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Aug 3, 2007 02:35 PM

Any good cookbooks for sides?

I'm getting tired of making the same old side dishes. Does anyone have a favorite cookbook that is devoted to side dish recipes? I'd like some new ideas for vegetables, slaws, etc. Thanks.

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  1. The closest thing I have to this is a Tapas cookbook by Penelope Casas, I think that Wei Chuan has a Chinese side dish cookbook but I don't have this. I'll add that many full scale recipes work out well as sides in smaller portions.

    1. unfortunately, I'm looking for the exact same thing. I did find a book titled "Chunky Cookbook: Salads & Side Dishes from around the world" on, but I've never flipped through it to see if it's any good. The table of contents only shows the continents, not the recipes. I'm assuming Lady & Sons has some sides in it too...

      1. Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. This is a great big book that goes from soup to nuts and then some. I am not a vegetarian but like the many vegetable side dishes and salads it contains. Also helpful is that the vegetable section making up the largest portion of the book goes through the vegetables in alphabetical order.

        I do not own, but once skimmed, The Flexitarian Table, which offers variations of the same dishes for both carnivores and vegetarians. That would probably have good ideas for you, too.

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        1. re: greygarious

          I absolutely second Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking..." As most people consider non-meat items as side dishes, this is a virtual 700-ish page compilation of side dishes. "Local Flavors" is another book by Madison which has good recipes to browse.

          A go-to of mine has always been "World Vegetarian" by Madhur Jaffrey. It's a huge (700+ pages) collection of International vegetarian recipes, with chapters on Dried Beans, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy, Sauces...

          Good luck and have fun!