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Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian Hardcover – Oct 5 2010

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
New But Not Improved June 8 2011
By M. Hill - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I own the 1996 updated edition of the author's Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. It is a comprehensive volume with lots of photographs of the completed dishes and is decidedly user friendly. This new updated edition of that book, while still a serious volume, has few photographs and most of those are generic in nature - a grouping of raw nuts, a plate of strawberries, eggs laying on a kitchen towel, uncooked pasta, etc. All are artfully arranged, but are decorative, not useful. With a book like this, a few more photographs of completed dishes would have been welcome since there are almost none.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book... Jan. 18 2011
By Hunter's Wife - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I looked at this book prior to the holidays and held off. I'm glad I did because I got it at a discount. Pricing aside, (which makes it affordable if you're on the fence about buying it) I really like this vegetarian cookbook.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully in depth vegetarian cookbook! Oct. 10 2011
By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My family is far from vegetarian but we do try to eat several meals that are meatless a week for health and financial reasons. Because of this, I am always looking for vegetarian cookbooks that feature traditional meals that my family will love to eat. We don't tend to do a lot of soy based alternatives so I like vegetarian cookbooks that don't rely overly on soy to replace meat.

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great everyday recipes that are easy, healthy, and low cost Sept. 28 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this cookbook as the ingredients are all whole foods and the recipes are simple. Since our family is now on a tight budget, I am finding myself using this book more ad more and I think we are healthier because of it. Since the main protein ingredients are often beans like lentils, the ingredients do not cost very much to buy. Many of the recipes are simple enough for weeknight meals. Just a note that many of the ingredients are in weight so it is important to have a small scale. I like that the recipes that are vegan are clearly marked and I find more than enough recipes to try that are vegan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian Nov. 7 2011
By Purple Sage - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have a collection of 73 vegetarian/vegan cook books. Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian, is by far the BEST! It is well written, easy to understand and there are an abundance of absolutely fabulous receipes! I have reccommended this book to all of my friends, non vegetarians, as there are so many good, healthy choices for everyone. If I had to only keep one book out of my 73, it would be this one!!