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Leiths Vegetable Bible [Hardcover]

Polly Tyrer
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Book Description

2 Jun 2008
"Leiths Vegetable Bible" offers almost 1,000 delicious vegetarian recipes, ranging from the simple to the sophisticated. Included are recipes for snacks, salads, desserts and baking, as well as classic slow-cooked dishes and modern main courses that can be prepared in minutes. With everything from avocado and rocket gazpacho, Jamaican black bean pot and Swiss chard quiche to fig crumble cake, strawberry tequila sorbet and rich chocolate peach cake, this mighty cookbook covers all culinary eventualities. With the rise of box schemes and farmer's markets, more people are cooking creatively with vegetables than ever before. "Leiths Vegetable Bible" is the perfect companion not just for vegetarians but for anyone who wants to give vegetables a central role in the kitchen.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747597898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747597896
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Polly Tyrer gained experience as a cook in Spain and California before joining LEITH'S SCHOOL OF FOOD AND WINE as Vice Principal when it opened in 1975. She later became Managing Director of Prue Leith's catering company LEITH'S GOOD FOOD and went on to develop a freelance career. Polly Tyrer is the author of four books including LEITH'S COOKING FOR ONE AND TWO.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is basically the only vegetarian cookbook you will ever need and it is a fabulous resource. This hefty, well-produced tome contains recipes for absolutely everything, divided into types of vegetable so you can easily find recipes for whatever you have in the house. It doesn't exactly take a chatty tone, but the recipes are well-written and the selection is huge. Every recipe I've tried has been of a consistently high standard, even when I thought it sounded a bit odd before I made it.

Yes, it's so comprehensive that there are bound to be recipes you don't use - I just don't buy certain vegetables. But if I ended up with a sudden glut of something or other, I would know where to look to find out what to do with it!

Unlike many cookbooks, you can just tell that every recipe in here has been tested, retested and refined - the instructions and clear and specific and everything I've ever made from it has turned out brilliantly on first try. A top choice for dinner party food - I get lots of compliments when I made things from here.

On the downside, this isn't a very well-illustrated cookbook and there aren't many photos. That said, the recipes really do speak for themselves and the lack of photos means that the recipes are really packed in - it's a very in-depth resource.

It's interesting to note that the title of this book has changed from Leiths Vegetarian Bible to Leiths Vegetable Bible. I guess that this is meant to reflect the fact that, although all of the recipes are vegetarian, this is a fantastically comprehensive, reliable and sophisticated resource for lovers of all things vegetable - whether you're a vegetarian or not!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes but missing info 25 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
I'm totally new to cooking and I've had this book now for a couple weeks and I love it but a couple things are starting to bug me.

I've made 12 or so dishes, 2 have been amazing and I'll make them again without hesitating, the rest have been well above average in taste and flavor.

For the most part the recipes are very well explained and are easily followed. Specifically the Index is amazing and makes the book very useable.

There is just the right amount of information, so you feel informed but not stupid. It's definitely written for the intelligent reader.

Unlike the BBC Food recipes which are all 3-4 steps the recipes in here are varied in complexity, which I really like. Some days you want something simple with 4 ingredients that will take 15 minutes other days you have an afternoon and want to make something more complex. I really like that variety in this book.

On the other side of positive...

Almost every third recipe has one "exotic" ingredient. Meaning there's always something I can't find in the local shops and I have to make substitutions. Swish Chard, Lovage, Borage being a few off the top of my head.

Not all the recipes contain serving sizes (such as the Spinach Gnocchi on page 53). Some recipes contain the information in the last step, "divide into 4 plates" etc, and most commonly they are

Some recipes contain mistakes or omissions (The butternut squash risotto with toasted walnuts and deep-fried sage on page 365 calls for an onion but nowhere in the recipe does it tell you that you have to chop it)

There is no calories per serving information in any of the recipes.

None of the recipes give you any idea of how long it's going to take to make them.

Overall this is my favorite cook book and I make something out of it almost every day.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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First a plaudit for Amazon. The delivery driver left the book in our porch - in the rain. The packaging got damp and that warped the pages. I filled in the returns section on the Amazon website and a replacement arrived the following morning. Outstanding service.

And an outstanding book. This was originally published as Leith's Vegetarian Bible, but had a name change and cover redesign, probably to disassociate itself from the brown rice and sandals types. (No offence intended!)It is packed with recipes, all conveniently grouped into types of vegetables. So, if you have a glut of beans, or your supermarket is selling off tomatoes cheaply, for instance, just turn to the appropriate section and you'll find a shedload of recipes, reflecting a wide range of cuisines.

However, unlike most of today's crop of cookbooks, this one doesn't have loads of arty photos of celebrity chefs. There are no amusing stories or anecdotes, and very few photographs of dishes. What you get is a list of ingredients followed by a method, and that's it. But, every dish I have tried so far has worked out perfectly. I believe all the recipes have been thoroughly tested, so that if they work in Pru Leith's kitchen, they're probably going to work in yours and mine. And there are loads of them.

You don't have to be a vegetarian, this is a book aimed at people who like eating vegetables and want to prepare them in new and interesting ways. If that describes you, buy it now!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LEITHS VEGGIE BIBLE 4 Feb 2009
By izzy
Format:Hardcover
This is by far the best vegetarian cookbook I have bought and it never makes it out of the kitchen. All recipies are in print you can read easily from the counter without having to pick the book up every 5 minutes It has also got the only falafel recipe i have found that doesnt disintegrate instantly in the pan! a book to be used every day and a veritable find. love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Bought this second copy for a friend it's so good! Very creative and extensive. I would recommend it to anyone who loves vegetables including meat-lovers.
Published 1 month ago by Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Many thing to do with pumpkin
This really is the book if you've run out of things to do with seasonal vegetables. Not a beginners book though. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Krimbly
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy to have
This book is so useful and it's easy to follow. Great way of finding recipes for left over vegetables as well as prompting new ideas.
Published 8 months ago by Bullit
5.0 out of 5 stars Leiths Vegetable Bible
The only cookbook a vegetarian will ever need! It has fantastic cooking tips and the recipes are to die for!!
Published 10 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This a great kitchen staple for vegetarians and meat eaters alike-and probably Vegans! We dont use it every day but its a really good book to have-I've bought it for 4 other... Read more
Published 11 months ago by miss r aughton
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember much comes from the school of Prue
Leiths books are clear to follow. The structure of food made from its learnt knowledge. You can replace an ingredient to give different flavour.
Published 15 months ago by Al Kook
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 Months In...
I bought this book 9 months ago, a little underwhelmed by the lack of photographs. How misleading my first impressions were. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by Graham Kenyon
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cook book for skilled cooks
This book is comprehensive, easy to understand, and at times inspired.

Its main strength is the way it is organised, grouping recipes with similar ingredients, rather... Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by benno
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average
I must have tried about 15-20 of the recipes in this book and most of them are completely unmemorable, with some being downright inedible! Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by M. Prissick
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegetarian heaven
I'm so pleased that I bought this book! I borrowed it from a friend initially, tried 3 or 4 recipes & all worked a treat. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by Lisian
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