Authors: Ting Morris, Carla Bardi, Rachel Lane
Published: Reader's Digest, 2010
How I Got It: Purchased myself
I've been a vegetarian since I was eight years old. My mom said that one day I came home from school and announced that I wasn't going to eat meat anymore. She thought it was just a phase and eventually I'd grow out of it. I guess it's been a pretty long phase since I'm twenty-four and I still don't eat meat.
Since being a vegetarian cuts out an entire food group I've had to learn to be creative when going out to eat. During the summer most people love going to cookouts. I hate them. I always eat before I go and stash granola bars in my purse. Why? Hot dogs and hamburgers galore. Not veggie friendly. I usually munch on chips and hog the veggie tray. Oh yeah, and eat most of the cookies.
I'm always on the lookout for a good vegetarian cookbook. The verdict: I'm still looking. Cookbooks are fairly personal. Everyone's taste-buds are different and it can be hit or miss. This particular cookbook was a miss for me. There's just too many dishes that I wouldn't try. Things like Dandelion and Garden Flowers with Quail Eggs or Cauliflower and Pea Samosas. But some of the recipes don't sound too bad, like Corn Fritters, Pumpkin Fritters or Spinach Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce. Cookbooks are so subjective.
Even though not all of the recipes in this book appeal to my palate there were still a few things that I loved:
- The gorgeous pictures of the food. The presentation is excellent.
- Every recipe has a picture of the finished meal.
- Simple recipes. All of the ingredients and directions fit on one page. (Side note: I hate complicated recipes)
- Font size, it's fairly large in this cookbook so no squinting while you're preparing a recipe.