Title: Step-by-Step Vegetarian Cookbook
Author: Good Housekeeping
Page Count/Review Word Count: 305
The low rating on this one is partly my own fault because I’m a vegan and not a vegetarian. Still, I saw this at a car boot sale going for peanuts, so I thought I’d pick it up anyway in the hope that I could veganise most of the recipes.
I didn’t end up doing that, but not because it wasn’t possible. It was more that there were very few recipes inside this book that actually took my fancy, and I think there were only a dozen or so that I ended up trying from the hundreds that were included here. Even fewer actually made their way into regular rotation in my recipe collection.
Part of that was down to the pictures, which weren’t particularly appealing, and part of it was down to the recipes, which kind of veered between too much hassle and overly simple. A lot of them just didn’t appeal to me as well, including a whole section on soups. I tried a few of them, but I pretty quickly got bored and realised that the soup recipes just weren’t going to be for me.
Ultimately, this book is better as a display book than as an actual reference book, and if you’re looking to cook something nice for a vegan or a vegetarian, you’re better off just Googling it and following a recipe that you find online, especially if you can get a video recipe. Otherwise, there’s not much point picking this up unless you can get it super cheap, like I did. It’s just okay for what it is, and maybe not even that. Go ahead and make of that what you will – and bon appetite, my friends.