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Veg: River Cottage Everyday

(River Cottage Every Day)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  3,645 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Why don't we eat more veg? They're healthy, cost-effective and, above all, delicious. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall believes that it is time to put this to rights, as he explains in this brilliant new book. He's come up with an abundance of veg-tastic recipes, including a warm salad of grilled courgettes, lemon, garlic, mint and mozzarella, a winter giant couscous salad with ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury UK (first published 2011)
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May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to eat less meat and more vegetables
Shelves: cookery
I thought I would reread and review one of my favourite cookbooks for World Vegetarian Day.

I really love so many of the recipes in this book. Every recipe has a full page photo of the finished product which is a must have for cookery books I think. It's attractively presented and I like the potato print style decorations on the pages made with vegetables. The instructions are clear, there's virtually no ingredients you can't easily get from a supermarket. Most of it is vegan, it's mainly just in
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicked-read
The best of river cottage yet; this book is a clear manifesto - to make us eat less meat and thus better meat and eat a lot more vegetables. This the book I have been waiting for as my food philosophy has evolved over the years and my reading has broadened. I will never be vegetarian but I am uncomfortable with eating meat from intense farming methods. As a result, we now only include meat in three of our meals a week, eat more fish and, essentially, make the fruit and veg from the garden and th ...more
Interesting vegetable cookbook that is written by a well known "carnivore" chef. His most famous cookbook to date being "The River Cottage MEAT book" (as far as I know).
The River Cottage Meat Book
So even though all the recipes included are meatless, it didn't necessarily "shout out" vegetarian cookbook to me at first glance.
What I did love about this cookbook aside from the many beautiful illustrations was the simplicity of the majority of the dishes while still sounding equally delicious and worthy of a main entree .

Maria Frank
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This contains an excellent variety of vegetable dishes. I am a fan of Hugh's philosophy regarding food. It is not about becoming veggie or replacing meat products with something else. The question is why our mess revolve around a central 'meat' dish. Some of my favourite parts of a Sunday dinner are the vegetable dishes, not the meat. Why can't a beautiful cauliflower cheese take centre stage?

A lot of recipes here reflect similar ones used in my house hold. We are not veggie but believe in using
Although I started out as a fan of Hughs and a enthusiast about this series and book, I have since changed my mind. I think this series is all about making money and ticking boxes and I think the TV show comes across as misguided and confusing. As a vegetarian I really dont appreciate Hugh's disrespectful treatment of dead animals and the jovial nature him and his staff treat the death of these animals. Hugh is trying to get vegetarians onside whilst still being an avid meat eater. He claims to ...more
Sharah McConville
Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan recipes.
Dane Cobain
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t expecting great things from this book, and in fact I nearly didn’t pick it up. I doubt I would have if it was full price, but it was on sale for just £1 in a charity shop, and it was also part of a pile where they were selling two books for £1, too. I’d already picked up one and so I figured, what the hell? It was basically free.

I’ve worked through a bunch of different vegan and vegetarian cookbooks of late, and not all of them have been good. This one has probably been the best of all
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've made lots of dishes from the recipes in this book and
a) they work
b) they taste good
c) they're adaptable to whatever you have in the fridge.
If I had to recommend one recipe, it'd be Roasted Parsnip, Puy Lentil and Watercress Salad. It doesn't seem salad-y ; it's very savoury and warming . I've substituted carrots for parsnips, and spinach or broccoli for watercress, and it's still worked beautifully.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, 2014-challenge
Fantastic for anyone who is a vegetarian, is thinking about choosing the vegetarian diet, or just likes damn good food.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, vegetarian
About a month ago, I was having one of those days. I’d been booked for a job but my client was late delivering their material. I’d run out of coffee so I had to have tea for breakfast. Without my booked job to fill up my day I tried to do my own research but the words weren't flowing and the postmodernists were giving me the shits with their unnecessarily dense language (I do love a bit of pomo but it's so frigging hard to read sometimes). After an afternoon of unproductively staring at my compu ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent cookbook. I always struggle for meal ideas that aren't based around some sort of meat substitute or replacement, and I love how this book really let's the veg shine as the main focus of the meal. I love flicking through it when I receive our veg box or we have a certain vegetable in the garden that's ready to eat. It makes me want to cook.

The Spicy Chickpeas and Carrots Pitta is one of my favourites, and is so fast and easy that I see it becoming a regular lunch of mine (it'
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I write this review as a meat eater and have to say that this is an excellent book. Some of these recipes have become staples in our house, particularly Vegeree and the Mushroom and Kale lasagne both of which are delicious and both quick and easy to make (and affordable too!). The meals are complete meals and you don't find yourself looking for the meat at all. ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book. Got it out of the library initially, but so good I had to buy it.

As a vegetarian, with a severe intolerance to a lot of vegetables (severe pain and absolute exhaustion for days after eating many vegetables and a host of other foods), I really do have to sadly avoid the majority of my beloved fruit and vegetables, which has made my diet very restricted and repetitive. This book has given me so many ideas of how to make the vegetables I can eat more interesting. The recipes are eas
Robert Hudder
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the description of the attitude about eating vegetables on their own terms. Often at home we will have meals with no meat. It's not about eating less meat but really eating good veggies when they are available.

Hugh is known for his meat eating ethos but he describes it very well in that in valuing animals highly will generally mean eating less. I am a firm believer that every meat eater should know where their meat comes from. It is a necessary thing to see a pig or a cow on a hanger. T
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the photos and the author's chatty style of writing. But so many of the recipes used copious amounts of dairy and oil. I'm not vegan, but I do limit my cheese intake and don't use heavy cream at all -- which so many recipes include. I enjoyed reading it and some of the recipes gave my new ideas and food combinations to try, but it's not a book that I will purchase for my kitchen cookbook inspiration shelf. ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cupboard-love
This is the best cookbook for anyone, not just vego people. It uses everyday ingredients that are likely to be lurking in the fridge or pantry. Every recipe I have tried so far has been delicious and easy to make.
Emma Glaisher
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My partner and I mostly stopped eating meat when this book came out, and the recipes have been excellent.

Lots of quick to make curries etc. Just had the excellent Fennel and Squash Lasagne. Everything so far has worked well and been delicious.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I don't normally review cook books here, but this one is so outstanding, I thought it would be good to pass along to everyone. Check it out. He has such an easy, natural delivery and the recipes are sound. Many times, I will browse for ideas and skip the exact recipe. Great, great book ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some very tasty recipes in here if often a little heavy on the butter! Love the Dahl and the AMAZING non-chickpea hummus recipes especially the beetroot and walnut one. Yum!
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. I have made many of the recipes and everything has been delicious!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vegetarian meals have come along way from nut roasts and cauliflower cheese. This cookbook is a great example of exciting and tasty recipes to get your mouth watering. With a range of simpler and more complicated recipes (ingredients may be difficult to source for some).
Andrea James
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
It seems vegetable books/columns written by non-vegetarians appeal to me. Ottolenghi's vegetable recipes are terrific and this book is more along those lines. This book's recipes in general have fewer exotic ingredients and are simpler both in flavour and preparation.

I'm not a fan of bean-heavy dishes and things that are supposed to mimic meat but don't even come close. I'd rather celebrate the joy of vegetables than attempt to replace meat. I love vegetables and there are very few vegetables th
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
this is a great intro-to-vegetarian cookbook if you've managed to never read a vegetarian cookbook in your life and you like pictures (otherwise pick up bittman's). there are exactly three unique recipes out of the more than 200. a spinach souffle with pasta called a spouffle, and two other clever name amalgamations that you'll have to see for yourself to believe. otherwise, every recipe in this book can be found on any old internet website - nothing innovative, no crazy ingredients, nothing ear ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a carnivore I love this book! It doesn't try to turn you into a vegetarian, or preach at you, it is just filled with delicious recipes that just happen to be vegetarian or even vegan! Easy to follow directions, simple ingredients and gorgeous pictures make this a "must have" cook book. ...more
Aja Marsh
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Really enjoyed this book-- lots of great recipes. I didn't read all the chapter intros. ...more
Miss P Campbell
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book - was thinking can veg really be that interesting without being over complicated - and guess what he's right it is, am working my way through these great recipes ...more
Shonaigh Mudie
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recipe-books
This is the book to accompany the television series airing on Channel 4 last year. A big break from form and his usual tradition, seen meat loving, self sufficient Hugh ditch meat entirely. Have watched his previous programmes and he always comes across very well and has a good philosophy on food. The column he writes for the Guardian is also worth a read. It was a challenge for him to be veg only but it encouraged creativity and reinforced that all people should really think about making veg a ...more
Lee Broderick
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I'm not quite sure how to review this book - I don't think I'm its target audience.

Ever since The River Cottage Meat Book came out I've been waiting for the River Cottage Veg Book. This isn't it and I don't think we'll ever have one now, however much it may have been hinted at in that tome. Things change and Hugh's moved on since then. His new output is clearly aimed at a very different audience to that which bought into the Meat Book, The River Cottage Year and The River Cottage Cook
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spotted this book on the sale rack in the local library when I was returning the Leftovers book which I had both enjoyed and thought useful.

And the same goes for this book, except that I get to keep it. It is a good read and a visual feast between the photographs of the dishes and the vegetable print illustrations. I hadn't realised when I opened it that this is a vegetarian cookbook in the sense there's no meat or fish in it. He does mention that you could serve some of the dishes alongside m
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I resonated with the introduction to this collection of vegetarian recipes that focused on trying to increase vegetable consumption for health and environmental reasons (and because vegetables are delicious). The recipes focus on celebrating vegetables in all their glory, not on trying to replace meat. The author reminds me Mollie Katzen in challenging the idea that a big protein goes in the center of the plate and more about a collection of mezze/tapas/small dishes. I want to make everything in ...more
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