Book Review: Indian Home Cooking by Ajoy Joshi and Jan Purser You have seen the cover and I know what you’re thinking: this is not a vegetarian cookbook. And you’re absolutely right; it’s not. However, I actually own quite a … Continue reading →
I must admit, the title put me off all this time. I thought it was incredibly common, classless and inappropriate. However, at the end of the day, I’m a clinical nutritionist and I should be reading pretty much anything that is ever written on the subject of eating right. So I decided to read it regardless and here’s what I think:
The book has some solid information –an eye-opener for a lot people especially if they are new to the subject –and nutritional information is presented in an easy, digestible form that anyone can understand. Everything is well referenced which is very important especially if you want to be taken seriously within the field. However, the execution of it, the language the authors use is just foul. On the back cover they say they are your “smart-mothed girlfriends” I think what they should’ve said “foul-mouthed girlfriends” instead. Here’s an example from the book:
“Do not be lulled into a false sense of security that our government keeps food safe. News of the avian influenza epidemic came and went, but the disease is very real and can run rampant in poultry flocks. And according to a survey by the National Research Council, one chicken processing plant had 90 percent of its poultry contaminated with salmonellosis. Ninety fucking percent! Nasty.”
Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant in Rozelle has always been one of our favourite restaurants in Sydney. We probably had everything on the menu and decided that we like certain dishes more than others. For my husband Kumera & English Spinach Gnocchi is the one whereas I particularly like Tofu Skewers & Peanut Sauce but we always have Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls as an entree without exception.
Recently, the cookbook “Harvest Vegetarian” came out and I own a signed copy of it. Adam, Harvest’s chef/owner, has great experience in cooking as well as running a restaurant. One of the reasons I like his cookbook is the fact that his experience comes through in the way the recipes are written.
Instead of ingredients or courses, Harvest Vegetarian Cookbook is divided into chapters like:
A walk in the garden
Food on the go
Vegetarian coming to dinner
For the passionate
Dreamy desserts & tempting treats
I must admit, I struggle to find what I’m looking for most of the time because this.
The dishes are marked with V (vegan or vegan option) and G (suitable for gluten-free diets) all across the book including the contents page.
Here’s one and only dish I cooked from Harvest Vegetarian Cookbook: Kumera and English Spinach Gnocchi with Lemon and Garlic Cream Sauce. The reason why I picked this dish is because it is my husband’s favourite.
Next time I will try Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with a dipping sauce and for that I am growing Vietnamese mint in my garden. The dipping sauce really makes the rice paper rolls.
After Vietnamese Rice paper Rolls is achieved I will probably try my favourite dish: Skewered Tofu and Roasted Vegetables with a Peanut Sauce. This one looks like an easy one to make. I also have my eyes on Viennese Lime Biscuits. They look so good in the book.