Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Vegetarian Cookbook: More Than 50 Recipes for Young Cooks

The Vegetarian Cookbook is a new cookbook and tutorial for plant based recipes for younger readers. Released 31st Dec 2019 by how-to-experts DK, it's 128 pages and available in hardcover and ebook formats.

Plant based cooking is more popular than ever. This book is a graphically engaging, appealing, and well written collection, with lots of choices for meatless dining. Aimed at young cooks, the book has a good intro on food handling, kitchen safety, tools, supplies, and ingredients. The following chapters contain dishes grouped roughly by category: breakfasts, snacks, lunches, drinks, mains, and desserts.

Each of the recipes is laid out as a tutorial with step by step photos and instructions, as well as finished pictures of each dish and serving suggestions. Ingredients are listed in a bullet sidebar with both metric and American standard measures given (yay!). Info and interesting factoids about the ingredients or the dishes themselves are given in graphic bubbles alongside the preparation information. Prep time, yields, and cooking time are given in the header info. Nutritional information and special diet concerns/allergens (nuts, celery, wheat, etc) are not given.

These are yummy and made from easily sourced ingredients. It's worth noting that these are vegetarian recipes, and many contain milk and sweeteners which aren't vegan without some recipe tweaking. Most of them are simple, colorful, and made quickly from a limited number of ingredients, which will appeal to young/busy cooks.

Although aimed at youngsters/tweens/teens, this would also make a superlative choice for a young person living alone for the first time such as college students or young professionals to provide a real and healthy alternative to takeaway and fast food.

Four stars. Well done (if simple) and appealing.

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

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