The Accidental Vegetarian

Author(s): Simon Rimmer


When Simon Rimmer bought a small vegetarian restaurant, he had no idea how to cook. Armed with two cookbooks and heaps of enthusiasm, he and a friend created the best vegetarian restaurant in Manchester, famous for its unusual food and lovely atmosphere. A confirmed meat eater, Simon had to rethink his cooking and has created vegetarian recipes to please even the most dedicated carnivore. This book is a collection of some of his recipes that are quick to prepare but totally delicious. From good old favourites like macaroni cheese to Simon's more exotic fusion creations such as spicy beetroot and coconut soup, "The Accidental Vegetarian" will kill the lentil and sandal image of vegetarianism forever!


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Simon has a growing TV profile. Something for the Weekend averages 1 million viewers weekly and is the most successful show that BBC2 has ever had in the 10-11.30am timeslot on a Sunday. The programme will be on air until at least March 2010. In recent times he's also appeared on BBC2's Great British Menu, Celebrity Mastermind, Grub's Up, Recipe for Success, BBC1's This Little Farmer, Saturday Kitchen, Richard and Judy on Channel 4, Cooking the Books and Breaking in to Tesco for Channel 5. Simon also has a regular slot in This Morning (3 million viewers) and appears on BBC Good Food Live. He has been a roaming presenter for Granada and has been a guest on Radio 4. He also contributes to BBC Good Food magazine. Simon has written 4 books - The Accidental Vegetarian, Rebel Cook, Lazy Brunch (with Tim Lovejoy) and The Seasoned Vegetarian. More and more people are opting for meat-free meals on a regular basis. Simon is a meat eater with a gift for producing vegetarian recipes. The hardback edition of Accidental Vegetarian was a huge success, selling well over 15,000 copies in less than a year. Simon's vegetarian restaurant Greens has won the Manchester Food and Drink Award for Best Provision for Vegetarians in 2000, 2002 and 2006, and won their Restaurant of the Year Award in 2006. It also won a AA Rosette for Quality of Cooking in 2005 and 2006. More than 100,000 people buy a veg box weekly or fortnightly in the UK. 5 per cent of the British population is vegetarian and 25 per cent of 11-14-year-olds are considering giving up meat.

'The vegetarian world may have found its Jamie Oliver.' Time Out

Simon Rimmer set up his vegetarian restaurant 'Greens' in Manchester in 1992 with two recipe books and no formal training. Since then his restaurant has blossomed and received much critical acclaim, and multiple awards. He has since enjoyed great success as a TV chef on such programmes as BBC Good Food Live, A Taste For Travel, Bon Voyage, and This Morning. He is co-presenter of BBC Two's well-loved Sunday morning staple, Something for the Weekend, and presents BBC Two's Recipes for Success, which gives amateur cooks the chance to devise their own menus and run a restaurant for a day. In 2006 he competed in the regional heats of Great British Menu, appearing on the BBC's televised competition to create a four course meal for Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her 80th birthday. He is author of The Seasoned Vegetarian and The Rebel Cook. His most recent venture, Earle in Hale, has received rave reviews since it opened in 2006.

Introduction; Dips and morsels; Salads; Small platefuls; Big platefuls; Side dishes; Puddings; Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781845335557
  • : Octopus Publishing Group
  • : Mitchell Beazley
  • : February 2010
  • : 241mm X 229mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon Rimmer
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 641.5636
  • : 144
  • : 35 full-colour photographs