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Leith's Vegetarian Bible [Hardcover]

Polly Tyrer
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21 Oct 2002
Increasingly, people are choosing to become vegetarians or to maintain a primarily vegetarian diet. "The Leith's Vegetarian Bible" is the only cookbook you will need for both everyday cooking and entertaining providing almost 1000 delicious recipes inspired by dishes from all over the world. They range from the classic to the innovative, from the simple to the sophisticated. You will find such dishes as Avocado and Rocket Gazpacho, Beetroot and Horseradish Mousse, Aubergine Steaks with Ginger and Chilli Crust, Three Squash Lasagne, Peanut Dhal, Celery and Celeriac Nut Crumble, Jamaican Black Bean Pot, Citrus Cous Cous with Yellow Pepper and Fennel, Swiss Chard Quiche, Potato and Cabbage Gratin, Fig Crumble Cake, Rich Chocolate Peachcake, Strawberry Tequila Sorbet and Steamed Maple and Pecan Sponge. Presented with the clarity, information and authority that have made the "Leith's" series such a success, the "Leith's Vegetarian Bible" is an indispensable book for any cook.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (21 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747557160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747557166
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19.8 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vegetarians, or just lovers of vegetables, will find Leith's Vegetarian Bible an indispensable addition to their cookbook collection. This tome of vegetarianism is packed with 1000 recipes ranging from starters to desserts and accompaniments, as well as handy information on nutrition and managing a non-meat diet.

The book is arranged by vegetable type, so it's easy to look up recipes that use what you've got in the pantry. Information such as the peak season for each vegetable and the vitamins found in each is also included. Polly Tyrer and the other four contributing authors offer a wide range of recipes from all over the world. Mediterranean dishes such as fresh spinach cannelloni appear alongside Asian-inspired recipes like noodles with peanut sauce and raw vegetables as well as Middle-Eastern and South American flavours. In fact, there is such a plethora of choice that it's hard to decide which recipe (or which continent) to start with.

You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy using this cookbook. Most of the dishes (for example, the Thai red pumpkin and coconut curry) are so hearty that you won't miss the meat at all. Alternatively, you could use many of them (such as asparagus with lemon and caper sauce) as accompaniments to a carnivorous meal. On the downside, only 16 of the 1000 recipes are accompanied by a photograph. This may cause less-confident cooks to shy away from the more complex recipes, but most of the dishes are simple enough and the steps are well explained. The Vegetarian Bible is useful for both everyday cooking and impressing friends at dinner parties. --Amelia Crook


"It is global, up-to-date and hugely informative. ... The book's expensive, but you get your money's worth" -- THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 19th Ocotber 2002

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Wonderful Book 25 Nov 2002
Leith's Vegetarian Bible is an excellent book containing wonderful recipes with tastes from all over the world. The layout of the book makes it very easy to use, as it is divided into sections such as "Roots and Tubers", "Pods and Beans" and "Squash".The use of these sections means that the reader can easily find a recipe for the ingredients in store instead of hunting the many sections for a dish to fit the ingredients.The amalgam of interesting foodstuff, most of which are readily available at a local supermarket, make the reader desperate to try them out. The method of preparation is clear and helpful and it also contains hints on general cooking methods.
The index is very much easier to use than Delia's Vegetarian Cookery where I lost a recipe and eventually found it by looking up a minor ingredient. The index of Leith's Book is aided by main ingredients being emphasised in bold type.
The description as a bible fits perfectly
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best vegetarian cookery book I've found 5 May 2004
By A Customer
As co-owner of an extensive cookery book collection (100+), I can honestly say that this one gets more use than any of the others, both by myself and my (non-vegetarian) partner. Some recipes are more time-consuming than others, but few are technically difficult. Most also lend themselves to adaptation if the 'right' ingredients aren't to hand. It's particularly excellent if you subscribe to an organic veg delivery scheme, as there are a few recipes for just about any obscure veg you can think of, as well as all the more ordinary stuff. I'd recommend this to anyone who really likes food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only recipe book I ever use 30 Aug 2006
By Jason
I rarely look at any of my other recipe books thanks to Leiths.

This book is a big part of the reason I no longer have the need to eat meat. Perhaps a useful tool for convincing a carnivore that vegetarian food can be filling, nutritious and as tasty as meat if not more so.

I don't think there is a single bad recipe in here. Many recipes sound unappetising but always come out delicious. After a while you learn to put all your faith in the Bible.

My copy is falling apart and covered in stains. Its been used 7 days a week for the last two years.

We've cooked hundreds of things from this book, every one a winner. Maybe it does seem 'fussy' to those that don't cook so much. But then, what else is there to do in life other than eat, drink and maintain good company?
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential vegetarian cookery book! 19 Dec 2006
As a confirmed carnivore living with a very strict vegetarian I have amassed quite a selection of vegetarian cookery books. A major problem for us is that, living in Spain, we don't have easy access to vegetarian cheese, and most vegetarian cookery books seem to concentrate most recipes around it! Not so with this one, which really does focus on the vegetables and lovely herbs and spices.

This book truly has become my bible. I have so far tried about 15 of the recipes and each dish has been outstanding, sadly due to the quality of the recipe rather than my culinary skills! The recipes are very clear and easy to follow and the cooking times are spot on, even in my unpredictable old gas oven.

Disregard the fact there are not many photographs in the book, after you realise how delicious the end results are you'll be glad the pages contain more recipes instead! A fabulous book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contains every ingredient under the sun 28 Jun 2007
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I hate those cookery books where the index is arranged according to the first ingredient of a recipe... you know, "rocket and tomato bake with goat's cheese topping," and you don't find mention of tomato or goat's cheese under their respective letters. Well, the index of this huge book is fantastic, arranged according to every ingredient used in every recipe, so whether you're looking under rocket, tomato or goat's cheese, you will find your recipe or an idea for an ingredient in a flash.
Another fantastic aspect of this book is the amazing variety of ingredients, and the division of chapters according to foods rather than your traditional starter, main meal, salad and dessert categories. The scope of ingredients used is very wide, from asparagus to zuchinni, and it has motivated me to use so many ingredients I had never used before, like fennel, rhubarb, halloumi cheese or even watercress. It's introduced me to some fantastic and tasty ingredients combined to give you mouth-watering flavours. I've made about 50 meals from this book and so far have been disappointed only with the fennel and melon risotto - apart from that each diah I've cooked up was exciting, original and a real feast. This extensive book is a must in any vegetarian kitchen, and will suit the beginner and advanced cook alike, with really simple recipes but also some time-consuming expert ones. Certainly one of the books I used most often.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to any cookbook collection 22 Sep 2005
By Gary Nicklin VINE VOICE
At the moment, this book is almost permanently open in my kitchen, such are the variety of the recipes. Some of the recipes are very simple, others more complex. Mnay of the more simple ones I've found are a great base to then improvise and add a few more ingredients to.
What I particularly like are the introductions to the chapters, this hints and tips about techniques and the organisation of the recipes into sections relevent to each kind of ingredient.
I'm sure that this will end up a well thumbed and sauce-stained book in my kitchen from constant use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
For 2nd hand this book was in perfect condition Price too very good
Published 1 month ago by Lawrence Gilmour
4.0 out of 5 stars Used book.
I have owned this book before but gave away my copy. Missed it so much I tried to buy a new one but out of print!.. Read more
Published 12 months ago by techy
5.0 out of 5 stars Leith's Vegetarian Bible
This book gives you tons of vegetarian recipes, and they are all great! There are 1000 recipes to choose from, and all the recipes that I tried out so far have turned out so tasty. Read more
Published on 4 April 2011 by thedote
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically useful book
This is our most used cookbook by miles. It's really impressive for being able to find something to make from the random ingredients we have left over from other cooking. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by raceyrach
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bible Indeed
I was given a copy of this book several years ago and use it all the time. I find the layout invaluable when coping with gluts of particular vegetables from the garden. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by LouLouBelle
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very impressed
This book is well laid out, with recipes grouped according to their main ingredient, and the recipes are also carefully indexed, so it is easy to find what you are looking... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Died and gone to Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars the best vegeterain book ever!
It took me a while to get used to this book (i'd been bought it as a present) - I wasnt familiar with this type of lay out or the fact that there were so few photographs. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2009 by J. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this nearly every day!
I can't believe i've not reviewed this before now. I've had this book for well over one year now, and I have to say I use it nearly every day - about 6 days a week. Read more
Published on 6 April 2009 by C. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars only one you will ever need
this vegetarian book is the only one you will ever need, there are not many pictures but they are not needed. the book is set out so well that it is so easy to use. Read more
Published on 6 April 2008 by tiny campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection - my favourite!
This is my favourite cookery book - and I've got LOADS of them. A lovely collection that has eased my transition to near-vegetarianism. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2008 by Cookie Monster
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