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« 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 »


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.

« 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.
« 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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