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Feb 7, 2011 11:18 PM

Best contemporary vegetarian cookbook

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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:

      SF location menu:

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      1. re: Eat.Choui

        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?

        1. re: cheesecake17

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

      2. 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:

        1. 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.

          1. I like World Vegetarian Classics.


            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.