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 Post subject: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 6:39 am 
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Anyone have this or seen it in person? There is a dairy/eggs chapter, but I imagine that many of the other recipes might be veganizable. I'm thinking of ordering it, but I wish I could see some of the recipes. The look inside feature only gives the index and the table of contents.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Veggiestan-Vege ... 1862058849


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 Post subject: Re: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 7:14 am 
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I bought it for my sister a couple of years ago. The recipes looked pretty interesting. I haven't made anything from it and I don't know if she has. The cover is flock!


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 Post subject: Re: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 9:03 am 
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I don't have the cookbook but tracked down a few recipes here: http://veggiestan.com/topic/recipes/

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 Post subject: Re: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 2:53 am 
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I went ahead and ordered it - will report back soon. While I imagine there are a number of recipes calling for white cheese or hard boiled eggs, I don't think it will be too hard to improvise. I'm more looking forward to exploring some new spices like saffron, rosewater and other interesting stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 5:59 pm 
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I got this book for my mum and dad when it came out and my mum cooks from it a lot. There is an Afghan aubergine dish that is so good! I've made a few things from it too although I can't remember what they were off the top of my head! I've never had anything I didn't like though.

The book is written in quite a conversational style with rough amounts given for many recipes. This might bother some people but, since I tend to increase all spices in recipes anyway, I like it. It has some really interesting little nuggets of information and stories about the origins of dishes too.

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 Post subject: Re: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:26 am 
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I've got it and love it. There are loads of vegan recipes and most of the others can be improved on until they are ;-) What I really like about it is the food writing around each dish. It is more than a list of instructions - it gives good inspiration.

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 Post subject: Re: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:36 am 
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I've got it and love it. There are loads of vegan recipes and most of the others can be improved on until they are ;-) What I really like about it is the food writing around each dish. It is more than a list of instructions - it gives good inspiration.


Do you have any favorites? I'm pretty overwhelmed by it and haven't really delved in yet. I also got the Bread Baker's Apprentice, which has been on my wishlist for a while and which is also a mix of food writing/text book/instructions. I can only handle one of those at a time!


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 Post subject: Re: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:55 am 
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The bread recipes are good (May need to add more water) and there is a lovely one for a chickpea soup (more like a stew).

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 Post subject: Re: Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East
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I have this, and I love it (although the fuzzy felt cover is really impractical in the kitchen). The recipe for Imam Bilyadi is great, and I've also made the carrot and chickpea pilaf and the Afghan aubergine and (soya) yoghurt dishes which were good. The broccoli in tahini sauce that I made was a bit sickly and not to my taste.

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