Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian Hardcover – Oct 5 2010
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'Every kitchen should have a copy' - Metro, 9th March 2010 (one of the) books to inspire summer cooking.' - Country Life 'The queen of vegetarian cooking' - The Green Parent Book of the Week in the Telegraph Magazine (May 2010) 'Practically a bible for vegetarians everywhere, Rose's dishes will forever encourage and delight.' - Cook Vegetarian "Fully revised and updated last year, this weighty tome has 1,000 recipes from the classic French onion soup to purple sprouting broccoli with lemon butter sauce." The Independent (One of the Top 50 Best Cookbooks) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Rose Elliot is Britain's most-respected vegetarian cookery writer and is renowned for her easy-to-achieve recipes and creative approach to food. She frequently contributes to national magazines, gives cookery demonstrations and broadcasts on radio and television. With book sales of 3 million, she is the UK's best-selling vegetarian cookery author. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The original book is a gem which is why this edition is disappointing. Being a hardback should be an improvement, but although there is an attached ribbon to use as a page marker, the book doesn't stay open on the countertop -- and from that distance it is difficult to read. Also, I always test the paper when writing a cookbook review and unfortunately the smallest splash, although immediately wiped up, stained the page, so a cookbook holder is necessary or the cookbook is going to look unappetizing, quite quickly.
Each chapter begins with a photograph - like the eggs on the towel - which is followed by a colored page where the author begins relating her thoughts on the subject matter of the chapter. Unfortunately, the color page is printed with white ink, which renders some of the material unreadable. It is particularly difficult to read page 174 - the white ink just disappears into the pale green page. Cookbooks are a tool and anything in their construction that gets in the way of that usage should be noted. That said, these are decisions made by the publisher, not the author and are worth noting if for no other reason than these issues arise in the new edition, not the old volume.
This new edition could have capitalized on the already successful book - perhaps with more photographs and a larger font size to make it easier to read, or adding a vegan chapter. Instead, this seems to be a step backward. If possible, before purchasing, take a look at the book in a library or bookstore, especially if you already own an earlier edition.
So far I've made the Ratatouille tart and new potatos and it was quite simple and delicious. As this is vegetarian and not vegan cookbook, the recipes contain dairy and eggs. Some recipes are vegan by the nature of the ingredients.
The recipes are easy and the cookbook is well made. If you need pictures to help you cook and visualize the dish, this cookbook may not be for you. It is limited in pictures, but the volume of recipes makes up for it.
Overall, a great addition to the cookbook library.
Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian is a cookbook that offers exactly the types of meals I'm looking for. There are over 1,000 vegetarian recipes included that are simple and healthy. This cookbook is based on the original classic UK cookbook published 25 years ago.
This is truly an all purpose cookbook. Many vegetarian cookbooks that I've seen have a lot of ingredients that non-vegetarians don't tend to have in their kitchens - at least I don't. I love trying new recipes but when I look at a recipe and it's made up almost entirely of things I've never eaten or in some cases heard of, it's a bit daunting.
Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian is broken down by type of recipe. Chapters include Soups; First courses, snacks and drinks; Sauces and salad dressings; Side dishes; Vegetables and nuts; Beans; Pasta; Grains and rice; Tarts and pies; Cheese and eggs; Desserts; Baking; and Breads, cakes and doughs.
This is really a huge cookbook and with over 1,000 recipes, the recipes are written more than one to a page in a three column format. Each recipe includes an ingredients list and an instruction list. When applicable, there are variations to the original recipe listed as well. Because this is a cookbook that originated in the UK, measurements are written in both grams and ounces and not in the typical cup and half cup format.
I really love the selection of recipes included. There are family favorites like garlic bread, sweetcorn pudding, and cheese and onion pie. You will also find some tempting new recipes like lentil dal with coconut cream and fennel with orange and olive stuffing. Recipes that are vegan or can be easily frozen are notated for quick reference.
Whether or not you're a vegetarian, this is definitely a great cookbook to have on hand. I found tons of recipes in here that my family will enjoy and that will help stretch the grocery budget just a little bit further while still allowing us to eat healthy.
We made the Quick Souffle Omelete and it was delicious!