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did any GREAT vegan cookbooks come out this year?

rmarisco Dec 5, 2013 03:44 PM

i'm still waiting for a great vegan cookbook. not just passable... one that's really worth the money. did any come out in 2013 that i just can't pass up? seems a lot of vegan cooks are heading to self-publishing and e-books, and going for blogs.

i'd take good vegan blogs too - as an alternative. my personal fave is yumuniverse.com.

i'm not a vegan, but i love knowing all i can about making a plant-based diet taste great without animal products.

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  1. Ttrockwood Dec 5, 2013 10:16 PM

    I read a lot of veg*n blogs- i don't have much feedback for a cookbook.
    Some great blogs for recipes are:
    Post punk kitchen is really well known, isa has several cookbooks as well
    Oh she glows, her avocado pasta sauce is a favorite:

    Fatfree vegan kitchen (old name, recipes are not fat free

    Lunch box bunch is a good resource:

    Choosing raw- her salads and salad dressings are all great, but some recipes include obscure ingredients

    101cookbooks is not veg, but does have a good selection of veg*n recipes or ones that are easily adapted

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    1. re: Ttrockwood
      rmarisco Dec 6, 2013 09:22 AM

      thanks. i got "how it all vegan" when it first came out.. so i'm interested in that website already! the enchiladas look intriguing..

      thanks for all the ideas

      1. re: Ttrockwood
        karen3849 Dec 10, 2013 06:05 AM

        Very informative post and link will be a great help for those who are looking for healthy snacks. Keep sharing!

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        blinknoodle Dec 6, 2013 07:07 PM

        Depends on what kind of recipes you like. My favourite vegan cookbooks this year have been Isa Does It and The Great Vegan Bean Book.


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          Funkalicious Dec 11, 2013 04:44 AM

          The popular Vedge Restaurant in Philadelphia came out with cookbook this year. All the restaurant menu items are in the book. I'm so excited causes Philly is too far and too hard to get a reservation at the place. I can now make the amazing dishes myself. The cookbook is cheaper on Amazon


          I love Manjula kitchen's youtube video's, easy way to learn how to cook Indian food. Manjula is jain vegetarian so i add garlic & onions. Another Indian blog I like is Richa, she converts Indian dishes to vegan. http://www.veganricha.com/

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          1. re: Funkalicious
            rmarisco Jan 28, 2014 11:36 AM

            aha! an indian cooking video series i'm not familiar with: thank you so much. i will definitely check it out. i personally like "show me the curry" on youtube.

            1. re: Funkalicious
              tardigrade Feb 27, 2014 07:31 PM

              I'll second the recommendation for Vedge - and I'm not a vegan. But I like vegetables.

            2. Peaches to Poutine Dec 11, 2013 06:20 AM

              Isa Does It. Vegan Eats World. Pies & Tarts with Heart. Chloe's Great Desserts. Bake and Destroy. Nut Butter Universe.

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                will47 Feb 9, 2014 08:40 PM

                I tend to get more milage out of non-vegan cookbooks. I make my own modifications where needed.

                Never been a big Deborah Madison fan, but her new cookbook "Vegetable Literacy" (not entirely vegetarian) is beautiful and has some promising looking stuff in it.

                If you don't have it already, Fuchsia Dunlop's "Every Grain of Rice" (came out before 2012, but US edition was released in 2013) has a ton of great dishes, many of which happen to be vegetarian or vegan.

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                  cityhopper Feb 25, 2014 05:39 PM

                  I'm in the same boat; although, I did enjoy MS Living's "Meatless". I'd love to see a cookbook that is plant-based but offer portions of 1-2 servings. Dunlop's book is on my list.

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                    Ttrockwood Feb 25, 2014 06:28 PM

                    I have to say that Ottolenghi's books are the most interesting veg*n friendly that i've come across in a looonnnggg time. The recipes are super easy to modify if needed but a bug chunk of them are already vegan! Lots of his recipes sre available online too...

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                      will47 Feb 27, 2014 11:55 AM

                      I have "Plenty", but haven't used it much.... I find a lot of the recipes a little bit complicated / fussy for everyday cooking, though I know it has gotten great reviews. I found it a little bit dairy-heavy too.

                      Curious to know what some of people's favorite recipes from Ottolenghi's cookbooks are, especially ones that are vegan or easily adaptable.

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                        Ttrockwood Mar 3, 2014 05:00 PM

                        I often skip any fussy steps....(ha!!)
                        I probably make this one most often:

                        I love this simple dressing:

                        And i can't find the other online- it has lentils, radicchio and walnuts with an herby dressing.....

                        1. re: Ttrockwood
                          will47 Mar 4, 2014 11:47 PM

                          I have Plenty, at least, in hard copy, and maybe one other, so page numbers are also welcome.

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                            LulusMom Apr 13, 2014 01:42 PM

                            Here, here to skipping fussy! (wait ... is it hear, hear??)

                    2. mrsleny Feb 27, 2014 05:52 PM

                      Anxiously awaiting Oh She Glows cookbook. It should be terrific since her blog is amazing. Her ultimate lentil "meatloaf" is the best.

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                        noya Mar 8, 2014 09:20 AM

                        yes! me too!!

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                          mrsleny Mar 9, 2014 03:39 PM

                          Just got it and it's gorgeous.

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                        Kalivs Feb 27, 2014 09:34 PM

                        I'm not sure if it's vegan oe vegetarian, but I love Dirt Candy's kindle book. It may have come out in early 2014.

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                          will47 Mar 1, 2014 10:10 AM

                          Dirt Candy cookbook has vegan options for almost everything. I enjoyed it, especially the comics, but most of the recipes are more practical for making in a restaurant type environment than for normal home cooking.

                        2. girloftheworld Feb 27, 2014 09:37 PM

                          It didnt come out this year But I love Corniela Guest's Book ( and I am not vegan)

                          1. girloftheworld Mar 1, 2014 12:20 PM

                            you could always suscribe to Black Mettal Vegan Chef on you tube

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                              rmarisco Mar 31, 2014 10:27 AM

                              HAHA!!!! i just found it!!!!! THANK YOU!! LOOKS GREAT! PERFECT!!

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                                LulusMom Apr 13, 2014 01:45 PM

                                Thanks - just subscribed (for those who can't find it, only one t in Metal). Looks fun.

                              2. Ttrockwood Mar 8, 2014 06:05 PM

                                I just discovered this website- its similar to tastespotting but its all vegan recipes!!!

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                                  rmarisco Mar 31, 2014 12:26 PM

                                  wow! looks great... i'm definitely bookmarking this one as well

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                                  herring Mar 20, 2014 02:10 PM

                                  I've really been loving Mollie Katzen's new book "The Heart of the Plate," which came out in 2013. It's vegetarian, not vegan, but she always points out how to modify a recipe. (In most cases it's easy and obvious.)

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