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More like 1-hour Vegetarian
on 2 January 2015
First I would like to say that the title is quite misplaced. Sure if you look over the instructions for the recipes and add up the minutes you have to cook or fry the ingredients, it often adds up to exactly 30 minutes and seem realistic. But what isn't taken into account is the amount of time it takes to prepare all the ingredients, which I guess the author thinks is fair since it says "finely chopped onions" or "sliced carrots" in the ingredient list.
Now to the recipes. There are a few recipes I've tried that turned out nicely like the two curries, the red cabbage casserole (though the cooking was quite longer than stated) and the Warm Lime-roasted Sweet Potato and Couscous Salad.
I have tried a couple of the tarts in the book, and the filling itself is actually quite nice, but making a crust out of spelt flour and no other flour simply won't hold together, so I had to make another crust to make it work.
Some of the recipes are a bit bland, for instance the raitas that consist of only yogurt and a single other ingredient like mint or pomegranate, not even salt. Some of the recipes seem rather boring or to be found in a more interesting version elsewhere.
Layout-wise the book is easy to use and the recipes are easy to follow with simple but clear instructions. There are pictures to about half of the recipes that gives you a good idea of how the outcome should look, but I think there should have been pictures to all of them.
Overall I wouldn't say there's enough interesting recipes in this book to buy it, and if you are looking for recipes that actually take 30 minutes to make, prepare for disappointment.