Monday, August 31, 2015

The Part-Time Vegetarian by Nicola Graimes

Title: The Part-Time Vegetarian: Flexible Recipes to go (Nearly) Meat-Free

Author: Nicola Graimes

Published: Duncan Baird Publishers, May 2015

Pages: 224

Summary: The popularity of the part-time vegetarian (flexitarian) diet—one that is largely vegetarian but occasionally includes poultry, meat and seafood—is growing. As meat and fish become more and more expensive and the health benefits of a vegetarian diet become better-known, The Part-Time Vegetarian taps into a growing trend of flexitarian eating. Rather than meat or fish taking center stage, the recipes in this book showcase under-used vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, eggs and dairy foods—and show just how delicious and varied this way of eating can be. 

Organized by meal type, the book features chapters on Breakfasts & Brunches, Light Meals, Weekday Dinners, Weekend Cooking, Food for Sharing, and Something Sweet. The recipes are all vegetarian, but the majority include a Part-Time Variation, showing you how to include meat or fish if the occasion calls for it. It’s the perfect book for the casual vegetarian looking for a nutritious and environmentally intelligent way to eat, for those who want to cater to a vegetarian, or the committed vegetarian who wants to try new recipes. The Part-Time Vegetarian makes vegetarian eating something anyone can do.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  Lately I have been interested in exploring new foods and one pathway has lead me into vegetarian meals.  I'm not a vegetarian but I would like to incorporate more vegetarian meals into my diet.  So when I spotted this book I thought it would be a good one to have a flick through.

One really good thing about this book is that while the base recipes are vegetarian, there are also alterations for dishes that include meat so that you can change things up depending on what you feel like as well as who you're cooking for.

There are so many amazing colour photos in this book that bring the recipes to life and just look so amazing.  Looking through this book made me so hungry because the pictures just look so good.

I will admit that sometimes I feel a bit weary about cookbooks just in case they're filled with a bunch of foods I'll never make because they look like something I wouldn't eat, or they have all these ingredients I've never heard of and don't expect to be able to find easily.  I feel as though The Part-Time Vegetarian contains mostly foods I want to eat with ingredients that I can actually find.  There are a couple of ingredients that sound odd but there are explanations about what these are and substitutions that can be made.

Overall, I thought The Part-Time Vegetarian was a good cookbook, filled with recipes that I definitely want to try out.  So I would definitely say that The Part-Time Vegetarian is a good cookbook to have in any collection.

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