Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen - Review & Give-Away

New Holland Publishers
I don't actually blog many Italian-inspired dishes, but I do cook quite a few simple and rustic Italian dishes at home. That's why I was quite excited to receive a copy of The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen by Italian born author and journalist, Veronica Lavenia. This book isn't full of fancy ingredients and celeb-chef anecdotes. It's a book written with a passion for simple, healthy and easy-to-prepare vegetarian food.
"The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen represents the true contemporary culture of Italian homemade cooking that is both healthy and affordable for everyone."
The book is arranged in seasons, so is great for anyone who receives an organic vegetable box or has a kitchen garden or allotment. Not every recipe is illustrated, but each recipe is made from wholesome, fresh ingredients. Some of the specialist pasta shapes might be hard to come by in the UK, but I don't see why they can't be swapped for a penne, spaghetti or macaroni, if that's what you have in the cupboard!

Some recipes are vegan (or can easily be adapted by omitting the cheese!) and gluten free too, although, unfortunately, the recipes don't indicate this. Another small gripe, is the inclusion of non-vegetarian cheeses, such as Parmesan, but again, these are easy to substitute.

As usual, I had to try out several recipes, before posting my review. I really enjoyed eating the carrot and dried fruit salad as a side with the baked oven anellini. Both really easy to prepare using seasonal ingredients, but very tasty too.

If that's whet your appetite, I have a copy of The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen, published by New Holland Publishers, to give away.

Just enter your details on the Rafflecopter widget below and leave me a comment, telling me your favourite Italian dish. Competition closes at 12.00 am on Sun 10th July. UK ONLY.

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50 comments:

  1. I love vegetable pizza's made myself it's a good way t use up the odd veg that gets left in the fridge :)

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  2. Lasagna, but I need a really great vegan version still.

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  3. Lasagna - I make a lovely gluten free one with roasted veggies.

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  4. I love italian salads, tomato, mozarella and basil, maybe with a few pine nuts. But pizza, mmm, pizza!

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  5. i like gnocchi ever since i had it in italy

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  6. Artichoke hearts on a pizza base

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  7. I make a lovely vegetarian lasagne

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  8. Pizza - with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil :)

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  9. My absolute favourite is spaghetti with finely chopped chilli, garlic, lemon juice and basil with a drizzle of olive oil. It's really simple but lovely.

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  10. Spinach and ricotta tortellini! :)

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  11. Has to be lasagne. Would love to try it in Italy one day :)

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  12. Penne arrabiatta - I love food with a kick to it! :-D

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  13. a good tomato sauce with olives on rice pasta

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  14. I love gnocchi but am terrible at making my own! I've tried so many times and it's always gone horribly, horribly wrong!

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  15. My favourite Italian dish is carbonara - simple but just love it

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  16. Any kind of veggie pizza. I confess to being an addict!

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  17. I love vegetarian lasagne!

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  18. I love caponata, a really tasty aubergine stew, but who doesn't like pasta or pizza!

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  20. I always choose pizza if eating out

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  21. Gotta be a huge, thin crust four cheese pizza!

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  22. Lasagne with lots of vegetables.

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  23. I love making vegetable calzone.

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  24. Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

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  25. I love vegetable lasagna - its a family favourite here x

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  26. I love pasta pomodoro, which, in my version, has tagliatelle with cherry tomatoes, rocket, toasted pine nuts, basil and vegetarian parmesan cheese.

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  27. I love vegetable lasange, you can add so much to it

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  28. We enjoy Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

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  29. Spaghetti Gamberoni - or Carbonara :)

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  30. I love Arrabbiata sauce, so I have to yo with the classic Penne all'arrabbiata.

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  31. Roast Vegetable Pizza

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