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Easy to make, warming recipes with good explaination, small tips and useful information where required. Attractive layout and stunning photos that let your mouth salivates and inspiers you to cook something you love to eat again and again.
This is another amazing book from Meera Sodha. My husband and I are not vegetarian but trying to cut back on meat, like many others. Meera's recipes are straightforward, healthy and DELICIOUS. We don't miss the meat at all. So far we've made the Sweet Potato and Tenderstem Bibimbap (twice because it was so good), and also the Amritsari pomegranate chickpeas - which we served with some roasted chicken pieces but were absolutely delicious in their own right. I could eat from this book every night of the week and never get bored.
I was a fan of Meera Sodha before I bought this book and I’ve been quietly raving about it to friends since it’s purchase. The recipes are really easy to scale up (I sometimes cook for 12 people) or down (mostly it’s just me). The ingredients are mostly not that hard to track down - a large supermarket will do nicely - and suggested substitutes are given. I’ve found it so easy to use the recipes as a springboard and build on them as well as cooking the original. At a time when we know eating less meat and dairy has a positive impact on the climate, these recipes really liven up both plate and palate. In general they are quick to prepare and cook - always a bonus. If you want to extend your repertoire beyond tofu - or even increase your range of what to cook with the stuff (recommend the Bahn Mi) - this will soon turn out to be your ‘go to’ cookbook.
The accessibility of these recipes is what delights me; not a massive shopping expedition brought us all the major components of some truly lovely meals, and Meera presents them in a straightforward way. I would happily recommend this book for experienced cooks but also for beginners - people starting out as veggies or vegans, people starting out cooking beyond their usual tastes and techniques...
I already owned Meera Sodha's Fresh India and loved it. So getting East was an absolute no-brainer. And I'm so glad I did! It's so great to have a cookbook full of diverse recipes from throughout Asia that I can cook without having to worry about finding replacements for meat/fish based ingredients. As always, Meera Sodha gives great instructions, writes in the loveliest way, sharing stories which make the recipes all the more appealing.
I’ve been a fan of Meera Sidha’s recipes for some time as she writes in The Guardian (on Saturday). This book collects together, updates and provides new recipes. My current book favourites are roasted paneer aloo gobi and Bombay rolls. I like the way that the Contents page is prepared in three ways by section e.g. pulses, snacks, tofu or by meal type, namely, breakfast, picnic and finally by season this makes it easy to identify appropriate recipes.. All recipes are clear and easy to follow. I like it so much that I’ve bought it for a like minded friend.
As a fan of Meera's previous book, the wonderful veggie-tastic Fresh India, I was so excited to get this new book, and a little apprehensive it just wouldn't match up. I had no reason to fear - the recipes are appealing, simple to understand, but yet so complex in taste. Everything I have tried so far (around 12-15 of the recipes) have been sensational, I can't wait to try the rest. The Katsu was a brilliant place to start - but the Chilli Tofu will be the one I go back to time and time again. Another winning book... Thanks!
This is my second Meera Sodha book (Fresh being the first) and I love them both. This is full of delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes, tasty, filling and nutritious. But East needed better editing. There are several mistakes in the book, eg one recipe says you need a large frying pan with a lid, but never mentions when you're supposed to put the lid on. Another lists rapeseed oil in the recipe, but never tells you when to use it. I'm an experienced cook so I managed, but it could be offputting for beginners. So read the recipes through before you start!