I was really excited to get my hands on Anna Jones' book a modern way to eat: 200+ satisfying vegetarian recipes (that will make you feel amazing). I've been working on changing my own eating habits to include less meat, and I was looking forward to ideas and inspiration for more meatless meals.
This book is quite large - over 350 pages - and it has a fair number of photographs. There is a lot here, but there are a few reasons that, ultimately, the book just didn't appeal to me.
I am annoyed that so many of the recipes start on the right-hand page and then continue onto the next page, requiring the cook to flip pages while cooking. It feels like poor formatting to me. A little bit of planning - switching a few things around here and there - would have fixed that.
Reading through the book, I get the sense that the author is 'being fancy', just a bit. I will admit, I'm sensitive to (and annoyed by) recipes that call for things like 'three free-ranged, organic, pastured eggs', because frankly, I find it a bit snobbish. I would rather see cookbook authors encouraging readers to cook with the best they can afford, then let it go. An intro that discusses the quality of fresh, wholesome ingredients is a great idea, but it almost feels like a form of elitism when the author mentions 'organic, unwaxed lemons' every. single. time.
In the end, while I appreciate the opportunity to review the book for Blogging for Books, I didn't really find anything here that I'm excited to try. I found I could not relate to the author and her lifestyle (lots of higher-end ingredients, for example), so in the end, I just wasn't that interested in cooking her food. Sorry, Ms. Jones.