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Dec 26, 2013 08:27 AM

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

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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  1. 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. 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.

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

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        1. re: alc

          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.

        2. 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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            1. re: amishangst

              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.

              1. re: LulusMom

                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

                1. re: LulusMom

                  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.

                  1. re: amishangst

                    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.

              2. 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 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.