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« on: October 12, 2011 03:17:52 PM »

Hello everyone! So I'm hoping to become a vegetarian in the near future and was looking to get some cookbooks to help the transition. I'm going to begin collecting all the wonderful recipes here on craftster but would love some recommendations for cookbooks. Smiley Thank in advance for the help!

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011 07:20:51 PM »

Check out Vegetarian Times (it's a magazine and they also have recipes on their website)--lots of great seasonal ideas. 

Also it's not an exclusive vegetarian book but More With Less (a Mennonite Central Committee book) has lots of great vegetarian recipes and lots of adaptable ones too.

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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2011 10:12:52 AM »

Thanks for the recommendations. I'll look into them!  Smiley

« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2011 02:54:17 AM »

I get Vegetarian Times, I'm still undecided on whether it's worth the price or not. You should check out their website though (http://www.vegetariantimes.com/), they have lots of recipes on there.

A while back I compiled a list of "veg sources" for a friend, and saved it for future reference when others asked, so I'll share that with you here:
- http://vegweb.com/
All variety of vegan recipes (you can always swap out vegan ingredients for "normal" ones if you want).
- http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/vegetarian/
Not entirely veg site but has a nice vegetarian section.
- http://www.thedragonskitchen.com/
A cooking blog that's non-veg but has a number of veg-friendly things.
- http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
Vegan cooking blog.
- http://ourchocolateshavings.blogspot.com/search/label/Vegetarian
Another non-veg cooking blog, who marks veg stuff for easy finding (all under the "vegetarian" label).
- http://www.mydiversekitchen.com/
Veg cooking blog by a woman in India, so most of her stuff is oriented as such.
- http://www.verybestbaking.com/
Not a veg resource, but it's by Nestle and there's tons & tons of recipes contributed by people, so there's a number of them that are non-meat, or that you can substitute in meat-substitutes instead.

The book Vegetarian by Nicola Graimes is filled with all sorts of nutritional info about all the fruits, veg, legumes, etc - what nutrients they give us and such, along with tons of recipes, highly recommended!! And Vegetarian: 3 Books in 1 is full of simple, tasty recipes. It's also not a bad idea to go to your library and check out some books, and if they have just a few recipes you like, copy them, or if you think there's a lot you like, then you could try some out and buy it if they turn out well!  Smiley
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011 06:20:57 AM »

I also recommend veg times

However I do not recommend veg web....I have found far too many recipes that where not fully tested, poorly written..or didn't come out all together. (was a big source for me back in the day)

As long as you are only proceeding to vegetarianism at this time, any well written cookbook will do.
I highly recommend Joy Of Cooking (any edition)
any of the Food & Wine yearly cookbooks (great seasonal recipes that have a lot of class)
as for blogs...my bookmarks folder still has a small collection....all are vegan though..not that that should really matter. (i trust the majority of their recipes, the logic behind some can be iffy but all in all, most have not failed me when tested or at least gave me motivation for my own recipes)




again though...a good cookbook will have A LOT of vegetarian acceptable dishes or dishes to easily
convert..I recommend hitting up a thrift store.

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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011 01:31:27 PM »

I recommend The Happy Herbivore by  Lindsay Nixon and Veganize This!: From Surf & Turf to Ice-Cream Pie--200 Animal-Free Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Jenn Shagrin.

They both have a nice variety of yummy recipes! The second book makes vegetarian dishes out of some classic favorite dishes!
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2011 03:38:17 PM »

Thanks for the interesting links everyone - I shall be busy  Cheesy

I really like the vegetarian society & bbc food websites - they have good search facilities for finding recipes.

My fave recipe books currently are: Madhur Jaffrey's world vegetarian (it has some fantastic curries in it!), Plenty by Yotam Ottolengi (a bit fancy, it is split in to chapters such as 'the mighty aubergine'), Delia Smiths veggie collection (Delia is something of a national treasure here in the UK!), and possibly the books I dip in to the most (and taught me more about veggie cookery) are Linda McCartneys (I have Linda's kitchen,  and her world of veggie cooking).


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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2011 07:54:56 PM »

My favorite cookbook is The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and for baking I definitely recomend Vegan Cookies Take Over Your Cookie Jar. The chocolate peanut butter pillows are one of the greatest things ever!

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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2011 10:19:28 AM »

Hey There!

  I'm not big on the books dealio as you can find a lot of the same recipes online for free and as I'm a college student as well as a mom & money ='s the tight.  I only own 2 vegetarian books and one is fairly old but it tells you how to make a lot of your own things such as Soy (yogurt, milk, etc) as well as Tofu, etc which I love.  That book is The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook - http://www.amazon.com/New-Farm-Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/0913990604/ref=tmm_pap_title_0 and I also own Of these ye may freely eat: A vegetarian cookbook http://www.amazon.com/These-May-Freely-Eat-Vegetarian/dp/1878726021/ref=tmm_pap_title_0.

But I do really enjoy these pages as well and I HIGHLY recommend the Vegan Zombie (though I know you asked for vegetarian, you can always adapt a lot of these things for yourself i'm sure.

http://theveganzombie.com/  <--Really good food and one of my fav's was the how to make your own Almond milk - You gotta watch the Youtube vid's!

http://www.theppk.com/ <-- Post Punk Kitchen.  They wrote the book Vegan Cupcakes and have a boatload of recipes as well as a Forum.

http://www.herbivoracious.com/ <----A blog of a family man who is the vegetarian in the family and the rest are meat eaters.  I really enjoy his blog and recipes.

http://www.veganmofo.com/ <---- Last but certainly not least is VeganMofo, she is hilarious and I love her blog as well as her insightful recipes. 

These are just some that I thought of off the top of my head and if I think of anymore I will post some more. HHTH's Smiley
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