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Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian Cookbook [Hardcover]

Madhur Jaffrey
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8 Oct 1998

Vegetarian cookery, once associated with the East, is now a firmly established part of our Western culture and eating habits. As meat-free cooking has grown in popularity and sophistication, we have borrowed a whole range of techniques and ideas from various cultures, creating an exciting tradition of globally influenced vegetarian cuisine. Rather than approaching vegetarianism from a dry, didactic standpoint, this major cookery book takes as its starting point the principle that vegetarian cooking is one of the most interesting, dynamic areas in food today and provides a collection of the very best vegetarian recipes the world's cuisines have to offer.

Chapter to chapter the book focuses on different ingredients, from vegetables and grains to pulses and dairy products, providing fascinating information about less familiar ingredients, such as wild rice or the many kinds of salad leaves available. Over 500 vegetarian recipes draw on the whole world for their inspiration, from Thailand to Tunisia, from the Mediterranean to Mexico. Throughout Madhur Jaffrey's renowned talent for informing and inspiring her audience is apparent, and her own personal anecdotes and stories set the recipes in context.

Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian will be a milestone in modern cuisine and is a cookbook which is set to be on kitchen shelves for many, many years to come.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition edition (8 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091863643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091863647
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and bestselling cookery author. Her first book, An Invitation to Indian Cookery, was published in 1973 and her series for BBC television 'Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery' made her a household name. She has appeared in over 20 films, including Merchant Ivory's Heat and Dust, and written over 15 cookery books, including Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible (2003), published by Ebury Press.

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Madhur Jaffrey--who unorthodoxly still combines a career as one India's leading actresses and film producers with being a best selling cookery writer--broadens her culinary horizons in this comprehensive global tour. Having popularised Indian cooking with her previous efforts, the world is now her stage for this magisterial global take on vegetarian food. Flesh-free eating, drawing on a wide range of influences and culinary traditions, has never been a more mainstream part of the British diet eating and Jaffrey's book stylishly plugs into this. She deals with all the basic ingredients in turn--vegetables, beans, lentils and nuts, grains, dairy foods and flavourings, as well as soups, salads and drinks--together with advice on preparation and storage. The recipes, based on extensive travel and research, are simply laid out and easy to follow as food from Thailand and Tunisia, Italy and India, Mexico and the Middle East, all jostle for position in this clamouring world bazaar of wonderful tastes, entertaining anecdotes and practical tips. --Nick Wroe


"More than just a cookbook, a fascinating tour of the vegetarian world. Comprehensive, yet personal, a must for all food lovers" (Waterstone's Books)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A staple of our kitchen 30 Jan 2001
By Mr. D. N. Sumption VINE VOICE
I bought this book for my partner a year ago, but since then have used it mainly myself - barely a week goes by without dipping into it for a recipe or some advice, and it is freqently used daily. It contains an amazing variety of recipes, as well as basic advice on choosing, preparing and cooking all manner of vegetables, pulses and grains, sprinkled with readable comments and anecdotes. One of the first recipes we tried was the grated beetroot and shallots - I had never been a fan of beetroot, but this recipe converted me - amazing flavours and texture, unlike anything I had ever cooked before, and incredibly easy to make (it took less than 15 minutes and required only a few ingredients). My only criticism would be that the structure and presentation of the book seems sometimes a little fussy, sometimes a little arbitrary, and because of this we rarely venture beyond the first section on vegetables, with the occasional foray into pulses and grains. However, it contains enough recipes (probably a couple of thousand) to make any random dip throw up surprises, and to last a lifetime (though you may have to forego some of the more esoteric ingredients or substitute alternatives if you are just after a quick idea for tonight's dinner, but we have never found this to be too much of a problem).
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable collection 22 May 2005
This is my favourite recipe book - and have a few on the shelf! I always turn back to this one when I need inspiration. Lack of pictures doesn't matter, because the descriptions and anecdotes mean you can visualise the meal. I enjoy knowing a bit more about the background of a particular dish. Also helpful are the suggestions about what to serve with what. Don't be put off by the long lists of ingredients - mostly spices etc which always combine perfectly and are generally readily available in the UK. Everything I have cooked from this book tastes good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I was introduced to this particular cookbook of the famous Madhur Jaffrey by a serious vegetarian friend of mine. I have dabbled with vegetarianism off and on for the past 20 years. With this cookbook, I am more firmly committed to healthy and healthful eating than ever before. Jaffrey's astounding range of recipes --- each one written clearly and with personal notes that really make it an interesting read --- makes us want to run into the kitchen and start doing something fab with butter beans or aubergine!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very comprehensive 27 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Having read this book from cover to cover, I can honestly say that this is one of the most comprehensive and enjoyable vegetarian cookery books I have ever read. It is extremely well researched and packed full of interesting anecdotes. The recipes are delectable and the format is easy to read. Many of the recipes are completely authentic, whereas others are adapted to suit modern tastes and lifestyles, and give an unconventional twist to old classics. This book is clearly a labour of love, and I would urge everyone, particularly vegetarians, to buy it. You won't be disappointed - there's something for everyone, from gourmet, dinner-party dishes, to homely, one-pot meals perfect for mid-week cooking. The only critisisms,as such, would be that you'll need a very well-stocked store cupboard, and that purists may find some of the recipes a little simplified. Some people may be discouraged from buying the book because of it's size and lack of photographs. However, written with enthusiasm, passion, and warmth, this book is surely a landmark in vegetarian cookery books and, in my opinion, destined to become a classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable! 3 May 2007
By Chica
I have this book about 2 years now and it is defintely one of my favourites. It is extremely comprehensive and fun to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in vegetable cookery or a vegetarian. It is also quite vegan friendly.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Veggie Bible 9 Aug 2007
I became a vegetarian around 4 years ago, mainly I searched through pages of books until I came up with veggie recipes. I then redsicovered an
Indian cookbook and stuck to the veggie pages. I really wanted to go beyond the usual rubbish that was offered, the broccoli quiches and
vegetarian lasagnes (they can be nice, don't get me wrong!). I found this book in the library and two years ago. After lending it for almost two months I bought it via Amazon and have
found it my most used cookery book of all time.

If you want more than the usual veggie offerings, try this, not only for the fantastic and varied recipes, but for the personal stories which
if you are a real foody, you will like. By the way, two of my fav cookery
books have no pictures, don't let that put you off. My versions of the recipes never look like the photos anyway!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE ONE!! 21 Nov 2009
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If the world was only allowed one cookbook, this should be the one. Maddhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian cookbook is indispensable while the rest are not. That's how good it is. Who cares there are no pictures? The presentation or visual enjoyment of the food becomes completely redundant as soon as your tastebuds get a chance. I'm amazed every time I get to taste the results of a simple recipy. How do so few and simple ingredients get to taste so incredibly good together? The only problem with this book is that restaurant food is just not what it used to be. I prefer the food I cook at home, and that is ALL thanks to Madhur Jaffrey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for vegetarians
Although Madhur Jaffrey is better known for Asian cooking, this book really is an international compendium. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hypocacculus
5.0 out of 5 stars Number one fan!
Honestly, guys, this is the best recipe book I have. Everything the 5 star reviews say about it is absolutely true. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pinnih
5.0 out of 5 stars my kitchen bible
I am vegetarian and that book become my kitchen bible since it has arrived. I think it is not only for vegetarian, as you gan your those recipes together with meet or fish. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Mathews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is a good compendium of recipes, but I haven't actually tried many of them because there are no pictures and I'm not quite sure what to serve anything with to make a sensible... Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. J. Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
Wonderful recipes from all around the for the vegetarian, or the person looking for interesting veg dishes to accompany a meat main
Published 4 months ago by riadara
1.0 out of 5 stars pretty awful
I bought this book based on the good reviews and so far I am really disappointed with this book. I wanted a book with lots of health, wholesome and delicious vegetarian recipes -... Read more
Published 8 months ago by vandin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what was expected
My friend has one but it is different as in this does not have any photos of the dishes - an absolute disaster in a cook book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nicola Beale
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but recipes are a bit boring
This is certainly a comprehensive book with recipes from all around the world for all types of vegetables, grain and legumes. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Louise_A
3.0 out of 5 stars Why the Parmesan??
Having had this book for a number of years, I have sampled only a few of the recipes - which I found to be OK, but not brilliant (perhaps due to the fact that I'm not the most... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Ambellina
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I've read this has bad reviews purely on the basis it has no pictures, though this is true I don't see how they can say this detracts from the pure brilliance of this book. Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by S.T
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