Customer Reviews: The New Vegetarian Epicure: Menus--with 325 all-new recipes--for family and friends
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on October 17, 2003
I am vegetarian, and I purchased this book to give to one of my nonvegetarian friends. We're both gourmandes. I wanted to try out some of the recipes first to give my suggestions and comments on the book. I liked the presentation of the meals in the book. I find that most cookbooks, especially vegetarian ones, just throw out recipes and expect the cook to find flavors that meld properly. I believe that The New Vegetarian Epicure is a great reference for planning a meal, but the recipes themselves aren't that great. First, I think that the proportions of the ingredients are off; for example, she usually calls for an excessive amount of onions. All the recipes I've made from the book, I either really didn't like or just thought they were OK. Secondly, the book is not at all practical for everyday cooking. Most, but not all, of the recipes require 2 or more hours to prepare. In some of the recipes, there is a much quicker way to get from step A to step B other than the path proposed by the author. I would recommed Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone over the New Vegetarian epicure. Veg Cooking for Everyone has more healthful, simple dishes, that are fancy enough for even the most uptight company.
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