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May 3, 2010 03:23 PM

Vegan Cookbook


I've been doing some research online and everyone here just seems so knowledgeable. My husband and I, purely for health reasons, are transitioning to a mostly meat and dairy free diet. I'm having such a difficult time finding recipes that are both vegan and healthy.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a yummy vegan cookbook that is geared towards all natural foods and not over-processed substitutes. For example, I hardly think that boca burgers are healthier than chicken breasts.

Thanks so much!

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  1. The authors of Veganomicon don't use many processed foods in their recipes. Lots of good recipes in there!

    1. +1 on Veganomicon. You might also want to look at The Urban Vegan by Dynise Balcavage. She does use some soy cheeses in some of the recipes, but she generally shies away from the faux meats. There are recipes with seitan, tempeh, and tofu. Mostly healthy recipes.

      1. don't overlook Post Punk Kitchen - the website from the authors of Veganomicon:

        1. An oldie but a goodie is "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone" by Deborah Madison. It's mostly vegan (with a few cream/butter recipes in there).

          1. The two I recommend most highly are Modern Vegetarian Kitchen by Peter Berley, and Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld. I cook from these more than anything else. I think the quality of the recipes is higher (albeit a bit more complicated) than Veganomicon, although I do use that, too.

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            1. re: cathyeats

              cathy, have you ever looked at Kornfeld's "Healthy Hedonist" cookbook? i believe it was the follow-up to Voluptuous Vegan. it's a flexitarian approach, and the recipes are relatively simple, but thoughtful and pretty tasty.

              1. re: cathyeats

                I was so happy with Berley's Flexitarian Table (which is half vegetarian half not. I don't know how vegan the vegetarian recipes are) that I picked up a copy of his Modern Vegetarian Kitchen, but have never cooked from it. Not because there's anything wrong with it; I just haven't gotten into it.

                cathyeats, would you mind naming some of your favorite recipes from it to inspire me to jump in, perhaps?