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The Vegeterian Student Cookbook
The Vegetarian Student Cookbook
Member Name: CosmicLove
The Vegetarian Student Cookbook
Date: 24/04/13, updated on 24/04/13 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Good value, laid out clearly, includes lots of info, wide range of recipes
Disadvantages: No pictures
~ Why I Bought It ~
I came across this book on amazon while browsing through their vegetarian cookbooks. It sounded like a really good book and it was quite cheap so I decided to buy it. It is aimed at vegetarian students however I am not actually either of those things but nevertheless I have found it to be an excellent book.
~ Price ~
I paid just under £5 for this book and the retail price is £6.99. I think that this is really good value as the book is packed full of delicious, easy recipes and I have already cooked ten or so of the recipes in the space of about a month!
~ My Opinion ~
Me and my fiancé decided at the beginning on this year to start doing mealtless Mondays, where obviously we don't eat any fish or meat on Mondays. At first this was easy as I already knew a couple of veggie recipes but after a while I found my self bored with the same old food, so I decided to have a look at veggie cook books.
This is one of the books that I decided to buy and I have to say that it is my favourite as all of the recipes can be made on quite a low budget and all of the food in the recipes is easily found in supermarkets so there's no searching around for exotic ingredients! The book is absolutely packed full of information too and it is really well written and easy to follow. I actually found my self reading through it as I would a story book as it was so easy to follow and all of the recipes are really yummy sounding.
As well as recipes it also has quite a lengthy introduction which goes into ways to save money, how to go about living with carnivores and it also has a lengthy list of must have kitchen utensils, a list of cupboard basics and a lot more things. It also has a preparation page which has information on how to prepare certain foods including onions and vegetables. Now I found this a little bizarre but then again I have been cooking for several years so this part of the book is definitely aimed at people who are learning to cook for themselves for the very first time.
One particular part of the book that I found interesting was the 'read the label' section which tells you which foods can contain animal derived ingredients without you actually realising and it even warns that toothpaste can sometimes contain glycerine. As I'm not actually a veggie this didn't bother me but I found it interesting to know. The book also has a section on kitchen hygiene which personally I found to be quite patronising and basic but again, this part is probably aimed at people who are learning to cook for the first time.
I also really like the section which tells you the food groups and the vegetarian friendly foods that are in that food group - I found this really interesting and it gave me ideas for meals while reading it. It tells you which foods to eat to get certain vitamins and iron too. There's also a menu planner which just has a list of different meals under 'breakfast' 'dinner' 'lunch' etc headings and then the page number which has the recipe for that certain meal.
The recipes themselves are in different sections including: breakfasts, soups and salads, cheap eats, Italian food, oriental food, cakes, sweet treats, cocktails, fruit juices/smoothies and so on. Each recipe has its own page and the steps are very easy to follow and the ingredients list is written clearly with the measurements/amounts needed clearly written. Unfortunately there are no pictures which is the only disadvantage - it'd be nice to see how the meal should look once made, but this isn't really that much of a disadvantage.
I have cooked several meals from this book (around ten!) and they've all been absolutely delicious. One of my favourites is definitely the spicy bean burgers which are soooo filling! All of the food in this book (minus most of the desserts obviously!!) is very healthy and full of vitamins and fibre while still being filling and not tasting like rabbit food. It is obviously not diet food but a lot of the recipes can be adjusted a little to make them even more healthier.
~ All in All ~
A great value, well laid out book but its a shame there are no pictures of the food. I am going to give the book five out of five stars though due to the wide range of recipes and it is a very informative book with plenty of information that someone who is a vegetarian or transitioning to be a vegetarian would find helpful to know.
Summary: A brilliant cookbook
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