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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

REVIEW: Not Just For Vegetarians

In my quest to eat less meat books like these are crucial. Making vegetarianism mainstream gets easier with recipe books like this.

Not Just For Vegetarians contains recipes you could serve to meat eaters. Recipes that might just make them realise that meat-free meals can tantalise, satisfy and impress.

Subtitled Delicious homestyle cooking, the meatless way undersells just how tasty this stuff is. Don't you just wanna dive into the pics?

Think delicious and homestyle and you probably, like me, as a typical Brit, think Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes and all the trimmings.

Three helpings later plus dessert (explains a lot if you know me) and I hit the couch for a nap followed by a sloooooooow afternoon.

Well these recipes give you all that without the meat itself (and without the financial, ethical and environmental costs of meat) and the meat coma and meat sweats that normally follow.

The whole thing from start to finish screams healthy, hearty and tasty. An interesting and original combination when you think about it in the vegetarian context. All too often the vegetarian fare I come across leaves me with an empty feeling inside. Meat is just, well, more meaty. This book makes vegetarian food seem filling just by looking at it.

The book has been created by Canadian Author Geraldine Hartman and frankly if she did not live so far away I would track her down and live with her just to eat this well all the time.

Geraldine sent us a review copy months ago now and we have been busily cooking up a few test dishes to find out how good she really is.

We have tried quite a few of her recipes including the Fried Red Tomatoes (with parmesan coating), the Creamy Mushroom & Potato Soup, the Full Meal Pasta Salad, the Cheesy 'Ham' Oven-Baked Wraps and lastly the Honeymoon Squares.

City Hippy likes this book so much it is not giving the review copy away as a prize/freebie. Get your own. This book gets a CityHippy rating of 5.

You can order this book online via Amazon AND if you buy it via this link then Amazon will give a little bit of money lurve back to the CityHippy.

Incidentally Geraldine also blogs @ Veggies Yarns And Tails, well worth keeping an eye on.

Happy cooking



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At 2:58 PM, Anonymous KW said...

You probably already know about these, but I really love the original Cranks book, and have recently been lent a copy of Food From the Place Below, which is very good. Both veggie, both innovative, both dead easy and filling.

At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Lord Matt said...

While it's not my aim to eat less meat per se it is my aim to eat more healthily. Specifically to cut down on milk and related products.

It's a strange feeling when it's me giving my vegiterian friends cooking tips... one would have expected it to be the other way around.

At 8:43 PM, Blogger HomeUser said...

I went to and found some great Vegan recipes. If your looking for something different, check it out!

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Geraldine said...

Thanks for your kind words Al, much appreciated....Happy Cooking,G


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