Thursday, May 14, 2009
Who would like a great Vegetarian Cookbook for 1 cent?
Book Review: Vegetarian Four Seasons - Rose Elliot
I have been meaning to write a review on this book for a long time - among all the cookbooks I own and have owned - I have to go through a purge every so often or they would take over my kitchen - this one is of the kind where the pages are splattered, the book is coming apart by the seams and yet I keep coming back to it time and time again.
Rose Elliot strikes an amazing balance between simple and elegant recipes and slightly more daring ones.
The photographs are amazing and very inspiring. I have found that I rarely use cookbooks that don’t have nice pictures in them, and the recipes I use most often are usually the ones that are featured in the pictures.
One of the best features of this book is that it is organized by seasons - so if you shop at your local farmer’s market or you are a member at a CSA this book really comes in handy.
Also quite useful are the full menus for special occasions, for example the spring section features suggestions for a Late Spring Picnic and the Fall section features a hearty full menu for a Halloween party for twelve.
Outstanding recipes include:
Mango and Cardamon Parfait
Salad Nicoise with New Potatoes and Scallions
Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Gratin
Spaghetti Squash with Gorgonzola and Walnuts
Pear and Almond Tart
Christmas Wreath with Cranberries - a great holiday vegetarian main dish
and many more.
And how can you buy this marvelous book for a cent you ask - well Amazon of course: Link