- Any good vegetarian cook books
Ottolenghi – Plenty
Carluccio – Vegetables
River Gate Cookbook
Anjum Anand – Indian food made easy
Nige Slater – Appetite
Cranks tends towards worthy with a large emphasis on brown (stuck in the 70s)
Think about how you add texture to your meals, after all most people only eat meat out of habit, lack of imagination and because of the texture. Bulgar wheat, quinoa (which you now can’t eat, sighs), ebly, lentils, pulses etc can all be used successfully to add texture and protein to your food as a flesh replacement.Posted 5 years ago
Quorn is awful – avoid it. It’s non-meat meat for people who want to eat meat but have been told to stop doing it.simon_gSubscriber
Have cooked loads from this:
Hugh FW’s book is great too.
No specific indian recommendations but worth checking out gujarati recipes as it’s a part of India that is more vegetarian than most. Tends to be a very long way from what people generally think of as indian food over here.Posted 5 years agoTooTallMember
Fantastic book with 650 recipes from around the world. Great for exploring other cuisines and spices.Posted 5 years ago
The boom in quinoa-munching among the middle classes has led to huge price increases for the Peruvians who actually depend on it for daily sustenance rather than as a quirky alternative to couscous. As an example of free market economics it can’t be beaten, with added irony…Posted 5 years ago
I do agree that quinoa is delicious. As an alternative, try faro, a similarly traditional grain but one grown in Italy so buying it won’t starve genuinely poor people.roperMember
This book has some great recipes, regardless that it is vegan.
She also has some good ideas on her website and blog.Posted 5 years agogrumMember
Bulgar wheat is fine, quinoa is not – as corroded has expanded just above western demand has elevated the cost so the peoe who actually grow it now can’t afford to eat it.
I’ll have to take a look at faro, sounds interesting.
I read an article about how quinoa was evil. I then read another article saying that was bollocks, so I dunno.Posted 5 years agoglenpMember
What’s difference between quinoa (going beyond the price that locals can afford) and meat? And loads of other food stuffs for that matter. The quinoa story gets circulated as a way of laughing at rich vegetarians, but the exact same laugh could be had about chocolate, or a hundred other things.Posted 5 years ago
the exact same laugh could be had about chocolate
Yes, of course, because there are people in South America for whom chocolate is their main, even sole, source of nutrition… The problem with quinoa is that it went from being an essential food to a cash crop, but with nothing stepping in to replace it.
BTW, that should be farro with a double R, of course, as those of you who have looked up Portugal or the Faroe Islands may have realised.Posted 5 years agoglenpMember
Doesn’t have to be a staple for the same argument to apply. Not exact-same examples, but all in the same area. In other examples there is displacement of staple crops in favour of luxuries for us. Biodiesel is another example – price of maize goes us because we want the illusion of greener fuel.
So – the prevalence of the quinoa story is more to do with pointing at vegetarians than anything else. Meat is much worse, but there isn’t so much enthusiasm for knocking meat eaters.Posted 5 years agopuffnuttsMember
This guy is good. I use the masala sauce from this with different kinds of dried beans.
And also fry your cheese and stick it in peas.
I bought a pressure cooker last year to cook beans from dry, use it all the time.Posted 5 years agozilog6128Subscriber
I used to use a fair bit of quinoa, I don’t any more though because I try to purchase UK grown food as much as possible these days (and have also moved away from carb heavy meals). Not heard about this controversy with it before (so thanks for bringing it to my attention). There really isn’t a comparable alternative to it – which is why I suppose it’s so popular now – although as pointed out it is a totally un-essential luxury for us despite being a staple food for another culture. My local wholefoods shop does a “fairtrade” quinoa, don’t know if that is of any help to the poor old Peruvians though?Posted 5 years ago
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