3 out of 5 stars.
I would like to thank Taunton Press for allowing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.
Before I give the review I want to say we’re not a vegetarian family… not entirely. We do have vegetarian days throughout the week and therefore I was looking for a book to inspire me to make more than the usual roast veggies and peanut sauce. This book has indeed inspired me, what a wonderful collection of recipes!
It is the typical excellent formatting I’ve come to expect from a Taunton Press published book, the pictures are colourful and enticing; the recipes are clear cut, easy to follow and well presented. I will say I felt the method side of some recipes a little too wordy and I would have tried to trim them a little, but I am a former technical document writer and have a thing for short, sharp and shiny instructions. So the fault probably lies with the reader.
There were definitely some great ideas in ‘Meatless All Day’ and I could definitely see myself enjoying the strawberry risotto once strawberries are back in season in my neck of the woods.
Due to annoying food intolerances and allergies, I can’t say I’d be able to make every recipe, and I would need to modify others I would like to make, but again that fault is in the reader and not the book!
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would, and not just to my vegetarian friends. We all need to be Meatless All Day throughout the week and I feel this is a great book for any household wanting to do just that. I stopped seeing it as a vegetarian cookbook and started seeing it as just a yummy cook book very early on and I would like to think others would too.
Would I buy this book for myself? Oh so very tempted! That’s the terrible thing about Taunton Press is I do love their cook books! As I prefer my cook books in paper form, and already own 60 plus I would have to say if I had the space, I would own this book. Not owning it comes down more to me not having room right now, more than it not being a great book. It’s great!
In summary: To me this isn’t a vegetarian cook book; this is a book for better health via recipes that simply don’t contain meat. Well worth a read, try and buy!
Until next time,