Really good vegetarian recipe book?

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We are going planning on going veggie for lent, but I'm not quite sure where to start!

We do eat veggie 3 days a week usually but it tends to be the same meals: soup, pasta with veggies, risotto. I don't think I've got enough in my repertoire to feel us nutritionally and in a way that won't completely bore us to death. I'm also used to cooking by seeing what I've got in my cupboard and planning a meal, much of my meal planning comes from what to do with a left over roast.

I have the river cottage veg every day book. It has some nice recipes but I don't think there is enough in there to live off. It's also quite meze based and I don't have time to make lots of little dishes.

Can anyone point me in the right direction please, with either a book or a meal planning website. Thanks smile

neolara Sun 02-Feb-14 15:53:58
exexpat Sun 02-Feb-14 15:58:57

Depends what kind of food you usually eat, really. I like Madhur Jaffrey's vegetarian books, eg World Vegetarian, but we tend to eat a lot of Asian-influenced food anyway (Chinese, Japanese etc as well as Indian).

If you want more British/European sort of things, then Rose Elliott might be a good bet, e.g. this one.

Or I bought this for my teenage DS to try and get him cooking, but have ended up using it quite a bit myself: Sam Stern's Eat Vegetarian.

exexpat Sun 02-Feb-14 16:00:01

Or as far as websites go, the BBC Good Food website has a very good vegetarian section.

'The Enchanted Broccoli Forest' and 'The New Moosewood cookbook' - both by Mollie Katzen. Full of vegetarian recipes from a variety of different cultures. Highly recommend both - I use them an awful lot (we are not fully vegetarian).

Brilliant, thank you smile I'm going to have to create some meal plans I think once I've got a couple of books. We use a veggie box that keeps substituting bloody cabbage for things at the moment. It's going to take more work than I'm used to but that's not necc a bad thing.

We eat all sorts of food!

DandyDindie Sun 02-Feb-14 20:10:34

Second the moosewood books though they're US based so measure in cups, farenheight etc

Onykahonie Sun 02-Feb-14 20:27:24

It's a shame you're not local to me, as 'm having a clear out of some of my old veggie recipes books!

You should be able to find plenty of veggie recipes online, rather than buying books. Try the Vegetarian Society website.

I have several veggie meal plans on my blog if you want to take a look. The link is on my profile.

Thank you Onyka smile I will have a good read.
Bizarrely your profile link goes to my profile grin I can get to yours via your name though.

Going to be trying the Mexican rice smile

BrennanHasAMangina Sun 02-Feb-14 21:18:09

Deborah Madison's ' Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone' is brilliant. Dreena Burton's website is fab too.

Onykahonie Sun 02-Feb-14 21:55:01

Ooh strange! Glad you found me anyway though.

We eat quite a lot of Indian and Mexican meals, which are based on rice/bread, pulses, veg and spices, so they are easy to make and quite cheap smile.

antimatter Sun 02-Feb-14 21:57:30

try some books from your library if it's only for Lent

I forgot about the library blush

mrspremise Tue 04-Feb-14 20:26:37

The Accidental Vegetarian by Simon Rimmer is a corker!

dizhin79 Tue 04-Feb-14 23:44:42

another vote for Rose Elliott, also the cranks books are good, some are v old school but they are great.
for glamorous food go for yottam ottolenghi 'plenty'

Dollybird86 Tue 04-Feb-14 23:49:49

Plenty (veggie) & Jerusalem (not veggie but about 60%) both by yotam ottolenghi.

thank you for the recommendations smile

NoraRobertsismyguiltypleasure Wed 05-Feb-14 14:45:29

River cottage VEG book is really good.

curlew Wed 05-Feb-14 14:47:56

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingwhatsit Veg, and Madhur Jaffrey World Vegetarian. Sorted.

tb Fri 07-Feb-14 09:43:47

There's also Sarah Brown's book, think it was from the 80s though.

I have H F-W book, it has good recipes, but lots of them are too 'bitty'.

curlew Fri 07-Feb-14 15:01:55

Try Macaroni Peas. Vegetable biriani, caponata, chickpea ketchup curry peanutty noodles and winter stir fry. They've all become part of my regular repertoire since I bought the book.

cyberfairy Fri 07-Feb-14 15:07:48

Second the Leiths Vegetarian cookbook- it ranges from very simple sauces and snacks to amazing fancy meals. Also uses a lot of seasonal and simple ingredients. I love Hugh's Veg Everyday- between those two books, the BBC goodfood website and the Vegetarian Society, I am normally spoilt for choice. Plus of course pop whatever veg names you have to hand into Google along with 'vegetarian recipe'.

SuzanneSays Fri 07-Feb-14 15:13:34

I know it's a bit boring, but Delia Smiths 'Vegetarian Collection' has loads of great recipe staples and is listed by food group so 'cheese', 'eggs', 'grains' and also has a section for entertaining. I find myself returning to lots of her recipes and definitely use the 'what's in the fridge' approach to cooking. Good luck -maybe you'll decide to keep it up after lent!

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