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Vegetarian cookbooks?

Sarah Dec 9, 2008 03:02 PM

Would like to purchase one or more for veg friend -- believe she has D. Madison's and a Moosewood -- anything else that is essential? Prefer cookbook rather than a collection of recipes.

  1. happybellynh Dec 10, 2008 08:15 AM

    I got my mother Veganomican last year for Christmas- she returned it and got "How to Cook Everything- Vegetarian" by Mark Bittman, said that there were more general recipes for everything in it. The original HTCE is really a fabulous all-purpose, and she's loved the veg version this year- I'd like a copy myself.

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    1. re: happybellynh
      wontonfm Dec 10, 2008 06:13 PM

      I have HTCE Vegetarian and use it more as a reference for dishes than for actual recipes. It's a good all-around book


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      jazzy77 Dec 10, 2008 07:14 AM

      The Essential Vegetarian by Diana Shaw. I used to be a vegatarian, but nolonger am, and this is still one of the most dog-eared books in my collection.

      1. l
        lgss Dec 9, 2008 04:41 PM

        My husband and I are long-time vegans (30+ and 15+ years). Our cookbook collection includes:
        Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman
        The Vegan Epicure by Hermine Freed
        Sinfully Vegan by Lois Dieterly
        My Sweet Vegan by Hannah Kaminsky
        Spicy Vegan by Sudha Raina
        The Gluten-Free Vegan by Susan O'Brien
        The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein
        Everyday Vegan by Jeani-Rose Atchinson

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        1. re: lgss
          wontonfm Dec 9, 2008 05:25 PM

          I'm not a vegan but appreciate vegan food and recently purchased VEGANOMICON. I haven't made anything just yet but the recipes sound GREAT!


          1. re: wontonfm
            Yukari Dec 10, 2008 12:43 AM

            While it's not "vegetarian" it is vegetarian friendly, and opens the doors to whole grains. Robin Asbell's Whole Grains cookbook published by Chronicle is a great book. It will open your mind to working with whole grains, which supplements a vegetarian diet well.

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          GrillNextDoor Dec 9, 2008 03:16 PM

          I love Madhur Jafrrey's "World Vegetarian". It's organized by food type-- specific veggies, grains, etc. Good read.

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          1. re: GrillNextDoor
            TheSnowpea Dec 10, 2008 06:37 PM

            Second vote for Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian here! I have many others, but I often reach for that one and I've made more recipes from it than all my other veghead cookbooks.

            EDIT: it occurs to me that Mark Bittman's got a pretty good vegetarian cookbook too... something like How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. I don't have it but I do want it.

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