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Dec 5, 2013 03:44 PM

did any GREAT vegan cookbooks come out this year?

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

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. 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

      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

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

      2. 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.


        1. 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.

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          1. re: Funkalicious

            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

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

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

              1. 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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                1. re: will47

                  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.

                  1. re: will47

                    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...

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      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.

                      1. re: will47

                        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

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

                          1. re: Ttrockwood

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