The Middle East from North Africa and Moorish Spain, through Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, to Iran and the Arabian Peninsula has a long and vibrant tradition of home-style vegetarian cuisine. From abundant fresh salads, dips and breads, to a diverse collection of delicious and hearty main meals, there is a profusion of delicious flavour combinations. Based on the freshest ingredients and cooked from the heart, Greg and Lucy Malouf’s recipes in The New Feast are designed for sharing and enjoying with others. Their approach to vegetarian food comes from their love of traditional Middle Eastern flavours and the importance of colour and texture in this cuisine. The recipes are new interpretations of Middle Eastern food, inspired by the spirit of generosity and sharing, which characterises the region?s approach to cooking.
The second cookbook recommendation I have is Green Kitchen at Home. This book is a collection of recipes from their very successful blog Green Kitchen Stories.
There are over 100 vegetarian recipes in this book from quick, delicious weekday breakfasts to more elaborate weekend celebrations. This is food to make you look and feel great. Recipes are easy to make and all have prep and cook times as well as handy hints along the way. The weekend recipes take a little longer to make but are as uncomplicated as the weekday recipes; from cauliflower fish an chips, their fun take on classic fish and chips to a wonderful lemon ricotta lasagne which we at Knobbly Plate can vouch for is delicious.
The book is packed full of stunning food photography and styling as well as charming anecdotes Green Kitchen at Home will quicly become one of your favourite go to cookbooks.
So this is my first recommendation for a cookbook to start you off on your vegetarian journey. Everyday & Sunday from Riverford Organic Farms. The book on the whole is vegetarian but there are some meat recipes in there for you meat lovers and they are mainly centered around a good old fashioned Sunday roast.
The book takes you through the growing year by presenting vegetables that are in season depending on the month of the year and provides you with at least 3 vegetables to try for every month of the year. As you have seen from my last two blog posts I have picked out 2 recipes that fit well with the Knobbly Plates ethos of affordable eating. Though to be honest when food is in season it is invariably affordable due to the abundance of that vegetable and the fact that it has not had to travel so many food miles to get to your plate.
In summary the book is a sensible look at simple meals using only British vegetables, and all set in tasty seasonal recipes. There are many recipes in here also with an international influence. The cost of the book is £18.99 from a regular bookshop but if you bought it from Amazon I have seen it for as little as £3.03 if you bought it second hand.
So there you go celeriac and cabbage will never be mundane again.