Cool vegan cookbooks
- The Librarian Sep 9, 2006 06:05 PM
My college student daughter,a vegetarian, is living in a house with a vegan, and she'd like to cook some things for him especially desserts. Are there any cookbooks that you can recommend? She already has The Garden of Vegan and How It All Vegan, but would like to get some others. Also, any web sites with recipes that you can recommend? Thanks!
Swiped these mini-reviews for you from here;
The Everyday Vegan
For those who strive to incorporate vegan elements, for
health or personal reasons, into their everyday life, Dreena Burton provides some suggestions on how to transform into a vegan mindset. With simple instructions, shopping lists and personal tales it is a good introduction to becomming a vegan.
Laura Matthias uses the produce from her organic farm on British Columbia’s Saanich Peninsula to produce the freshest of vegan cuisine—mixed heirloom potato hashbrowns, creamy basil oyster mushroom pasta, lemon maple blueberry pie and more. Colour and black and white photos. Paper, 286 pp, $29.95.
My old roommate used the vegan with vengeance as well. He really swore by it. It's definitely written to appeal to college students. I haven't used it myself, but I glanced through it, and it looks very intriguing. I'd buy if if I haven't had so many myself.
I myself used the Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. I really enjoyed the book - the recipes are well researched and as they've all turned out well, and I don't have much experience with any mediterranean cooking before this book (though I certainly had a lot of eating experience!) I highly recommend it. The recipes are pretty striaghtforward too.
Angelica Home Kitchen (a cookbook by an acclaimed vegan restaurant in NYC)
Peter Berley, who was a chef at the Angelica Restaurant for many years, has two good cookbooks which are all vegetarian and mostly vegan:
The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen (IACP & James Beard winner), and Fresh Food Fast. I own these two and like them.
The Candle Cafe Cookbook (pierson and potenza) is absolutly fabulous as well as Serene Cuisine (moona) and one other called The Three Bowls (can't remember author) just beautiful!
The New Farm Cookbook is my very favorite vegan cookbook (favorite overall cookbook, in fact). All of the recipes are thrifty and homey and really reliably good. Nothing fancy. I've have lots of luck with their desserts. The brownies are worth the book, alone. Seriously! Add chocolate chips and you'll win over everyone in the room. They don't scrimp on fat so the vegan desserts don't come out all dry, health-foody, and inedible like many vegan desserts. This cookbook has gone with me to many countries and is the first one I recommend to new vegans (and vegetarians, too).
Also the awesome Zine called Raggedy Anarchy's Guide to Vegan Baking is a classic. She's also pro-fat and pro-delicious. I think you can find it on the net for a few dollars. Lot's of tips here for substitutions which make every recipe vegan-ize-able.
Last, but not least, I adore this website for it's dinner and dessert recipes and non-confrontational philosophy. The beet-icing is fun. It's bright pink! BRIGHT Pink!
A note on Vegan with a Vengance: I haven't had good luck with her recipes. They either come out bland or just wrong. I'll be cooking along and I know that all that tomato paste is a bad idea, but I stick to the recipe and, sure enough, it comes out tasting like tomato paste. For example. And I find the recipes uninspired. I'm all for another bad-ass vegan cookbook, but this one doesn't do it for me. Has anyone else had this problem? Check out Post Punk Kitchen (http://www.theppk.com/) for most of the recipes for free, anyway.
I don't cook a lot but I I have tried the following recipes from Vegan with a Vengeance:
- The Best Pumpkin Muffins (they really are!)
- Chickpea Broccoli Casserole (nice and savoury comfort food)
-"Fronch" Toast (almost like the real thing)
- Matzoh Ball Soup (really really good)
- Banana Split Pudding Brownies (moist and chocolatey)
Some that I own:
Vegan Planet (Robin Robertson)
Veganomicon (Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Romero)
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World (Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero and Sara Quin)
Vegan With A Vengeance (Isa Chandra Moskowitz)
The next one on my list to buy is Get It Ripe (Jae Steele) -- I saw it in a bookstore and it looked great.
These cookbooks are by two vegan bloggers:
Yellow Rose Recipes (Joanna Vaught)
My Sweet Vegan (Hannah Kaminsky)
Other ones I've seen on Amazon.com that look good:
The Complete Vegan Kitchen (Jannequin Bennett)
Vegan Homestyle (Kay Hansen)
Just going to Amazon and typing in "vegan cookbooks" will get a LOT of hits.
There are a lot of vegan blogs online right now (and many of the people who write them are making their own cookbooks), so looking online for recipes is a great idea too. The website http://vegblogsearch.com/ is run by a vegan blogger...you can look up recipes by ingredient or name or whatever.
Vegan Gourmet by Susann Geiskopf-Hadler - I have the original edition and have heard mixed reviews of the new edition.
Vegetarian Celebrations by Nava Atlas -- love her, love this book. It's designed around theme meals for holidays & occasions but you can also use it seasonally - like the Thanksgiving recipes for fall, the Chanukkah and Christmas ones for winter, etc. She has a great section with basics in the back. The recipes are vegetarian with vegan modifications.
Vegetarian Times magazine
I mostly just cook vegetarian recipes from regular cookbooks - hunt around for the ones that happen to be veg or modify, like if a soup has stock I make it with veggie stock instead (Better Than Bouillon vegetarian version is the vegetarian home cook's secret weapon.)
Also food section of newspapers -- each has their own personality. Some of my all-time favorite recipes were clipped from newspapers over the years.
I have to second the recommendation for "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World." I'm not a vegan, but I have some vegan friends. I do a lot of baking and like to be able to include my vegan friends, but I only like to make things that taste good, not just good "for being vegan." Every cupcake recipe I've tried from the book so far has been excellent, and so is the buttercream frosting.
My husband has been a vegan for 30+ years and I've been vegan for 15+. Our cookbook collection includes:
*Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson
Vegan World Fusion Cuisine by Mark Reinfeld and Bo Rinaldi
*ExtraVeganZa by Laura Mathias
My Sweet Vegan by Hannah Kaminsky
Sinfully Vegan by Lois Dieterly
*Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman
The Vegan Epicure by Hermine Freed
The Gluten-Free Vegan by Susan O'Brien
The Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld
Everyday Vegan by Jeani-Rose Atchison
Spicy Vegan by Sudha Raina
The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein
A Vegan Taste of Mexico by Linda Majzlik
150 Vegan Favorites by Jay Solomon
Delicious Jamaica: Vegetarian Cuisine by Yvonne McCalla Sobers
Some Like It Hot by Robin Robertson
The Veg-Feasting Cookbook compiled by Vegetarians of Washington
*Lorna Sass' Short-Cut Vegetarian by Lorna Sass
Eco-Cuisine by Ron Pickarski
*Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna Sass
Angelica Home Kitchen
We tend to use the ones I've marked with asterisks more often than the others. We're renovating the kitchen to make more cookbookshelf space. :-)
By the way nobody mentioned the Skinny Bitch cookbook;-) I requested it from the library before buying and was glad I did. I had a one-page article from Redbook magazine with three recipes and all were great, and they were the only good ones in the entire book (Pad Thai, a French lentil salad, and a bulghur salad - the French lentil salad is truly superlative.) But bottom line those girls are ex-models with an agenda, not chefs. they are very hip now - you know when Oprah gets into the act, there is a social movement afoot.
Another recommendation for "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World." As a flexitarian who loves to cook(sometimes for vegans), I like that the book doesn't have lots of pages wasted on preaching--they stay positive and stick to cupcakes. If I wanted to hear about how dairy will ruin my life and I'm a horrible person for liking cheese, I'll read the Skinny Bitch girls. Baking should be fun, even without eggs!
Another really interesting resource for your daughter is the post punk kitchen website: http://theppk.com. They keep up-to-date on vegan books and also have a lot of handy substitution ideas if your daughter is more inclined to play with her recipes. I like that they give you some ratios for replacements and tell you where certain ingredients might be a better fit for what you're trying to do.
I've heard great things about the Millenium Cookbook by Eric Tucker. I have freinds who have dogeared copies.