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Book Review: The Part-Time Vegetarian

By Nicola Graimes

My brother gave me this cookbook for Christmas and it’s been a hit. I normally don’t like cooking too much, but with this book I’ve had quite some successes (if I may say so myself!).

If you are looking to eat less meat and aren’t sure yet where to find great recipes, buy this book. Except, if you are in London, get our Starter Kit instead. It contains this book, together with food vouchers for dining out and a tailored list for lunch options around your office. We selected this book as part of our offering because we find it incredibly useful.

Here are the 5 reasons why we love this cookbook

Taste

Every recipe I’ve tried so far was delicious. My favourite at the moment is Lemon Roast Vegetables, which draws an unbelievable amount of rich flavour from a mix of lemon, turmeric, toasted pumpkin seeds and capers. You can throw a variety of vegetables in there but the suggested tomatoes, fennel, potatoes and onion do work particularly well.

Ease of use

There are tons of recipes that require surprisingly little chopping for a vegetable-focused cooking book. Creamy Mustard and Spinach Lentils is one of those. Spinach, tomatoes, lentils, 15 minutes, done. But roasted spinach, tomatoes and the mustard give you plenty of umami and make this look like a lot more effort – absolutely delightful.

Dictionary

Especially if you’re new to vegetarian food you’ll need to discover a number of ingredients to get all the flavour, protein and nutrition you want. This book has a section right at the beginning that introduces all those ingredients. This is not only useful at home, it can be great as a reference to use when dining out.

Exploration

You could eat dishes from this book for years without getting bored. It includes cuisines from all over the world and pulls out the best dishes for low-meat or vegetarian eating. It’s pretty much the opposite of what restaurant cuisine often represents, which is usually the greatest variation of meat dishes from each cuisine. I’m probably a bit biased, because a cooking book with an Okonomiyaki recipe was always going to win me over..

Flexibility

A lot of the dishes allow for the addition of meat, fish or dairy products, making this a great book for families with vegetarians and meat eaters who want to share a meal. It also makes it very easy to eat 'some' meat, without making the whole meal about it.

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