Book Review | Vegetables Please
Author: Carolyn Humphries
About the Book:
Vegetarians, meat-lovers, and anyone seeking to add more vegetables to their diet will all find inspiration in this vegetable-centric cookbook.
Vegetables Please: The More Vegetables, Less Meat Cookbook presents more than 200 vegetarian recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, proving that home chefs don’t need to include meat to make a delicious and satisfying meal. Readers will also discover helpful produce tips, quick ideas for vegetable basics, and even advice on which meats could pair well with certain dishes.
I followed a vegetarian diet for over 5 years in my 20s. I had a few bad experiences that turned me off meat and just one day decided I didn’t want to eat it anymore. This is coming from a girl who didn’t eat vegetables until my early 20s! I was such a picky child. Now I can’t get enough veggies!
I did go back to eating meat when I was pregnant with Bridget. I’m still picky with the meat that I eat and I’d rather have more veggies on my plate than meat. Vegetables Please is my kind of cookbook! If you are looking to add more veggies to your diet and need some recipe ideas, this is the book for you.
The cookbook opens with Pantry Essentials. There’s pages and pages of the various types of vegetables with information on what they are, how they taste and where to use them. There were many vegetables that I had never even heard of before. Mizuna is similar to arugula and has a slightly spicy, mustardy flavour and is cooked like bok choy. I doubt my grocery store carries it, but it was interesting to learn about all these new types of vegetables. There’s also a section on Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Oils, Herbs & Spices.
The recipes are divided into the various categories you might expect like soups and salads, pasta, noodles & rice and curries, stews and casseroles to name a few. However, I was very pleased to see an entire section on frittatas! I adore frittatas and eat them at least once a week. Now I’ve got a whole slew of new recipes to try like Butternut Squash, Spinach & Goat Cheese Frittata and Spiced Crushed Carrot, Pine Nut and Cottage Cheese Frittata. My taste buds are intrigued!
The recipes are all about the vegetables, but do show options for meat. I tried the recipe for Borscht. It was meatless, but had the option for me to add some pickled herring (I didn’t though). It was thick and fully of flavour. I wasn’t sure how it would taste with no meat and was worried it might be bland. It wasn’t and made such a filling and satisfying meal.
If you are looking for healthy recipes or want to add more vegetables to your diet, I encourage you to check out Vegetables Please. I can’t wait to try out more of the recipes!
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*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this novel.*