When people talk about 'fast food' and 'easy vegetarian recipes', my heart sinks. So often this means bland and joyless food. Not so with Nadine Abensur! This book is definitely easy, yet never bland, and often exotic.
I was given this book for Christmas, and am really enjoying it. I already have the Cranks Bible, and was relieved to find that none of the recipes are duplicated here.
The recipes really are very quick and easy to make. Many of them use things that you would already have in your kitchen - for example there is a surprisingly tasty soup made from frozen peas, a very easy recipe for spanakopita, etc. For a novice cook (like me!) it is very encouraging to have such delicious results from so little effort. The recipes are much more simple than those in the Cranks Bible, and Abensur doesn't expect me to make pastry from scratch - the book is very accepting of the fact that ready-made pastry or pasta is the more realistic option.
My only complaint would be that although the recipes are quick to make, some of them call for a range of ingredients that would take hours to shop for. Unless you live in a big metropolitan city like London, this really slows things down. That said, this is only the case with a few of the recipes in the book, and they do look awfully good and are probably worth it.
Abensur's style is very readable - often she give hints in the recipe which would give you ideas for adapting it in new ways. This is really a cook's book - but for people who are just starting. I love it.