Vegetarian Feasts to Celebrate

January 3, 2019 Updated: January 3, 2019

Vegetables take center stage in Swedish blogger Nina Olsson’s latest cookbook, “Feasts of Veg”—as she hopes they will at the table of your next gathering.

“There’s no more beautiful meal to share than a feast with vibrant vegetables,” she writes. Pages full of gorgeous plant-based recipes do well to prove her point.

Organized by course (“small bites” or “hearty meals”) or occasion (“al fresco” or “midwinter feast”), the recipes are simple, nourishing, and highly shareable: fuss-free roasts; comforting stews and gratins; free-for-all spreads; hearty salads bursting with color. Olsson takes inspiration from both her home and abroad: There’s a classic Swedish smorgasbord, but also a rainbow spread of curries and naan. Miso glazes traditional Japanese tofu dengaku, while cumin and coriander perfume a Tunisian eggplant stew.


Each recipe includes suggestions for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free adaptations, to accommodate every guest at the table.

“This book is about sharing good food,” Olsson writes, “one of the most enjoyable things to do in life.”

RECIPE: Pumpkin, Wild Rice, and Lemongrass Salad
RECIPE: Beet Ravioli With Winter Pesto Sauce
RECIPE: Ginger and Hibiscus Poached Pears With Ice Cream