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Book Review: Vegetarian: the Best Ever Recipe Collection

by Michelle Mukatis on 11/24/2013

Veg_Cookbook Vegetarian: the Best Ever Recipe Collection was written by Linda Fraser.  If you are looking for recipe ideas during the holidays, this book is recommended by Michele.

My clients often look for recommendations if they want to start cooking more vegetarian meals. I have an extra copy of Vegetarian: the Best Ever Recipe Collection to loan out because I think it’s a great starter book. The recipes provide easy-to-follow directions and include pictures of the steps from beginning to final product. I have used this book time and again as I was starting to cook more vegetarian food and it has never let me down.

There are 250 pages of recipes and photos, so you won’t soon run out of meals to try. There are no desserts to distract, just delicious real food.

Basic starters such as hummus and guacamole are included. For the more daring, you can try Greek Cheese and Potato Patties, Spring Rolls or a plethora of dips and spreads. Soups and salad are again divided into recognizable recipes and more adventurous takes, some that are hearty enough to stand in as a meal such as Bulgar Wheat and Broad Bean Salad or Minestrone with Pesto. Just leafing through it to write this review, I find my mouth watering and my body wants to get up from my computer and go to the kitchen to cook.

Omelettes, stir-fries, risottos, pastas, casseroles and bean dishes all serve to satisfy. Then there is the section for Special Occasions that goes a little wild and fun offering Broccoli Timbales, Asparagus Tart with Ricotta and Spring Vegetable Boxes with Pernod Sauce.

All in all, this book is designed to get you thinking about the basics, then thinking outside the box. In fact, I wasn’t sure what I was going to have for dinner tonight, and I’m still not, but I know where I’m going to start and that is with Linda Fraser’s book Vegetarian.

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