Thursday, December 20, 2007

Book review: The Everything Vegetarian Cookbook

A few days, mum's friend brought her two daughters over for a visit. After knowing I am a vegetarian, she bought me The everything vegetarian cookbook as a Christmas present. Sweet :)

It features 300 recipes divided into the following sections: Salads, Hors d'Oeuvres, Soups, Root Vegetables, Grains Beans and Legumes, Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, Tomatoes and other vegetables, The onion family, Mushrooms and truffles, Pasta Dishes, Egg and Dairy, Desserts and baked goods. Vegan dishes are marked with a "V", but many dishes are veganizable. If you are looking only at vegan dishes, the last page provides a list of all the dishes that are vegan (131 in total). If you are particularly looking for vegan dishes in the "desserts and baked goods" and "tomato and other vegetables" section, don't buy this book as there are few to be found.

The only not-so-good thing about this book is it doesn't have any pictures for you to drool on, but it contains interesting tips here and there, like how to be creative with your tomato sauce and preparing a "feed bag" (emergency vegetarian travel kit).

5 comments:

Edanator said...

After I became vegetarian I received so many cookbooks I had to tell everyone NOT to buy me any more. I've probably cooked less than 5% of those recipes, and now that I'm vegan, many of the recipes are no longer interesting to me. Instead I bought a few vegan cookbooks and can't wait to try out those recipes instead.

dreamy said...

Hmm.. can you veganize those non-vegan ones? I find many of the vegetarian recipes look veganizable.

Edanator said...

Many of the recipes are very cheese-heavy. It's possible to veganize them, of course, but I prefer to cook dishes that are made up without cheese in mind. If you haven't already, I suggest you take a look in modern vegan cookbooks like those by Dreena Burton or Isa Chandra Moskowitz and be amazed by how simple it is to cook fantastic vegan dishes that are not veganized copies of meat dishes.

dreamy said...

Do most of their dishes require an oven or herbs?

Edanator said...

I'd say they have a lot of variety. Herbs and ovens are there, for sure, but not exclusively. Both authors make simple, quick recipes with common (western) household ingredients. The most frustrating thing with their books is their use of non-metric units. When will the Americans join the rest of the world???

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