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The Vegetarian Cookbook I (a meat-eater) have been looking for,
This review is from: Elizabeth David on Vegetables (Hardcover)
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I am not a vegetarian, but I tend to eat meat only once or twice a week. As such, I've been looking for a good veggie cookbook for a while. I tried Simon Hopkinson The Vegetarian Option but found that, while the recipes were excellent, it wasn't the kind of thing I could use when in a rush on a weeknight. I then dropped down the chef snobbery scale and went for Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook 200 Veggie Feasts: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Ideas, but found that rather bland an uninspiring.
Having owned this Elizabeth David book for a couple of weeks, it looks like I have hopefully stumbled upon a happy medium somewhere between Hopkinson and Hamlyn. It's very well laid out and arranged, and all the recipes are easy to follow. The book is also a nice size to use in the kitchen (nothing as cumbersome as Nigel Slater's Tender: Volume II, A cook's guide to the fruit garden). It's just under 200 pages, probably not even an inch thick.
The book has sections covering soups, salads, small dishes, pasta (inc. gnocchi and polenta), rice, beans and lentils and "mains", as well as breads and desserts. I've mainly delved into the past section on weeknights. The pesto recipe is a delight, takes about 15-20 mins to make and is great with fresh spaghetti. I've also tried spaghetti with courgettes and Tonnellini with mushrooms and green peas, which I loved. Both were quick to cook, and excellent evening meals.
The mains take slightly longer to cook. So far I've only tried the ratatouille, which again, was excellent. Other things I intend to try include Pumpkin and tomato gratin and the aubergine pie, which looks beautiful. All of the pictures in this book are fantastic, and, as they should in a cookbook, make you want to try the recipes for yourself.
There are lots of excellent ideas for sides and starters in here too (Leeks with red wine; ceps with parsley and garlic) and some soups I will be getting into in the winter (lentil soup with pasta; cream of green pea).
All in all, very happy with this so far, and think it will keep my stomach happy for many years to come.