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

HuevosRancheros Sun 23-Feb-14 20:39:53

I am veggie, but don't generally like veggie books, as they usually cover things I know how to make. I appreciate this may not be the case for you, but in case you need more inspiration ......

Non-veggie books, that have plenty of veggie stuff in them, that I really love cooking from, include Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop (Chinese, some great tofu dishes, if you want to try that, and plenty of veg dishes); Mexican Food made Simple by Thomasina Miers; Hairy Bikers curry book; Plenty and Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi; either of the Greedy Italians books.

I have been heavily influenced by the Mumsnet cookery book club!
All of the above have lots of great veggie recipes, but non veggie ones too which sounds like it will suit you smile

plantsitter Sun 23-Feb-14 20:12:57

how to cook everything vegetarian is my favourite as it starts with a simple recipe and then tells you how to do it in lots of different ways.

Snowdown Sun 23-Feb-14 20:08:33

Cranks fast food is great, not a big fan of old school veggie food. I think the bbcgood food website is very useful. I never got on with Rose Elliot. A great book for every day is Food from the place below, I think you can get it from amazon.

Scuttlebug Sun 23-Feb-14 19:41:59

Cranks, the original book. From the restaurant in the 70s so the recipes are simple, effective and not faffy at all. I find some modern veggie books just full of the most complicated 20 ingredient recipes and I can't be arsed to trudge around looking for ingredients.

The photos in the book look very brown though, but they are failsafe classics.

Leviathan Sun 23-Feb-14 19:36:54

Check out "another dinner is possible" - can't remember who by, lots of recipes and info on nutrition etc. Also a table for fail safe veggie roast on store cupboard ingredients, mine is covered in food as that's how much we use it. DP just made amazing pizza tonight from it

mrspink27 Fri 21-Feb-14 22:39:48

Pinterest is great for veggie recipes.

Another vote for World Vegetarian. I also like the World Food Cafe books, for more interesting/ethnic recipes. Simon Rimmer has a few good recipes. The HFW one leaves me cold.

MasterOfTheYoniverse Sat 08-Feb-14 15:31:57
LittleBabyPigsus Fri 07-Feb-14 23:21:35

I also like Delia's vegetarian collection - the food is quite basic but that's sometimes a good thing, it's all storecupboard ingredients.

I have a lot of choice!!

Maybe Suzanne.

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!

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'.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

River cottage VEG book is really good.

thank you for the recommendations smile

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

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

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'

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

The Accidental Vegetarian by Simon Rimmer is a corker!

I forgot about the library blush

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

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

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.

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

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

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