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Meat to the Side

A Plant-Forward Guide to Bringing Balance to Your Plate

Almost anyone will tell you that you should “eat your veggies,” but if you grew up on canned green beans and frozen mixed vegetables, the idea of making plants the center of your meals may seem pretty unappealing. Meat to the Side is author Liren Baker’s beginner’s guide for people who want a delicious way to add more vegetables to their diets.

Liren’s easy-to-follow recipes are accompanied by full-color photos and augmented with helpful information about where to find ingredients, how to make swaps in recipes, and how to get the most bang for your buck at the store. The plant-forward recipes in this book offer flavor combinations that appeal to a range of palates and dietary needs, so you’ll feel empowered to make the first the step toward giving plants a more prominent place in your meals.

Liren Baker is a New York native who embraced life in California when she moved to San Francisco in 2000. With a background in marketing research and a master’s degree in clinical psychology, she found her passion for food too irresistible. Immersing herself in the Bay Area’s vibrant culinary culture, Liren is the food photographer, writer and creator of the food blog, Kitchen Confidante, launched in 2010, where she shares seasonal recipes that are in- spired by her life in California, the flavors of her heritage, and her travels. Liren was honored to receive The IACP Legacy of Julia Child Award in 2012 for her piece: Homework with Julia. Kitchen Confidante was also featured as one of the 10 Best Food Blogs of 2013 by PBS Food.