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Dec 04 2019

More by Matt Preston

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Pan Macmillan, 2019. ISBN: 9781760781828.
(Age: Adult) This may just be the book for anyone who is trying to add more vegetable into the daily diet. Subtitled More Recipes with More Veg for More Joy, Matt Preston presents a huge variety of recipes (over 100) that feature vegetables with a variety of flavours and colours. The Contents page includes the headings: Salads, barbeque, Pasta, noodles and rice, Bakes, Tray bakes, Braised and Fried and Meat appendix for the meat lovers who can't bear to not have meat but want to add more veggies to their meals. There is a handy Index and an extended index. Each recipe is illustrated with a full page colour photo of the dish, making the book not only very attractive to the eye, but helpful for the final presentation of the dish. The list of ingredients is easy to follow as are the instructions.
There are plenty of recipes here to make the taste buds water. If you like rich and creamy, 'The Decadent brie, leek and almond honey pie' recipe would make an excellent entree served with sourdough bread and red grapes, not to mention the 'Decadent vego souffles with creamed leek, cheddar and jalapeno'.
I couldn't resist trying out the delicious 'Zucchini slice version 5.0' which adds asparagus and dill in a variation of the old popular recipe. 'The creamiest coddle egg' looked amazing, and the 'Dadaist sausage rolls for Barry Humphries' contain no sausage meat but a delicious combination of zucchini, nuts and panko breadcrumbs amongst other ingredients and would make for a great conversation starter at lunch. Recipes for 'Singapore noodles' and 'Vegan Bolognese' will also give an alternative for family favourites.
More would make a very useful addition to a family's collection of recipes and is sure to extend the use of vegetables in daily meals.
Pat Pledger

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