…according to me! That’s right, I use quite a few vegetarian cookbooks in my kitchen and I’ve recently done a series of articles on these five with recipes included. If you missed the series, here’s a recap to spark your interest!
I’ve been mostly vegetarian and sometimes vegan for the past 5 years or so. Now, I have a bit of chicken to bump up my protein intake. But regardless of how I eat, I want to share with you 5 great cookbooks for anyone who loves great tasting food! These are my go to cookbooks today and I have found that I’ve learned to eat and prepare things like tofu, couscous, and every vegetable under sun. Most importantly, I’ve learned to love their rich earthy flavors and crave the nutrients they provide.
1. This is my newest addition, Vegetable of the Day by Kate McMillan and it is by Williams-Sonoma so you know it has to be good! There truly is a vegetable recipe for every day of the year and there are calendar pages to show which recipe is appropriate for each day as the seasons change throughout the year. You can look for new potatoes with peas in the Spring and winter squashes in Autumn. The photos are exquisite and make the dishes shown irresistible. You will find that the index at the back is well designed, as the recipes are listed by ingredient. So, if you find you have an oversupply of green beans, you can find 14 options listed under “green beans”!
In my series I’ve included one of the recipes from Vegetable of the Day called “Summer Beans with Lemon and Almonds”. It is suggested that you serve these on June 9th, but I’m sure they would be yummy any day of the year!
2. Cooking Light recipes have always been good go-to recipes when I wanted to cut down on calories yet serve something tasty and filling. Aside from recipes, Cooking Light way to cook vegetarian has a lot of how-to tips like “How to Brown Butter” and the best way to “Store Onions”. You have to love a book with lots of useful tips that help you keep foods fresh longer and save dollars. As for photos, this book is chock full of them depicting the finished recipe along with photos for all of the how-tos. There is nutritional information at the end of every recipe as well to keep us informed as to our calorie intake, fat, carbs, sodium, calcium and more.
One of my favorite recipes from this book is this “Baby Arugula, Pear, and Gorgonzola Salad”. It goes together quickly, looks impressive, and tastes great. (I did substitute Feta Cheese for the Gorgonzola because it was too strong for my taste buds!)
3. The Vegan Table is only number 3 because of how I spread them across my desk to photograph them. This is definitely MY number 1 cookbook. I love how Colleen Patrick-Goudreau thinks and how compassionate she is about animals. Not all recipes have photos, but I’ve tried so many of them that I don’t care whether there is a photo or not – I’m sure it’s going to be great! Yes, this is a vegan cookbook meaning no animal products at all, not even cheese, eggs or milk. Don’t be afraid that there won’t be any flavor though, these recipes are satisfying, healthy and kind to animals.
4. The Vegan Cook’s Bible by Pat Crocker is more like a science book when you open it up. There aren’t too many photos, but it is chock full of great information. It explains why you might want to become vegan and how it can positively affect the different systems of your body. There are intricate details about every fruit, vegetable, nut, seed and herb you can imagine. If you are in to expanding your brain, reading and skipping pictures althogether…hahaha, this is the book for you! Oh! And there are plenty of recipes too!
There are about a dozen or so pretty photos in this book, and these vegan Black Blondies are pretty enticing! Even so, I use this book mostly for research, and when you are learning to be vegetarian or vegan, you can use all the information you can get your hands on !
If you decide to give these recipes or cookbooks a try, let me know what you think. You may have other cookbooks that you swear by and would like to share your special find with the rest of us. If so, add a comment to the discussion below and lets help each other out a bit!