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The Gate Vegetarian Cookbook

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There are two new cookery titles that we feel are worth considering, as they offer a new slant on ingredients which are appropriate to cooking in a Portuguese summer. Firstly, the Gate Vegetarian Cookbook by Adrian and Michael Daniel has come out in paperback at 26.50 euros.

Subtitled Where Asia Meets the Mediterranean, this is an eclectic range of dishes. From the Middle East there are recipes such as beetroot cutta (an Arabic soup served with dumplings), alia bargi (a traditional dry green bean curry), pestos and baklava with cardamom and rosewater.

Asian-influenced dishes include thom yam (a Thai hot and sour soup) and nori (sushi rolls with various fillings). And from the Mediterranean you will find recipes such as butternut squash and thyme gnocchi and lemon polenta cake with poached pear. There are also features on how to prepare, cook with and eat some vegetables and guidance on tricky techniques such as making fritters.