Looking for a healthy cookbook to give that Beatles fan in your family? How about one straight from the kitchen of Paul McCartney?
The 69-year-old entertainer, who recently married for the third time, has co-written "The Meat Free Monday Cookbook," which is based on his family's 2009 campaign
to convince people to avoid eating meat for one day a week. The 240-page book features some of his favorite vegetarian recipes, as well as some celebrity contributions from model Twiggy, Vivienne Westwood, actor Kevin Spacey and daughter Stella McCartney. From Amazon:
"The Meat Free Monday Cookbook is for everyone who shares the campaign's aims and consists of menus for each of the 52 weeks of the year. Packed with recipes such as Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes, Basil and Mushroom Tart, Pilau Rice with Cashews and Watermelon Granita, as well as vibrant spring soups, inventive summer salads, appetising autumn bakes and comforting winter stews."
Paul isn't the first McCartney to publish a plant-based cookbook. Besides the many that his late wife Linda created, the couple's daughter, Mary, also announced last year
that she, too, would release a vegetarian work.
"I am excited to be working with Chatto & Windus on a contemporary vegetarian cookbook," she said in a statement. "My mother, Linda, became the focal point for vegetarians and meat reducers in the past and helped inspire many through her books and actions, to realize that there was a viable and tasty alternative. I am so proud to be able to carry on what she started."
"Vegetarian cuisine has come a long way and with the addition of my other love, photography, we are going to try and show just how sophisticated and varied the vegetarian palate has become."
That work is expected to be released sometime in 2012.