From Morroco to Korea to Mexico to Italy, this is vegetarian food from around the globe. Madhur Jaffrey has written numerous cookbooks about her culinary adventures, and World Vegetarian is a collection of 650 meatless recipes. Jaffrey includes stories, notes, and tips that make this a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection. It's a great read as well as a great resource.
Rarely have I found a cookbook that continually exceeds my expectations. I took my family on a month-long tour of its recipes, and have barely scratched the surface. Not one recipe was a dud. I haven't been able to keep this book on the shelf since!
This cookbook is essentially a compilation of vegetarian recipes from around the world, often as provided by specific restaurants, but organized by food type, not geography. Jaffrey provides notes and basic cooking techniques for almost every vegetable and grain, and then goes on to provide several recipes for that item from different regions. I find myself turning to this book again and again when I encounter some unknown vegetable that I have no idea how to prepare. The book contains challenging, daylong recipes as well as simpler meals, which I really enjoy.
I think the wealth of content in this book is actually the only fault; sometimes there are four or five similar recipes using similar techniques right next to one another that could be better presented as one or two recipes with additional notes.
This book is just fantastic to turn to. Things I love about it:
- Easy recipes usually with simple ingredients that taste delicious
- Really useful information and tips about how to cook and store all the common (and some more uncommon) pulses and vegetables
- Interesting writing style, I like the background information she gives about each recipe, suggestions of what to serve it with and substitute ingredient ideas
All in all, a brilliant book that I have become a bit addicted to recently, would definitely reccomend it to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. (I'm not a vegetarian, but my partner is).
Love this! If there is ever a vege or legume or whatever that you don't know what to do with, there is not only a recipe in here, but also a whole section of history and general info including how to buy, store and cook it. Some absolutely delicious recipes in here have meant that I have now found the love for veges like beetroot and cabbage that I thought I hated!
Friends gave it to me because they love it but I can't seem to get into it. I need some more detailed recipe recommendations. Okay, here's one that sounds appealing: Chickpeas, pumpkin and raisins with couscous. Love chickpeas and am always looking for recipes to use winter squash. Has anyone tried this one?