Book review: Vegetarian Cooking Step by Step

Vegetarian Cooking Step by Step by Lena Tritto, Grub Street, 224pp, pbk, £14-99

This literally is a ‘step by step’ guide, and there are over 500 photos packed into the book. Each recipe gets either two or four pages, with the first two-page spread including a full page photo of the ingredients, followed by the finished result on the next spread. The facing page on each spread is divided into 4 or 6 sequentially numbered ‘how-to-do-it’ photos. All the images are taken from the overhead looking straight down viewpoint, and on the six photo pages the images are quite small. However, the overall technique is visually very appealing.

The recipes are concentrated at the most basic level, and the majority are ‘one pot’ creations. More advanced chefs might find this ‘idiots guide’ approach rather irritating, but this book is clearly aimed at novices. It’s ideal for teenagers who are leaving home and going to university, or anyone who’s never bothered to do much cooking. Usefully, it includes photographic displays of equipment and detailed compendiums of ingredients (including cereals, grains, pulses, and nuts and seeds).

Paul Freestone

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