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Leon: Fast Vegetarian Hardcover – 3 Mar 2014
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The fifth cookbook from bestselling healthy fast food brand Leon shows you how to make delicious vegetarian food from sustainable ingredients.
About the Author
Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both taste good and do you good.
When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner).
There are now 43 Leon restaurants.
Jane Baxter is co-author of The Riverford Farm Cook Book, which won Best First Book and Work on British Food at the Guild of Food Writers' awards. Jane worked at the Carved Angel in Dartmouth and the River Cafe before becoming the Head Chef at the Field Kitchen, the restaurant for Riverford Organic Vegetables. She now spends her time catering, consulting on local food matters in Devon and hosting food events in unusual locations.
Henry Dimbleby also co-authored Leon: Naturally Fast Food and Leon: Baking & Puddings. He and John Vincent are currently advising the UK government with their School Food Plan.
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If you are looking for things to serve for the one veggie in the family to have instead of meat, then this probably isn't the book for you. And if you are not a fan of herby, spicy, sloppy foods (curries, stews, gratins, etc) then you may not like it. For everyone else I would recommend this book, even for non-vegetarians looking for a change occasionally. Quite a number of the recipes are vegan too. Some of the recipes are easy, some a little fiddly, but nothing too complicated or time-consuming and I've not had any difficulty getting ingredients - there might be a few unusual spices but you can always get those online wherever you live.
The book's divided into two sections – one where the veggies are the stars and 'can stand on their own as a whole meal' and another where they're more the support act (i.e. side dishes). There seems to be a bit of crossover – particularly in the chapter dedicated to cooking for children – but by and large the first section is where you'll find mains and starters, the second sides (and a little chapter on fruity puddings).
The dishes are kept simple – 'Turnips, beetroot & orange', for example – but it's the combination of flavours, seasonings and dressings that give them the edge, and there are lots of combinations I wouldn't have thought of before. Plus (and probably most importantly) most of the ingredients are either the kind of thing you'd already have in your cupboards, or something that you could pick up easily. No more hunting around for obscure ingredients! I can see this becoming my go-to kitchen cookbook for many meals to come.
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