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Hi,
My 20 year old niece is a vegetarian and just started cooking. I'd like to give her a cookbook. Any recommendations for a novice vegetarian cook?
Also, she's in Babylon, any recommendations on Vegetarian restaurants in Suffolk or eastern Nassau?
Thanks for any help

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  1. For cookbooks, I'd recommend Bittman's "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian":
    http://www.amazon.com/How-Cook-Everyt...

    For restaurants, there's Tula Kitchen in Bay Shore
    ww.tulakitchen.com

    Tiger Lily Cafe is in Port Jefferson:
    http://www.tigerlilycafe.com/

    Cornucopia is more health-food store than restaurant, but they have a deli section with tables, and make AMAZING soups, as well as many other items:
    http://www.cornucopiahealthfoods.com/
    Not exclusively vegetarian, but they strongly lean that way, and everything's labeled (including for allergies).

    Otherwise, my favorite vegetarian places are well inside Nassau--Dosa Diner and House of Dosas in Hicksville.

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    House of Dosas
    416 S Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801

    Tula Kitchen
    41 E Main St, Bay Shore, NY

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    1. re: Scott_R

      Thanks.
      I'll definitely check out the Mark Bittman book. I have one of his other books that I use alot.
      I've been talking to her about India food. I'll have to take her to the two you recommended so she can do some tasting.

    2. Any of the Moosewood cookbooks, they're pretty much all excellent. their red, black, green, and gold chili is a classic

      http://www.moosewoodrestaurant.com/cg...

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      Moosewood Restaurant
      215 N Cayuga St Ste 70, Ithaca, NY 14850

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      1. re: melbct

        Thanks,
        I used the link and the weekday cookbook sounds about right for her.
        Maybe we'll have to do an upstate New York road trip this summer and check out the resaurant too.

      2. scott beat me to the punch. go to tula's in bay shore. they have numerous vegetarian options and overall their food is very healthy & very fresh. plus the downtown area there is cool to walk around for someone her age.