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Bought this to expand our ideas of purely vegetable dishes. Not a vegetarian but I do like to lay off the meat on occasions. Most of the meals can be eaten as sides for the carnivorous among us. Great middle eastern flavours.
I love Sabrina and will continue to buy her books. There are some good recipes in this one. But I’m not a fan of the mess of unhealthiness of deep fried food and therefore this book really limited the recipes I could use. Sabrina always has some friend foods as it’s part of the culture of the style of food she cooks, I get that, but at least a third of these recipes required frying. That’s a touch too much for a vegetable book I feel. If you love frying and Sabrina, this is the book for you!!!!
What I have read of this book so far is looking great. However, it would have been good to have received the book in pristine condition (pub'd 04/04/2019). The ends of the spine are noticeably damaged and this is clearly from inadequate packaging in which the book could slide around. I cannot be bothered to go to the trouble of having the book replaced but please remember, Amazon, that eco-packaging does NOT equal INEFFECTIVE.
Sabrina Ghayour has proven herself a master at creating dishes which are feasts for the eyes as well as for the tastebuds, with rainbows of colour. Not necessarily quick to make and often aimed more at the entertaining end of the scale than a simple weeknight meal for two, but they're certainly crowd pleasers.
Her fourth book here is meat free, and it's good to see a vegetarian book which really doesn't need to shout about the fact, with food which really won't make you miss meat at all.
Overall I don't think this is quite as good as her first three books (the Middle-Eastern part of her fusion seems to be notably less here overall), but it's all relative. Not an automatic 5 star book, more a 4½ which I'm perfectly happy to round up rather than down.
We are a huge fan of Sabrina ever since her first book, so here we have the 4th baby which is all about vegetarian food. This was written with meat eaters in mind so it's bang on and looking at the recipes so far they will be full of flavour and are easy to follow. Sabrina always writes her books with the home cook in mind, no fancy techniques, or time consuming processes, just read, crack on and before you know it mind blowing food is with you.
I was really excited to get this book as I find myself in a rut with side dishes and vegetarian dishes at times cooking the same type of things. I have both of Sabrina’s other books but I’m overall disappointed with this effort. Her preambles to each recipe I find seem rushed or an afterthought, and there’s far too many recipes for battered fried vegetables. Some recipes didn’t work well either. The preserved lemon courgette salad should’ve been delicious but I had to add feta, pine nuts and chilli to make it more flavoursome. Also I think she should’ve included a note on certain ingredients that aren’t in every store cupboard like preserved lemon and how to use it. (I discard the flesh and use only the rind but this isn’t stated). Overall I wouldn’t recommend, disappointed
As always, a beautiful recipe book from Sabrina. Beautifully illustrated publication and recipes to die for! I cannot wait to start trying them out. From light bites, soups, salads, moreish mains to spectacular sides, there is something for everyone, particularly for those who want to reduce meat intake or want ideas for vegetables. Love the edition of the string bookmark.
I have been waiting for Sabrina Ghayour to write a vegetarian cookbook, and this has been worth the wait. It is a beautiful book, with a picture for every recipe. Each recipe is achievable and easy (without too many steps or ingredients) whilst still providing some unusual ideas, inspiration and great taste.
I liked it so much that I have now bought the meaty ones and I am just cooking the vegetarian dishes (or finding meat substitutes).
Buy it! And one for your friends, so you can eat well at their houses too!
I love Sabrina Ghahour's cookbooks far more than any other cookery book writer and that remains the case with this book so it would be unfair to give it anything less than 5 stars. There's lots of delicious but straight forward recipes and I've already found a few staples including the aubergines in tamarind sauce, baked halloumi and mushrooms, harissa and tahini pasta. The dessert section is the strongest by far of all her books. That said, there are very few standalone mains in this book and lots of small dishes/ sides. There are also a few too many deep fried dishes for me. Sabrina continues to have a few ingredients e.g. pomegranate, polenta, saffron and nuts which are a bit pricey/ difficult to acquire but on the whole I think she's better than most cookery book writers at avoiding financially inaccessible ingredients.
Overall I definitely recommend Bazaar to anyone interested in finding some new and interesting vegetarian recipes!