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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335557
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,649 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

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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.

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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct 2004
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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148 of 153 people found the following review helpful By F. W. Bristow on 1 Jan 2007
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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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102 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Nicola A on 22 May 2011
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Oaxaca on 9 Mar 2009
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By La Petite Francaise on 19 Feb 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agatha on 6 Dec 2008
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Having eaten at Greens in Manchester (though sadly only once) and seen the cooking slots on 'Something for the Weekend', I was keen to track down a wider range of this chef's veggie recipes. I nearly talked myself out of it, mind, since I'm hardly short of vegetarian cookbooks as it is. Only a couple of the veggie cookbooks I have get used regularly and after a while, there's not much that's new on the block. Now I have a copy of `The Accidental Vegetarian', I'm so glad that I went ahead and ordered it. What this bloke is really good at is combining interesting flavours with substantial ingredients. Expect plenty of spicy, aromatic and above all tangy-tasting dishes. The recipe for `Lemongrass risotto with lime leaf olive tapenade' is the best thing to happen to my kitchen since it was fitted. There's also a good selection of filling dishes that can be rustled up pretty quickly (such as the sweet and very satisfying 'Plantain and mango curry'). I also tried out the citrusy `Polenta cake', which although prone to be very dense in the middle, looked and tasted absolutely delicious. The other thing I like is that he includes short blurbs at the start of each recipe but they're just cheerful and to the point (no waxing lyrical and overshadowing the recipes here, as in some cookbooks). Admittedly, the book could do with a few more photographs but, that aside, it's a collection that I now wouldn't be without.
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