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  • Anonymous says:

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    I have many vegetarian cookbooks but this is the only one that has consistently excellent recipes. Virtually every new recipe I try in this book yields another wonderful dish. The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients are not hard to find. In addition, the book provides nutritional profiles for each of the dishes and has a very complete section about the various ingredients, detailing how to pick and store them.

  • Anonymous says:

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    I’m not the world’s greatest chef but this book has lots of delicious, easy recipies. There are more involved dishes, too, and full-color photos so you know if you’re on the right track.

    The best part is, it will appeal to Veggie-Heads and Meat-Heads alike!

  • Anonymous says:

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    I have used MANY vegetarian as well as regular cook books and this is one of the best! The Essential Vegetarian not only gives you great easy to follow recipes but also educates you on how to have a balanced meal on a vegetarian diet. I Love this one! A great gift for any one who likes vegetables.

  • CB says:

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    We are not vegetarians but we love vegies and this cookbook gave us outstanding ideas for side dishes and wonderfully balanced meals. It’s easy to follow and it has terrific supplementary information. And this book is loaded with full color pictures – I don’t know about anyone else but it’s always helpful to see how my dishes should look when they’re done!

  • Anonymous says:

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    This cookbook is easy to use and the food is great. I really like that each recipe has a preparation time and a total cooking time so you know what kind of time commitment to expect. The pictures are helpful to get an idea of what the dish is supposed to look like. The other nice aspect of this cookbook is that most ingredients are easy to find and the spices are common enough that you would probably have them in the house.

  • Anonymous says:

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    This cookbook is great for those trying to switch to a vegetarian diet, because it is beautiful and mouthwatering so it will really make you want to try all the recipes and explore the different kinds of dishes.

    The book had an introduction to vegetarian nutrition (but not very comprehensive, so read different sources too!) and several special insert pages detailing ingredients like soy, tofu, tempeh, and the like, which may be unfamiliar to those of us new to this kind of cooking.

    It has lots of recipes, for all kinds of ocassions and meal types. I recommend this book to all cooks, vegetarian or not, who want to get more tasty vegetable dishes on their table!

  • Marc A. Healy says:

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    The term “vegetarian” is usually anathema to most meat-eaters or meat-lovers. It conjures visions of bland, chewey foods, yeasty extracts and soy-based replications of “real” food. As unfair as this may be as a characterization of vegetarian food, the fact remains that it is a loaded term. Well, this cookbook demystifies vegetarian cooking, and most of these recipes will make the tastebuds of omnivores and vegetarians alike happy. I eat a lot of meat, but I eat a fair amount of vegetables too, and this book is a godsend when you finally get tired of steamed green beans, steamed asparagus, steamed broccoli, steamed brussel sprouts, and sauteed spinach. A lot of these recipes make wonderful appetizers or a light lunch, and if you are looking for fairly easy, tasty, artful and interesting side dishes to serve dinner guests alongside that slab of beef you’ve got sizzling away on the grill, this is a terrific resource. I have several vegetarian cookbooks that I turn to when looking for interesting things to do with vegetables, and I think this one has the highest number of recipes I actually use. The pictures themselves are quite appetizing, and they are helpful in providing ideas for presentation as well as helping you figure out which recipes will be most appealing to you. My only complaint is the lack of dietary information about the dishes- I pay attention to calories, fat and fiber levels, and you have to go it alone with this book, but it’s not that big a deal. I am quite a fan of this whole “The Essential…” series. I also have “The Essential Pasta Cookbook” and “The Essential Appetizer Cookbook” and I think highly of those as well. There is also a dessert cookbook in the seies which looks great, but I don’t make a whole lot of desserts so I haven’t picked it up. I recommend you check them all out. My paperback edition came with a handy plastic dustcover as well, which keeps it in a much nicer condition than a lot of my other paperbacks. I think this is a very good buy.

  • Anonymous says:

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    I received this colorful cookbook as a gift, and I have already tried several of the uncomplicated (one-star) recipes. I have just finished sharing the tasty Spinach Rice with my boyfriend and there is none left. Tonight I made the chickpea curry, a flavorful dish seasoned with paprika, turmeric, coriander, cumin, chili powder, and an Indian spice called garam masala. This dish is very low in fat (only one tablespoon of oil) but the spices make it quite delicious!

    There is an entire chapter on polenta that I can’t wait to try, and there is even an entire chapter on beverages, with different coffee and cocoa drinks.

    I believe this cookbook was written in British English, so some of the vocabulary terms will be slightly differ ent than in American English (spring onion = scallion, capsicum = hot pepper,etc.) but overall this is a scrumptious and easy-to-use cookbook!

  • J. C. Stine says:

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    in the hit and miss world of (vegetarian) cookbooks, this is a hit, and highly recommended. the recipes range from the common to the mildly exotic, and should provide stimulating recipes for vegetarians and omnivores alike. the book is beautifully photographed, and just paging through it is an inspiration for even the most unwilling cooks. recipes also give an idea of the time involved in their creation, from cutting board to tabletop. instructions are given in metric measurements as well.

  • Jen says:

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    If food is your passion, if you sit at work like me and dream about what you’re going to have for dinner, then this is your cookbook!

    Good balance of quick/easy recipes, and traditional recipes. I would buy this for a novice or seasoned cook. Any vegetarian should own this.

    The recipes are delicious and flavorful. I’ve been vegetarian for ~10 years and I REFUSE to eat bland food. I reach for this cookbook when I want a guaranteed delicious meal. I haven’t had a single bad recipe yet, and I’ve been using it for years.

    Favorite recipes: 1)almond & broccoli stir fry (great with cold sesame noodles), and 2)mixed herbed tabouli. These two recipes alone will justify your purchase.

    Note: aubergines=eggplant, capsicum=bell pepper, scallions=green onions. That’s all you need to know.

    P.S. I own both ‘Essential Vegetarian’ cookbooks: this one, and the one by Diana Shaw. Ms. Shaw’s cookbook is wonderful too, but I use it less ONLY because the recipes are a bit more time consuming. It is still on my “top 4” list. Buy both.

    Happy Eating!

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