I’m not only going to blog about books I like this month. I’ve got loads of cookbooks, and I would split the vegan ones into 3 categories. Books I love and use a lot, books I don’t use much but like, and books I don’t like. Hopefully I’ll include some from each category during October.
This book, and the other Donna Klein book I own (Meditteranean Vegan Kitchen), both fall into the the middle category. I flick through them, spot things that look nice, and then never make anything from them. I don’t know why this should be. They don’t have pictures, but neither do many of my books, so it’s not that. They don’t contain any unusual ingredients – though again that normally doesn’t stop me. I think there are probably a couple of reasons. In a way I think they’re too easy. They are based on simple, good quality ingredients, but they don’t use much spice or seem to have too much depth of flavour. They’re also, as you’d expect, all quite summery, and we don’t have too much hot weather here. Finally, they don’t have many of what I’d call main course recipes. No stodge. They seem to be lots of small dishes that you’d put together to make a meal which isn’t the way I usually cook.
So, if you love this book or any of the dishes you’ve made from it, please let me know and I pledge to try something!