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Aug 14, 2006 09:09 PM

Vegan Cookbook Recommendations

My 10 year old son has expressed interest in going vegan.
I have some vegetarian cookbooks of 1970s vintage (Moosewood and the like.) Can anyone recommend a good vegan cookbook?
Many thanks.

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  1. I am not vegan, but very fond of The Angelica Home Kitchen: Recipes and Rabble Rousings from an Organic Vegan Restaurant. It has a nice amount of background info about their suppliers, farmers and tofu makers that might be of interest to your son. I love the sea ceasar salad, and the lemon tart . . .

    There's lots of good online info of course . . .

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    1. re: pitu

      Is the Angelica cookbook that wonderful book with all the color photos? A friend lent it to me and I liked several of the things I tried.

    2. Real Food Daily cookbook is a good choice. Most of the recipes from their menu are in it, and the dishes are great everyday meals - not fancy stuff. I really enjoyed a couple lunches at their restaurant in LA recently and bought the cookbook upon returning home.

      1. The Mediterranean Vegan Cookbook. Or perhaps it is Vegan Mdediterranean? I am not sure because I loaned my copy to someone. I have been cooking vegie for a couple of decades and rarely find a cookbook that can add much to my technique or knowledge base. This one did. It is made up of mediterranean recipes that are already vegan. Try the white bean ratatouille.

        1. When I was vegan (this was 10 years ago) I used Laurel's Kitchen, by Laurel Robertson, a lot. I no longer own it, but I think it is not exclusively vegan. It has nutritional info that might be helpful to a new vegan. It is definitely and old-school vegetarian cookbook, perhaps from the 70's.

          There's a vegetarian dog food recipe in it. I always thought that was funny.

          1. Deborah Madison has several vegetarian cookbooks in which many, if not most, of the recipes can be made vegan. Her recipes are simple, flavorful & satisfying - I recommend them highly.


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            1. re: liegey

              I second the Deborah madison. Veg Cooking for Everybody and vegetarian suppers both have exclusively vegetarian recipes and in many of the recipes where she uses non-vegan items, she gives advice on how to modify the recipe so that it's vegan. (Of course, she can't always (e.g. the chapter on eggs), but it's pretty good in that regard.)