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Entertaining Vegetarians Paperback – 3 Sep 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books (3 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552856860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552856864
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,724,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Celia Brooks Brown was born in Colorado, USA, and moved to Britain in 1989 to seek a career in the theatre. She discovered a passion for cooking while working as a life model for the artist Christiane Kubrick, wife of film director Stanley Kubrick, eventually becoming the resident cook in the Kubrick household. It was then that she decided to transfer her love of entertainment and performance into a career in food. She now runs a successful vegetarian catering company, with celebrity clients including Stella McCartney. As well as writing for magazines such as BBC Good Food magazine, she makes regular television appearances on the UK Food channel and gives live demonstrations at the world-famous Books for Cooks Cookery School. Her book New Vegetarian (Ryland, Peters & Small 2001) was hailed as 'a gem' by BBC Good Food, and is a success worldwide. Jan Baldwin is one of Britain's leading food and interiors photographers. Her other books include Party! (Conran Octopus/Soma) The African Kitchen, (Conran Octopus) and Tapas (Mitchell Beazley). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Hardcover
While pondering what to feed 2 visiting vegetarians last weekend, I came across an article featuring the recipes of this author. I tried her sweet onion ricotta cheesecake with cranberries and sage, followed by chocolate truffle topped with strawberries dipped in white chocolate. I was impressed by the simplicity of preparation and the great results and my guests were bowled over to be served something unusual and delicious.
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As I was browsing through the Amazon pages, I was horrified to find how few stars this book received. To get to the bottom of this, I went on to read the reviews, and I must say that the one-star reviewer has a lot to answer for.
While I consider 'fish-eating vegetarians' pescatarians rather than vegetarians, I find this debate about what makes a model vegetarian, completely immaterial to the quality of a cookbook.
What matters to me is whether the recipes are reliable and tasty, whether the recipes are original (because I have already a great number of cook books, and therefore am covered for all the basics), nice pictures and presentation are an added bonus (though many of the greatest books are conspicuously plain), and compelling prose can turn a good cookery book into a great one.
I admit, that C. Brooks-Brown's prose, whilst perfectly pleasant, is not on par with that of Elisabeth David for example, but then again, I don't think that she is aiming for that.
The quality of the recipes are quite outstanding, however. It's one of my most frequently used cookery books, because I have not found a single recipe that didn't work. Just to name a few: the potato strudel is delicious, so are the 'sugar beans', and the wholewheat cheese pancakes have become a weekend staple.
In addition, there are plenty of ideas for vegans, and you can mix and match many of the dishes to suit your needs. The pictures are extremely generous and captivating.
The recipes are easy enough for beginners and every-day use, but original and tasty enough for entertaining, and the more experienced cook.
It's easily one of my top three vegetarian books, so I am going to give it a much-deserved star booster.
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Fantastic book. As a vegan I take my recipes from where I can get them. (I find meat eaters create the most tasty vegan meals!) This book is a gem unlike a dull new vegan cookbook, 'Keep it Vegan by Aine Carlin which I bought from Amazon at the same time as this one way and have given away, I have a huge vat of Parsnip & Coconut soup bubbling away which is so wonderful I feel that this one recipe alone justifies the purchase of the book. I avoid the fish recipes at the back of the book but we vegans are used to opening magazines and seeing slaughtered things everywhere.
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I disagree with the reviewer who gave this book one star for including fish recipes. I am a vegetarian who doesn't eat fish, but I do understand that some people do. Plus, the idea of the book (as I read it) is that it's written for non-vegetarians, to give them inspiring recipes to cook for their vegetarian friends and relatives, and they would hopefully know whether the people they are cooking for eat fish. The author goes into detail in introducing the 'Pescatarian' chapter about her decision to include fish recipes, and it takes up a small part of the book.
Anyway, the rest of the book is packed with delicious and inventive recipes. I particularly liked the Cranberry Torte with Toffee Sauce, and the Apple Marzipan Muffins. There's good advice about catering for large groups as well. Celia Brooks-Brown steers clear of the roasted peppers/goat cheese vegetarian recipes that are omnipresent, and for that alone I'm grateful. I'd rather my meat-eating friends bought this book for inspiration and instruction than Delia's Vegetarian book before I was coming to supper.
I still can't work out whether the 'Entertaining' in the title is a verb or an adjective though...
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Don't be put off by the narrow-minded reviews saying you shouldn't buy this book because it contains some fish-recepies. Instead I say thank Celia Brooks Brown eru much for opening my mind (and tastebuds!) with this sublime, simple and very tastefull cookbook. Some of her vegan (yes, she goes further than only vegetarian meals) recepies are to good to be true. Try for instance the beetroot & coconut-soup and you'll become so happy that you'll never complain anymore about the 5 fish- recepies in the last chapter "When they do eat fish".
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