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Dec 9, 2008 03:02 PM

Vegetarian cookbooks?

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.

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  1. 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

      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.

    2. 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

        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

          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.

      2. 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. 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

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