Kochfreunde.com is the culinary magazine of Oliver Wagner. Here, everything revolves around the almost most beautiful thing in the world: good food. The focus ranges from reports on exciting restaurants to recipes from his own kitchen, cookbooks and culinary gadgets.


Kochfreunde.com ist das kulinarisches Magazin von Oliver Wagner. Hier dreht sich alles rund um die beinahe schönste Sache der Welt: Gutes Essen. Dabei reicht der Fokus von Berichten über spannende Restaurants bis hin zu Rezepten aus der eigenen Küche, Kochbücher und kulinarische Gadgets.

Tim Mälzer: Greenbox

When you think of vegetarian cookbooks, you certainly don’t think directly of Tim Mälzer. That could change as of today and with the release of the new book Greenbox.

“A school of taste for everyday life” is what the book wants to be. With simple basic recipes, it aims to provide quick access to vegetables and co.

And somehow that works out quite well. Creations such as the pretzel dumplings with crème fraîche tomatoes and horseradish encourage you to cook them yourself. From my point of view, the very organic and analogous layout of the book also contributes to the positive impression (compliments to the colleagues from weissraum.de(sign)°). It feels rounded and coherent. The recipes, together with the accompanying pictures, convey a desire to experiment with the ingredients and recreate the ideas. The deliberately non-didactic or dogmatic style also contributes to this. Change recipes? Replace ingredients? Use more or less of one produt or replace it with another? Gladly, advises the Greenbox.

Critically, one could criticize the lack of content superstructure, the lack of connection between the individual recipes and products. But, that’s probably not the purpose of the book and not part of the origin story, as you can follow quite clearly in this making-of video:

Cooked from the green box

The first recipe that caught our eye and was re-cooked on the stove at home is the Weiberpasta. Stupid name, but very quickly made and decidedly delicious.

For this, 300g of broccoli, 100g of spinach leaves (it is better to take a little more), 100g of peas are sautéed with plenty of olive oil and garlic, deglazed with broth and cream and served together with pasta of choice. Even if it sounds unspectacular at first, in the twinkling of an eye a quite healthy and clearly more intensive and stronger tasting dish is created than one would like to assume at first. Not just for chicks, by the way…

Order at Amazon: Tim Mälzer – Greenbox
Tim Mälzer, 272 pages, October 2012,€ 24,95

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