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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Trying out recipes is something I love to do. With two young children, a busy social life and work I don't have a lot of spare time to spend in my kitchen. When I look at new recipes to make, they always have to be relatively easy to prepare. They shouldn't take hours and have to be something my kids and husband all like to eat. I went through The Flexible Vegetarian to look at the recipes together with my son. As soon as he saw the recipe for the Southern Mac & Cheese, it was obvious what I would be cooking.


We all love pasta, so I knew I couldn't go wrong with this delicious looking Southern Mac & Cheese. The book has a very easy setup and the recipes aren't difficult to follow. I could buy all the ingredients at our local supermarket. The directions of how the dishes should be made are not hard to carry out and I love all the varieties the recipes have. When I took the Mac & Cheese out of the oven our house smelled delicious and my kids couldn't wait to dig in. They loved this dish and I know I'll be preparing it regularly from now on.

The Flexible Vegetarian isn't a cookbook for vegetarians alone. Jo Pratt also shows her readers how they can make certain dishes with meat or fish. Because of this The Flexible Vegetarian is a cookbook that's suitable for any household and it's ideal for a meal with guests. My son, who is now four years old, can even help with the simple tasks and he loves to be involved in preparing our breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

In The Flexible Vegetarian you'll find recipes for breakfast, soups, small plates, big plates and dips. I'm not a soup person, but Jo Pratt has me converted, after seeing some of the soup recipes I know that I'll try out at least the pumpkin soup & the carrot, coconut and cardamom soup. My children and husband love soups, so they look forward to finding out what the next recipe will taste like.

On Jo Pratt's website you can also find a lot of delicious recipes that are making my mouth water just by looking at them. I will definitely spend more time in my kitchen preparing Jo Pratt's recipes.

Advice

You don't need advanced cooking skills to follow Jo Pratt's recipes. They're perfect for anybody who would love to make a lovely (vegetarian) meal.

About Jo Pratt


Jo Pratt is an acclaimed writer, cook, food stylist and presenter. She is a best selling author of six cookbooks, including In the Mood for Food, Madhouse Cookbook and most recently In the Mood for Healthy Food. Jo has previously been awarded a Gourmand writing award and was named one of Waterstone’s ‘Writers of the Future’ in 2008 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. When she’s not writing books, you’ll also find Jo presenting recipes online, on TV, in your favourite food magazines and on stage performing live cookery demonstrations and workshops/cookery classes. And there’s no stopping Jo.

She’s recently taken an exciting move into the restaurant world by collaborating with three female chefs, Sophie Michell, Gee Charman and Caroline Artiss, to launch The Gorgeous Kitchen. It’s a contemporary restaurant specialising in beautiful global cuisine made with British-grown produce at Heathrow’s Terminal 2: The Queens Terminal. Studying Home Economics at John Moore’s University in Liverpool was where it all started. After graduating she worked with big name chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, and John Torode on everything from live cookery demonstrations to TV programmes.

Jo’s cooking style initially evolved from working with hugely talented restaurant chefs making the most delicious food – and translating their ideas into recipes for the everyday kitchen. She’s created a unique style and has become known for producing fail-safe, accessible and great looking recipes. They are written with her distinctive friendly and chatty manner, offering useful/practical tips and ideas along the way. The results are impressive recipes that we can all enjoy – whatever our ability, whatever the occasion. As a result of this many British and global companies chose to work with Jo as a brand ambassador or consultant on a variety of campaigns, including Flora, Jacob’s Creek, James Villa Holidays, Betty Crocker, British Potatoes, Gaggia, Leisure Cookers, Panasonic and Tilda Rice. Jo had a passion for food from a young age.

She grew up near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire – a market town often referred to as the food capital of England and famous for their delicious Pork Pies. She now lives in London with her husband Phil (aka the best fed man in London) and their two young children Olly and Rosa (Jo’s harshest food critics).

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

Giveaway

Two very Lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a signed copy of The Flexible Vegetarian.

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53 comments:

  1. I thank you for such a great looking cookbook
    jan

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  2. Sounds like this cookbook has a lot of versatile and tasty recipes you can choose to cook with or without meat.

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  3. I love that this book is so versatile :) x

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  4. I run a link up for reviews of books about food. You are welcome to post this review. Http://www.spiritblog.net/january-2018-foodies-read

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  5. What a beautiful cookbook! I absolutely love that it is flexible so that you can incorporate other's eating decisions into your meal planning!1

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  6. This cookbook sounds wonderful. I too enjoy testing recipes.

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  7. My daughter just became vegetarian and I would love to learn how to make delicious vegetarian meals for our family. This sounds like the perfect place to start.

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  8. I love how you make the recipes adaptable for non-vegetarians as well! :D

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  9. love recipe books to help us broaden our horizons when it comes to food xx

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  10. This book looks amazing! I've been trying to convince my family of the joys of veggie cooking and I think this book might really help!

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  11. Tasty vegetables..mmmmmmmni like to try new recipies

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  12. I would love to try some of these recipes, they sound delicious.

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  13. sounds like just what I need right now

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  14. I have one of Jo's previous books, we often do her feta pasta recipe from it!

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  15. thanks for the chance, lovely giveaway x

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  16. I love discovering new cookery books and considering my husband and I are part-time vegetarians, this sounds perfect!
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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  17. Great new discovery! Cant wait to throw myself into this one Jo! Very kind of you to give back to the fans

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  18. This book will be my first step to encourage more vegetarian meals for my family...the recipes are so easy to follow (for me) ! and look healthy and delicious,,,,

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  19. This book would be so useful and a step towards becoming meat free

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  20. Awesome competition thanks for this chance!

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  21. Great timing - my husband and I have gone pescatarian for January with the long-term aim of eating less meat. This cook book sounds perfect for us. Fingers crossed!

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  22. Love Jo's recipes and have been following her blog for some time. Great versatile recipes (tasty too) for me (veggie) and hubby (fishy) - can't wait to see the new book so fingers crossed I can win a copy!

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  23. looks like a great book, i would like to give the recipies a go

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  24. Perfect cook book. I always need some inspiration for new recipes

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  25. I am so interested in some Vegetarian recipes. Would love to win this.

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  26. Definitely going to pick up this up as always on the lookout for resourceful vegetarian recipe books

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  27. Always look forwards to trying new books and food.

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  28. This will be really useful with my vegetarian sons

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  29. That mac & cheese does look tasty. I like quick & tasty recipes.

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  30. The Southern Mac & Cheese looks gorgeous <3

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  31. I also love pasta. And easy cooking. And I dont need a lot of meat for my life. Although I am not a real vegetarian. And I would be happy to have this book. Thank, Jo, for giving us chance to win your book! Lubka

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  32. thanks for the giveaway. looks like a knowledgable and interesting book

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  33. Thanks for the competition - looks like an interesting read. Good luck everyone!

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  34. This book looks beautiful. I want to be more veggie....

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  35. As a fussy veggie I love finding new recipes. This book looks full of them x

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  36. My mum is always looking for new recipes she would love this! Thankyou!

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  37. This is a great prize. I would love to win as, as a vegetarian, I would like to expand my knowledge of food for both myself and meat eaters to discover some new flavour combinations.

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  38. I'm always looking for new veggie recipes and this book looks perfect!

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  39. I'm vegetarian, as is my daughter, but my husband and son are not. This sounds as if it would be useful when trying to cook meals that suit all of us.

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  40. We've switched to a plant based diet recently so this would be perfect to give us some new ideas!

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