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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (12 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785942247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785942242
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Book Description

100 vegan and vegetarian recipes - solid healthy meals for everyday people.

About the Author

Nick Knowles is the presenter of the hit BBC show DIY SOS. He also regularly presents various Saturday night quiz shows such as Judgemental, Who Dares Wins and 5 Star Family Reunion.

Along with familiar faces from DIY SOS, in 2016 Nick travelled to Thailand for 4 weeks, where they undertook an intense detox retreat. Amazed by the results, and healthier than ever, Nick changed his diet to 'flexitarian' - vegan mostly, vegetarian occasionally, with the odd day off.

Nick was born in London and raised in Southall by his parents Pat and Eddie. Nick has four children: Charles, Tuesday, TJ and Eddie and lives in Windsor.


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Brilliant book with fab ideas for a meat loving family that want to be a bit healthier and include more vegetables in their diets. I've made quite a few of the recipes so far and they have been really great and have gone down well indoors. A very honest intro took me a bit by surprise, I wasn't expecting it at all! Sometimes it's just really good to get what you paid for and it's always great to get new recipe ideas. The recipes are really descriptive and it's very clear whether it's vegan or vegetarian. Favourite lunch so far has been the berlotti bean minestrone soup - didn't expect it to be quite so popular!!
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These vegetarian recipes are very misleading as they contain animal ingredients. Gelatine is made by melting bones, hooves and skin, Rennet in Parmesan cheese contains the lining of a calves stomach and Worcestershire sauces contains anchovies. So these ingredients are very misleading to new vegetarians and cannot be called vegetarian. It would have been a great book if it had contained the correct alternatives.
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Actually its a good book with lots of good recipes BUT- really should have done some research on what vegetarian eat- NOT Worcester sauce (anchovies) not gelatin ( skin, bone, connective tissue) not Parmesan (animal rennet- that's calf stomach contents) it could have been great with a bit of thought and fact checking.
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The recipes are good, hearty and not difficult. I liked it. BUT, and it is a big but, it says on the cover vegan and vegetarian recipes and in the introduction it states that he is eating a mostly vegan diet now and part owns a couple of vegan restaurants which gives the impression that it would be a mostly vegan book. Which it is not. It is mostly vegetarian with a couple of vegan recipes, and some of the vegetarian recipes use ingredients which aren't veggie such as Worcester sauce. If you are veggie you will know what ingredients to avoid and if you are vegan you are probably pretty good at veganising recipes, but really if you buy a book aimed at vegetarians and vegans then all the recipes should really be suitable. Nick Knowles says he is vegan, but will eat meat and eggs if friends cook it for him or if he is out and just fancies a cheeseburger, which to me says he is not really vegan. This is book to buy if you want to cut down on meat really. There are better books out there if you have just become vegetarian. Be careful if you are buying it for a vegetarian or are using it to cook for a vegetarian and be very careful if the same applies to a vegan as many of the recipes are not suitable for vegans.
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If you can get past the laddish/blokish banter this book is OK. Some nice recipes other than the huge blooper of gelatine being an ingredient in the Key Lime Pie!
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Absolutely stunning. Well presented, easy step by step guide to preparing and cooking the recipes, just mega! Been considering a reduction of meat in mine and the families diet for a while and after reading about nick's retreat and experiences I thought if he can I can. I made one the breakfast recipes this morning for my partner and I and we loved it. Completely different to what we would normally have, so refreshing and we intend to try every single recipe. If you want good easy tasty food you HAVE to buy this book. Enjoy
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Excellent recipes - easy to source ingredients, easy to prepare and very hearty. Odd non-vegetarian ingredient eg Worcester sauce but simple to find a substitute. Whole family (including meat-eaters) enjoyed the meals so far tried.
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Quite what Nick Knowles was thinking when he wrote this awful book is beyond me. Bearing in mind this guy co-opened a vegan restaurant I’m really puzzled as to why he’s gone on to publish a book filled with so many schoolboy errors. He’s got recipes labelled vegetarian which contain fish sauce, parmesan, gelatine, Worcestershire sauce, taleggio and grana padano. The cheeses mentioned are never vegetarian due to their protected production methods meaning they always use animal rennet, the others should have been common sense.

It may be argued that this book is aimed at non-vegetarians (or “flexitarians”), which is fair enough, but then it should have been called “meat-free recipes” instead and not had the individual recipes listed as vegetarian when they are clearly not. There are lots of veggie alternatives to the ingredients I mentioned that could have been suggested, so these mistakes are just laziness on the writer’s or editor's part.

The reason I gave it 2 stars, not 1, is because a few of the recipes are actually okay. But the problem is there are so many, many good vegetarian and vegan cookbooks available on Amazon that one like this, with so many misconceptions, simply isn’t worth buying.
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