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Simon Rimmer
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13 April 2006
When Simon Rimmer bought a small vegetarian restaurant, he had no idea how to cook. Armed with two cookbooks and heaps of enthusiasm, he and a friend created the best vegetarian restaurant in Manchester, famous for its unusual food and lovely atmosphere. A confirmed meat eater, Simon had to rethink his cooking and has created vegetarian recipes to please even the most dedicated carnivore. This book is a collection of some of his recipes that are quick to prepare but totally delicious. From good old favourites like macaroni cheese to Simon's more exotic fusion creations such as spicy beetroot and coconut soup, "The Accidental Vegetarian" will kill the lentil and sandal image of vegetarianism forever!


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; New edition edition (13 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844035085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844035083
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 23 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Simon bought a small vegetarian restaurant, he had no idea how to cook. Armed with two cookbooks and heaps of enthusiasm, he and a friend created the best vegetarian restaurant in Manchester, famous for its unusual food and lovely atmosphere. A confirmed meat eater, Simon had to rethink his cooking and has created vegetarian recipes to please even the most dedicated carnivore.

Simon imaginatively combines ingredients to create a unique cooking style that he describes as 'magpie cuisine'. These simple, quick recipes are big on taste and creativity. Indulge in a steaming bowl of Hot & Sour Soup, enjoy a comforting Peppered Mushroom and Stilton Pie, or warm up with a tasty Vegetable Curry. Then finish your meal with a delicious Honey, Ricotta and Pistachio Cheesecake or Banoffee Pie.

Breaking the mould of vegetarian cookery, Simon Rimmer always presents a selection of irresistible dishes that will satisfy all who eat them, vegetarian and carnivores alike.

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'The vegetarian world may have found its Jamie Oliver.' Time Out --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Simon has a growing TV profile. Something for the Weekend averages 1 million viewers weekly and is the most successful show that BBC2 has ever had in the 10-11.30am timeslot on a Sunday. The programme will be on air until at least March 2010. In recent times he's also appeared on BBC2's Great British Menu, Celebrity Mastermind, Grub's Up, Recipe for Success, BBC1's This Little Farmer, Saturday Kitchen, Richard and Judy on Channel 4, Cooking the Books and Breaking in to Tesco for Channel 5. Simon also has a regular slot in This Morning (3 million viewers) and appears on BBC Good Food Live. He has been a roaming presenter for Granada and has been a guest on Radio 4. He also contributes to BBC Good Food magazine. Simon has written 4 books - The Accidental Vegetarian, Rebel Cook, Lazy Brunch (with Tim Lovejoy) and The Seasoned Vegetarian. More and more people are opting for meat-free meals on a regular basis. Simon is a meat eater with a gift for producing vegetarian recipes. The hardback edition of Accidental Vegetarian was a huge success, selling well over 15,000 copies in less than a year. Simon's vegetarian restaurant Greens has won the Manchester Food and Drink Award for Best Provision for Vegetarians in 2000, 2002 and 2006, and won their Restaurant of the Year Award in 2006. It also won a AA Rosette for Quality of Cooking in 2005 and 2006. More than 100,000 people buy a veg box weekly or fortnightly in the UK. 5 per cent of the British population is vegetarian and 25 per cent of 11-14-year-olds are considering giving up meat. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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145 of 149 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have been vegetarian for 20 years and have a whole shelf of unread cookery books, foisted upon me by well meaning friends. However, when I saw Simon Rimmer on TV I decided this was one book I actually wanted - and it was an excellent choice.

The food in it is simple enough for me to make (in the past I have done more "heating up" than "cooking") and yet they are delicious enough to please my meat-eating partner. Too often people make dishes for me specially, but it's something they wouldn't eat themself! This is the opposite - just what I want to get my teeth into. The fact that there's no meat or fish is incidental.

I think the key is that it was written by someone who loves food and is not a vegetarian, so he has worked at creating dishes which satisfy anyone - not just veggies. It's real, tasty food - not freak food! There's no overemphasis on lentils or aubergine, instead it's full of things I really want to eat. I'm starting to enjoy cooking!

Recommended not just for veggies but for those who cater for them and want to please everyone with the same dish!
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for meat eaters 29 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've decided to cut down on meat recently and this is a great book to get started in the world of vegetarian dishes - nothing boring or bland here! The very great majority of recipes are quite simple and quick, and definitely packed with flavour.
Other veggie books I'd looked at offered quite boring recipes and lots of salads that didn't seem to pack much fun, but this book will definitely make your tastebuds happy!
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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this after reading loads of the good reviews on amazon, I'm not a vegetarian but wanted more veggie ideas for meals as don't like to eat excessive amounts of meat. As lots of veggie books do, this book has a huge amount of recipes that contain cheese, which really is not a healthy substitute for meat and not healthy to have in most meals! Also my biggest annoyance with this cookbook is that only a few recipes show pictures of the result, I much prefer cookbooks that have pictures of every recipe so you know what they're supposed to end up looking like and also give you inspiration as to what to make and what you fancy. Have barely used this cookbook as a result and shouldn't have wasted my money.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for Veggie cooking 4 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got this book the other day and really love it. It has lots of more unusual recipe ideas and really breaks the mould of vegetarian cookery. The sweets are delicious and overall the recipes are relatively easy in terms of ingredients (getting of) and actual cooking. Another vegetarian cook I would recommend is Sarah Brown, who has inspired me for 20 years!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desserts 15 Jan 2008
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It's worth buying for the desserts alone which I guess technically are vegetarian but you could get the same stuff out of another book.

However, I'm a carnivore and was looking for a book to buy that has stuff in I would actually eat as I'm trying to get more fruit and veg down my neck. And this book fulfils that need. It has stuff in there that a fussy veg eater (like myself) would actually want to eat and not just stuff like nut roasts, veg casseroles etc.

Recommended.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegetarian extrodinaire... 27 Jan 2006
By TJ
Format:Paperback
I have found his recipes inspiring, delicious and an excellent way to eat veg instead of meat/chicken. It is original and the sort of foods I enjoy eating! For example the arrabiata is so simple but very tasty and so are the pumpkin enchiladas!

I can't recommend this book enough. Having many recipe books this is one of the main ones I use.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Veggie Cookbook 9 Mar 2009
By Oaxaca
Format:Paperback
Generally a good book for vegetarians and their meat-eating family and friends. Uses a lot of different (but not too hard to find) ingredients to keep away from too many vegetarian cliches. Quite a good mix of simple and more complex dishes for different occasions. It assumes a bit of cooking knowledge, but not too much.

Would observe that a lot of the recipes are for big quantities, "feeds 6" is a regular through the book. That's fine for bigger families or entertaining, but some of the recipes are more awkward to scale down for smaller quantities. Not really a book for those cooking for one regularly.

Overall, a pretty good buy judged by the fact that I have already cooked more recipes from it than I do from most cookbooks, and would eat most of them again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dinner Party Winner 19 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I certainly agree with the sentiments of all those reviewers who comment that the dishes in this book would have a hardened carnivore hardly notice the lack of meat on their plate...Every dish I have created has been so flavoursome I almost felt I was eating in Green's itself rather than at my dining table.

The Zucotto recipe has proved a real crowd pleaser and I have served it at many a dinner party... instead of using dark chocolate through both layers, try it with white chocolate around the outside and dark in the middle... you will not be disappointed.

Pan haggarty... a little time consuming but oh so worth the effort...

Gnocchi (made from scratch ... far easier than one might imagine) with wild mushroom & rosemary ragu.... wow...just writing this review is making me hungry...

Every recipe I have tried in this book has been a success..In addition, the photographs are fabulous.. a very sleek modern production with comments and anecdotes from Simon scattered through. Yesterday I bought his new book, The Seasoned Vegetarian.. i hope to be equally as pleased with that as I have been with The Accidental Vegetarian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 21 days ago by Mrs J Beddington
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow
Ive been veggie for 35 years and needed some inspiration - there's some real old favourites in here but some menus with a twist - full of ingredients I already have in the cupboard... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars YUM, yum, and more yum.......
Just turning 95% vegetarian at middle age, so haven't really cooked a lot of totally vegetarian dishes before, and this is an absolute godsend. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Disley
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal
This was a present for someone so as such my opinion doesn't really matter but the recipient loved it which is what counts!
Published 3 months ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present joy
For afriend whose partner is vegetarian - they love the recipes and have tried many of them. All the food and ingredients he likes.
Published 4 months ago by numbercruncher
5.0 out of 5 stars Famous
Bought this for my sister who'd just married a vegetarian, so the title seemed especially apt. It's done so well in helping her prepare tasty and varied vegetarian dishes that my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr Robert P Crane
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT enough picture,
WE are told by celebrity chefs/cooks that we eat with our eyes, however you cannot do this with this book, there are pages upon pages that do not have one picture. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Susan E. Kinghorn
4.0 out of 5 stars something a bit different for vegetarians
Excellent book, clearly and simply laid out. Not many photos but this didnt really worry me. Would have given 5
stars but felt that rather too many recipes relied too heavily... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah C A Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas
Simple, tasty ideas - wonderful puddings - everything works if you follow the recepies - the coconut and lychee cheesecake is a marvel - easy to put together and cook - looks and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julia M. Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Recipes
Purchased as a present.
Presented nicely with lively front cover.
Some interesting recipes and good according to my son who I purchased it for.
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