Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World: A Cookbook. Madhur Jaffrey draws on more than four decades of culinary adventures, travels, and experimentation to create a diverse collection of more than 650 vegetarian recipes from five continents in this James Beard Award-winning cookbook.
Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian exemplifies Madhur’s unmatched ability to create accessible, flavorful home cooking. Extensive sections on beans, vegetables, grains, and dairy illustrate the numerous ways in which these global staples are consumed. Madhur combines familiar ingredients such as green mangoes, pigeon peas, and spelt in appealing, uncomplicated dishes such as sumptuous omelets and rich polentas. She demystifies the latter with straightforward explanations, making it second nature to incorporate new combinations and interesting flavors into everyday cooking. She also includes substantial sections on soups, salads, and beverages, as well as sauces and other flavorings, to help round out a meatless meal and infuse even the simplest dishes with exciting new flavors.
Each section begins with a thorough introduction in which Madhur discusses preparation and storage techniques, as well as various cooking techniques and their cultural origins. Additionally, a comprehensive glossary of ingredients and techniques clarifies some of the lesser-known aspects of world cuisines, allowing even the uninitiated to enjoy the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and more.
Madhur weaves personal anecdotes and historical contexts throughout this expansive collection, whether recalling a field of leeks she saw in the mountains of northern Greece or describing how corn-based dishes arrived in Indonesia via colonial trade.
Vegetarians will rejoice at the variety of meatless options offered by Madhur, while nonvegetarians will enjoy experimenting with her global flavors. This highly readable resource will be an excellent addition to any cook’s library, assisting everyone in incorporating healthy ethnic foods into everyday cooking.