Looking for some tasty vegetarian food to cook this spring? Read on for our choice of the best inspiring cook books.
While the book industry as a whole mourns its falling sales, cook books still maintain a healthy growth in the global market, according to the latest Nielsen figures. Chef-next-door Jamie Oliver has become the second biggest selling author in Britain after JK Rowling. So out of the hundreds of thousands of cook books available, which do we recommend? And not only for general cooking, but focusing specifically on vegetarian cooking?
It is difficult to know where to start when the Waterstones search engine offers 1,418 titles of vegetarian cook books. Here is our short and sweet list of the very best which have inspired our diet food products and even our everyday lives.
Plenty – Yotam Ottelenghi
We have mentioned before, but we adore Plenty by Yotam Ottelenghi. Now a total food icon, Ottelenghi has established his cutting-edge and innovative style of cooking using fresh combinations of spices and herbs. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is original and exciting. Following the fabulous and best-selling Ottelenghi: the Cookbook, this wholly vegetarian book is packed full of similarly creative and elegant dishes. Here at The Pure Package we love Kisir, a spiced tomato and pomegranate bulgar wheat salad. With the warm weather slowly but surely approaching, this al fresco bible is simply a must-have.
Cranks Fast Food: For Vitality and Health – Nadine Abensur
If you’re looking for something quick and easy, Cranks Fast Food: For Vitality and Health by Nadine Abensur does the trick. There are recipes for all occasions, from quick suppers to feasts for friends. Full of accessible wholesome dishes like roasts and casseroles, it also covers lighter bites like tarts, salsas and soups. This vegetarian cook book comes highly recommended as absolutely in tune with today’s lighter, healthier style of eating. One of the UK’s top vegetarian chefs and the Food Development Director for the prominent UK vegetarian restaurant group Cranks, Nadine Abensur has drawn on her Moroccan, French and Jewish heritage to create some absolute stunners.
Leiths Vegetable Bible – Polly Tyrer
For a more comprehensive guide to vegetarian cooking, we highly recommend Leiths Vegetable Bible. It offers almost 1,000 vegetarian recipes, simple and sophisticated, from snacks and salads to slow-cooked mains and delicious desserts for that sweet tooth. You name it, they have it. Plus lots of us here at The Pure Package trained at Leiths, so we are fans!
River Cafe Cookbook: Green – Rose Gray, Ruth Rogers
This is a truly wonderful and inspiring vegetarian cook book with a strong Italian influence that dedicates itself to seasonal eating. Each chapter represents one month and contains recipes for the sort of produce you’ll find at that time of year. Our love of fresh wholesome produce means we love this book!
Vegetarian Collection – Delia Smith
Lastly but not least, the one and only Delia Smith. If you are looking to be a little naughty, the Vegetarian Collection by Delia Smith offers a compilation of recipes from previous Delia books, including 50 new recipes. The cook book covers vegetarian meals with an international twist, from Eastern Asian to Italian to those inspired by the Mediterranean trend. Yet it retains the Delia quality in the more classic dishes such as vegetarian sausage rolls and gratins, and more to the point, the pudding chapter – Bananas Baked in Rum, Plum and Almond Buttermilk Cobbler, Strawberry and Balsamic Vinegar Ice Cream? Yes please.
What is the best vegetarian recipe book in your opinion? Do you think we should publish our own Pure Package recipe book featuring recipes based on our diet food dishes? Leave a comment and let us know!
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