We have just got a vegetarian au pair but I stopped being vegetarian in 1995, so all my books are ancient. They are a mixture of the nice and the unbelievably tragic (one of them is called The Single Vegan and it keeps going on about something called autolysed yeast flakes ).
Since then I have become all foodie in a River Cottage farmers' market, Jamie Oliver faffing around with fresh coriander seeds and basil, Nigella poncing around delicatessens, sort of way.
Can anyone recommend me a new vegetarian cookery book that I'll really enjoy using please?
PMSL at the autolysed yeast flakes - I have that book and cooked a recipe from it last week. I bought some of the flakes (why?) and honestly, it was the most foul thing I have ever eaten. And I have eaten other recipes from that book
If you like fancy cooking you would probably like Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian - it is my favourite. Quite heavy on the Indian sub continent but still a good mix of flavours from the rest of the world. And plenty of poncey ingredients - but NO yeast flakes!
Hungary, and she's brought a load of spices with her
I like the look of the Madhur Jaffrey one. I have her Eastern Vegetarian one but I don't tend to use it much - sometimes you're not, well, in the mood for eastern, plus it tends to have quite a lot of ingredients that are hard to get IME.
I find Rose Elliot a bit old fashioned too. I prefer the Cranks ones - The Cranks Bible and Real Fast Food..and they are well photographed. I agree with you, there aren't many decent veggie recipes in Nigella or JO.
Am vegetarian, and have tried lots of books over the years. The only one I keep coming back to time and time again is Leith's Vegetarian Bible. Utterly fabulous, covers many different styles of cooking, and recipes are arranged by ingredients (so lots of pulse dishes together, then a bunch of potato ones, then rice ones etc). Handy when you've got a bunch of stuff in your fridge and you don't know how to put it all together. Plus it only requires "normal" ingredients (ie no yeast flakes, whatever they are)