preheat the oven to 375°F and transfer the potatoes to a lightly oiled terra-cotta gratin dish. Break the eggs over them, then bake until set and as done as you like, 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with the parsley and serve in their dish.

Feta and Ricotta Cheese
skillet pie

serves 4

There’s no crust, but you can’t argue with this handsome pie, which is rimmed with the black edge of the cast-iron skillet rather than with pastry. It’s excellent for those seeking protein-rich dishes, and it’s so quick to put together you’ll have to wait for your oven to heat up.

Serve this skillet pie in wedges with sides that match the season. In summer, look to roasted peppers plus a few olives; in spring, a shaved fennel salad; in winter, luscious braised black kale. This also makes a good appetizer, served, of course, in smaller portions, or part of a mezze plate (page 162). A lusty Zinfandel from Sonoma would partner well with the cheese.

3⁄4 pound feta cheese, preferably sheep’s milk
1 pound ricotta cheese
4 to 6 eggs
1⁄4 cup flour
3⁄4 cup milk
sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 tablespoon chopped dill

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix three-quarters of the feta with the ricotta in a medium bowl, without worrying about getting it perfectly smooth–you’ll want some chunks. Beat the eggs into the cheese, then add the flour and milk. Season with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and dill.

2. Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or an earthenware baking dish. Pour in the batter and crumble the remaining cheese over the top. Bake until golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with your chosen garnish.


Sautéed Heirloom Tomatoes
on garlic-rubbed toast


serves 2

Here’s a tasty little supper for listless eaters on a hot night. For tomatoes I pick what’s in my garden, which is likely to be a mixture of ripe red Sweet 100s, orange Sun Golds, Green Zebras, and a yellow heirloom or two. These briefly cooked tomatoes, caught just at the moment between fresh and stewed, make an excellent addition to countless summer dishes. This recipe is vegan.

You might flesh out this meal by starting with a chilled soup. It could be a yogurt soup with rice and spinach or a tomato soup (stay with tomatoes if they’re good). Add a simple salad and a few nibbles, such as roasted almonds, and end with a glorious fig tart. Chianti Classico and other simple northern Italian reds like Dolcetto from the Piedmont or Valpolicella from Verona are classic with tomatoes. If you prefer a white, try a New World Sauvignon Blanc, especially if you add the capers.

Have your tomatoes marinating an hour ahead of time, or just before, if that’s what works best. Make the toast, heat the tomatoes, put them together, and you’re done.

2 heaping cups sliced, quartered, or diced tomatoes, assorted kinds and colors
1 shallot, finely diced
1 large garlic clove, 1⁄2 minced
3 basil leaves, slivered
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 large pieces ciabatta, semolina, or other rustic bread
a few drops of balsamic vinegar


1. Toss the tomatoes with the shallot, minced garlic, basil, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Set aside until you’re ready to eat.

2. Grill or toast the bread. Rub it with the other 1⁄2 clove of garlic.

3. Heat a medium skillet. When hot, add the tomatoes. Swirl the pan around to warm them through, add a few drops balsamic vinegar and some pepper, then spoon onto the toast and serve. They should just warm up and release their juices, not fall apart.

• Spread ricotta thickly over the toast, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with oil, and warm it in a toaster oven before adding the tomatoes.

• Sear thin slices of tofu (page 95), deglaze the pan with balsamic vinegar, then put on toast and cover with the tomatoes.
• Spoon the tomatoes over ravioli.

• Serve them with the Ricotta Omelet on page 124 or the Zucchini Skillet Cakes on page 82.


From the Hardcover edition.
Deborah Madison

About Deborah Madison

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DEBORAH MADISON, the founding chef of San Francisco's popular Greens restaurant, is the author of nine cookbooks, including The Greens Cookbook, her first, and most recently, Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen. The Savory Way, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Local Flavors have all received James Beard Foundation Awards, and the first two were also named the Julia Child Cookbook of the Year by the IACP. A cooking teacher for two decades, a contributor to many magazines, and long involved in the local food and farming movement, Madison is the recipient of many other awards, including the MFK Fisher Mid-Career Award and the Flyaway Productions 10 Women Campaign Award. She lives in New Mexico with painter Patrick McFarlin.
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Praise for Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen

“Deborah Madison, a wizard with fresh produce, offers one appealing recipe after another in Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen.”
New York Times

“Celebrated vegetarian chef Madison’s latest warmly-written gem offers everything from quickie suppers to subtle, sophisticated dinner party dishes while encouraging local, seasonal eating and unfussy kitchen artisanship . . . a wonderful addition to any vegetarian or ‘vegophile’ kitchen.”
Publishers Weekly

“Madison’s latest book is loaded with accessible, inspired, casual recipes for vegetarian supppers.”
— EatingWell

“Deborah Madison has done for vegetarian meals what the television show Extreme Makeover has done for the dowdy: transform them into something sexy and appealing. She’s done it with a combination of relaxed charm, a warmly reassuring writing style, and reliable recipes.”
— Washington Post

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