Please don't take the start of this review the wrong way. Although Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian is brand new (this edition was published in 2010), it reads and feels like it was written years ago. It isn't modern or state-of-the-art. It doesn't use many trendy ingredients or new up-to-date techniques. But in my opinion, that's a good thing.
I so dislike cookbooks that rely on weird, trendy ingredients and techniques, things I never heard of growing up. That's not to say that I don't enjoy expanding my horizons every once in a while, but for everyday meals, it's so refreshing to read a book that showcases simple, healthy ingredients.
You get your money's worth with this cookbook! It has 1,000 recipes and most of them look wonderful. We've enjoyed every recipe I've tried so far. The Roasted Potatoes, Spanish Chickpea Stew and Honey and Cider Dressing are already favorites.
What I like about this book
It's a great reference book because it has recipes with almost every vegetable, bean, and grain you can think of! We could eat for a year off the recipes in this tome (without repeating even one). Another great thing: the food is tasty, simple and uses very few unusual ingredients or complicated techniques. Plus, most of the recipes are really inexpensive! If you're a vegetarian, this is a must-have. But even die-hard meat-eaters will appreciate it as a source of side dish and salad ideas.
When I buy a cookbook, I buy it as much for the reading pleasure as I do for the recipes. This book is little 'dense' if you're looking for a joyful reading experience. There are very few photos, and the recipes are packed onto the pages in a way that doesn't really invite pleasure reading.My ratings
|How’s the food?||Yuk.||Nothing to write home about.||Good enough to make again.||Wow. I’d eat it every day.|
|Are the recipes easy to follow?||Nope.||Pretty much.||Yes, the instructions are clear.||Terrifically written, even for a novice cook.|
|Is it a good read?||Yuk.||Readable but nothing special.||Sure.||Great reading. I’d keep it on my night table.|
|How do you like the design of the book?||Yuk.||Alright.||Good.||Flat out fantastic.|