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Leon: Fast Vegetarian


3.72  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  11 reviews

A new cookbook from Leon is always something to celebrate. Leon Fast Vegetarian, created by Leon co-founder Henry Dimbleby and food writer Jane Baxter, explores the flavorful, vibrant meals that can be created from the wonderful range of vegetables on offer.

Leon's 13 restaurants in the UK are all about delicious, healthy fast food made from sustainable ingredients and that
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Conran
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Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are some nice recipes in this book, and it's nice to look through. Shows the finished dish for each recipe along with some family photos, family history, pretty table cloths and quirky serving suggestions. I own and have read lots of recipe books for vegan and vegetarian food so for me there wasn't anything particularly new, a few twists on things I might try. There are as always quite a few recipes that require egg for binding, I tried one and as you usually can, you can get away with lea ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully designed cook book, you can tell the love that's been poured into it. Lots of simple dishes using root vegetables and pulses (+ lots of cauliflower ones, which I just love!).

Each recipe is marked as to V (vegetarian), WH (wheat-free), GF (gluten-free) and DF (dairy-free). Liked that.

Will definitely try a few of recipes but not sure that the majority is for me (in terms of making them at home, the "yummy" factor is certainly there!). The Mashed Potato recipe (or rather the photo) look
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
A rather run of the mill vegetarian cookbook, not terrible and some tempting pictures, but also not really bringing anything new to the table. The recipes felt a bit like they were trying to mimic the (amazing) River Cottage Veg Every Day!, but fell a bit short. Once weirdly annoying thing is that they have a system in all the Leon cookbooks for marking recipes as vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, healthy, etc etc.... so every single recipe was marked V, which seemed rather superfluous. RCVE! ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interestingly presented cookbook--it looks more like a scrapbook. (Though I could have done without all of the baby pictures.)

I didn't find many recipes that I would be willing to prepare. They are simply far too involved and include way too many expensive and difficult to find ingredients (no, I do not keep truffle oil in my cupboard.) They also seem to be very big into eggs at Leon, and don't include vegan exchanges for these recipes.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ongoing as all the cook books, so far 3/5... will continue exploring.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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My son brought my attention to this series of cookbooks. So far, this is my favorite! I love the layout and organization for ease of use. Included is some useful supplementary information, which I enjoyed reading through, and the realistic pictures of the food are great! During their visit over the Holidays, my son's girlfriend made the "Sweet Potatoes with Garlic, Ginger & Cilantro" for us. They were so good that I requested she make it again! She acquiesced with grace and enthusiasm, which ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of recipes for me. Everything sounds good, and it leans heavily on ingredients that will be coming out of my garden in the next couple of months. The recipes are not super fast, but they're ordinary, the kind of thing I would cook for everyday fare. I checked it out of the library and am planning on buying a copy.

The main downside to this book is that I thought these recipes might appeal to my husband (who is the actual vegetarian in the house) and kids. So far, no su
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I checked this out on a whim and so far it's helped me make three great dishes. It's got a great layout and a fun point of view, so definitely a keeper.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I tried multiple recipes from this book and they were...ok. Not bad, not good, just ok. And often fairly time-consuming, which would be ok if the result was really amazing.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED the pictures and the stories about the individuals. The recipes? I am still thinking about.
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Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Can't wait to start trying some of the recipes, but there are some errors.
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