VegWeek, Day 3: Cookbook Recs!

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I have a shorter lunch break at work today, but I thought I’d pop in quickly and share my top 5 vegan cookbooks for today’s VegWeek post. I feel these are the best cookbooks for the beginning vegan.

Top Recipes / Cookbooks

1. The Grit Cookbook: World-Wise, Down-Home Recipes by Jessica Greene and Ted Hafer: This cookbook is from my favorite restaurant, The Grit, in downtown Athens, Georgia. When I go I love to get the Golden Bowl and some Vegan Chocolate Death Cake. This is the first vegetarian cookbook I ever purchased. Not all the recipes are vegan, but all are vegetarian. I will say that some of the recipes lack clear directions and some recipes seem to have 500 ingredients, but most recipes are simple and delicious. Favorite recipes – gazpacho, hummus, spicy Thai noodles

2. Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes that Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: A friend found this gem for me at a thrift store when I was dairy-free while nursing Atticus. The recipes are simple, delicious and it truly contains cheap ingredients. The scone recipe is so versatile; I use it as a base and I add in things to make new flavors. I’ve made pear chai, apple cinnamon, chocolate walnut, and strawberry cardamom scones. Favorite recipes – scones, best pumpkin muffin, carrot bisque

3. Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and FillingLow-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: This book contains nutritional information for each recipe. The baked tofu is amazing and great in stirfry, salad, or just on its own. Favorite recipes – basic baked tofu, garlicky mushrooms and kale, curry laska

4. Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Everyday of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: I know I’m plugging Isa like crazy, but her cookbooks are fun and they have great directions for cooking, building your pantry, and cooking techniques. I could have easily picked a dozen recipes to share and my omnivore family has never turned down a meal out of this cookbook. Favorite recipes – chicky tuna salad sandwiches, cornbread muffins, phyllo pot pie

5. Local Bounty: Vegan Seasonal Recipes by Devra Gartenstein: The ultimate farmer’s market cookbook! Divided by seasons, each recipe uses seasonal produce in creative, simple, and delicious ways. Favorite recipes – lentils in fennel with sweet peppers, morel mushrooms with new potatoes and fresh peas, garlic and herb sauce

Let me know which cookbooks you like or which of these tickles your fancy!
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5 comments

  1. Here are my recs. Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry, The Self-Healing Cookbook, which is actually macrobiotic and Big Vegan by Robin Asbell

  2. Not a vegetarian myself, but I’m loving your series this week…and taking notes! I do believe there’s great value in eating even just a few vegetarian meals a week (nutritionally and economically). Thanks for putting this all together in one place.

  3. Isa is my go-to cook book goddess. Her chef in crime is Terri Romano and I like her books as well. My husband is into The Sexy Vegan, but i don’t like it as much. It’s trying to dress up vegan food like it’s meaty.

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