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malinka
« on: July 27, 2006 05:05:25 PM »

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i love cookbooks, and i've decided it's definitely time to get a couple of new ones (note i don't need any more, i just want some more). i'd love to hear what your recommendations are.
criteria: must be vegetarian or vegan. i don't mind a bit of fish or meat in it (a la moosewood, though i don't eat fish or meat), but to get value for money i really want it be mostly veg. cheese and eggs are fine though.
and nothing too basic, or 'vegetarian meals for folks who don't like tofu and veg'. i'm a pretty good cook (and oh so modest) and love all kinds of odd vegies, so i want interesting, challenging stuff. i esp love spicy stuff; indian, middle eastern, etc

so far i'm thinking about the land of milk and honey (or something like), a vegetarian jewish cookbook, the gate vegetarian cookbook (from an amazing london veg restaurant), and maybe a new moosewood.

in return, here are my faves:
sundays at the moosewood restaurant -- lots of interesting recipes from round the world, and they consistently work, although the servings are HUGE
the vegan meditarrean kitchen -- fresh, healthy and light, but if you don't like eggplant, tomatoes and chickpeas you won't like 50% of the recipes
the low-fat, vegetarian, indian cookbook -- yes, a rather specific cookbook, but excellent. downsides are the absolutely appalling index, all dishes are called by english names (so instead of aloo gohbi you have cauliflower and potato curry), and it's really not low-fat, but the recipes are consistently yum.
feasts from the place below -- from another london veg restaurant. good luck finding this one, but if you do, buy it. really creative, beautiful, seasonal food. i'm trying to get my hands on their other book, food from the place below, but it's only available from the restaurant itself, and, well, melbourne is a bit far from london.
the new moosewood cookbook -- nice classic with some simple ideas and recipes, but again the servings are HUGE
madhur jaffrey's world-of-the-east vegetarian cooking  -- when it says 'east', it covers a huge range of cuisines, from the middle east through india to souteast asia and north asia.
 
 
 
 
 

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006 05:08:41 PM »

Itd be a good idea to use the search function at the top of the page. I know there are LOTS of posts on this forum about vegan/veggie cook books.
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006 06:26:59 PM »

Vegan with a Vengeance!! Seriously, it's the best cookbook ever. You can even get help with the recipes on the ppk forums and talk to Isa.
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2006 09:48:16 AM »

Rebar

It is a cookbook from a gourmet veg restaurant in Victoria, Canada.  The cookbook has recipes for things like yam, gouda and leek perogees,  buckwheat crepes stuffed with gruyere, grilled portabellos, caramelized onions and spinach with a lemon tarragon sauce (made this for Xmas dinner and it was rad), and chocolate bourbon torte.
The recipes are in generaly fairly time consuming- though their are simple recipes in it also- but everything is great and there is a large brunch chapter with the best recipe for vegan french toast ever.
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2006 10:17:44 AM »

I definately second the Vegan with a Vengeance book, it's one of my faves.  Another good one is Vegan Planet, it's huge and has some really tasty recipes.
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2006 01:45:10 AM »

The Cafe Flora Cookbook.

looks a bit dated now, but its the only vego recipe book i've seen where they don't just replace the meat with TVP and the eggs with egg replacer and the milk with soymilk. It's actual real original recipes based around vegetables. thank god.
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2006 01:47:53 AM »

Can you get any of Alison Holst's cookbooks anywhere other than New Zealand and Australia? All of her veg ones are AMAZING (super easy to vegan-ise too). While most of hers do have the words "very easy" in the title, they're not as basic as some of the veg cookbooks I've seen - and they're definitely inventive (corn chip casserole, anyone?).
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2006 04:49:02 AM »

I love Leah Leneman's cookbooks, especially Vegan Cooking For One - it even gives me shopping lists. Great if you don't want to try and plan a week's worth of cooking before heading to the supermarket.
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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2006 02:26:18 PM »

I think the cookbook I use the most is Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. I also just bought Vegan with a Vengeance and think it's fantastic. I especially like that there are no salads Smiley

I recently saw an Indian vegetarian cookbook that looked great, and I wish I could remember what it's called...
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2006 02:28:24 PM »

I think the cookbook I use the most is Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. I also just bought Vegan with a Vengeance and think it's fantastic. I especially like that there are no salads Smiley

I recently saw an Indian vegetarian cookbook that looked great, and I wish I could remember what it's called...

I second the Deborah Madison cookbook.  It has the most amazing soups in it.
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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2006 07:25:15 PM »

Vegan with a Vengeance!! Seriously, it's the best cookbook ever. You can even get help with the recipes on the ppk forums and talk to Isa.

Hell yes. Buy this!

I love Leah Leneman's cookbooks, especially Vegan Cooking For One - it even gives me shopping lists. Great if you don't want to try and plan a week's worth of cooking before heading to the supermarket.

This is also another good one


Try "How it all vegan, too. It has tons of recipes, even a kiddie section!
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2006 08:34:12 AM »


Third 'bravo' for Deborah Madison's book!

Also: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Yamuna Devi
Classical Turkish Cooking by Agar -- lots of meat,yes, but also LOTS of vegetarian and vegan, and very yummy!
The Vegetarian Grill by Chesman

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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2006 04:36:49 PM »

I just bought Vive le Vegan. There are lots of good recipes, especially the sweets (which is all I've tried so far...except for the brown rice pizza)! Everything is really healthy, but soo good and most everything is or can be wheat free.

I also have Vegan Planet. It's a huge book with over 400 recipes. I've made lots from it and everything sounds so yummy, but most recipes need extra spices or flavor. Example: I use the 3-bean chili recipe all the time and I add 6-7+ more spices than it calls for.
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2006 03:33:40 PM »

Thanks for all the suggestions!
I ordered (from Amazon) Vegan with a Vengeance. Even though I'm not vegan, and my boyfriends not veg at all, we both reckon these recipes sound great. As soon as I saw coriander and horseradish crusted tofu on the website I was sold. Cafe Flora sounds great, it's on my list for next time. Basically I got VwaV instead cos it was just a bit cheaper.
And I got Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World, which looks like it'll be a great read as well as a good recipe book.
Rebar seems to be out of print, and Alison Holst I'll look out for in a book shop here (Australia).
PimpernelSmith, I have Yamuna's Kitchen by Yamuna Devi; some of the recipes are a bit crazy with the low fat thing, but they are yummy.
Now I just have to patient for a month til they get here...
Anyway, thanks again for all your help!
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2006 06:26:44 AM »

If you're in the US, have you tried looking at vegetarian books at your local library?  Whenever I need inspiration cooking-wise, I borrow a vegetarian recipe book.  That way, its like having, per-say, 100 books for reference, at no cost.  I write down the recipes I really like, and have created a substantial and reliable collection.  And when I find a really good book, I purchase it.
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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2006 01:47:47 AM »

hey lava means love

yeah, i often get library books and use those, but i like owning them too...i takes me a couple of months to get to know a book and figure out what i'll make, plus i'm a really messy cook so they always end up covered in soy sauce!

i like to borrow books i'll only cook a few things from -- like meaty cookbooks with a few good recipes, or baking ones. but i like having ace, 'old friend' type cookbooks around me always -- sundays at moosewood and feasts from the place below are in this caetgory for me...and hopefully now vegan with a veneganvce amd olive trees and honey! 
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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2006 06:01:53 AM »

If it's not too late, I'll cast my vote for Moosewood's Low Fat Recipes cookbook. Consistently good, and we use it all the time (esp. for black bean chili, chilaquiles, and various soups).
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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2006 11:26:09 AM »

Oh oh!  Real Vegetarian Thai by Nanci McDermott.  *So Tasty.*  Since becoming vegetarian it's been my woe to discover all of my favorite Thai dishes are now off-limits in restaurants (they're all made with fish or shrimp paste) -- so now I make my own at home.  Also?  The pineapple fried rice is oh so very very good.  Everything I've made from this book so far has been great.  And she balances it all with some discussion of her experience in Thailand, and why and how she transformed traditional Thai cuisine to be veg.

Also wonderful: The Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon.  And not just because of her name!  This book is HUGE.  I think of it a little like Deborah Madison's (which is also excellent) -- it's nearly encyclopedic, but whereas Madison's book shines in describing single ingredients and simpler preparations that highlight them (not to downplay her more balanced recipes, but what I really use Madison for is when I'm like So I bought an artichoke -- now how the heck do I eat it?!), Dragonwagon's book has a more traditional cookbook feel.  There's just *a whole lot* of it.  And everything I've tried so far is delicious.  (Including Dr. Feelgood's Chocolate Cake, which is amazingly moist.)  She also has a really fun writing-voice that's showcased spectacularly here without intruding on the recipes.

Neither of these books has photographs, which I mention because I'm the sort of person who normally has a hard time with cookbooks without a lot of nice glossy pictures of the finished products -- I have a hard time getting motivated to cook something I can't visualize.  But both of these are favorites of mine, and get lots of use!
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2006 11:26:56 AM »

The Grit cookbook- from The Grit in Athens , GA. It is a rockin' vegetarian  and vegan restaurant with stellar food.  The book may not be a starter vegeatarian cookbook, but has plently of great recipies.

Love the restaurant. Love that I can make the restaruant food at home!
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