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Feb 27, 2012 08:32 AM

Best vegetarian cookbooks?

Thniking about expanding cooking a vegetarian dinner 2x a week. I have (and like) Sundays at Mossewood.
Dairy is fine.
What else is great?

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  1. Plenty by Yottam Ottolegnhi - Beautiful book with great recipes.

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    1. re: harryharry

      I second this. This is one of my new favourite books - I have used it often and absolutely love it.

    2. Vegetarian Cooking For everyone by Deborah Madison.

      1. I usually recommend Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone as a great foundational vegetarian cookbook. But, since you're not actually going veg, perhaps you don't need a foundational cookbook. So here are some other ideas:

        Plenty is indeed a lovely cookbook.
        Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen--there are some mushroom recipes in this one that I absolutely love.
        Books by Peter Berley. The Flexitarian Kitchen might be good for you, but I like his other books as well.
        A Year in the Veg Kitchen, Jack Bishop
        Classic Veg Cooking from the Middle East and North Africa, Salloum
        World Vegetarian, Jaffrey

        Those are some starter ideas, but there are so many options out there. There are also lots of veg friendly cookbooks that are not actually vegetarian.

        1. The Veganomicon's good, but then again I like anything with a Bruce Campbell reference.

          1. Here are the vegetarian focused cookbooks I have in my kitchen library:

            1. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
            2. The Vegetarian Option by Simon Hopkinson
            3. The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone in Between by Peter Berley
            4. Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison
            5. The Savory Way: High Spirited Down-To-Earth Recipes for Savory Vegetable Dishes by Deborah Madison
            6. Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World by Madhur Jaffrey

            #s 1,3,4,6 are former COTMs and each has it's own special appeal. The one I usually go to is the Madhur Jaffrey book for it's wide diversity, easily prepared and cooked recipes, and very tasty results.