This is a great book, giving easy, healthy, and quick everyday recipes using a few common ingredients at a time. The beetroot pesto and carrot pate are delicious - I haven't had to throw away any unused vegetables at the end of the week since I've had it. I've cooked from it every week since, and haven't been disappointed once. Ideal for providing new ideas on how to cook the seasonal vegetables in a veg. box - loads of recipes on what to do with parsnips, cabbage, etc.
I've got my own copy of this book and it's so good I've bought several more copies for friends. It's not a glamorous book, there are no sexy photos or whatever yet it's one I come back time and time again. I'm vegan and although this book isn't, it is mostly veggie; many of the recipes are vegan or easily made so with a few substitutions (smoked tofu instead of bacon; oat cream instead of cow; vegan cheese etc etc). What I love is that it focuses on everyday veg and transforms them into something special with just a handful of herbs, spices and such - and helps us to eat a more planet and animal-friendly diet, eat in a way that's better for our health, yet doesn't make a big song and dance about it. One of the best recipes for beetroot ever is here and it would win over even the most beetroot reluctant! The book is especially for those who get veg boxes or have an allotment but anyone could benefit - helps us all to cook seasonally and locally.
A friend recommended this book to me as I am enjoying delivery of a fortnightly box of local organic vegetables. This is the perfect way to find imaginative, timely recipes for that chard period, or that glut of carrots. New to the box delivery I was happy to receive surprises each time but disconcerted by some of the more obscure contents. Curly kale and potato soup sorts out the kale and stuffed mini pumpkins is ideal when faced with four small pumpkins. Each chapter gives the farming season and what vegetables to expect. Written to support CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and advocated by the Soil Association this book is a perfect gift and very good value. Go local and go organic!
I agree with the previous reviewer, this is such a great book if you are looking for ideas as to what to do with your veggie box. The Abel and Cole cookbook is more pleasant to flick through (lovely photos...) but there are many more ideas for every day cooking here. Definitely useful to free anyone from the "Curse of the Veggie Box" (ie:throwing away vegetables/fruit you haven't used while at their best, thereby ruining the whole concept of the organic box) The authors mention their intention to add more international ideas to a later edition, please don't! Just write another book with as many lovely ideas as this one, that will give me an excuse to buy it!