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4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty, quick vegetarian food - but not quite as the cover suggests, 28 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Rose Elliot's Vegetarian Meals In Minutes (Paperback)
I knew this was a cult vegetarian cookbook when my mother kept trying to give me copies, over and over again - I think I have about three now.

The first thing I noticed about the book, though, was a strange sense of familiarity. Beware! You may already have this cookbook, under the original title (Rose Elliot's Vegetarian Fast Food) that it was first published with in 1994, so don't be fooled by the new title into buying the same book twice.

This is great collection of quick and easy vegetarian recipes. The cover advertises 'over 200 delicious dishes in a flash' and that's exactly what you get. It offers simple recipes that are great as you don't have to go out and buy lots of extra ingredients, but also adaptable if you want to tweak them a bit. One of my favourites is the halloumi with spiced leeks - ok, I did have to go out and buy the halloumi but it was worth it. This is a good example, though, because the spiced leeks also work well on their own.

Gripes? Well, although the book boasts a well-designed and modern-looking cover, this gives a slightly misleading impression of the contents - the photographs throughout the book are clearly quite dated. When you flick to the contents page, the images have that warm-toned, fussily arranged 'still life with heaps of garnish' look that was in vogue in the 1990s.

I want to go back to the good points of this book, though, because there are many. It's a very comprehensive book, with lots of different types of food. The recipes I've made from it have all turned out well. And most of them are very healthy, avoiding the usual vegetarian recipe book penchant for lashings of butter, cream and cheese (although there's some of that in case you feel the urge...)

Overall, a real classic of vegetarian cooking and one which I'm sure any cook would find useful. Not always the most thrilling of books, but definitely an invaluable and very practical addition to any vegetarian kitchen.
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