Every food blogger loves cookbooks. My love for cookbooks started even before I learnt to cook. My Mom used to get some cookbooks and I used to secretly read them. That was when I started collecting different cookbooks. I have my Mom’s Marathi cookbooks and my late aunts cookbooks which her students had gifted her. I got another cookbook named Silk Road Vegetarian from a dear friend Preeti from simplytadka to celebrate our friendship. She had received 2 copies of the book and she decided to share one with me. Isn’t that very sweet of her? Thanks Preeti for this book. It is indeed a treasure house of recipes.
Silk Road Vegetarian is authored by Dahlia Abraham – Klein. This book features all vegan, vegetarian and gluten free recipes. This is the first time that I have found a book with gluten free and vegan recipes. What I liked the most is that the book covers various cuisines across different countries and cultures.
The recipes in Silk Road Vegetarian are healthy and creative. The book is very user-friendly and is accompanied by lots of color photographs of the final dish being cooked. This helps a lot to know how the dish will look after getting cooked. Each dish is delicious as it is simple and wholesome.
The book starts with a table of contents where one can easily find the recipe page number. Also the author mentions some abbreviations like V, GF and DF against each recipe where V is for Vegetarian, GF for Gluten Free and DF for Dairy Free. This makes it very easy to identify the recipe types. All the ingredients for a particular recipe along with the preparation time, cooking time and serving size has been mentioned.
The recipes are classified into various categories like
- Bases, Condiments & Other Useful Recipes
- Main Dishes
- Rice Dishes
- Side Dishes
There is also an Introduction section where the author speaks about her culinary pilgrimage. There is a section on The Spice Pantry which gives an introduction to the various spices which have been used throughout the book. The author also mentioned about some basic cooking methods like preparation of tofu and cooking beans and chickpeas. Various types of grains like rice and quinoa have also been explained in detail. The section on food preservation like freezing fruits and vegetables was very impressive and worth a read.
Acknowledgements, references and an extensive index has been maintained at the end of the book. Having an index is of great help as one can find an ingredient and directly go to that page and refer to the recipe.
I recommend this book to all my readers as the recipes are very user-friendly and very neatly and clearly explained. I am surely going to try a lot of recipes from this book and will share with you all time to time. Eggs has been used in some recipes like Persian Green Frittata and a some 2-3 more recipes. The author considers eggs as vegetarian. In India however eggs are considered as non-eggs are considered vegetarian.
The book can be purchased from Amazon.
Book Name: Silk Road Vegetarian
Author: Dahlia Abraham – Klein
Cost: Rs.1210 /-
No. Of Pages: 192
Publisher : www.tuttlepublishing.com
Printed in Singapore
Available at Amazon
Available at Amazon
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