The Forest Feast | Review

The Forest Feast – Erin Gleeson – Pan Macmillian Aust – 197 pages, RRP $30-$40


Content | New York photographer and artist Erin Gleeson creates food art with recipes from her forest produce similar to what is featured on her blog. The food showcased in this box is all vegetarian and features a very resourceful use of seasonal produce available. The book is broken 5 chapters appetizers, cocktails, salads, vegetable dishes and sweets.

Photography/Layout/Design | This book showcases Erin’s artistic talents – the front cover is a well designed, bright and features Erin’s eye for food styling. On the inset of the book and on nearly every page are watercolour painted fruit and vegetable illustrations. The recipe pages, are different from anything I’ve seen. The ingredients are pictorially represented, with arrows and fancy typography enhancing the recipe layout.

Recipes/Functionality | The recipes are very simple. The appetizers were hit and miss for me personally recipes like ‘Beer-battered Artichoke Hearts’ (pg 19), sound nice, but ‘Sage Chips’ (pg 53)…no thanks. There are a few fruit and cheese combinations, good for any vegetarian entrée platter.

Most of the food is super healthy and the final recipes are bright and colorful showcasing the beauty of home-grown fruits and vegetables. Some salad recipes that combine fruit and vegetables together leave a bit to be desired for me, but the vegetable mains are cheap,  simple and delicious, particularly the ‘Corn and Cauliflower Tacos’ (no page number but it is pg 157) and the ‘Polenta Portabellos’ (pg 177). The sweets chapter mainly uses fruit to sweeten in the recipes so if you’re after healthy quick desserts you will like this chapter.

The Forest Feast has simple, resourceful and relatively in-expensive vegetarian dishes.

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Not intimidating for the new vegetarian, a book for lovers of watercolour art, nature photography and vegetarian food.

Suggest Audience:

  • Those who are interested in vegetarian food and/or garden produce recipes.
  • Those wanting some quick, cheap, vegetarian mid-week meals and party food.