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Can anyone recommend a not too complicated veggie recipie book please?

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Shutupanddrive Mon 08-Oct-12 17:57:39

Need some inspiration! I love spicy food and would love to be able to make some decent curries from scratch, but hate those recipies full of things I have never heard of with about 40 ingredients in! TY in advance smile

shoppingbagsundereyes Mon 08-Oct-12 19:44:38

Madhur Jaffery's curry books are brilliant but if you want a vegetarian cook book tat includes some curry recipes you can't go wrong with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's veg book. It is one of the few books I own where I've made half the recipes and keep making them again and again.

pinxminx Mon 08-Oct-12 20:05:14

I recently got one by Mary McCartney, everything I've tried so far has been really good

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 08-Oct-12 21:01:53

Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian is gorgeous but it might come into your 'full of things I haven't heard of' worry!

If you've been a veggie for a while and like cooking, I personally wouldn't rec the Hugh FW one as there are lots of recipes for cheese on toast, egg sandwiches etc.

The World Food Cafe books (sold in Oxfam) are excellent for spicy recipes from a range of countries.

KnockKnockPenny Mon 08-Oct-12 21:13:49

Not a curry book, but how about the River Cottage Veg Everyday? Im a meat eater and I love the meals from it.

Opps I have just seen that someone has disse dthe book blush but I still think its great.

OneLittleToddlingTerror Tue 09-Oct-12 09:59:56

I won't recommend Hugh FW one for veggies either. Like Remus I found it too full of cheese on toast. The food is also very very bland. (You said you like curry and spice). Basically feel like a veg book for meat eaters, where the veg is more of a side.

I'd suggest a Madhur Jaffery too. And I'm not sure what are things you haven't heard of. That depends on your background isn't it! You might be very familiar with Asian spices which would then make a book like Easy Curry (by Madhur Jaffery) not full of unknown ingredients.

OneLittleToddlingTerror Tue 09-Oct-12 10:01:53

Oh I have cooked about 5-6 things from Hugh FW book. All of them were so bland my DH banned me from cooking from it now. I was being stubborn with it. I'd have resold the book if it's not so raved about here.

I really like Ottolenghi's Plenty (it's a veggie book), but I think it'll be in the category of you-need-a-well-stock-kitchen.

multipoodles Tue 09-Oct-12 10:21:11

Sometimes in a hurry Patak curry hits the spot at our house smile

Not a book but it is handy!

FireOverBabylon Tue 09-Oct-12 10:33:29

Hoe about a Cranks book? This one or this, the fast food one?

Shutupanddrive Tue 09-Oct-12 14:19:27

Thanks for replies will look into these and see if I can find them on eBay/amazon smile

Shutupanddrive Tue 09-Oct-12 14:22:33

multipoodles the broccoli madras sounds really nice and I'm sure I have a jar of that pasts that's been in the cupboard for ages! Thanks will try this at the weekend

Shutupanddrive Tue 09-Oct-12 14:22:43


Indith Tue 09-Oct-12 14:22:56

If you have a kindle there is a veggie slow cooker one that is free today. Not that I've looked at it properly yet mind you so it might be shit but hey ho it is free.

Shutupanddrive Tue 09-Oct-12 14:24:47

Thanks, I have an iPad with kindle but no slow cooker unfortunately! Will still have a look though smile

OneLittleToddlingTerror Tue 09-Oct-12 14:59:03

I love freebies. Even if the food is rubbish, there's nothing to lose isn't it? Thanks for the link!

OneLittleToddlingTerror Tue 09-Oct-12 15:00:36

I mean even if the book doens't work out! I have a slow cooker and they are fab for cooking legumes.

multitaskmama Tue 09-Oct-12 20:49:06

This website is a godsend, great healthy Indian and non-Indian recipes for the family:

Veggie section here:

There's a tab for healthy desserts, cooking on a budget etc.

MissPerception Wed 10-Oct-12 09:58:13

This is one of my most used cookbooks and costs less than five pounds. The vegetarian student cookbook

Has been a long time since I've been a student and my latest buy was Hugh FW's book, but I still love this one. Thai and Indian curries and lots of other good stuff.

IdaBlankenship Thu 11-Oct-12 19:35:19

I was veggie for years and by far the best recipe book i had was the Good Housekeeping one:
Everything I have cooked from there has been great. Quite why it is costing £75 on Amazon right now though is anyones guess confused Please don't spend £75 on it - no cookbook is that good!

Shutupanddrive Thu 11-Oct-12 22:05:11

Thankyou everyone, will defo look into them, much appreciated

NoPinkPlease Fri 12-Oct-12 07:15:42

Rose elliot's complete vegetarian is fantastic grin

Shutupanddrive Sat 13-Oct-12 19:43:51

Thankyou pink smile

lolalotta Sun 14-Oct-12 06:13:54

I second Rose Eliot!!!!! grin

poppy283 Sun 14-Oct-12 07:15:22

Meat free Monday is fab, as is food for friends.

The latter is a mix of simple and more complicated recipes though.

poppy283 Sun 14-Oct-12 07:16:03

And also the quorn kitchen!

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