Cookbook Review #3Please note that I was sent a free copy of this cookbook to test. No strings were tied to receiving the free copy - I was not asked to review it nor asked to provide a favorable review.
Author: Robin Robertson
(amazon link - so you can see the cover)
Although the title says "vegetarian", most recipes appear to be vegan, making it a much more flexible cookbook for my readers. I'm not sure if I agree that the recipes are "30 minutes or less", but then those who write cookbooks are never as lazy cooks as we are! (And I believe they tend to have sous chefs to do prep and clean-up.) Of course like most cookbooks, it is padded with some unnecessary recipes - appetizers, desserts, soups - since most of us who are buying cookbooks with "quick" "fast" or "easy" in the titles are really looking for complete dinners we can plop on the table with little effort. And as a mock-meat fan, I'd like to see more recipes using those, but then who would need to read my blog?
My favorite tip I learned from this book is the use of "mushroom gravy" in recipes. It does takes some shopping around to find one that is vegetarian. (I ended up going with an envelope mix, but I'm still on the lookout for a canned vegetarian version. If you find one, please post a comment.) We loved the "Shepherd's Pie" I made (more or less) following the recipe on page 138.
Overall, I'd say this cookbook provides a great variety of flavors and ideas in medium-effort recipes. It's a good addition to a lazy vegetarian's kitchen!