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Looking for exciting new vegetarian recipes to get creative in the kitchen this year? Look no further than this stellar trio of modern cookbooks which are sure to reveal some new found favourites for the year ahead.
Take your veg up a gear with Middle Eastern inspired mezze from Salma Hage, Nordic style raw food from Icelandic chef Solla Eiriksdottir and be inspired by the creative vegetarian studio kitchen of world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.
Here's the lowdown on each:
1) The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook - Salma Hage
Fans of Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients should look no further than The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook from the author of the bestselling classic, The Lebanese Kitchen, Salma Hage. This time round Hage has tuned into the huge vegetarian offering that Middle Eastern cuisine encompasses, from delicious breakfasts and drinks, mezze and salads to vegetables and pulses, grains and desserts. The book includes 150 achievable and nourishing recipes drawing on the Middle Eastern diet consisting largely of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, pulses, grains and legumes. As well as putting a Middle Eastern spin on the usual favourites Hage showing us how to use some more specialised, yet widely available ingredients.
2) Raw: Recipes for a modern vegetarian lifestyle – Solla Eiriksdottir
Nordic food fans will relish the chance to snap up this collection of recipes for a modern vegetarian lifestyle from acclaimed Icelandic chef Solla Eiriksdottir. Divided into five chapters – breakfast, snacks, light lunches, main dishes, and sweet treats this is a fresh look at vegetarian cooking with some exciting twists. Whilst all the recipes are vegetarian the emphasis is on raw or uncooked food. A delicious snapshot inside includes Green smoothie, Pistachio and kale hummus, Quinoa pizza, and vegan Vanilla ice cream.
A seasonal recipe and activity section follows each chapter delving deeper into some wider lifestyle choices of living healthily like 'growing vegetables in small spaces, dying cloth with turmeric in summer, picking wild berries in fall, and making holiday gifts in winter.'
3) Studio Olafur Eliasson: The Kitchen - Olafur Eliasson, Alice Waters (contributor)
Food is a creative source of inspiration in the studio kitchen of world-renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. He gives us a glimpse into the creative culinary space where the staff, artists and collaborators eat communally and details over 100 vegetarian recipes that nourish them. René Redzepi and Alice Waters count among some of the guests that have enjoyed spending time in his kitchen. Waters also wrote the forward, sharing Eliasson's philosophy that sitting around a communal table and eating together is a constant source of connection.