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Hit and miss
on March 19, 2016
This book is well-designed and organized. Most of the mains are vegetarian. As a non vegetarian, I often find recipes for vegetarian mains that feel like side-dishes, that do not feel complete (=they would go great with a piece of meat). This book offers real vegetarian mains (for me and my bf who's much harder to please in this regard than I am. ) Overall, the food is good but not great. I used up of a bunch of 'special' ingredients I had on hand (muscovado sugar, oat flour, etc) which I liked. The recipes can be a bit fussy at times. I honestly had a hard time connecting with the author's voice. I like the book enough to keep it and will surely try new recipes in the future but I don't think I will buy another book by Mrs Forte in the future. Just did not like this one enough. There are other cookbooks with similar style of cooking that I get a lot more enjoyment from.
Here are the recipes I tried:
French press coffee: My first reaction was: Really? But I figured hey its worth a shot. The measurements were not the best for the equipment and coffee beans I have at home. It however encouraged to be a little more precise with my coffee making. When I have the time, I do take some of the extra steps suggested.
Scrambled eggs with creamy leeks: Although I will keep my old method for cooking scramble eggs, the leeks are delicious and I made them many times since, with or without eggs.
Multi-grain carrot muffin: Nice recipe. The texture is moist and crumbly. Will make again (probably with small modifications to suit our taste (eg add nuts, or a little nutmeg).
Roasted tomato soup: Delicious, strong flavors ans I have made a few times now.
Moroccan-stuffed squash: I like the concept more than the actual taste: it was fairly bland (until I doubled almost all the amount herbs/spices and feta)
Coconut loaf: It was fairly dense, a bit on the dry side, ok tasting but I dont think I would make it again.