Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Vegetarian Cookbook for Teens

Vegetarian Cookbook for Teens is a beginner friendly cookbook aimed at teens with plant-based recipes. Due out 26th May 2020 from Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 245 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

The introductory chapter is followed by the recipes arranged thematically: breakfasts, soups & salads, snacks & sides, mains for one, meals for friends & family, and desserts. Each of the recipes includes an introductory description (including category info such as nut-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc), ingredients listed in a bullet point sidebar (US measurements only, no metric conversions), and step by step instructions. There is no nutritional info provided. Almost none of the recipes are photographed, but the ones which are, are photographed well and clearly. Serving suggestions are attractive and appropriate.  The lack of photography subtracts a fair bit from the overall experience for a beginner cookbook in my opinion. (I like pictures, but realize and accept that they raise the production costs a lot on a book project).

The recipe ingredients themselves are mostly easily sourced and will be available at well stocked grocery stores along with some ingredients being found in international/Asian markets. The book does not include an index or ingredients list, but does have a metric conversion table.

This would be a great selection for folks who like to experiment in the kitchen. The emphasis is on fresh wholesome quality ingredients and simple preparation and presentation. Many of the recipes are easy to double up, making it a good choice for meal-preppers with a little extra effort.

Three and a half stars,  worth a look.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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