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Complete Vegetarian Hardcover – May 16, 2006
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Some of the recipes in the book, such as the Minestrone with Pesto, Herby Rice Pilaf, and Sweet and Sour Mixed Bean Hot-Pot have become my staples for lunch or dinner. Others, like the Sweet Potato Roulade and Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts, are good as appetizers.
It's puzzling to me that some recipes are a knockout, while others are strangely textured, bland, or simply do not work. I think a variety of cooks contributed to this book, some with better recipes and ideas than others. This could explain the hit-and-miss quality. Sometimes I think the recipes could use more innovation; nearly all of them call for salt and freshly ground pepper, but when you're looking to make a rich, flavorful soup, you kind of want more than just salt, pepper, and garlic. Again, it's probably because many different cooks contributed.
I have to stress that I haven't made many dishes from this book. And there are a ton of them! There is so much to chose from. Everything looks delicious, but it doesn't always turn out looking like the picture. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Just keep it in mind.
This book is definitely worth a try -- and a look!
Many, not most, dishes use eggs or cheese, so this is a vegetarian cookbook, not vegan. The book is written in the Queen's English. Americans may need to look up some terms -- courgettes are small zucchini, rocket is arugula -- but really, it's not that hard.