This is one of the best practical cookbooks for vegetarian
cooking that I've read. Unlike most of its genre, this book
focuses on foods that people really eat. Unlike books such
as the Moosewood series that seem to insist you become
accustomed to unfamiliar foods and cooking methods that will
keep you in the kitchen for hours, Linda McCartney's book
uses familiar tastes and preparation methods. Some of the
ingredients will be difficult for some to find, however.
Since the recipes center around meat-like meals, many use
ingredients like TVP and prepackaged vegetarian products.
The results are tasty, but be prepared to do some searching
in the grocery store. The recipes are very British -- they
use lots of butter, cheeses, and are not low in fat. On the
other hand, these recipes will be more attractive to those
who want to make a gradual transition into vegetarianism, or
simply add a few meatless dishes to their weekly diet that
their families will actually eat. If you want to try this
book, you ought to have basic cooking skills because little
is explained. Overall, a very practical book full of foods
most Western families will enjoy.