A review by leahsbooks
Vegetable Simple: A Cookbook, by Eric Ripert, Nigel Parry

informative inspiring


Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book. I am offering my honest opinion voluntarily.

I was intrigued by the idea of a book devoted solely to the preparation of vegetables by the chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Before starting, I was half expecting the recipes to involve complicated lists of difficult-to-find ingredients, with impossible to follow directions that would be far past my skill level. However, I was so pleasantly surprised to find that this really is a cookbook full of simple recipes featuring vegetables.

The book starts out by explaining why vegetables are so important to the author, and closes with a quick guide about how to select and clean vegetables, with special emphasis on the seasons in which specific vegetables are available in the Northern Hemisphere. 

There's such a variety of cultural influences in the recipes - Asian, Middle Eastern, European, and Latin American. Nearly every ingredient listed can easily be found in my local supermarket, and the few that aren't can still be found easily by visiting an Asian supermarket. Each recipe is preceded with a stunning photograph, giving me a visual idea of what to expect, and there were so many recipes that I bookmarked. 

While vegetables are the star of the show, there are a few recipes featuring fruits as well, so there's a dessert section as well, and a few recipes for alcoholic beverages as well. The recipes run the gamut from appetizers to dessert, with everything in-between, and makes me excited to pick up some ingredients and give these recipes a try. It's perfect for everyone, including vegans and vegetarians.