'Michael Natkin' on Serious Eats

Michael Natkin's Potato and Green Bean Salad with Arugula Pesto

It is officially potato salad season. And while we're all for the all-American mayo dressed version, sometimes we like to mix up our picnics and barbecues with something a little different. Adapted from Michael Natkin's Herbivoracious this Potato and Green Bean Salad with Arugula Pesto is gorgeous and green, with snappy green beans and tender new potatoes tossed in a peppery pesto. More

How to Plan a Vegetarian Meal by Answering Three Easy Questions

If you want to eat more vegetarian meals but don't know how to plan them, Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious suggests three easy questions to get you going: "What grain or starch do I feel like eating?"; "What food culture am I in the mood for?"; and "What's fresh?" For example, if you're in the mood for polenta, you could turn it into an Italian-themed dish topped with an Italian cheese and serve it with your favorite in-season vegetable. More

Grapes, Four Ways

[Photograph: Herbivoracious] Seriously Meatless columnist Michael Natkin, the man behind Herbivoracious, takes some time to play with his food: This is one of my favorite kitchen creativity games. Take a single ingredient, and cut it as many ways as you can think of, then observe the way the cuts and textures change your perception. Then take it a step further and let those new perceptions suggest simple flavor pairings. Here he's applied this exercise to black seedless grapes to stunning effect.... More

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