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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous veggie food, 23 Sep 2012
This review is from: Cafe Paradiso (Atrium Press) (Hardcover)
I love this book. It has lots of scrumptious meals that can be served for a good supper or a posh meal. I've had many compliments from dinner parties and even Christmas dinner using the recipes in the Cafe Paradiso book.

The dishes are flavoursome, well presented and each recipe gives you the full plateful. Cotter writes introductions providing background to how it was created or something about the ingredients or perhaps how to vary the meal and sometimes a little bit of personal aside (eg the present he bought for his mother).

The early pages cover some basic techniques such as how to grill aubergines or peppers, produce fragrant basmati, prepare salas and pestos and infuse oil. These already get your mouth watering.

I've been a veggie for nearly 40 years and find Cotter a constant inspiration. The meals are so tasty that carnivores often don't notice the lack of meat. He does not feel the need to "compensate" by adding lots of cream, cheese or other rich ingredients (though these do feature in moderation).

Some examples that I've enjoyed on the simpler one-pot front are
* watercress and red onion risotto
* squash, butterbean and leek stew with rosemary and chilli (great for bonfire night)

and when you have the time or inclination
* goats cheese, pinenut and oven-roasted tomato charlotte with wilted greens and puy lentils in basil oil
* roasted sweet pepper rolls of caper pinenut stuffing with roasted garlic-chive cream, lemon risotto and sugar snaps
* gingered kale, walnut and pumpkin gratin with lemon-cumin sauce and aubergine-chilli rolls (a posh colcannon!)
* roast pumpkin with lemon hazelnut risotto, leek and parmesan sauce and roast parsnips

For puds
* ginger-sauteed pears with iced marscarpone

Yummy, I am already leafing through for tonight's dinner! Recommended.
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