The Green Batch Cook Book: Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for Busy People (Paperback)
Delicious vegetarian and vegan batch cook recipes for busy people.
The phenomenal rise in the popularity of veganism, plant-based meals and flexitarian diets means that more of us are regularly choosing to cook meat-free dishes. Concerns about waste and budgets have ensured that making conscious decisions about using leftovers and root-to-shoot eating is becoming mainstream.
But as traditional batch cook recipes often lean towards meat-based meals, finding brilliant vegetarian and vegan ideas can be tricky. That's where The Green Batch Cook Bookcomes in, harnessing the vibrant fresh flavours of fruit and vegetables in an innovative and breezy collection of 70 meat-free recipes.
Start your day with beautiful breakfasts - Sweet Potato, Pepper and Feta Frittata, No-knead Marmite and Cheese Loaf, Rose-pink Rhubarb and Vanilla Custard Pancakes - or simply bake a batch of Brown Sugar Rusks and Cranberry to eat on the run. Lazy make-ahead lunch recipes include Garlicky Mushroom and Chestnut Sausage Rolls, Edamame and Spring Green Pot Stickers and a simple but irresistible Broccoli, Lemon and Almond Salad.
Feeding a crowd? Check out the family-friendly big batch chapter with tempting recipes for Mushroom, Broccoli and Walnut Lasagne, Summer Veg Patch Risotto or Sticky Aubergine Bao Buns with Smacked Cucumber. And if it's sweets or treats you're after, you'll love the ridiculously easy Cornflake Florentines, Blood Orange Upside-down Cake, tangy Lemon and Elderflower Slices or the wild Jumbleberry Sorbet.
Praise for The Batch Cook Book:
'Redefines the concept of batch cooking' Stuart Heritage, Guardian
'Batch made in heaven' Daily Express
'Mouth-watering new recipes and hints and tips for the best batch and meal prep techniques' Eat Your Books
'You won't be disappointed with these winter warmers' Huffington Post
Food writer and author Sam Gates has cooked everywhere from local schools to the African bush. She's catered for cub scouts, run cookery classes for corporate teams and charities in the UK and South Africa, and taught everyone from world-weary teenagers to the local Women's Institute how to make their own sushi.
Sam worked in TV before landing her dream job as marketing director of the UK's first food channel, working with fantastic chefs all day before racing home to cook and write her own recipes. After leaving, she started her own marketing company, with BBC Food, BBC Radio and small food producers among her first clients.
Her first family cookbookFood for Your Broodwas published in 2015, followed by the hugely popularTheTin and Traybake Cookbookin 2018.
Juggling family, work, life and cooking was the inspiration behind her third book, The Batch Cook Book and its budget-friendly, low-waste recipes. Sam has been batch cooking since she was a frugal student, and now, as a working mum to a hungry family (and even hungrier rescue dog), it's become a way of life.
Creating The Batch Cook Book during lockdown meant that Sam also became the book's photographer, shooting the recipes on her mobile phone, and roping in the family as models, stylists and pot washers.
Within a few days of publication The Batch Cook Bookhad an Amazon bestseller tag, and Huff Post, the Daily Express, Daily Mirror and BBC Good Food magazine featured recipes, as well as The Guardian, who said it 'redefined the concept of batch cooking'. The Yorkshire Post included it in its ten favourite cookbooks of 2020 (alongside Yotam Ottolenghi's Flavour).
Sam's fourth book, The Green Batch Cook Book turns the batch cook spotlight onto vegetarian and vegan recipes. It's a collection of mouth-watering, make-ahead dishes that harness the dazzling colours and fresh flavours of fruit and vegetables. It's vibrant, veggie-packed and full of life.
Sam is a member of The Guild of Food Writers and works as a marketing consultant and recipe writer, but, above all, she loves to cook and feed the people she loves, which she does at any opportunity.