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Good, vegetarian-friendly, family cookbook?

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Spikeinhiscoat Fri 24-Jan-14 13:17:15

Can anyone recommend one? I'm vegetarian, but the rest of the family are not. During the week is fine (dcs eat at the childminders before I pick them up, dh and I eat later) & on Sundays we have a roast (so they have meat, I have a veggie pie or something, and we all have roasties, yorkshire puddings and veg). However,
I am running out of ideas for family friendly meals for Saturdays when we all eat together. I really like Fay Ripley's cookbooks, but other than a vegetable tart, most of the recipes in the non-meat section tend towards accompaniements rather than main meals. Is there a veggie equivalent? I have the Leith's vegetarian bible, which is great, but I'd like an alternative. I'm sorry if this thread has been done before, but I'm posting on my phone and the search facility is really fiddly on a small screen.

ouryve Fri 24-Jan-14 13:21:19

HFW's veggie book is really good. A lot of the recipes are at the less faffy end of the effort scale, too.

Spikeinhiscoat Fri 24-Jan-14 15:30:13

Thanks, I've already got that one, but I'd forgotten it. Any other recommendations?

Onykahonie Fri 24-Jan-14 16:40:02

What sort of meals do you like? I've got loads of veggie cookbooks, but some are more geared to certain cuisines.
I like The Vegetarian Pantry and Veggiestan atm.

Spikeinhiscoat Fri 24-Jan-14 16:51:21

For family food, more one-pot sort of meals. We have quite easy things - pasta bake, spaghetti, tacos, stews. We like pizzas as well (with ready-made bases).

I've got Yotam Ottolengh's book Plenty, but actually a lot of those recipes don't appeal, but I got the Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall book at the same time and loved the sound of a lot of his recipes (persuading 6-year old ds1 its a bit more tricky).

Onykahonie Fri 24-Jan-14 23:11:22

Maybe something like Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian then? Not terribly well illustrated, but loads of simple, family recipes.

Spikeinhiscoat Sat 25-Jan-14 06:36:07

Thanks for the recommendations, I'll have a look.

TamerB Sat 25-Jan-14 06:43:17

I would second Rosé Elliot. I like the Cranks Vegetarian cookbook- I have an old battered paperback, not many illustrations but very good recipes.

WLmum Sat 25-Jan-14 07:03:26

Whilst I hate Delia smith, she has an ace veggie Shepards pie recipe - takes a bit of forethought soaking the beans and lots of root veg to chop (food processor in a flash!) but freezes well and my meat eating tribe are happy with it.

Gileswithachainsaw Sat 25-Jan-14 07:10:42

You hate Delia? shock

Nigella has a recepie for a delicious vege chilli! Now that's worth a google!! Although I didn't bother with the corn bread.

pregnantpause Sat 25-Jan-14 08:05:24

I'm not a vegetarian but we eat a lot of veggie food. I really like the hfw Veg! It is very family friendly and whilst not the most thrilling of books, I don't think I've made anything the DC don't like- they particularly like the squash and flatbread, the speltotto, the carrot and broad bean risotto, and the pasties- all fallback meals for me if they're low on veg in a day. The beetroot and walnut dip was much commended when we covered it in cookbooks club.

I also have meat free Monday, which is a bit preachy, but has a lovely range of meals, with breakfasts and packed lunches too. Some very nice healthy muffins, and there's a mini goats cheese and red pepper pasty recipe that is wonderful.

lolalotta Sat 25-Jan-14 17:22:22

I third Rose Elliot, she fab! grin

kitchensinkmum Sat 25-Jan-14 17:24:16

Rose Elliot and Hugh FW. Great for all family even the non veggies .

nickymanchester Sat 25-Jan-14 21:55:04

This is a website rather than a book - although she does now have a book as well - but I can also recommend Smitten Kitchen:-

Two of her recipes that I've tried and really liked that would fit your requirements of one-pot type things are these:-

Farro is similar to bulgur wheat or you can use pearl barley or couscous instead.

Spikeinhiscoat Fri 31-Jan-14 09:38:36

Nicky, that website looks great, thank you for the recommendation, I'm going to try that farro recipe, just have to check what grains I have in the cupboard

theendgame Fri 31-Jan-14 09:45:00

Anna Thomas, The Vegetarian Epicure. It's probably out of print, but has some great recipes in, including The Best Soup Ever.

Also - although you would have to pick through it a bit as some are more to grown up tastes - Bill Sewell's two books are the tastiest vegetarian recipes I've ever made. Again, probably out of print but could be found on Abebooks.

Finally, although it's not a vegetarian cookbook, the Kitchen Revolution has some of the best vegetarian food I've eaten in it, including a great bean burger recipe, and some really interesting one pot stews, like root veg tagine. And almost all the recipes are half an hour or less, so it's my number one choice for cooking during the week.

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