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Apr 19, 2012 04:03 PM

Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks

I'm always looking to expand my cookbook collection, especially when it comes to vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. My current favorites (the ones I turn to most often) are:

* How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman
* Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, by Deborah Madison
* The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook, by Robin Robertson
* Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World, by Madhur Jaffrey
* Mediterranean Harvest: Vegetarian Recipes from the World's Healthiest Cuisine, by Martha Rose Shulman
* A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen: Easy Seasonal Dishes for Family and Friends, by Jack Bishop

What are your favorite vegetarian or vegan cookbooks?

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  1. All of those....

    and Vegan with a Vengance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
    and Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry

    1. I don't know if this makes my answer off-topic, but I find that I tend to get better veg*n recipes from non-vegetarian cookbooks most of the time. I buy a lot of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, but most of them end up sitting on the shelf, or only have one or two usable things.

      I really enjoy Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters, anything by Fuchsia Dunlop for regional Chinese food (her upcoming book will feature even more vegetable based recipes). Diana Kennedy's books are a great resource for cooking Mexican food, despite her preference for lard over vegetable based oils.

      I can see the appeal of "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" - I enjoy Bittman's columns and articles, but I don't really need the "permission" to tweak recipes or experiment with different combinations, so I find the comprehensiveness and sheer size a bit much. Don't tell me 50 ways to do X; just tell me the 5 that taste the best.

      1. Books by Kurma Dasa:
        - Great Vegetarian Dishes
        - Quick Vegetarian Dishes
        - Cooking with Kurma
        - Vegetarian World Food

        Books by Yamuna Devi:
        - Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Vegetarian Cooking
        - Yamuna's Table: Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine Inspired by the Flavors of India
        - The Vegetarian Table: India

        Books by Shanka Dasa:
        - Simple Vegetarian Cooking, Indian Style
        - Simple Vegetarian Cooking, Italian Style

        Other great books:
        - The Hare Krishna book of Vegetarian Cooking by Adiraja Dasa
        - The Higher Taste: A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet
        - The Book of Eggfree Cakes by Cintia Stammers
        - The Art of Indian Sweets by Krishna Priya Dasi

        All are fantastic vegetarian/vegan cookbooks!

        1. I would love some suggestions for vegan baking cookbooks that don't use a lot of specialty ingredients. I'm not vegan, but I would like to bake for someone who is without spending a fortune on a bunch of ingredients I have no other use for. I've made some recipes from Post Punk Kitchen with varying results, some good, some bad.

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          1. re: sharonlouk

            you might want to look into "Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar," by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (author of "Veganomicon" & "Vegan with a Vengeance," and creator of the Post Punk Kitchen).

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I love all of these that goodhealthgourmet mentioned. I love Isa Chandra Moskovitz and her punk rock style and her good taste in cookies. She has a cupcake book that I also use, not as much though. I like the brunch book too. Okay, this gal can do no wrong in mine eyes.

              I also love the Babycakes gluten free cookbooks. Yeah, the cakes are kind of heavy, but these recipes, once tweaked to my tastes, are the best vegan cupcakes and frostings I've had in a long time. I did tweak the recipes a LOT, but the first cookbook is still awesome imho. I'm going to get the second cookbook for the doughnut recipe. Love the freshly dipped chocolate doughnuts from the shop, would love to make them at home.

              1. re: choctastic

                I love 'The Concious Cook' (vegan). Lots of good recipes but focusses a lot on using gardein products.

                1. re: choctastic

                  Her books suffer from a lack of editing. I ditched "Veganomicon" after encountering too many recipes with serious errors.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Veganomicon is the only cookbook I regret buying. Had I taken it out at the library & reviewed it beforehand I wouldn't have bought it. To me it's not a good or "serious" cookbook. The editing mistakes are annoying and I've had to seriously rework each recipe to make the dish taste right. I still don't understand the adulation it receives.

                    1. re: corj

                      Now that you guys mention it, I have to admit that Veganomicon is the one book that Moskowitz put out that I don't use at all. But she has so many free recipes on her website that work really well for me (chocolate chip cookies turned out surprisingly well), that I will forgive her on this one. Plus I got an Amazon deal on mine.

                2. re: goodhealthgourmet


                  Her raw strawberry cheesecake is one of my favorite recipes from PPK.

                3. re: sharonlouk

                  "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. The ingredients are totally normal and the cupcakes are fabulous. The absolute best recipe in the book, of the ones I've made, in my opinion, is for Banana Split Cupcakes.

                4. The Rebar Modern Food Cookbook!

                  Painted Desert Salad! (Leafy greens, roasted red peppers, aged cheddar, avocado and pine nuts with smoky chipotle vinaigrette!) Bombay Roll-Up (filled with cashew-ginger hummus and tomato-ginger chutney)! Every single recipe is SO GOOD. I have been cooking from it for years, and gifting it for years, and everyone loves it!

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                  1. re: Jetgirly

                    A few years back, I was a raw vegan. While I sold many of my raw cookbooks, I still have some favorites left. I thought about selling them, but actually, there are many recipes that are still valid considering I'm now Paleo.. especially the dessert recipes. I've ditched the agave, though. That stuff is worse than high fructose corn syrup!

                    1. re: Jetgirly

                      i might have to look into the Rebar book - it sounds terrific.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        goodhealthgourmet I second the Rebar modern food cookbook. Rebar is a vegetarian restaurant in Victoria British Columbia that serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their book is full of well seasoned interesting vegetarian/vegan dishes which delight the taste buds. One of my main books for inspiration.