Loads of delicious, easy-to-make recipes that celebrate vegetables. Whilst all the recipes are vegetarian and/or vegan, this book is for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike – because there's no doubt about it that eating more vegetables would do all of us good!
I've always wanted to write a vegetarian cookbook as, whilst I'm not vegetarian, I love vegetarian food and we regularly eat meatless meals at home. I found that once I started making vegetables the starting point of the meal it became easier and easier to come up with delicious vegetarian dishes.
I chose to hold the burger (Kumara, Chickpea and Mushroom Burgers) on the front cover because it's not what you'd expect to see on the cover of a vegetarian cookbook. I wanted to show people that vegetarian food can look (and taste!) just as delicious!
Crisp and raw, roasted until sweet and caramelised, braised until meltingly tender, blended until velvety smooth, stir-fried, grilled, barbecued, steamed, blanched, mashed, baked. Anything but boiled, actually!
We're definitely becoming more so, especially with the likes of Middle Eastern and Indian style cuisines becoming more well known. Lebanese cuisine, for example, is starting to really take off and they have loads of amazing vegetarian dishes.
Haha, I wish I knew that secret! I do have to hide vegetables in sauces (like the Autumn Harvest Sauce in the book) or the Veggie Pops (delicious green ice blocks that my two boys love).