Trying to choose a recipe out of Luscious Vegetarian, a new and most fabulous cook book by Sonia Cabano and Jade de Waal, was rather difficult for me to do. I eventually settled on their ‘Greek walnut shortbread’ recipe because this is one of my all-time favourite baked things, and I was in the mood to do some baking.
Before we get onto this exquisite recipe, which I feel so privileged to share on Drizzle & Dip, I want to talk a bit about this book.
I grew up in an era where vegetarian eating was not at all main stream, and making a variety of delicious meat-free meals was challenging. Seeking out restaurants that catered for vegetarians was also difficult and this I knew only too well as my older sister decided to become one at age 16. Thank goodness the times have changed and vegetables and vegetarianism are fully mainstream now.
Despite this, many vegetarian recipe books have a distinct ‘hippy’ vibe to them with a focus on very wholesome earthy recipes that often require complicated cooking techniques. Luscious Vegetarian is not anything like that. Its fresh, modern and has a set of recipes that will appeal to a health conscious eater as well as a person looking for a delicious non-meat feast. It has a bit of everything in it. The recipes are all entirely manageable and most will slot perfectly into any persons busy schedule.
I was complete taken with this book the moment I clapped eyes on the cover.
Beautifully styled by Brita du Plessis and photographed by Sean Calitz, the images make you want to jump into each page and scoop out the contents. I love the way the chapters are arranged into: quick, light, pure, feast, relax, bake and basic. Each chapter filled with recipes that entice you to want to run into the kitchen and make. Continue Reading →