Recommend a beginner's vegetarian cookbook?
I want to buy a cookbook for a friend who is a vegetarian (but eats fish, dairy, eggs). He is a total beginner in the kitchen.
-Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything Vegetarian
-Deborah Madison Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone
-Marian Morash's Victory Garden Cookbook (which, while also garden-based and not vegetarian, is veggie-centric and invaluable for it's extraordinarily practical approach to vegetable-centric eating - Morash used to run a highly regarded restaurant on Nantucket back in the day).
I found the Moosewood cookbook, and the Company's Coming "Meatless Cooking" good starters when I gave up meat.
I dig the Moosewood cookbooks. Also great are books by Anna Thomas (really great reads) and Heidi Swanson. Heidi Swanson also has a great website, 101cookbooks.com.
I just got the Bittman and it is definitely GREAT for beginners since it really goes through everything step by step. I also am not a big fan of the Moosewoods; I find most of the recipes somewhat bland. Williams Sonoma has a great veg cookbook which is somewhat short -- majority of recipes are amazing, a few are misses.
After all these years--and cookbooks--I still go to my copies of Anna Thomas' Vegetarian Epicures--Book One and Two--love her mac and cheese. I also use Didi Emmons Vegetarian Planet quite a bit--easy and fun to read. I like the Moosewoods that are from the RESTAURANT--especially the "Sundays at..." with International meals. I cook that vegetarian biryani a lot--yum.
Look for any/all of the vegetarian cookbooks written by Anna Thomas. They're WONDERFUL!! Will make a rank beginner look like a 5-star chef - even to meat-eaters. I consider them must-haves on my cookbook shelf.
"The Vegetarian Epicure"
"The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two"
"The New Vegetarain Epicure"
All great. Oh, & she also has a website - www.vegetarianepicure.com