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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Through this rather large book the author promises to redefine vegetarian recipes for a whole new generation. A broad promise, to be sure and something that perhaps this meat eater might not fully appreciate...?

Certainly vegetarianism can have a bit of a poor reputation, if only through tired-old preconceptions about the relative boring selection of recipes...
Published 18 months ago by I. Darren

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great looking book.
I haven't found it particularly inspiring - but to be fair - I haven't tried any of the recipes yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 18 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation (Hardcover)
Through this rather large book the author promises to redefine vegetarian recipes for a whole new generation. A broad promise, to be sure and something that perhaps this meat eater might not fully appreciate...?

Certainly vegetarianism can have a bit of a poor reputation, if only through tired-old preconceptions about the relative boring selection of recipes that invariably are to be found. So anything that shows that even vegetarians can have interesting, exciting, tasty and varied food must be a good thing. Matters start with a series of introductions and overviews that are informative, not patronising and neither shouting about the benefits of vegetarianism. You are either sold on the idea or not. Take it or leave it. Yet with a book like this even the most devout meat eater will find some things to add to their list of favourite dishes.

As you would expect the recipes are split into typical chapters such as soups, rice and grains, vegetables and desserts, each chapter beginning with a list of recipes and corresponding page numbers and an informal overview or observations. The design of the book is quite low key, spacious, clearly signposted and unfussy - you tend to notice that you focus on the recipes, immersed and spoilt by the sheer range and selection and that is the sign of a good book. Can vegetarian food really be so diverse? Yes it can is the clear, unambiguous answer and whilst this reviewer is not planning to give up meat in a hurry, there is a very long "shortlist" of recipes to try over time.

It is frustratingly annoying that this book has quite a few little niggles: the lack of a clear estimated preparation and cooking times, the use of sole U.S. measures and not every recipe has its own photograph. If this was a lesser book you might have not noticed these little things so much but when you have an otherwise perfect thing in front of you ANY imperfection is more visible, more magnified.

This pre-release review copy did not feature an index or any appendices so no opinion can be given as to them but one hopes that the list of recipes is very detailed. You need it with this book, that is for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb new volume, 21 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation (Hardcover)
Fantastic - this is Moosewood for the 21 century. The same combination of recipes that really work, food that means you don't give meat a second thought, now with a bit of extra flair that lifts the recipes from 'worthy' to wonderful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great looking book., 18 April 2014
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I haven't found it particularly inspiring - but to be fair - I haven't tried any of the recipes yet.
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