Food

Food

Food is full of uncomplicated, tasty meals to tempt both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Inspired by growing up as a vegetarian and working on her mother's recipes, and using stories and photographs (past and present) to tell her life through food, Mary has created recipes for friends and family that are imaginative and creative.Fresh, inspirational and irresist...

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Author:Mary McCartney
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Food Reviews

  • Davenport Public Library

    I require two things of a cookbook for me to check it out:

    ♥ There must be lots of photos.

    ♥ Those photos must be beautiful.

    Checking out a cookbook is not the same thing as USING a cookbook. For me to actually use a cookbook, I require two additional things:

    ♥ Simple ingredients.

    ♥ Simple instructions.

    Very, very few cookbooks meet these requirements (thus I am forced to make frozen pizza at least twice a week. Sigh. It is so difficult being

    I require two things of a cookbook for me to check it out:

    ♥ There must be lots of photos.

    ♥ Those photos must be beautiful.

    Checking out a cookbook is not the same thing as USING a cookbook. For me to actually use a cookbook, I require two additional things:

    ♥ Simple ingredients.

    ♥ Simple instructions.

    Very, very few cookbooks meet these requirements (thus I am forced to make frozen pizza at least twice a week. Sigh. It is so difficult being a lazy cook with high cookbook standards). So when I discovered that Mary McCartney’s new cookbook, FOOD: Vegetarian Home Cooking, exceeded all of my requirements I just had to hug it. Yup, I hug that cookbook. On a regular basis. Because I love it. I really really love it.

    For those of you who are not as obsessed with the McCartney family as I am, Mary McCartney is the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney, and thus grew up in arguably the most famous of vegetarian families. I was worried that Mary’s long history with vegetarian cooking (not particularly my favorite type of food) would result in complicated and unappealing fancy cuisine and thus dash my hopes that I would ever be able to comfortably tuck in if invited to sit at the McCartney supper table.

    Upon opening the cookbook, I was first struck (and almost brought to tears) by Mary’s cozy photographs of lovely people and fresh food and how the photographs reminded me just enough of her mother, Linda, but were still very much the artist’s own. Wonderful and crisp.

    Then I started looking at the recipes and I was like “HEY I CAN MAKE THESE!” I made a cold Quinoa salad, a Quinoa and white bean soup, granola bars, zucchini pasta, a coconut-pineapple smoothie and all were easy and successful. My favorite recipe was the hummus and hot pepper jam sandwich – So simple, right?! The recipes are delicious and appealing to even a non-Veggie lover like me. Mary McCartney managed to not only make a beautiful and delicious cookbook, but also to make me feel like a confident, capable cook. And that is why FOOD gets a frequent hug from me. You should probably hug it, too.

  • Aisling Van Dam LaBauve

    I go to this cookbook often. As someone who is mainly vegetarian, I find these recipes to be easy to make and easy to tweak should I desire a little variation. The photographs are plentiful and gorgeous, and so far everything I've made from this book has been yummy!

  • K

    I keep coming back to the lemon cupcakes and the veggie hotpot. I am such a fan of the author's mother. Linda McCartney inspired me to try vegetarian food in the 80's and I'm hooked on healthy eating as an integral part of my life because of it. Every recipe I've tried is spot on. Unlike veganomicon (thumbs down) there's nothing to change with each recipe. We must have similar tastes. got this from the library then went and bought a copy.

  • Darren

    Here is a colourful book that sets out to provide a range of "home cooking" recipes for vegetarians as well as, perhaps providing a bit of an introduction to meat-free eating for those who still have rather outdated views towards vegetarianism.

    In case you think the name might be familiar, you are right - Mary McCartney grew up with vegetarian cooking, worked with her mother on her range of vegetarian cookbooks and has been a consultant on the brand for Linda McCartney Foods for over

    Here is a colourful book that sets out to provide a range of "home cooking" recipes for vegetarians as well as, perhaps providing a bit of an introduction to meat-free eating for those who still have rather outdated views towards vegetarianism.

    In case you think the name might be familiar, you are right - Mary McCartney grew up with vegetarian cooking, worked with her mother on her range of vegetarian cookbooks and has been a consultant on the brand for Linda McCartney Foods for over a decade. After a brief introduction the reader is presented with various "cooking notes" that provide a few hints and tips that might be of most use to the "vegetarian virgin" and then it is straight on to the recipes.

    But fear not. This is a book for cooking, not campaigning.

    The recipes themselves are split into a few chapters for breakfast & brunch; snacks & sandwiches; soups, salads & starters; mains; basics & sides and desserts and baking. Everything is surrounded by a wide range of inspirational, scene-setting photographs and the design is relatively clean, fresh and accessible. It is particularly good to see quality food photography as this can help sway over the more sceptical, reluctant reader to try vegetarian food and see that it is not just mushed up vegetables and boring soups (!).

    There is a good, broad range of different dishes and, of course, at times "meat substitutes" come into play such as the Shepherd's Pie. A book like this could be particularly of use where one or more people in the family follow a vegetarian diet and yet other family members can still eat relatively familiar dishes together without needing to make two versions! Vegetarian mince is never going to be meat mince, but nonetheless… Some of the recipes look as if they have cut back on the seasoning but it is easier to add a bit more to suit an individual's taste rather than take it away afterwards.

    An index at the rear is fairly comprehensive and it lets you search by recipe and by key ingredient type. And that's about it. One common complaint about vegetarian books is (by vegetarians) that the range of dishes can often be limited or that the ingredients are not always an appreciated substitution. If that sort of thing is really important to you, check this book out before purchase. But as a general introduction, particularly to a non vegetarian, this did seem to provide a great amount of possibilities and a broad encouragement to try something vegetarian from time to time. It won't necessarily convert this reviewer and neither is that the goal, but if it even helps sway opinion a smidgeon…?

    Food, written by Mary McCartney and published by Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701186258, 234 pages. Typical price: GBP20. YYYY.

    // This review appeared in YUM.fi and is reproduced here in full with permission of YUM.fi. YUM.fi celebrates the worldwide diversity of food and drink, as presented through the humble book. Whether you call it a cookery book, cook book, recipe book or something else (in the language of your choice) YUM will provide you with news and reviews of the latest books on the marketplace. //

  • Heather

    One of the very prettiest cookbooks I've ever seen. I'll be honest I totally judge cookbooks by their pictures :) doesn't even really matter to me if the recipes aren't great, just the pictures.

  • Lisa

    There is much to love about Mary McCartney's cookbook Food, though there are some oddly irritating aspects. The photography is lovely, the dishes are simple, easy to follow and consistent. The use of spices and other seasonings is on the subtle to bland side, though, obviously one can adjust up. Because for the most part the recipes are simple and towards subtle side in flavor there is plenty of room for adjustments for personal and family tastes. Everything I have tried has been easy to make an

    There is much to love about Mary McCartney's cookbook Food, though there are some oddly irritating aspects. The photography is lovely, the dishes are simple, easy to follow and consistent. The use of spices and other seasonings is on the subtle to bland side, though, obviously one can adjust up. Because for the most part the recipes are simple and towards subtle side in flavor there is plenty of room for adjustments for personal and family tastes. Everything I have tried has been easy to make and savory. There are some odd ingredients; I am surprised to see her asking for things such as canned lentils and other canned beans rather than dried. She seems to use an awful lot of soy sauce. She also has a seeming love affair with onions, the quiche calls for 6! Some measures are off. The shortcrust pastry was far to dry to hold together, the quiche that is suppose to fit in a 9' -10" dish overflows the dish. I was able to make a quiche and several mini-quiches. Many of the names are irksome. Arty's Chocolate Chip cookies? Arty is her son. That's cute and all, but I can't go around calling them that. Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies is what I would call them. There are wonderful with the orange zest. And a quiche with 6 onions should not be called Cheesy Quiche. There are 6 onions!

    Strong points: well organized, great photograph, not too chatty, simple flavorful recipes that are easy to adjust for preferences.

  • Deb

    I can't tell you the number of times I picked up this cookbook and looked through it before coming across it on a bookstore sale table for $7.98 and finally buying it--despite my vow to stop adding to my cookbooks and start paring them down. It was just to hard to resist.

    Mary McCartney, daughter of superstar Paul and the late Linda McCartney is a photographer by trade (which shows in the beautiful photos showcased in the book) and grew up in a vegetarian household thanks to Linda. The recipes a

    I can't tell you the number of times I picked up this cookbook and looked through it before coming across it on a bookstore sale table for $7.98 and finally buying it--despite my vow to stop adding to my cookbooks and start paring them down. It was just to hard to resist.

    Mary McCartney, daughter of superstar Paul and the late Linda McCartney is a photographer by trade (which shows in the beautiful photos showcased in the book) and grew up in a vegetarian household thanks to Linda. The recipes are for relatively simple food, mostly vegetarian, some vegan, lots of comfort and family-friendly dishes. I want to make most of the soups in particular--they all look and sound amazing. Some of the recipes aren't particularly healthy-sounding (higher in sodium or fats than I like to eat on a regular basis) but ingredients can be modified easily enough.

    So far I have tried the Coconut Rice Pudding--although I made mine sans chocolate syrup and with dried cherries and pistachio. (Recipe and photo here:

    ) I have made rice pudding with coconut milk before but I loved the addition of the dessicated coconut to the mix as it added a different texture.

    I also tried the Leek, Zucchini and White Bean Soup (Recipe and photo here:

    ) which was thick, brothy, beany and very good.

    A beautiful book to drool over. ;-)

  • תניה

    Pretty heavy on some dietary no nos - dairy, wheat, flour, etc.

    Otherwise, great introduction and photography (of course).

    Adapted one of the recipes - the butternut squash soup - and it tasted great. The author herself recommends adaptations since the recipes in the book are guidelines.

    Great beginner book.

  • Leslie

    There wasn't anything new to me in this cookbook, but then I read a lot of cookbooks. If you're looking to start doing meatless Monday, these are some painless and tasty things to start with.

  • DenXXX

    Needed some new ideas for recipes to use at home.

    Didn't fancy much of the larger ones but some of the brunch ones seem tasty and I will probably try.

    I also think the lemon drizzle cake and the brownie (no fuss) recipe will be used a fair bit in our house.

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