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Best vegetarian cookbook or site for carnivores?

VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 01:25 PM

Part of my eat healthy plan involves eating at least one vegetarian meal a week. What are some go to places to get good recipes?

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    jackiecat RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 01:40 PM


    The best most flavorful vegie recipes!

    1. The Dairy Queen RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 02:08 PM

      I second Heidi Swanson's site. She has a lovely book, "Super Natural Cooking", too.

      Also, I like Peter Berley's "Flexitarian Table"--it was cookbook of the month in early 2008, if you want to read up. Another very comprehensive vegetarian cookbook is Deborah Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, " also a former COTM. Not all of the recipes are hits in that one, but it is very encyclopedic...


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        greygarious RE: The Dairy Queen Jan 4, 2009 04:36 PM

        I'll second the Madison book - especially the stir-fried roasted eggplant dish!

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        madaprn RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 02:10 PM

        There are several vegetarian cookbooks I consult regularly, both by Jeanne Lemelin, "Quick Vegetarian Pleasures" and "Simple Vegetarian Pleasures", however, the best vegetable cookbook I know of is "Red, White and Greens" by Faith Willinger.

        1. GourmetGastronomer RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 02:10 PM

          I'll third Heidi Swanson at www.101cookbooks.com. She also has a good cookbook "Super Natural Cooking", or something like that.

          I also like Greene on Greens, which is written by an omnivore who happens to like veggies too.

          Interested in seeing what else pops up in this thread, as I am a carnivore who is trying to eat more plant things.


          1. VAfoodie RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 02:43 PM

            Holy moly, just looked at that glamour shot on www.101cookbooks.com! My family loves lentils and brussel sprouts, so I know what I'm having tomorrow. Thanks everyone!

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              pâté chinois RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 02:43 PM

              Another Peter Berley book that I fell in love with recently is Fresh Food Fast - if you end up buying it, I strongly recommend the lemon-lentil soup and vegetable buckwheat pancakes. My Argentine Meat Lover SO asked that we make the pancakes again today. :-)

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                odkaty RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 04:13 PM

                I've heard good things about the "Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes" cookbook. Haven't tried it myself, but it seems fitting. I do recommend "Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen" and "Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers" -- both have a nice variety of good filling meals. I'm also a big fan of "The New Vegetarian Epicure" (the first is good too). And failing that, websites like 101cookbooks, vegetarian times, and the occasional Alton Brown recipe.

                1. hohokam RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 05:13 PM

                  At our house, we've found many recipes in "Fields of Greens" (Anne Somerville) that we like. Probably has to do with the liberal use of smoked mozzarella in some recipes, which kinda sorta gives you the illusion that you're eating bacon.

                  Seriously, though, it is a fine cookbook with a lot of dishes that generally respect the fact that not all ingredients are in season at the same time.


                  1. fmed RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 05:51 PM

                    I recommend Madhur Jaffrey's cookbook: "World Vegetarian"
                    ...specially some the South Indian recipes. I never miss meat when I eat South Indian food.

                    1. firecooked RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 06:33 PM

                      I like the Moosewood cookbooks (although I have to admit adding a bit of bacon to some of the recipes).

                      1. ourhomeworks RE: VAfoodie Jan 4, 2009 07:29 PM

                        I'll fourth 101 cookbooks. I rarely use all the same ingredients as she does, but she encourages substitutes and even suggests some. Her broccoli crunch recipe is really amazing. And I would add a different Deborah Madison book - Local Flavors. It was somewhat recently released in paperback. I have found many, many great recipes here. I think it is better than her bigger Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. It also tends to have great vegetarian meals (as opposed to side dishes). The White Beans with Savoy Cabbage, Black Kale is really good, as is her Borscht recipe. In the summer another cookbook called Verdura Vegetables Italian Style by Viana La Place is really good.


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