I do like this book very much, although not quite enough for it to become a favourite. If I had come across it a few years ago, I think I would have been delighted, but vegetarian cookery books seem to have increased in sophistication lately and so there's more competition.
Admittedly I was swayed by the glowing endorsement from Nigel Slater on the front cover: 'Bold, sassy, sophisticated cooking'. And indeed, it does deliver on the recipe front. The pumpkin stew with coconut, chilli and coriander is particularly delicious and the contents page is full of possibilities from soups to tarts and more. There's a nice range of recipes, from the very healthy to the somewhat dairy-filled - always a hazard in vegetarian cooking! Most are relatively simple and involve ingredients that are easily available, although I did find myself groaning every time a recipe called for preserved lemon (I am sure they are lovely but doubt they will ever feature in my cupboard on a regular basis).
I'm not sure about the lack of photos - I often find them quite useful in getting a sense of what the recipe is like and how to present it. The book is illustrated with watercolour vegetables, which didn't really do it for me, I'm afraid. I also think that perhaps the book could have done with some more hands-on editing as some of the themes are a bit 'samey' - which is not to say that they're not delicious, I just suspect that the book would have been even better if somebody had sat down and said 'right, this is a bit too similar to the last one, let's vary it or include something else'.
All in all, a really lovely book, full of deliciously sensual recipes - and I look forward to a second edition (or another book from the same author) that's a little more polished and shows the recipes off to best effect.