I love looking through new cookbooks. I scour the Internet for hours looking for new recipes, yet I am surprised every time I open a cookbook and find something completely new and innovative. And call me old-fashioned, but there is something so satisfying in holding a book and physically being able to hold a recipe in your hands. Yes I am a book nerd.
Whenever I want to try a new cookbook, I head to my local library. I am fortunate enough that our public library has a vast cookbook section with several shelves dedicated to vegetarian and vegan cooking – everything from vegan Indian cookbooks to raw, vegan baking. However, with the vegan and vegetarian boom upon us, it can be daunting to find a cookbook that satisfies everything you are looking for. Here are some of my favorite vegetarian and vegan cookbooks for all my fellow book nerds:
For the New Vegan:
Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
Down and dirty, this cookbook as 150 quick and easy vegan recipes all made in 30 minutes or less.
These recipes are simplified, but still interesting, and follow the shortest path from point A to point B. Simple looks easy, but it takes skill to make it that way. Just because you are in a hurry doesn’t mean you have to go in for vegan bologna or burgers every night, in Robertson’s kitchen.” –Robin Asbell’s The New Vegetarian
The 150 vegan recipes range from starters, snacks, salads, sauces, and sandwiches to stovetop suppers, pastas, soups, and desserts that can all be prepared in 30 minutes or less. That includes many ethnic influences including French, Mexican, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Greek, Cajun, East Asian, Italian, and Middle Eastern. Some of the highlights are the Spicy Black Bean Hummus with Orange, Korean Hotpot, Rotini with Creamy Avocado-Herb Sauce, Moroccan-Spiced Pumpkin Soup, BBQ Pinto-Portobello Sandwiches, Burmese Ginger Salad, Autumn Harvest Gratin, and Catalan-Style Creme Brulee.
The introductory chapter provides new vegan cooks with basic information on how to maintain a vegan kitchen including pantry suggestions and kitchen tips, as well as basic recipes for ingredients such as homemade vegetable stock and seitan.
For the Practical Vegetarian:
Meatless: More than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes
For anyone looking to expand their vegetarian diet, this cookbook by Martha Stewart is a comprehensive collection of easy, meat-free dishes for everyday and for entertaining.
As inspiring as it is practical, Meatless features 200 recipes—each accompanied by a gorgeous photograph—for full-fledged vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. You’ll find recipes for classics and new favorites, plus plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free options, too.
More than just a cookbook, Meatless is also a roadmap to embracing a vegetable-based lifestyle. Here are dozens of versatile recipes that can be easily adapted, such as pizza with a variety of toppings, salads made from different whole grains, and pestos with unexpected flavors and ingredients. You’ll also find advice on stocking your pantry with vegetarian essentials (dried beans, pasta, herbs and spices), a collection of basic recipes and techniques (vegetable stock, tomato sauce, polenta), and make-ahead flavor-boosters (caramelized onions, roasted peppers, and quick pickles).
Small Plates to Mix and Match: Smashed Chickpea, Basil, and Radish Dip with Pita Chips; Roasted Baby Potatoes with Romesco Sauce; Stuffed Marinated Hot Red Chili Peppers; Grilled Polenta with Balsamic Mushrooms; Pea Hummus
Stovetop Suppers: Frittata with Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Herbs; Spring Vegetable Ragout; Farro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms; Southwestern Hash
Soups, Stews, and Chili: Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs; Bean Chili; White Cheddar Corn Chowder; Chickpea Curry with Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes
Casseroles and other Baked Dishes: Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells; Italian Baked Eggplant with Seitan; Black-Bean Tortilla Casserole; Apple, Leek, and Squash Gratin
Substantial Salads: Raw Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Walnuts; Avocado, Beet, and Orange Salad; Arugula, Potato, and Green Bean Salad with Creamy Walnut Dressing; Roasted-Tomato Tabbouleh
Sandwiches, Burgers, and Pizzas: Quinoa Veggie Burgers; Grilled Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza; Chipotle Avocado Sandwich; Portobello and Zucchini Tacos
Pasta and Other Noodles: Fettuccine with Parsley-Walnut Pesto; Roasted Cauliflower with Pasta and Lemon Zest; Soba and Tofu in Ginger Broth; No-Bake Lasagna with Ricotta and Tomatoes
Simple Side Dishes: Mexican Creamed Corn; Cabbage and Green Apple Slaw; Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Mustard Seeds; Baked Polenta “Fries”
For the Colorful Vegan:
Color Me Vegan
With the idea that eating by color creates more flavorful meals better health, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau brings a rainbow of vegan recipes designed to boost your health and brighten up your palate.
With color as the guiding principle behind each section, Colleen shows vegetarians, vegans, and everyone in between exactly how phytonutrients—the most powerful, pigmented antioxidants on earth, found in everything from select fruits and vegetables, to grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds—can be expertly incorporated into your meals for the greatest nutritional punch.
From the “Color Me Blue” chapter, for example, you’ll be treated to recipes such as:
—Radicchio Fennel Salad with Caper Dressing
—Chilled Blueberry Mango Soup
—Lavender-Roasted Purple Onions
—Eggplant with Dengaku (Sweet Miso) Sauce
—Purple Plum Pie with Crumble Topping
From sensational starters and salads, to filling mains and sides, to crave-worthy desserts—in every color—each recipe is not just a feast for your stomach, but a feast for your eyes as well!
For the Blogging Vegan:
Oh She Glows Cookbook
Angela Liddon is one of the most popular vegan food bloggers on the web – you can find her blog at OhSheGlows. I have made many of her recipes, so I was anxious to crack open her new cookbook. I was not disappointed!
After a decade of struggling with an eating disorder and subsisting on diet, low-calorie processed foods, Angela Liddon vowed to get healthy once and for all. Done with feeling sick and tired, Angela embraced whole foods that made her glow from the inside out.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook is packed with more than 100 delicious recipes such as go-to breakfasts, protein-packed snacks, hearty entrées, and decadent desserts. From entrées like the Crowd-Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole and Empowered Noodle Bowl to sweet treats like the Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte with Hazelnut Crust and Angela’s famous Glo Bakery Glo Bars, there is something for everyone.The Oh She Glows Cookbook is also allergy-friendly, with many gluten-free and soy-free options.
Whether you are a vegan or you simply want to incorporate a few vegan meals into your week, Angela’s recipes are a must-have for anyone who longs to eat well, feel great, and simply glow!
Do you prefer online recipes or cookbooks? What is your favorite cookbook?