meritra's Profile

From: Tucson, AZ USA

Joined: May 24th, 2012

About me: I've been vegetarian (~95% vegan) for over forty years. I love to make foods from scratch, including tempeh, tofu, seitan, wine, pickles, sourdough, pasta etc. and prefer such experimentation to actually putting a meal together. Having grown up sixty miles north of the US/Mexico border, I have a long and affectionate history with Mexican food. I love Indian and Caribbean flavors, but am somewhat daunted by the complexity of the spicing. Asian cuisines, particularly Chinese, hold sway over me because of their versatility, variety and exquisite flavors — there is always more to discover. I'm focusing primarily on Italian cooking lately, and playing with various ravioli fillings.

Favorite cookbook: Changes almost daily


Latest review:

May 25th, 2012

Dong Chimi - White Radish Water Kimchee from Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking

The first lacto-fermented vegetables I ever made were from this recipe. On the first try, I halved the quantities in this recipe, since I wasn't sure it would be successful, not knowing how easy fermentation... read more >


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meritra's Bookshelf

82 book(s). Click the title of a book to start adding your recipe and book reviews.

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1,000 Vegan Recipes

By Robin Robertson
Wiley - 2009


(6 recipe reviews)
owned by 40 my recipe reviews 0

52 Loaves

By William Alexander
Algonquin Books - 2011


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 4 my recipe reviews 0

Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

By Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Matthew Ruscigno
Da Capo Lifelong Books - 2010


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 1 my recipe reviews 0

Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More

By Andrea Nguyen
Ten Speed Press - 2009


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 24 my recipe reviews 0

Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home

By Andrea Nguyen
Ten Speed Press - 2012


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 5 my recipe reviews 0

Asian Vegetarian Feast

By Ken Hom
William Morrow & Co - 1988


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 1 my recipe reviews 0

Authentic Chinese Cuisine

By Bryanna Clark Grogan
Book Publishing Company (TN) - 2001


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 7 my recipe reviews 0

Authentic Mexican

By Rick Bayless
Morrow - 1987


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 17 my recipe reviews 0

BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles

By Erin McKenna, Tara Donne
Clarkson Potter - 2011


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 5 my recipe reviews 0

Baking Artisan Bread: 10 Expert Formulas for Baking Better Bread at Home

By Ciril Hitz
Quarry Books - 2008


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 7 my recipe reviews 0

Baking with Julia Savor the Joys of Baking with America's Best Bakers

By Dorie Greenspan
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1996


(13 recipe reviews)
owned by 76 my recipe reviews 0

Beard On Pasta

By James Beard
Alfred A. Knopf - 1983


(1 recipe review)
owned by 6 my recipe reviews 0

Biba's Northern Italian Cooking

By Biba Caggiano
HP Trade - 2002


(2 recipe reviews)
owned by 4 my recipe reviews 0

Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook: Explosive Flavors from the Southwestern Kitchen

By Bobby Flay
Clarkson Potter - 2007


(2 recipe reviews)
owned by 28 my recipe reviews 0

The Book of Miso

By William Shurtleff, Akiko Aoyagi
Ten Speed Press - 2001


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 6 my recipe reviews 0

The Book of Tempeh

By William Shurtleff, Akiko Aoyagi, Akiko Aoyagi
Ten Speed Press - 2001


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 3 my recipe reviews 0

Book of Tofu

By William Shurtleff
Ballantine Books - 1987


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 5 my recipe reviews 0

Bottega

By Michael Chiarello
Chronicle Books - 2010


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 4 my recipe reviews 0

Buddha's Table: Thai Feasting Vegetarian Style

By Chat Mingkwan
Book Pub Co - 2005


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 3 my recipe reviews 0

Candle 79 Cookbook: Modern Vegan Classics from New York's Premier Sustainable Restaurant

By Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, Jorge Pineda
Ten Speed Press - 2011


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 5 my recipe reviews 0

Chinese Meatless Cooking (A Plume book)

By Stella Lau Fessler
Plume - 1980


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 1 my recipe reviews 0

Chinese Vegetarian Cooking

By Kenneth H.C. Lo
Pantheon - 1974


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 2 my recipe reviews 0

Chinese Village Cookbook: A Practical Guide to Cantonese Country Cooking

By Rhoda Yee
Yerba Buena Press - 1975


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 2 my recipe reviews 0

Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking

By Julie Sahni
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1985


(1 recipe review)
owned by 11 my recipe reviews 0

Cooking with My Sisters: One Hundred Years of Family Recipes, from Bari to Big Stone Gap

By Adriana Trigiani, Mary Trigiani, Lucia Anna Trigiani, Antonia Trigiani, Francesca Trigiani
Random House Trade Paperbacks - 2005


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 2 my recipe reviews 0

Cooking with Seitan: The Delicious Natural Foods from Whole Grain

By Barbara Jacobs
Japan Publications (U. S. A.), I - 1987


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 2 my recipe reviews 0

Cookwise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed

By Shirley O. Corriher
William Morrow Cookbooks - 1997


(10 recipe reviews)
owned by 65 my recipe reviews 0

Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers

By Peter Reinhart
Ten Speed Press - 2006


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 12 my recipe reviews 0

Dim Sum: The Delicious Secrets of Home-Cooked Chinese Tea Lunch

By Rhoda Yee
Random House Inc (P) - 1978


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 2 my recipe reviews 0

The Dumpling

By Wai Hon Chu, Connie Lovatt
HarperCollins e-books - 2009


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 4 my recipe reviews 0

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

By Giada De Laurentiis
Clarkson Potter - 2005


(46 recipe reviews)
owned by 110 my recipe reviews 0

Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh

By Emeril Lagasse
William Morrow Cookbooks - 2010


(4 recipe reviews)
owned by 12 my recipe reviews 0

Florence Lin's Chinese Vegetarian Cookbook

By Florence Lin, Nao Gi
Shambhala Publications Inc - 1984


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 1 my recipe reviews 0

The Fragrant Vegetable

By Martin Stidham
Tarcher - 1986


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 1 my recipe reviews 0

Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor

By Marcela Valladolid
Clarkson Potter - 2009


(2 recipe reviews)
owned by 5 my recipe reviews 0

Friendly Foods (Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine)

By Ron Picarski
Ten Speed Press - 1991


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 2 my recipe reviews 0

From the Earth: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking

By Eileen Yin-Fei Lo
MacMillan Publishing Company - 1995


(1 recipe review)
owned by 5 my recipe reviews 0

Great Chefs Cook Vegan

By Linda Long
Gibbs Smith - 2008


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 9 my recipe reviews 0

Japanese Cooking - Contemporary & Traditional

By Miyoko Nishimoto Schinner
Book Publishing Company (TN) - 2009


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 10 my recipe reviews 0

Japanese Vegetarian Cooking

By Lesley Downer
Pantheon - 1987


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 2 my recipe reviews 0

The Joy of Pickling, Revised Edition: 250 Flavor-Packed Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market

By Linda Ziedrich
Harvard Common Press - 2009


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 13 my recipe reviews 0

Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads

By Nancy Baggett
Wiley - 2009


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 13 my recipe reviews 0

The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking

By Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Bronwen Godfrey
Random House Trade Paperbacks - 2003


(4 recipe reviews)
owned by 20 my recipe reviews 0

Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali
Knopf - 2009


(5 recipe reviews)
owned by 19 my recipe reviews 0

Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking

By Yamuna Devi
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust - 1987


(5 recipe reviews)
owned by 11 my recipe reviews 0

Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking

By Madhur Jaffrey
Knopf - 1981


(16 recipe reviews)
owned by 25 my recipe reviews 1

The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour

By Kim O'Donnel, Myra Kohn
Da Capo Lifelong Books - 2010


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 1 my recipe reviews 0

Mission: Cook!

By Robert Irvine, Brian O'Reilly, G.P. Television Food Network
HarperCollins e-books - 2009


(0 recipe reviews)
owned by 1 my recipe reviews 0

Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking

By Mario Batali
Ecco - 2010


(10 recipe reviews)
owned by 21 my recipe reviews 0

Momofuku

By David Chang, Peter Meehan
Clarkson Potter - 2009


(2 recipe reviews)
owned by 59 my recipe reviews 0