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The sort of recipes that put people off vegetables...
on 16 February 2008
I have been a vegetarian for nearly 15 years now and have accumulated quite a large collection of recipe books in that time. Sadly, Graimes's Complete Vegetarian is one of those I used a number of times and finally put away on the bottom of my pile due to being disappointed time and time again by the boring and bland meal suggestions that this book offers. If you or your kids hate vegetables, this book will certainly not convert you; I absolutely love simple vegetable dishes using carrots, parsnips and potatoes, and when cooked the right way these "simple" vegetables are the most wonderful dishes on the planet. However, out of the 30 or so recipes I have tried from this book, the majority have been tasteless and taste exactly the way vegetables shouldn't. No wonder children notoriously hate their veggies if this is what they are forced to eat. After my various attempts at soups, main courses and desserts, I have finally decided to give up and returned to Leiths, Rose Elliot and the like. I bought this book on account of its lovely photographs (every recipe has a delicious-looking photo accompanying it)but have since been led to believe that the dishes photographed here must have been made out of cardboard...I can't imagine how else anything that looks so beautiful could taste so bland.