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Not very impressed
on 3 January 2010
This book is well laid out, with recipes grouped according to their main ingredient, and the recipes are also carefully indexed, so it is easy to find what you are looking for.
However, for a book that bills itself as a bible of cooking, the range of recipes are not comprehensive enough. I received the book as a birthday gift and looked forward to finding a way to use the tempeh and pea shoots that I had bought the day before, but these ingredients were not mentioned. The recipes I tried were edible but needed enhancing to turn them into something really tasty. For example, the cauliflower dal curry was much nicer when balanced with natural yoghurt and sugar.
The other thing I didn't like was that the few pictures that there are are horrible, looking very much as though they have been recycled from one of the seventies cook books on my mum's kitchen shelf. It would improve future editions of the book to either remove the pictures or have them re-taken.
All in all, this book does not come across as a labour of love on the part of the authors and it did not inspire me to continue to use it. Maybe it is alright if you are new to vegetarianism, or want a book of vegetable accompaniments for your meat or fish. I would recommend a more concise book written by authors who actually are vegetarian and have true passion for the food that they create.