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Oct 27, 2010 11:18 AM

Looking for a Vegan Cookbook that isn't heavy on tofu

I'm looking to incorporate more vegan cooking into my life for health reasons, but I really, truly dislike tofu. I was a vegetarian for two years and tried to cook tofu in a million different ways and I just don't like it. So I'm wondering if someone has found a good cookbook that relies more on grains, lentils, beans, etc. rather than on tofu and fake meat products (which I also loathe).

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  1. you might try 660 curries. It's not vegan, or even vegetarian, but of course Indian food can be very vegan friendly. And no tofu!

    1. I went vegan for Lent last year and since then have gone back to my normal eating habits but. the cook book I used almost exclusively was The Kind Diet. Alicia Silverstone wrote it and while her "voice" is a bit shrill and twee, a lot of the recipes are very good. I still incorporate many of them in my life. Some tofu and seitan/tempeh based but a lot of them are not. Check it out at the library or go on to see the index of recipes.

      1. Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. Not a completely vegan cookbook, but most of the recipes are or could easily be adapted. This is a cookbook that really focuses on vegetables, and I've made some real winners from it. None of the recipes are vegetarian "versions" of meat dishes. They are just naturally vegetarian dishes from all over the world.

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        1. re: MelMM

          +1 on this truly awesome & underrated older cookbook. all the recipes i've cooked from it are keepers.

        2. Not completely vegan, but I would check out Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Cooking and her website,

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          1. re: mollyomormon

            my wife is a vegan of 12 years that just recently got diagnosed with Celiac's...and a soy allergy to boot!

            A book I've been using a lot lately is the "food allergen survival guide" lots of recipes in there and many variants on soy free vegan.

            Soy free vegan is a little more challenging but far from impossible. We've been doing a lot of bean and brown rice dishes for complete proteins. Black bean tortilla soup, shepherds pie with mung and pinto beans, and lots of lentil dishes since they cook quickly and don't require soaking.

            best of luck to you!

          2. Spice- Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean by Ana Sortun has lots of vegan recipes in it. The carrot puree is utterly fantastic (and you must make your own harissa- it makes a HUGE difference). Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian also has lots of vegan recipes.