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sushigirlie Feb 7, 2011 11:18 PM

There are lots of threads on vegetarian cookbooks. Unfortunately, I can't tell if the recommendations are what I'm looking for.

I'm not a vegetarian, but from time to time I eat at somewhat high-end vegetarian restaurants that knock my socks off. It's not really the vegetarian-ness that interests me, so much as it is the creative use of diverse ingredients (think raw kelp noodles and mixed mushrooms in coconut curry). I'm looking for a cookbook that can help me start cooking dishes in that mold.

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    cheesecake17 RE: sushigirlie Feb 8, 2011 05:41 AM

    The cookbook from The Gate restaurant in London is fantastic. I think it's what you're looking for. Creative dishes with interesting ingredients and combinations. The recipes focus on vegetables rather than faux meats. Beautiful photos, too.

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      Eat.Choui RE: sushigirlie Feb 8, 2011 05:44 AM

      I like Cafe Gratitude vegan restaurant in San Francisco, so I got the book and enjoy the recipes. Note: It's vegan and raw and the book is a bit "out there," but the recipes sound like what you may be looking for:

      http://www.amazon.com/Am-Grateful-Rec...

      SF location menu:
      http://www.cafegratitude.com/images/C...

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        cheesecake17 RE: Eat.Choui Feb 8, 2011 08:26 AM

        I went there a few years ago and the food was delicious, but definitely a bit out there. Do the recipes require any special equipment?

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          Eat.Choui RE: cheesecake17 Feb 8, 2011 11:48 AM

          A food processor is used quite a bit, but no fancy equipment.

      2. tazia RE: sushigirlie Feb 8, 2011 07:58 AM

        Millenium in SF is one of the best well-known higher-end vegan restaurants. We went once and were impressed, though not blown away. They certainly did some interesting things though and do have a cookbook:
        http://www.millenniumrestaurant.com/r...

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          MelMM RE: sushigirlie Feb 8, 2011 08:40 AM

          There's a book called Great Chefs Cook Vegan, that has exactly those kind of high-end "cheffy" dishes. Also Charlie Trotter did both a vegetable book and a raw book.

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            sarahcooks RE: sushigirlie Feb 8, 2011 08:42 AM

            I like World Vegetarian Classics.

            http://www.amazon.com/World-Vegetaria...

            It's organized by region and the recipes are for things that were always meant to be vegetarian rather than making a recipe vegetarian by substituting tofu.

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              leonora1974 RE: sushigirlie Feb 8, 2011 12:18 PM

              ottolenghi: the cookbook is amazing and the recipes are very creative

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                leonora1974 RE: sushigirlie Feb 8, 2011 12:26 PM

                sorry--not ottolenghi: the cookbook. the title is "plenty" and it's by the same guy, yotam ottolenghi.

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                  sushigirlie RE: sushigirlie Feb 8, 2011 04:00 PM

                  Thanks everyone! These look like great suggestions.

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