My sister gave me the excellent Cornucopia At Home cookbook for Christmas, and it’s definitely inspired my New Year resolution to eat more healthy – and cheap – vegetarian food.
This outstanding restaurant Dublin’s on Wicklow St., just off Grafton, has become an integral part of the city and its folklore. Since 1986, it has served vegetarians and non-vegetarians from all walks of life. This place could legitimately claim to have begun transforming Irish attitudes to vegetarian food, showing it to be so much more than dry old lentil nut roasts. It’s always enjoyable to go to the counter there and explore what invariably delicious dishes are on offer today. And it always makes me think anew about veggie food.
At last, Cornucopia has released a cookbook. It’s full of stories about the history of the restaurant, how the chosen dishes were created, information about traditional food from across the world, and practical advice on vegetarian food, dietary requirements, and sourcing ingredients. The Cornucopia bookbook has sections on soups, salads, main courses, breads, and desserts.
Vegetarian food happens to be the best cheap eat of all, as vegetables and pulses are naturally inexpensive, especially compared to meat. I’m not a veggie, and I don’t intend to become one, but I am cutting back drastically on my meat consumption, mostly for environmental reasons. At this time of year, vegetarian meals are probably the most heart-warming comfort dishes you can find.