The Vegetarian Cookbook

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Mar 2020

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I love the design and layout of this book. It contains easy recipes, and it is filled with lots of colors and great pictures. Would recommend for any library looking to build their vegetarian collection.
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This is such a great cookbook! My daughter recently became a vegetarian and I was looking for a good starter cookbook. This fit the bill! The recipes are straight forward. I love that there are so many photos and a bright look to the book. We tried several of the recipes so far and can’t wait to make more!
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I wanted to read this cookbook because I am trying to be a vegetarian and I hoped to find some great recipes.  I didn’t find any new recipes that I liked in this book,  But, a true vegetarian might.  

I found the description of “flavorings” very helpful.

I received this galley from NetGalley.
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This is a fabulous resource and guide to cooking. The recipes look delicious. The instructions are clear and concise.  My favorite part are the pictures! I love that there are so many bright and colorful images with each recipe, showing each step along the way, a very helpful tool for visual learners. My children and I absolutely love this cookbook. It's one we'll return to again and again. I plan on purchasing a hardcover copy for ease of use in the kitchen!
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In my opinion, too many people dismiss cookbooks aimed at children. The good ones, like this book, are just as focused on "real" foods as books aimed at adults. These recipes require peeling, slicing, and actual cooking. These recipes are good if you're just getting started cooking. They don't assume you know how to do anything. Each step is carefully explained. There's a nice glossary of cooking terms and a solid section on kitchen safety and basics. If you've always thought that going vegetarian would be too much work, involve too much fuss, this is the book that will prove you wrong.
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This book is for a more adventurous young chef.  Some of the recipes will be well liked by most youngsters, but others will be a little too weird or involved for the beginning young chef.  The photographs and instructions are great for the young readers and I am sure that this will get lots of circulation in my 3-5 grade library.  A few things might require Googling for my students.  They won't know that coriander leaves are cilantro, but they can find out!
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This is a great cook book with lots of colorful pictures and recipes that most Pre Teens or even adult who have questions about eating healthy and being vegetarian would enjoy. Have a teen that has question -grab this book and get cooking
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I have a preteen daughter who although isn't vegetarian eats a vegetarian diet at home because I am. Finding a book geared towards her age group was thrilling. This book has amazing high quality, colorful photographs that make is visually appealing for both adults and teens alike. The book begins with kitchen rules and a few pages about nutrients and healthy eating. All of this information in relayed in a way that is easy to understand and geared towards the target age group. 

The book is broken into sections by food type with the sections being Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Drinks, Main Dishes, and Sweets. We have tried a few of the recipes from each section so far and have loved them all. One of the things I enjoyed most about this cookbook is that it includes a wide variety of foods in the recipes. I have always encouraged my daughter to try new things and to expand her palate. We try to avoid the beige food trap that is so easy to fall into these days and this cookbook has really helped get our household out of a food slump with amazing new recipes. 

A few of the favorites of my daughter (and myself) were the Mango Yogurt with Toast Dippers, Vegetable Wraps, Sweet Potato Lasagna, Cauliflower Steaks, and the Almond, Chocolate and Coconut Energy Balls. I also loved the Oat Milk Hot Chocolate recipe as my daughter loves hot chocolate and I am always looking for a good non-dairy alternative that still tastes great, and I am happy to say I found it in this book. 

I will definitely be buying a hard copy of this book for our kitchen. Even if you aren't a vegetarian I highly recommend this one, it's a great way to get your teens and pre-teens in the kitchen learning the basics while expanding their palates.
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Once you see the beautiful pictures included with the recipes you will want to try them right away. There is a good variety of easy to make food for the preteen/teen target age but the recipes would work well for adults too. There are a few recipes that I think preteens might be leery of trying but adults would enjoy. 

Thanks to NetGalley and DK for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
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This is a great cookbook for really anyone! It is filled with great vegetarian recipes and comes with all the nutritional information and gives descriptions on kitchen utensils and gadgets as well as vocabulary to know.  It comes with really pretty pictures that show the finished recipe!  Overall great book and I would highly recommend!

I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review
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The Vegetarian Cookbook is a good basic cookbook for veggie recipes. There is something for everyone in this cookbook who is looking for a meatless option. The recipes also include standard items that are not overly expensive or hard to find. This would be a good one to give a beginner cook.
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A wonderful book for a young foodie. Introduces food and nutrition pictorially with lots of great basic recipes. The title "vegetarian" is probably unnecessary.
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The Vegetarian Cookbook published by DK publishing is a beautifully assembled cookbook geared toward young cooks, pre-teen and teen.

Like most vegetarian cookbooks, the recipes run through breakfast, snacks, drinks, lunch, main course, and dessert. Some of the recipes, however, struck me as questionable for young cooks either due to the techniques involved or the sophistication of the foods. For instance, I know very few adults who would happily eat a watermelon and feta salad with its other ingredients of basil, black-eyed peas, and red onion, and far fewer children who would do so. Likewise, I wondered about a cucumber cooler with tonic water for kids. Do they really drink these things?

Because the cookbook is British, it incorporates ingredients that many Americans tend not to use. Where a recipe calls for halloumi cheese, I might have been inclined to use baked or grilled tofu but on closer investigation, I discovered that halloumi is a fantastic source of protein! Mind you, since it’s cheese, it’s not vegan friendly.

If I were evaluating this cookbook just as a vegetarian cookbook, I would rate it much higher than as a cookbook geared toward young cooks. Most of the recipes sound tasty and utilize interesting and varied ingredients that would be nutritional and flavorful. I would happily cook most of them. The Vegetarian Cookbook would certainly be a way to introduce young cooks to cooking.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My rating is an evaluation of The Vegetarian Cookbook as a general cookbook and not one directed toward young cooks.
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It's definitely colorful and full of photographs and to-the-point instructions. Recipes are also okay and can be handled with adult supervision.

The age group for kids for whom this cookbook is meant is not given and the font of the text is a bit too small. At least that's what I think. Also, the recipe 'paratha' is NOT paratha (which is greasy flatbread cooked with oil brushed/ placed in the pan), the recipe given in the book is of 'roti.'

Would make a good gift. 

Thanks to the publisher for the ARC.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I think this is a wonderful cookbook to introduce to children (and adults) with healthy recipes. A great way to get families together in the kitchen. The recipes are easy to follow, the format is well laid out. As it is so color rich, the pages did take longer to load than the average book does but it was worth the wait.
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Great recipes! I found the cookbook to have some recipes I did not know and the style was easily laid out so I knew what I needed before I started cooking. Definitely useful for people who are bringing over from a meat eating diet.
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Love this for teens (and even adults). Colorful pictures, easy directions to follow. Healthy, flavorful recipes.
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This cookbook for kids includes contemporary illustrations in a bright and clean presentation.  Topics before the recipes include rules for the kitchen (including hygiene), an explanation of different terms and tools, info on types of food, nutrition, etc.   It's chock full of helpful, age-appropriate details to look at food as more than just something on a plate. 

As it's a vegetarian recipe book, it does include ovo-/lacto- recipes.

Recipes start simply (avocado mash on sourdough toast, I'm looking at you) and I'm not sure my fussy eaters would actually ever eat avocado on toast.  It's been years (ie. back when they were toddlers) since they've managed to do this without gagging.  Scrambled eggs are next and again, we're talking simple... but simple is good for establishing skills in the kitchen.

Recipe categories include breakfasts, snacks, mains, sweets, etc.  Personally, the further I get in and the more "complicated" the recipes become, the more I want to try them for myself.  They make flatbreads look easy and appealing. Half of my two is a fan of plantain chips, yet we've never tried to prep them ourselves - now we will.  All recipes are clear and easy to follow for a young chef with assistance (reading and comprehension skills are necessary) or preteen or 38-year-old mother.

One point of note, measurements seem to be grams or ounces which may be an issue if your young chef is using the cups and tablespoons most North American kitchens are equipped with.

5 out of 5 for clarity and presentation - I'll be picking up a hard copy for our cookbook shelf and may gift to my nephews and nieces for their birthdays with a new set of kitchen tools.
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The photos are visually stunning and the whole book outlined well. It is very attractive and some of the recipes look very tasty. Nice pages detailing everything, even a mocktails section. But that's about it for this cookbook. I wonder what kids this was designed for? Because even though mine are mostly vegetarian, there is no way they would eat the majority of these recipes, no way they'd even be able to cook them, no way I would be able to cook them! The nutritional guide which is broken down on a pie chart shows equal amount of starchy carbs (even regular pasta, potatoes, and bread) and fruits/veges. Really? Yet the protein area is small and the dairy one even smaller. I'd worry about kids not getting enough proteins and minerals needed. Its a nice book but not suited for younger kids, perhaps more teens. 
I received an ARC in exchange for my review
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The Vegetarian Cookbook is described as being for young cooks but I think that cooks of all ages will enjoy the recipes it contains. I also think that young cooks may need a bit of adult help as they follow some of these recipes.

The book is divided into sections including Brilliant Breakfasts, Super Snacks, Lovely  Lunches, Delicious Drinks, Moreish Main Meals and Sweet Stuff.  Some of the recipes are avocado mash on sourdough bread, poached eggs with greens and Hollandaise sauce, Chinese rolls, Watermelon and Feta summer salad, Pasta and homemade pesto, Oat milk Hot chocolate, Sweet potato lasagna,  Cauliflower steaks and Zingy lime pie.

This book is an appealing, well illustrated title.  There are sections at the beginning of the book on the different food groups, equipment, kitchen safety, etc.  These add to the usefulness of this one as a reference.


I recommend this title.  Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this delicious book ine exchange for an honest review.
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