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This cookbook is one of the best I've seen as far as easy, affordable, and nutritious meals. So many cookbooks contain recipes we'll never make because they have strange ingredients we've never heard of, require special trips to the store, and just seem flat-out intimidating. Not the case here!
I've made about 1/3 of the recipes in this cookbook (and I'm not a cookbook person per se). Some of my favorites include: Greek-style scrambled tofu, rice pudding, miso soup, marinated vegetables, broiled tofu, rice yams & greens, pasta with green beans and feta cheese, puttanesca, dark chocolate pudding, and baked bannanas. My favorite recipe from the book is, however, the mushroom-barley soup, which I actually included in my Lifetips book "101 Vegetarian Eating & Living Tips."
The book is paperback, and therefore affordable. The instructions are brief and easy to follow (including instructions on where to buy the necessary ingredients). The recipes are what I would consider "real food," not super fancy gourmet stuff. As a testament to the book's "usability," it includes a chapter called "Tools, Techniques, and Terms: A Short Course." Beginner or advanced, simple or fancy...there is something for any vegetarian in Carole Raymond's "Student's Vegetarian Cookbook." I picked up this book after a decade of vegetarian living and found many new ideas, tips, and some inspiration.
This cookbook is a 10 out of 10, be sure to pick it up!