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The Accidental Vegetarian: Delicious food without meat Paperback – 13 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; New edition edition (13 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844035085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844035083
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The vegetarian world may have found its Jamie Oliver.' Time Out --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Simon has a growing TV profile. Something for the Weekend averages 1 million viewers weekly and is the most successful show that BBC2 has ever had in the 10-11.30am timeslot on a Sunday. The programme will be on air until at least March 2010. In recent times he's also appeared on BBC2's Great British Menu, Celebrity Mastermind, Grub's Up, Recipe for Success, BBC1's This Little Farmer, Saturday Kitchen, Richard and Judy on Channel 4, Cooking the Books and Breaking in to Tesco for Channel 5. Simon also has a regular slot in This Morning (3 million viewers) and appears on BBC Good Food Live. He has been a roaming presenter for Granada and has been a guest on Radio 4. He also contributes to BBC Good Food magazine. Simon has written 4 books - The Accidental Vegetarian, Rebel Cook, Lazy Brunch (with Tim Lovejoy) and The Seasoned Vegetarian. More and more people are opting for meat-free meals on a regular basis. Simon is a meat eater with a gift for producing vegetarian recipes. The hardback edition of Accidental Vegetarian was a huge success, selling well over 15,000 copies in less than a year. Simon's vegetarian restaurant Greens has won the Manchester Food and Drink Award for Best Provision for Vegetarians in 2000, 2002 and 2006, and won their Restaurant of the Year Award in 2006. It also won a AA Rosette for Quality of Cooking in 2005 and 2006. More than 100,000 people buy a veg box weekly or fortnightly in the UK. 5 per cent of the British population is vegetarian and 25 per cent of 11-14-year-olds are considering giving up meat. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I have been vegetarian for 20 years and have a whole shelf of unread cookery books, foisted upon me by well meaning friends. However, when I saw Simon Rimmer on TV I decided this was one book I actually wanted - and it was an excellent choice.

The food in it is simple enough for me to make (in the past I have done more "heating up" than "cooking") and yet they are delicious enough to please my meat-eating partner. Too often people make dishes for me specially, but it's something they wouldn't eat themself! This is the opposite - just what I want to get my teeth into. The fact that there's no meat or fish is incidental.

I think the key is that it was written by someone who loves food and is not a vegetarian, so he has worked at creating dishes which satisfy anyone - not just veggies. It's real, tasty food - not freak food! There's no overemphasis on lentils or aubergine, instead it's full of things I really want to eat. I'm starting to enjoy cooking!

Recommended not just for veggies but for those who cater for them and want to please everyone with the same dish!
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I've decided to cut down on meat recently and this is a great book to get started in the world of vegetarian dishes - nothing boring or bland here! The very great majority of recipes are quite simple and quick, and definitely packed with flavour.
Other veggie books I'd looked at offered quite boring recipes and lots of salads that didn't seem to pack much fun, but this book will definitely make your tastebuds happy!
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Bought this after reading loads of the good reviews on amazon, I'm not a vegetarian but wanted more veggie ideas for meals as don't like to eat excessive amounts of meat. As lots of veggie books do, this book has a huge amount of recipes that contain cheese, which really is not a healthy substitute for meat and not healthy to have in most meals! Also my biggest annoyance with this cookbook is that only a few recipes show pictures of the result, I much prefer cookbooks that have pictures of every recipe so you know what they're supposed to end up looking like and also give you inspiration as to what to make and what you fancy. Have barely used this cookbook as a result and shouldn't have wasted my money.
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Generally a good book for vegetarians and their meat-eating family and friends. Uses a lot of different (but not too hard to find) ingredients to keep away from too many vegetarian cliches. Quite a good mix of simple and more complex dishes for different occasions. It assumes a bit of cooking knowledge, but not too much.

Would observe that a lot of the recipes are for big quantities, "feeds 6" is a regular through the book. That's fine for bigger families or entertaining, but some of the recipes are more awkward to scale down for smaller quantities. Not really a book for those cooking for one regularly.

Overall, a pretty good buy judged by the fact that I have already cooked more recipes from it than I do from most cookbooks, and would eat most of them again.
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I got this book the other day and really love it. It has lots of more unusual recipe ideas and really breaks the mould of vegetarian cookery. The sweets are delicious and overall the recipes are relatively easy in terms of ingredients (getting of) and actual cooking. Another vegetarian cook I would recommend is Sarah Brown, who has inspired me for 20 years!
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Having eaten at Greens in Manchester (though sadly only once) and seen the cooking slots on 'Something for the Weekend', I was keen to track down a wider range of this chef's veggie recipes. I nearly talked myself out of it, mind, since I'm hardly short of vegetarian cookbooks as it is. Only a couple of the veggie cookbooks I have get used regularly and after a while, there's not much that's new on the block. Now I have a copy of `The Accidental Vegetarian', I'm so glad that I went ahead and ordered it. What this bloke is really good at is combining interesting flavours with substantial ingredients. Expect plenty of spicy, aromatic and above all tangy-tasting dishes. The recipe for `Lemongrass risotto with lime leaf olive tapenade' is the best thing to happen to my kitchen since it was fitted. There's also a good selection of filling dishes that can be rustled up pretty quickly (such as the sweet and very satisfying 'Plantain and mango curry'). I also tried out the citrusy `Polenta cake', which although prone to be very dense in the middle, looked and tasted absolutely delicious. The other thing I like is that he includes short blurbs at the start of each recipe but they're just cheerful and to the point (no waxing lyrical and overshadowing the recipes here, as in some cookbooks). Admittedly, the book could do with a few more photographs but, that aside, it's a collection that I now wouldn't be without.
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I have found his recipes inspiring, delicious and an excellent way to eat veg instead of meat/chicken. It is original and the sort of foods I enjoy eating! For example the arrabiata is so simple but very tasty and so are the pumpkin enchiladas!

I can't recommend this book enough. Having many recipe books this is one of the main ones I use.
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I am always a little skeptical, when I pick up a Vegetarian Cookbook, that has been written by a self-avowed meat-eater, but this book is a pleasant surprise, as the recipes are not only fresh and sometimes original, but also easy to prepare.

My only gripe with it, and the reason why I have given it 4 stars instead of 5, is because I feel most of the recipes rely far too heavily on dairy and eggs. In fact, I counted quite a lot of eggs for just one recipe. I don't believe that overconsumption of dairy produce and eggs is acceptible from a health point of view. But I hope that people would relaise that a lot of these recipes can be cooked for special treats and dinner parties.

My main reason for buying this book, is because I have eaten at the author's restaurant and I was very impressed with it and I wanted to see what other delicacies I have been missing out on.
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