I decided to rummage through my closet yesterday and cam across some old BETTER HOME AND GARDENS vegetable cookbooks from the late 70's. I had actually forgotten they were in there until that point. I thought it would be fun to look through the books and see if their are many differences between cooking vegetables now versus 40 years ago. My oh my what a difference!
This is a collection of vegetable recipes that are "all time favourites" of yesteryear. Immediately upon opening the book I realized that times have changed, every recipe I saw used canned condensed soups, jiggly gelatin of some sort, and strange combinations of products that made for interesting final results.
One thing I DID like about this book was the information provided for each and every vegetable under the sun. The book breaks the chapters into "vegetables" teaching you the simplest cooking method and for how long. It also provides recipes for each vegetable but as I mentioned, the recipes leave lots to be desired!
I've snatched a few recipes and plan to totally update them with my twist and share both the original, and my version with you all in the upcoming weeks.
If you're a new vegetarian, books like this are great because you're learning about vegetables and the basics of cooking them properly which is handy in the kitchen. Just avoid the gelatinous salads for lunch and you're golden!
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.