Mediterranean Vegetarian Cooking

Mediterranean Vegetarian Cooking

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By (author) Paola Gavin

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  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 30mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844543412
  • ISBN 13: 9781844543410
  • Sales rank: 152,585

Product description

Mediterranean vegetarian food is one of the healthiest and most delicious in the world. Based on simple, home-style cooking, this mouth-watering collection of over 200 dishes truly evokes the spirit of the region and makes it easy to reap the benefits of eating a Mediterranean diet. Based on fresh produce and readily-available ingredients, the recipes range form starters and salads to a wide variety of healthy main courses, rice, pasta and desserts, as well as all kinds of delicious ways to prepare vegetables. This book includes traditional fare from every country around the Mediterranean, such as potato and spinach croquettes from Albania, Catalan split pea soup, Sardinian aubergine ravioli, Provencal onion quiche, Tunisian couscous with sweet and hot peppers, and Dalmatian cream caramel. The recipes are simple and easy to prepare, with plenty of room for improvisation and flexibility. Much more than simply a cookery book, "Mediterranean Vegetarian Cooking" is also a guide to this beautiful and diverse region, outlining the cultural and historical foundations of culinary specialities and traditions. Food writer Paola Gavin reveals how the pleasures of cooking and eating the Mediterranean way will be treasured by cooks and food-lovers alike.

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Author information

Paola Gavin is author of the classic cookbooks - French Vegetarian Cooking and Italian Vegetarian Cooking. She spent many years living and travelling abroad, especially in the U.S.A, Canada, Greece, France and Italy, where she first became interested in food and cooking. She has written food articles for a variety of newspapers both in England and the U.S.A, including The Guardian. She currently lives in London with her three daughters.

Customer reviews

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"Firstly, there's no pictures in this book. If you can't handle that, don't buy it. Secondly, a lot of the meals contain cheese - so if you're not keen on cheese, you'll end up just using this book for ideas to build on/alter to suit your needs.
Overall, I was impressed by the recipes that this book has to offer. It has a large variety from lots of different countries, meaning the flavours are varied. I'm especially excited about all the different soup & salad ideas it has to offer.
Everthing I've read/made so far has been simple. "No frills", as they say. While the dishes are quite exciting and somewhat unusual compared to what a Western vegetarian diet normally consists of, they're not a hassle to put together and well worth it.
The book has no use of mock meats (yay) and I couldn't find even a trace of tofu. This book relies heavily on fresh ingredients that are high in nutrition and will absolutely make your mouth water."

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"This book is amazing and much more than I expected. Things to note:
1/ There are no photos or illustrations. I thought this was a real let down until I tried some of the recipes and realised that they are so simple, it's easy to know what to expect & you couldn't possibly get the presentation wrong.
2/ Everything is simple. Each recipe contains approx 3-10 ingredients and is so easy to put together. The salads are exquisite - I've made lots of them for my meat-eating partner and he's now in love with Mediterranean veg food. Red onion/potato/garlic/parsley salad is HIGHLY recommended! Not so great on the breath, but excellent on the tastebuds.
3/ The book relies on fresh ingredients and small to medium sized serves - not for the over-eater who loves fatty food! Absolutely perfect for someone who loves their veggies & beans though.
4/ Includes many regions, not just the predictable Greece. There's also Albania, Egypt, Croatia, Lebanon, France... the list goes on. The author also offers an introduction to each region. This book contains an AMAZING array of flavours and variety.
5/ There's vegan recipes and there's vegetarian recipes. The vegetarian ones can sometimes include a lot of dairy [e.g. recipe will be yoghurt or cheese based], so if you have trouble digesting this sort of thing, it might be an idea to skip these recipes or have dairy substitutes. [For this, you could try supermarket subsitutes or attempt recipes from: "The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook".]"

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"'A delightful, delicious dance through the Mediterranean. Full of accessible recipes, fine flavours and sunshine.' - Matthew Fort"