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Fantastic Easy Everyday Meals
on 3 August 2009
This is my first review. I wanted to write a review about the Easy Vegetarian Cookbook because I think it's an extremely good book and I spotted that it didn't have any reviews posted about it yet which didn't seem right!
I'll set up my credentials. I've been a vegetarian for 15 years and my girlfriend has been vegetarian for 18 years. We have a huge vegetarian and non-vegetarian cookery book collection and we've eaten in vegetarian restaurants all over the world - though randomly not at The Gate! Although I did pop in for a quick lunch once but that doesn't seem to count. I love cooking and obviously it's all vegetarian food.
For everyday dinners this cookery book beats all the other ones I own hands down - including the other recipe book by The Gate.
This is because -
The recipes are quick and simple to make.
They make really tasty food! That should be point 1 really - it is amazing how many cookery books have recipes in that produce really mediocre food.
The type of food is spot on - its got interesting recipes in there but nothing too weird. There's very few, if any, hard to find ingredients. A lot of it is spicy but not all of it - it reflects the kind of food that I like to eat these days and uses the kind of ingredients I like to eat like haloumi, paneer, shiitake mushrooms and butternut squash.
On the down side -
I think the directions are sometimes a bit too simple and it is sometimes a bit unclear how to do something or for how long etc.
Sometimes some of the proportions seem a bit out - like loads of pasta to not much sauce.
But you could level those criticisms at almost all recipe books. The good stuff far far outweighs the bad.
My current favourites:
Tagliatelle with spinach, mushrooms and dolcelatte cream
Rigatoni with arrabiatta sauce
Quesadillas with sweetcorn salsa.