Comfort and Joy: Irresistible Pleasures from a Vegetarian Kitchen

Bloomsbury. Sept. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781526655370. $35. COOKING
A celebration of vegetarian options sets this apart from other cookbooks. Bhogal (Jikoni) promises dishes that nourish while bringing joy, with vegetables taking center stage. This array of Indian-inspired dishes with a fusion twist—like pea kofta Scotch eggs, and cacio e pepe chickpea, orzo, and kale soup—is designed to take cooks from weeknights to dinner parties. The chapters include an introduction by Bhogal, and cover dips, salsas, hummus, and relishes; fries, fritters, croquetas, and bhajis; breads and pancakes; soups, dhal, and khitchadi; rice and grains; pasta and noodles; curries and stews; salads, vegetables, bakes and sides; condiments, chutneys, and pickles; and cakes, desserts, and puddings. Some ingredients may be hard to find, depending on the region, but most will likely be available at the local grocery store if not already in a well-stocked pantry. Some recipes require more skill than others, but the options are plentiful.
VERDICT Full of savory vegetarian recipes with an Indian flavor profile that are perfect for flavor-seeking foodies.
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