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This review is from: Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook (Hardcover)
This reviewer had not considered that there needed to be a book aimed at the single vegetarian/vegan or for the sole adherent within a household. For some reason it was just assumed that they just got on with things without any fuss, yet this book seeks to change that viewpoint.
The book notes that it has over 80 recipes specifically sized for single portions as well as various essays looking at moving beyond mock meat and the evolution of vegetarian restaurants. It is hard to get past an initial scepticism to this purported need. Are traditional vegetarian or vegan books so hard to follow that someone cannot see a recipe is for three people and adjust things for a single person? Is this book based on genuine need?
It is unfortunate that the packaging and the general "editorialising" by the author has managed to grate in this reviewer's mind. If you are able to detach yourself from the possibly superfluous, relatively meaningless "packaging" that surround the recipes then, and only then in the mind of this reviewer, might you start to find a few gems. Many of the recipes have even caught the attention of this admittedly meat-first reviewer and do seem worthy of an appearance at his table. It even proves that one does not necessarily have to equate vegetarian food as being boring or tasteless. Spicy Kale Salad with Miso-Mushroom Omelette is a perfect light summer dish, a Tomato, Beet & Peach stack is a simple, enchanting snack ideal for parties and an Oyster Mushroom & Corn Tart will get admiring glances from surely everybody.
The recipes themselves are well-written (although sadly in sole U.S. imperial units - using a conversion table at the end of the book is no substitute for doing it right from the get-go), detailed and accompanied by some excellent food photography. But again the reviewer's mind is just brought back to the packaging, the editorialising and the hectoring tone of the various essays. It just feels out of place. The "converted" already know why they are adopting a meat-free diet. The to-be-possibly-converted, such as this reviewer, will probably tire of it very quickly and just ignore it. It is a shame.
It is hard to give a wholehearted recommendation to this book as it feels that a large chunk of it will be ignored by many. As a collection of recipes it feels over-priced but that could just be a kickback to the large amount of superfluous material. At half the price and just the recipes it would be a good deal, whether you are a meat consumer or not. It is just in its current form and price point that it is harder to recommend, although if you spot a great deal on this book it could be worthy of a closer look. But don't take this reviewer's word for it, you only need to find a few good recipes that return as regular favourites and you will have got a good thing. If you have the chance, do check this out. You might even care for the author's editorialising...