Leiths Vegetable Bible Hardcover – 2 Jun 2008
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About the Author
Polly Tyrer gained experience as a cook in Spain and California before joining LEITH'S SCHOOL OF FOOD AND WINE as Vice Principal when it opened in 1975. She later became Managing Director of Prue Leith's catering company LEITH'S GOOD FOOD and went on to develop a freelance career. Polly Tyrer is the author of four books including LEITH'S COOKING FOR ONE AND TWO.
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It is a great companion for the organic vegetable box subscriber as it covers lots of recipes for all the different vegetables you are likely to get and can relly help with a seasonal glut of any type of produce.
Don't see this as a vegetarian book, as this covers all the vegetable accompaniments you might want for any meat or fish meal.
Of course not every recipe works and, in some, swapping sauces or other ingredients will lead to new combinations.
Grouping the vegetables by type is useful as it can be helpful to think about the vegetable groups and try swapping one for another in a much-loved dish.
The chapters including pulses, rice, pasta and grains are more useful for cooking vegetarian and vegan meals.
I wanted to be inspired again, to be able to search for recipes containing a certain vegetable, to be able to trust that the recipes would turn out well, taste great & appeal to non-veggie friends. This book fulfils all these & more.
The flavours are different from those I normally put together, making cooking an exciting adventure again. Who could resist 'red pesto risotto with caremelized onions', or 'beetroot, coconut & lime soup'? What about spicing up boring turnips with 'caremelized turnips with orange & horseradish'? Even the puds are deliciously different - 'bruleed pineapple with coconut sables', 'camembert toast with warm grape sauce' or 'pink grapefruit cheesecake'. Real cordon vert!
There's also a helpful section on 'basics' - pastry, sauces, stock etc. in all shapes & forms.
Every friend I've shown it to has browsed through the recipes saying things like "Oh, that sounds great" or "I must have a go at that". Being a keen gardener, I love the fact that I can search in the index under any veg I have a glut of & find plenty of interesting recipes. Of course, it's not just vegetables either, so you can also search under e.g. rice & find lots of options. Plenty of the recipes are vegan-friendly too, proving that vegan food doesn't have to be bland.
I momentarily hesitated at the price, but would say that it is definitely worth the money, particularly at Amazon prices. I've used little else since buying it.
The blurb states "almost 1,000 delicious vegetarian recipes" - but take care. The recipes are all vegetable based, and many of the gorgeous recipes contain cheese, or milk, or eggs, or cream, so it isn't vegan. There are lots vegan recipes in here and it might have been nice if a vegan symbol was used to highlight these. But this is minor.
The recipes are sassy and classy. The book is well organised, very well indexed and is both clear and inspiring. Serving suggestions/accompniments are given and clearly referenced e.g. "To Serve - rouille (see page 512)"
Yes, it's so comprehensive that there are bound to be recipes you don't use - I just don't buy certain vegetables. But if I ended up with a sudden glut of something or other, I would know where to look to find out what to do with it!
Unlike many cookbooks, you can just tell that every recipe in here has been tested, retested and refined - the instructions and clear and specific and everything I've ever made from it has turned out brilliantly on first try. A top choice for dinner party food - I get lots of compliments when I made things from here.
On the downside, this isn't a very well-illustrated cookbook and there aren't many photos. That said, the recipes really do speak for themselves and the lack of photos means that the recipes are really packed in - it's a very in-depth resource.
It's interesting to note that the title of this book has changed from Leiths Vegetarian Bible to Leiths Vegetable Bible. I guess that this is meant to reflect the fact that, although all of the recipes are vegetarian, this is a fantastically comprehensive, reliable and sophisticated resource for lovers of all things vegetable - whether you're a vegetarian or not!
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