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Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World

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In her most comprehensive volume yet, Madhur Jaffrey draws on more than four decades of culinary adventures, travels, and experimentation for a diverse collection that both intrigues and delights the palate. Dishes from five continents touch on virtually all the world's best loved flavors, for a unsurpassed selection of vegetarian fare.

More than 650 recipes exemplify Madhu
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Paperback, 768 pages
Published January 15th 2002 by Clarkson Potter (first published October 8th 1998)
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Angelar
Feb 16, 2008 Angelar rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with tastebuds who is not a Tyrannosaurus rex
I can't stress enough how indispensable I find this cookbook. Divided into easy-to-use sections (for individual beans, vegetables, grains, dairy products, and soups, salads, drinks, and additional seasonings), clearly written and supplemented with cultural anecdotes and tips, Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian is encyclopedic in scope, but full of individual treasures. Even if you're someone who eats meat regularly, this book is worth investigating for its troves of recipes which will surely sup ...more
notgettingenough
Jul 29, 2011 notgettingenough rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
I have a friend who is a dyke from Amsterdam - let me clarify that.

It isn't that she holds back the flood waters.

More that she likes girls more than is strictly speaking necessary.

More, for example, than Whitaker would.

She comes around for dinner a lot and she is a very politically correct dyke. Last Monday she presented me with something. 'What's that?' I asked suspiciously? 'A zucchini' she replied. Well, I did know that, really. But for all I know, being a dyke means -

Well anyway. Now I ha
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Karen Roman
Jan 29, 2013 Karen Roman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-and-cooking
I'm not vegetarian, but I have been going back to this again and again over the years whenever I am looking for vegetable dishes. It's a seemingly limitless source of recipes that make flavorful dishes that are often suitable for either side dishes or main courses. This book has travelled with me from home to home for the last decade and a half, and it hasn't let me down yet. Can't recommend it highly enough. If you enjoy eastern cuisines and like your veggies, I consider this volume a "must hav ...more
Cort
Oct 13, 2007 Cort rated it it was amazing
Love me, love my cooking. And I love to cook. DAMN. I don't buy too many cookbooks, as I usually prefer to get creative in the kitchen, but this book is so thorough and the recipes so simple and yet amazing I had to give in a buy it. Who's coming over for dinner?
Allie
Mar 23, 2015 Allie added it
Shelves: cookbooks, own
I got this behemoth on clearance at Beans & Barley! What a steal! Anyways, the recipes look really good - a good mix of complex ones and crazy simple ones. Although with all cookbooks, I refrain from giving it a rating until I've actually made a few things from it.
Tobinsfavorite
May 08, 2009 Tobinsfavorite rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tobinsfavorite by: A friend who didn't actually like it
this is my first-among-cookbooks. I just had Persian poached eggs with Forbidden Rice last night. I must be the Emperor!
Joanne
Dec 28, 2010 Joanne rated it it was amazing
This is my absolute favourite cookbook. Love it, love it, love it!
Krysten
Oct 15, 2013 Krysten rated it it was amazing
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I wish Madhur Jaffrey were my grandma.

More than that, though, I wish I had enough time in my life to cook every single one of these recipes. I love how comprehensive this book is; this truly is a worldwide selection of recipes. Jaffrey also does the thing that I love most in cookbooks, which is to include a few sentences alongside every recipe to detail how to prepare it or what to serve it with. Cookbooks that don't have that little extra bit of information do not belong on my over-stuffed coo
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Tricia
Aug 02, 2011 Tricia rated it it was amazing
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I am not a vegetarian, but I have belonged to local CSAs for most of the past decade. As a result, I have an abundance of fresh vegetables for half of the year, and I'm always looking for interesting ways to prepare them. This cookbook definitely serves that purpose. I pull it off the shelf at least 4 times a week during CSA season. With very few exceptions, I have really enjoyed every recipe I've tried. Perhaps a dozen are in our regular meal rotation.

The recipes come from a variety of culinary
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Nags
Jun 02, 2013 Nags rated it it was amazing
i usually don't rate cookbooks until i've tried at least 3 recipes from it but this one was irresistible. i haven't cooked from it yet but i've heard so many good things about it and after 20 mins of browsing through it, i have bookmarked 6 recipes already. some of them recipes sound so simple, pair up amazingly different ingredients and make you want to cook and eat it rightthisminute. as a rule, i prefer cookbooks with books but this is a wonderful exception.

i know this is too glowing a revie
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never-been-in-a-riot
Dec 07, 2015 never-been-in-a-riot rated it it was amazing
Speaking as a vegan, this is perhaps my favourite cookbook. Easily and cheaply acquired ingredients, simple to prepare meals, and a huge range of ethnic styles and flavours, all tested and proven by decades or centuries of tradition.
Kira
May 01, 2016 Kira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library, cookbooks
This is my favourite cookbook, hands down. The dishes inside sound simple and have humble names, but 'tomatoes in a tomato sauce' will knock your socks off. I'm found the book somewhat intimidating to start -- it's organized by ingredient, and there are virtually no pictures -- but it produces probably the best food I've ever cooked. Try the Sri Lankan sweet potatoes! The recipes are prefaced by information about the area they're from, as well as Jaffrey's first experience with the dish and sugg ...more
Adrian
Feb 08, 2015 Adrian rated it really liked it
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I really like this book. The recipes are simple and the stories behind each recipe are wonderful. I usually cook out of this book in summer because it relies on fresh and seasonal produce for flavour in many of the dishes.
Julie
Dec 04, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
I remember using Madhur Jaffrey's cookbooks for Indian cooking in England in the 1980's. I found her style very engaging & her recipes delicious! It was a real treat to come across this new book by her especially as several of my family members are vegetarian. This cookbook is highly readable in Mahur's warm conversational style & the recipes are laid out very logically. Each recipe includes a label stating which country or region it is from. There are some photographs in the center of t ...more
Sara
Apr 12, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Nicely organized, and every time it started to get boring and predictable, something really interesting would pop up and make me go "Ooh!"
Karene
May 30, 2008 Karene rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
This book is a fantastic resource for trying out vegetarian recipes. My husband and I were looking to cut back on meat but not looking to go totally vegetarian, and I'm not a fan of just removing meat from my regular recipes. Madhur Jaffrey is the master of fantastic flavors, in my opinion. Most of the meals are seasoned in a way that will leave you wanting more. Keep in mind that this is a book of "world" recipes, some of them are more exotic than others and require a bit of adventurous tastebu ...more
Melanie Blau McDonald
Aug 15, 2016 Melanie Blau McDonald rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
Many good, simple recipes. Super description for making your own fresh cheese (with variations) as is done in much of the world.
Angela Burkholder
Jan 22, 2016 Angela Burkholder rated it it was amazing
We're a family with a large garden and we enjoy cooking foods from all over the world. This cookbook is wonderful! Most ingredients are easily found in any grocery store, unlike many ethnic cookbooks these days.
Angela
Feb 20, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Highly recommended to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike!
Sam Gilbert
Jan 29, 2014 Sam Gilbert rated it it was amazing
It is rare to encounter a cookbook in which every recipe is outstanding. This is that rare thing. And there are SO many recipes. I love this book.
Nigel Kotani
Mar 04, 2016 Nigel Kotani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very, very good. The best veggie recipe book I've encountered.
Annette Bowman
Jun 10, 2015 Annette Bowman rated it really liked it
Absolutely indispensable vegetarian cookbook!
Jen
Apr 04, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Got this as a gift last summer, and have finally had a chance to try it out. Cameron's not as much of a beans-and-rice co-op vegetarian as me - his ideal dinner is stir fry. So this book has been a good resource for a couple hit dinners (and some failures, but those are my faults, or maybe that of my shabby pans that make it easy to burn things.) It's a nice resource for seemingly simple meals that don't taste like the same old thing I've been making for years, with different ingredients that I ...more
Ivonne
Feb 01, 2015 Ivonne marked it as to-read
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Joan
Jul 21, 2008 Joan rated it it was amazing
The other of my 3 favortie cookbooks, this one has all kinds of markers sticking out from the top and the side so I can find my favorite recipes fast. This cookbook offers ideas way beyond the regular vegetarian fare. You may need to find an "ethnic" food store to buy some of the ingredients in this book, but it is so worth it. Many of those new ingredients have become standards in our kitchen. The dust jacket for this book is long gone, but Madhur is so cute on the cover holding her eggplant!
K
Jun 25, 2015 K rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite cookbook of all time. I've never had to change a recipe (unless I preferred it a different way).. Vegetarian or not, every single dish I've ever made is delicious. Love, love the Nigerian peanut stew. I'll probably never be done reading this cookbook. I've been using it for years. it is my favorite vegetarian cookbook of all time. if I had to save one cookbook in a fire this eould be it. Nigerian peanut stew, yellow lentil dal, saag paneer, roti, eggs with siracha. love it al ...more
K.N.
Mar 18, 2016 K.N. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-shelf, cookbooks, 1990s
I love how everything is organized in this book, and I've loved just about every recipe I've tried. I've had a few issues here and there, such as recipes calling for beans being cooked a certain way with the cooking water retained and used, but I often pre-cook and freeze beans to save time, so perfecting the conversion's had many trials-and-errors. That's my own fault though. If you follow the recipes exactly, you won't have any trouble. They're great.
Leah
Jul 21, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I don't ever read a cookbook cover-to-cover, so it's odd to say it's "read." Graham gave me this for a gift last holiday season, and it's been great. Highly recommended both for cooking and reading.

My criticisms so far are that quantity of salt called for in some of the recipes is much too large and the pressure cooker cooking times for some for some legumes are too long. As with all cookbooks, read with a critical eye and adjust for common sense.
Ginna
Sep 28, 2008 Ginna rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ginna by: Jessica
Shelves: recipes
Not too long ago, I had sprouted sauteed blackeyed peas for BREAKFAST, thanks to the inspiration of this book. Jaffrey gives great instructions on cooking, soaking, sprouting, picking ingredients, and she also works wonders through the medium of story (imagine a group of Indian ladies engaged in the communal work of sorting beans together 50 years ago during Jaffrey's childhood, and maybe you'll be inspired to actually sort your own beans as I was).
Rebekka
Aug 18, 2011 Rebekka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery-books
Quite simply THE best vegetarian cookbook in the world!
With hundreds of foolproof recipes from all over the world, handyly indexed by ingredient.
This book is used on an almost daily basis. I can come home see what i have in the fridge and then consult the book. As long as you have a fully stocked spice and condiment cupboard you can eat a delectable feast everyday.

I have never had a dinner disaster when cooking from this book!
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Madhur Jaffrey is the person who brought curries into the mainstream with her 1973 debut book An Invitation to Indian Cookery.
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