This book review is by food blogger Jessica Moxley. http://jessiemox.wordpress.com/
The Accidental Vegetarian.
By Simon Rimmer
The Accidental Vegetarian by Simon Rimmer is unlike any other vegetarian cookbook. It is not just about cooking a vegetarian option as an after though , but about embracing vegetables as complete nutritious delicious entities in themselves.
Rimmer is no vegetarian. In his introduction he describes taking on a vegetarian cafe called ‘Greens’ with his friend Simon Connolly, and how at the start he owned only two cookbooks and had no notion of how to cook.
The initial idea was that they would manage the cafe, and employ others to do the cooking. However they had no money for this, so they ended up taking on the cooking themselves. Confronted by vegetarian cookbooks which showed recipes that were, as Rimmer describes, ‘brown stodge’; he started to teach himself techniques and experimented with new ways of cooking. He now owns one of the best restaurants in Manchester and is often seen on ‘Saturday Morning Kitchen’.
The recipes are lovely, inventive and filling. The beetroot soup I tried was delicious. I will definitely be cooking from this book in the future.
The book is £9.99 RRP and you can order it from www.octopusbooks.co.uk.