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vegetarian food for non-vegetarians
15 December 2018
I like Joe Wicks and his positive 'can do' approach but, this book is very disappointing. Heavy reliance on american style vegetarian junk food - burgers - nachos, quesadillas, halloumi, feta and frankly trendy foods e.g. a slice of cauliflower as a 'steak 'etc etc. UK vegetarians don't, in general, eat this way. We tend to eat a lot more pulses, (inc tempeh/ tofu) and a mix of indian, british and far eastern asian meal structures. There's only so much lasagne a human can eat. Those of us who eat diary soon learn to explore british/irish cheeses eg stilton- lancashire - caerphilly - wendsleydale - soft rind goat - etc and are quickly bored by relentless mozzarella, halloumi and feta (so much salt!). There is surprisingly little use of eggs too. We tend to eat a greater variety of seasonal vegetables together with those from afar, but there's not much range in this book. I appreciate the limitations of 15 minute meal prep, but even so, too many of the meals seems to be poorly balanced and I suspect you will be hungry well before your next meal.
If you would like to follow JW's regime, I would recommend instead Rose Elliot's 'Really Fast Food' and 'Not Just a Load of Old Lentils', or The Joy of Vegan Cookery by Amanda Grant. the food is varied, delicious, readily available, cheap, easy and quick. And it has to be said a lot more sustaining.