River Cottage Veg Every Day

By: The Company Of Books  05/12/2011

When I think of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (which I rarely do), I always picture him out in the wilds catching and dispatching some harmless creature one would never imagine eating unless in the most extreme cases of need. It was therefore with some scepticism that I picked up his latest River Cottage cookbook , Veg Every Day. I opened it idly at first, but then found myself turning the pages avidly as each recipe looked more tasty than the last.  Not only tasty, but simple.  I’ve now attempted about a dozen of the recipes, and though I’m not particularly talented in the kitchen, everything I tried turned out well and was indeed simplicity itself.  All you need to do is to make sure that you have a reasonable range of the usual herbs and spices in your cupboard; beyond that the ingredients are things you’ll either already have to hand, or will have no trouble finding in your local supermarket. At last a vegetarian cookbook that makes vegetarian cooking look mainstream.  I’m off now to have some leftover roasted roots frittata, which Hugh assured me would make ‘perfect lunchbox fare’ . . .

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