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A Modern Way to Eat [Hardcover]

Anna Jones
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Book Description

19 Jun 2014


A modern vegetarian cookbook packed with quick, healthy and fresh recipes, that fits perfectly with how we want to eat now.

How we want to eat is changing. More and more people want to cook without meat a couple of nights a week, or are looking for interesting ideas for dishes for their vegetarian friends (whilst pushing their own vegetarian repertoire beyond a red onion and goat’s cheese tart or a mushroom risotto). At the same time we want to eat food that is a little lighter, a little healthier, a little easier on our pockets, but that won’t have us chopping mountains of veg or slaving over the stove for hours.

Anna Jones is a brilliant young cook and food writer, who worked with Jamie Oliver for many years. Her first cookbook is a totally modern take on vegetarian eating – recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, introducing new dishes that are simple to make. Based on how Anna likes to eat day to day, ‘A Modern Way to Eat’ covers everything from a blueberry and amaranth porridge to start the day to a quick autumn root panzanella or avocado, butterbean and miso salad for lunch; a tomato and coconut cassoulet, pistachio and squash galette, or mint, ricotta and courgette polpette for dinner.

Packed with recipes that explore the full breadth of vegetarian ingredients – different grains, nuts, seeds and seasonal vegetables – and alternative approaches to cooking that avoid too much dairy or heavy carbs and gluten, this is a cookbook for how we want to eat now.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (19 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007516703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007516704
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A simply brilliant book – modern, clever, beautiful and full of delicious recipes. Go Anna!’ Jamie Oliver

‘A Modern Way to Eat is a gorgeous revelation of a book. Vegetarian food that feels exciting and vibrant, by an author who writes and cooks with authenticity and passion. I will be buying it for everyone.’ Sophie Dahl

‘Anna Jones has discovered exactly how, with imagination and good taste, to create exciting and delicious vegetarian recipes that fit the modern requirement of nourishment – not forgetting the economical side either. Well done Anna.’ Antonio Carluccio

‘I can give you my word, these recipes not only work, they are also mind-blowingly delicious. So if you need more from your food, meals that are good for you, and the planet, tasty, beautiful, and unapologetically-meat-free, Anna’s recipes are an affirming win-win-win! Count me in.’ Tom Herbert, Fabulous Baker Brother

‘This is an excellent vegetarian book. Yep I said it. It’s bloody brilliant.’ Gizzi Erskine

‘Anna is a treasure. She's the rare cook able to expertly explore the rich realm of possibilities at the intersection of health/wellness and deliciousness. Her food is inspired and fresh, satisfying and beautiful – vibrant food for a vibrant life.’ Heidi Swanson

‘Simple, seasonal, veg-led fare that is as delicious as it is virtuous … Clear and concise … Pretty as a picture, and mouthwatering to boot … fantastically useful … Even if you’re a die-hard carnivore, read what Jones has to say – her subtle, beautiful, delectable dishes might just bring you round.’ Guardian

‘Anna Jones's new recipe book, “A Modern Way To Eat”, is being hailed as the best vegetarian recipe book in recent years … it's easy to see why.’ REDONLINE

About the Author

Anna Jones is a cook, food writer and stylist. One grey, late-for-the-office day, she decided to quit her day job after reading an article about following your passion. Within weeks, she was signed up on Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen apprentice programme. She went on to be part of Jamie’s food team – styling, writing and working behind the scenes on books, TV shows and food campaigns. Now freelance, she has worked with some of the country’s biggest food brands, including innocent drinks for whom she wrote the recipes for Hungry?: the innocent recipe book for filling your family with good stuff. She has also worked with other well-known chefs, such as Henry and Tom Herbert (The Fabulous Baker Brothers), Stevie Parle and Antonio Carluccio, and cooked for royalty, politicians and LA school children alike. A Modern Way to Eat is her first solo book. She lives, writes and cooks in Hackney, East London.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the concept 23 Jun 2014
As a lifelong vegetarian I agree with the sentiment and goals of this book. The recipes and flavours are unique and refreshing. I think the comment about some of the ingredients is fair, they are hard to come by. I guess vegetarians have made that commitment to eat differently and as such, unfortunately (for now at least) this requires more effort to seek out these weird things. Judging by the recipes I say it is worth the effort.

What also appeals to me is the style and approach of the book. It doesn't fall into that hippy, eco stuff. It is modern and contemporary, just like the one in ten of us in the UK that don't eat meat, are no longer 'good life' stereotypes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE, DELICIOUS and MOTIVATING 19 Jun 2014
This book is a revelation. So simple, so tasty, so wide ranging. And you can feel the mission that Anna Jones is on to spread the word about something that's deeply important to her, something that she has to share with the world from her heart. You can feel it in the pictures, the recipes and the writing. Thank you Anna Jones.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Beautiful Book 4 July 2014
By Reebi
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Having read an article in the Guardian I just had to buy this book. The day after it arrived I made the sweet potato enchiladas for brunch for the family - they went down a storm. I didn't have any maple syrup so used jaggery instead and it worked very well. I've also made the Muhammara (roasted red pepper and walnut dip) twice - normal sized recipe for home and very large quantity for 130 to accompany a spinach filo pie. Both times I used jarred roasted red peppers but would like to try it with fresh roasted peppers. Have also made the dosa spiced potato cakes - but as part of a main meal. I didn't have any curry leaves so put some cardamom in instead and they were gorgeous.
The recipes are beautifully photographed and straight forward to make. And it is such an inspirational book - I've only had it a week but it is one of my favourites.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh, modern cookbook 21 Jun 2014
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A seriously beautiful modern cookbook. I preordered this, now what feels like ages ago. I haven't fell in love with a cookbook like this in a long time. I'm not a vegetarian but I want to eat more vegetable based meals and this is just the perfect book to get me started. It's so good to see a range of incredible recipes, including some that don't take much of your time or need many ingredients.
I'm in love with the food photography as well! And as much as I can't wait to get cooking from it - those salted caramel brownies are at the top of my list!
Highly recommended cookbook.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncomplicated, diverse and unpretentious. 14 Sep 2014
By Max
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I generally dislike cookery books and the celebrity chefs that churn them out like they were going out of fashion (which most do within about a week of publication) but this book was different. Uncomplicated, diverse, modern and non-preachy this book actually contains recipes I want to make. I just recently made the Dhal which was fantastic and tasted very authentic and it proves to unimaginative meat eaters and restaurant owners alike that veggie food can go beyond stuffed peppers, goats cheese tarts and butternut squash risotto. I found the breakfast section wasn't really to my taste (pun sort-of intended) but this is coming from someone who's very content with toast and a cuppa. However for those who find breakfast a chore and constantly need new ideas (like my other half) I'm sure it'd be very useful.
Overall a great cookery book not only for veggies but for meat-eaters like me who believe there's more to life than meat, meat, meat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best vegi cook book 10 Aug 2014
Love this book.saw an article and thought she sounded cool and recipes sounded good and simple. Got book for my birthday and just love it. It's fresh and exciting, love the way it's laid out. Made the eggs benedict and the roast feta and have tagged loads of others to try. Can't recommend enough
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing 2 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Just what the jaded vegetarian palate needs. I hope many so-called chefs buy this book and thus step beyond goat's cheese tart and butternut risotto. For the benefit of the 1star brigade, if I can buy Sumac, (delicious) in a smallish Tesco in Mid Wales then it hardly ranks as hard to find..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's what it says in the title. 11 Aug 2014
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Brilliant! The recipes work even though some sound unusual. I often find that recipes in other books need quite a bit if tweaking but these seem to work as described. Delicious, especially if you like spicy food. V do-able with ingredients that you'll find from a good supermarket.

Definitely a good buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value
Nice book, value for money
Published 13 hours ago by Chris Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Every time I open A Modern Way to Eat I find myself dumbstruck at how many treasures are hidden in its pages. Something to return to time and again.
Published 2 days ago by Aleksa
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
interesting book
Published 6 days ago by Rainbow
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly pragmatic
Since I bought this, entirely on spec, a few weeks back I have tried many of the recipes on my critical family. The result . . . a resounding success. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Curry Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely exciting cook book
This is a lovely book. Recipes easy to follow and full of new and exciting ways to cook which is good for you. This book is also lovely to read and just look at. Read more
Published 8 days ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars My cookbook of the year so far...
LOVE this book. I've already made the granola, black bean tacos and tortilla chips. There's so much I want to try, and most of Anna Jones' recipes feature ingredients regularly on... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Emma Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to cook my way through this book!
How refreshing to have a vegetarian cookery book that doesn't require me to wear hessian trousers! I've been a veggie for almost 40 years and have invested in lots of books over... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 21 days ago by Dzintra Stalmeisters
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent book and brilliant price
Published 23 days ago by Lesley T.
4.0 out of 5 stars New ideas
Interesting ideas which initially didn't appeal but I'm becoming converted to new foods and a healthier approach
Published 26 days ago by JH
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