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Do you have a go-to vegan cookbook for "everyday" cooking?

owen_meany Dec 26, 2013 08:27 AM

I'm looking for ideas for a vegan cookbook for everyday (as in, not gourmet or fancy or with too many unusual ingredients) use. I'm generally very slow to commit to buying a cookbook - preferring to take them out of the library - but I would love to find something for general everyday use.

TIA, Sara

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    cheesecake17 Dec 26, 2013 08:49 AM

    I use bittmans how to cook everything vegetarian on a daily basis.
    It's not vegan (has dairy and eggs) but most recipes have a vegan version

    1. Peaches to Poutine Dec 27, 2013 07:44 AM

      My husband swears by How To Cook Everything Vegetarian also (obv using the vegan subs and recipes), as well as Julie Hassan's Vegan Diner.

      I find myself using Chloe's Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli a lot these days as well my well-thumbed copies of Vegan with a Vengeance and Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

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        alc Dec 27, 2013 02:18 PM

        Lorna Sass' Vegetarian Under Pressure
        Crescent Dragonwagon's Passionate Vegetarian

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          alc Dec 28, 2013 02:12 PM

          And I should have added The Saucy Vegan by Joanne Stepaniak. Maybe I use that more than anything for simple meals (vegetables, beans and grains with sauces). Everything by her is great.

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          amishangst Dec 27, 2013 04:50 PM

          Appetite for Reduction is probably my most used - quick, healthy, not overly dependent on fake meats or focused on trying to recreate non-veg*n food (i.e. making tasty veg*n food outright vs. trying to recreate a realistic veg*n version of a corndog), and probably the closest to how I eat every day.

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            Ttrockwood Dec 31, 2013 03:41 PM


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              LulusMom Jan 30, 2014 01:54 PM

              Got excited by your reply - looked it up on amazon and the first thing they mention is lasagna. I do not want a book with fake cheese. How much of that is in this book? I'm so with you on liking stuff that isn't trying to recreate non- vegan foods.

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                Ttrockwood Jan 30, 2014 06:13 PM

                Look through her blog and try some recipes from there- she definately has vegan "junk food" as well as more healthy dishes.
                Or, ohsheglows is a great site, and more health conscious- no fake meats or cheeses- her cookbook is also great

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                  amishangst Jan 30, 2014 06:30 PM

                  Did you bother to click on the "Look Inside" feature? It gives the entire table of contents with the recipe names in it. That should give you a pretty good clue if it's something you'll be interested in or not. I didn't even realize there was a lasagna recipe in there until you mentioned it - it's that insignificant in this book. And it doesn't use fake cheese in the sense of buying fake cheese at the store. It has cauliflower, tofu, some nutritional yeast, a red sauce, noodles, spinach and olives. Other recipes include various curries, tortilla soup, Pasta e fagioli, Tofu chimmicchurri, forty-clove chickpeas and broccoli, curried black eyed peas with plantains.

                  See if your library has it if you don't want to spend money on it.

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                    LulusMom Jan 31, 2014 01:59 AM

                    Thanks - that list of recipes gives me a better idea than the review on amazon. I will be picking up her Isa Does It today at the library (been in line for the hold for ages). Happy to cook with vegetables and tofu, etc. Just do not want that fake cheese stuff. And I'm not interested in junk food either - just good, vegan meals that aren't trying to be replacements for non-vegan meals.

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                blinknoodle Dec 28, 2013 01:21 PM

                It all depends on your pantry.. ingredients like nutritional yeast or tofu may seem odd to most people but quite common for vegans.

                With that being said, my favourite cookbooks for every day is Isa Does It (check out theppk.com as the recipes are very similar). Worth mentioning are the books by Tess Challis which ended up turning me vegan.

                Supermarket Vegan is also fairly basic.


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                  owen_meany Dec 30, 2013 08:06 AM

                  Thanks for the responses, everyone. I really appreciate the ideas even though I get it's difficult to make recommendations without knowing more details!

                  I'm fine with both tofu and nutritional yeast :-) . What I look for in a cookbook is good "bang for one's buck". I like to results:effort ratio to be very high - a combo of quick things that come together easily and are tasty and things that can take longer or be more complicated but that last, taste good over the longer haul, are easily frozen, etc. I don't want a lot of fussy recipes as that's not how I generally cook.

                  Thanks, again, and I welcome any more suggestions. I'm putting them on reserve at the library so I can try things out!


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                    Ttrockwood Dec 31, 2013 03:45 PM

                    Also look up veg blogs and websites, lots of great suggestions in these threads:


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                      blinknoodle Jan 3, 2014 11:36 AM

                      I think you will really like IDI, then! Quicker recipes that actually taste good.

                      I also really like The Great Vegan Bean Book (since beans are my vegan protein of choice), although you may need to increase the spices/seasonings.

                      I am also really liking the 30 Minute Vegan's Soup's On, too, mainly because I love soup. I use the recipes as a guide, though... I think it is worth the extra 10 minutes to chop and saute an onion in oil, instead of aiming for a 30-minute soup.

                      Please let us know which books you end up preferring. :)

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                      alc Dec 31, 2013 03:31 PM

                      You may also like Ten Talents

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                        foodieX2 Jan 3, 2014 11:40 AM

                        I bought Veganomicon for my niece. Its seemed very approachable. I'll report back her thoughts if your interested.


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                          owen_meany Jan 4, 2014 02:58 PM

                          Thanks again, everyone...I will definitely follow-up as I try these suggestions.

                          I pulled out my copy of Dean Ornish's "Everyday Cooking with..." (not strictly vegan) and made an old favorite "Hearty Barley and Lentil Soup" and it reminded me of so much of what I want in a recipe/meal. It's not rocket science but it's a great combo that comes together easily and is so delicious and healthy. I've got another pot of it cooking right now!

                          I also got Robin Robertson's book "One-Dish Vegan" out of the library today and was grabbed by the first recipe (Chickpeas and Noodle Soup but I will actually probably leave out the noodles). I've got the chickpeas soaking now to cook tomorrow. Again, many of the recipes are my usual "style" so I excited to try many of them. The reviews on Amazon are largely positive and the things that people complained about (no photos, same ingredients used over again) don't bother me at all.

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                            ninrn Jan 5, 2014 09:45 AM

                            Highly recommend checking out the websites Oh She Glows and Post Punk Kitchen.



                            Oh She Glows is one of my favorites. The creamy avocado pasta (http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-m...) is a perfect example of the simple but creative and flavorful, everyday kind of dish that site has. I usually add sauteed broccoli.

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                              mrsleny Jan 5, 2014 08:20 PM

                              Oh She Glows cookbook is coming out in March! I have pre-ordered mine from Amazon.ca.

                              I love her recipes, especially the lentil loaf http://ohsheglows.com/2012/10/05/glaz...

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                                cheesecake17 Jan 10, 2014 07:10 AM

                                I love both of those sites. (And I follow both on Instagram)

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                                  prunefeet Jan 11, 2014 09:13 AM

                                  Yes, these are very good blogs - and Veganomican is one of the cookbooks written by the post punk kitchen girls. Very fun and useful book.

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                                  katyenka Jan 29, 2014 07:45 PM

                                  Vegetarian Everyday and Sprouted Kitchen

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                                    sinfromgin Feb 7, 2014 07:33 PM

                                    Happy Herbivore's books are good. Lots of soy free and gf options throughout.

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