Ooh, should I call myself a ‘cheap and easy vegetarian’? Sounds dodgy!
Now that I have given up meat and gone back to being a veggie, I have been digging out some of my old vegetarian cookbook favourites. They are well thumbed as I never stopped using them. Even when I was eating meat we always had vegetarian food twice a week.
Going back to the greats
Many of my vegetarian cookbooks are practically vintage. The one that provoked the title of this post was Cheap and Easy by Rose Elliot. She was THE veggie food writer when I first gave up meat in the late seventies. This one appeared in 1988.
I was having a browse through it last night with my vegan lodger. There are many very good recipes in there which, as the title of the book suggests, are cheap and easy vegetarian food and quite a few vegan recipes as well.
Some old favourites
Some of the corners of the pages are turned over where years ago I marked dishes that looked particularly interesting. I am going to give some of these old recipes a try.
Glamorgan ‘sausages’, made with breadcrumbs, cheese, onions and lots of herbs appear promising and I remember eating lentils and mushrooms au gratin a lot (we called it lentil slop, but it was really delicious!). Vegetable rice with roasted nuts is a kind of veggie paella and easy nut burgers will be worth making in batches for the freezer.
Rose Elliot on the Internet
Finding this old book made me wonder what happened to Rose Elliot. I was delighted to discover that she is still going strong and has her own website.
She still sells lots of books but Cheap and Easy seems to be unavailable there, along with another favourite, Not Just a Load of Old Lentils (which I have lost). However, she does have a promising looking collection in the Rose Elliot’s New Complete Vegetarian . If I am lucky enough to get vouchers for Christmas I am going to buy it!
In the meantime, I had a look on Amazon and found Not Just a Load of Old Lentils, so bought it for a mere £3 including postage. Bargain! If you fancy it, Cheap and Easy: Essential vegetarian collection is on there too from 1p plus postage.
I am really happy to have rediscovered this great writer. Her books will help me to be a cheap and easy vegetarian on a budget.
Does anyone else have recommendations for interesting vegetarian food writers?
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