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Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East

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VEGGIESTAN or 'land of the vegetables'. There is of course no such word, and no such country. But in this upbeat guide to Middle Eastern vegetarian cookery Sally Butcher proves that the region more than merits the term, and that its constituent nations are simmering, bubbling, bursting with sumptuous vegetarian traditions and recipes.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Pavilion Books (first published 2011)
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Raisu
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
We're big fans of Middle-Eastern food in our house, but not so much of meat. It could seem like an unhappy combination, since lamb and chicken do feature pretty heavily in the cuisine of the region -- there's even a dessert in Turkey that uses chicken breast. But legumes, grains, vegetables, and fruits are also important all over Middle-East. Butcher's book offers traditional and slightly tweaked veggie recipes from Morocco to Afganistan. And it's a wonderful book. Beautiful, entertaining and co ...more
Lynne
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just love this book. So did many other people it seems. It was shortlisted to one of three for cook book of the year and has won other prizes.

The recipes it contains are so different from mediterranean, indian or any other foreign cooking and totally delicious. They use things like dried limes, saffron, pomegranate, cardamom, turmeric to add a totally different range of flavours. I found them more child and family friendly than hard spices, because they are aromatic and warm. They're not diff
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Ashleigh
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought my boyfriend this book for christmas and as I predicted he adores it. It is a hefty tome filled with vegetarian goodness and aromatic spices that will fill your home with their pungent aromas. The book is beautiful. The images large and pretty which is impressive considering the food is all middle eastern and filled with veg. It still manages to look fresh and clean and utterly appealing. I wanted to wait to review this until I had sampled some of the recipes but I could wait no longer. ...more
E St
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best vegetarian cookbooks I have ever had the pleasure to read, the recipes are excellent, and the focus on the cuisine of the Middle East is something fresh I think.

The recipes have some milk, and eggs, in them, but I think this would work for vegans too with some egg/milk replacements.
Roslyn
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm working my way through the recipes in this book and I don't think there is one that I won't try!! It's such a wonderful book. Who knew vegetables could be so exotic, enticing and delicious. Fast becoming my favourite cookery book ever!
Jorgen
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to both eastern and vegetarian cuisine. I look into this one quite a lot, even though I'm not strictly a vegetarian.
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Sally Butcher is an accidental and accident-prone shop-keeper, and before that that she was an accidental and accident-prone chef. But both experiences have given her a lot to laugh about and even more to write about.

When she is not writing books in the back room, she blogs and tweets prolifically, helps her husband run their corner-shop, Persepolis, and organises all sorts of extra-curricular pop
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