World Food Cafe Hardcover – 30 Sep 1999
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Tasty recipes that are an antidote to the often blandness of many vegetarian meals. The book is beautifully illustrated and includes suggestions to vary the menus and often the story behind the recipe too.
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Review in Time Out
"Some people are too talented by half. Take Chris Caldicott. Not only is he co-owner of the World Food Cafe, but his stunning travel photographs illustrate much of the book : there's much to tempt the tastebuds."
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A small word of warning: some of the recipes contain what might be considered rather exotic ingredients by your local supermarket (a pinch of Hing anyone?). However, if you live an area where you can access 'ethnic' food shops that shouldn't pose a problem - and might in fact open your eyes to the delights of avoiding the mainstream supermarkets.
If you enjoy cooking, and have a taste for travel and 'ethnic' food, this book is a delight. Put away bottled sauces and get cooking. Highly recommended!
I liked the way that the authors tackled locations that are not already plundered for recipes, instead looking for new recipes and how different people in exotic locations eat good wholesome food that is largely accessable by us back here.
It was interesting especially to read the Caribbean section which although they admitted was largely a meat-eating cuisine, they could still find vegetarian dishes or ways to easily replace the meat in the local recipes.
I have to say that some (not all) of the recipes are more dinner-party/'feeling special and brave' choices, and that I was disappointed that the recipes have a standard serving of 6, which although good for a wholly vegetarian big family or dinner party, it really means maths or leftovers for me as I live in a veggie-hostile environment!!!
That said, the recipes are delicious, exciting and the authors refuse to rely on one cooking method or ingredient as I have seen in lesser books, wholly worth it even if it is for when I feel brave in the kitchen!!!
So, overjoyed was I when I noticed this book. Simply put, this publication is a must-have. Every recipe is exciting, every page covered with wonderful photography or anecdotes. All the meals are fairly simple to cook, although some require a little preparation. Some may be daunted by the long list of ingredients, but do please note that many of these are, in fact, spices and so-on. Once you've stocked your cupboard up, you will giggle like a happy baboon as your dearest chums swoon at your culinary genius. For us in the UK, most of the items will be fairly easy to track down in your local Supermarket - having said that, one or two may require searching for Asian shops.
I do like this book - I know not everyone will like it quite as much due to the emphasis on the more spicey end of the market. For those with tastebuds that work, though, this is a must.
A real breath of fresh air, and a recommended purchase for the vegetarian who wants to move on from nut roast, bean stews etc.
A splendid book.
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