The Forest Feast Mediterranean by Erin Gleeson with Recipe

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I am so pleased to be part of the Abrams Dinner Party for the Fall/Winter season. I was sent copies of their food and drink books at no charge. Read on to learn about The Forest Feast Mediterranean by Erin Gleeson.

the forest feast mediterranean

About The Forest Feast Mediterranean:

Erin Gleeson, New York Times bestselling author, returns with a gorgeously illustrated cookbook that will transport you to the Mediterranean coast 

For years, Forest Feast readers have been transported to Erin Gleeson’s picturesque cabin in the woods through her stunning photography of magical gatherings and vibrant vegetarian cooking. Now, Gleeson transports readers to Europe, with recipes inspired by her exploration of the cultures and cuisines of France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy during an extended family trip. Reimagining the flavors and signature dishes of this part of the Mediterranean, Gleeson presents 100 vegetarian recipes for creating effortless, unforgettable meals. Filled with atmospheric images of coastal villages, charming watercolor illustrations, and mouthwatering food photography, The Forest Feast Mediterranean is an irresistible escape from the everyday, no matter where you might live.

About the Author:

Erin Gleeson is the author, illustrator, and photographer behind the New York Times bestselling cookbook The Forest FeastThe Forest Feast for KidsThe Forest Feast Gatherings, and the popular blog by the same name. Gleeson lives in a cabin in the woods in Northern California where she creates simple and delicious vegetarian recipes, inspired by her weekly farm box.

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My Opinion:

I keep looking through this cookbook because it is so very beautiful. I have never encountered a cookbook quite as enchanting; it is full of photos and charming illustrations for all of the recipes. In addition there are stunning travel photos from the countries that inspired the recipes in the book. Each turn of the page brings a new delight with a delicious looking recipe and a gorgeous photo to inspire you.

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There are several recipes I can’t wait to try including this one for green beans. I have so many coming in right now it will be nice to try something new with them. All of the recipes in the book are vegetarian and they all look amazing. There is one for a gnocchi and cauliflower casserole that I can’t wait to try. I just need a full day in the kitchen to make homemade gnocchi again. Although there is an intriguing recipe in this book for ricotta gnocchi.

forest feast mediterranean

All of the recipes look to be full of flavor and easy to make. The book is built on “small plates” which is my favorite way of eating. A little of this, a little of that. It’s a marvelous way to have a dinner party. Put out a wide selection of different foods and just let everyone dig in. THIS is the book for that kind of party. Lots of options, lots of flavors.

This is going to end up one of my go/to cookbooks going forward.



burst tomatoes with torn mozzarella

Burst Tomatoes with Torn Mozzarella on Rice with Balsamic Vinaigrette

serves 1

  • 2 vines (around 20) cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella torn into small pieces
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup cooked rice

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Add the cherry tomatoes to a bowl, mix in the olive oil and sprinkle in the salt.
  • Spread on a baking sheet.
  • Roast in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes until the tomatoes burst but don’t dry out.
  • While the tomatoes are roasting make the vinaigrette: add the vinegar and salt into a small bowl, slowly whisk in the oil until it emulsifies.

burst tomatoes with torn mozzarella on rice with balsamic vinaigrette

To serve: place the rice on the plate, top with the hot tomatoes, then the torn mozzarella and drizzle with the vinaigrette

How Were the Burst Tomatoes with Torn Mozzarella?

I didn’t eat this, I made it for the hubby one night when I didn’t feel well. It was so easy for me to pull together for him. I had leftover rice in the refrigerator so I simply had to heat it up. It was really just as easy as heating up some soup for him. He ate every bite! It was a great way to use the cherry tomatoes that have been coming in from the garden. It would be so very easy to double.

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