See also: Vegan; Vegetables
Now that Meatless Mondays are a "thing" and many of us have accepted the fact that tasty vegetables can and should be the star of the show for most meals, we're seeing a great new selection of vegetable books coming down the line. Martha Stewart is the latest author to embrace vegetarian cooking, with her new book, Meatless. This book is very similar in format to the Everday Food series, also from the kitchen of Martha Stewart Living, which means it's great for putting excellent home-made meals on the table every night of the week. Softcover, 384 pp. $29.95.
The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook
The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook is the only book you need to incorporate this tasty, easy-to-cook seed into a vegetarian diet. This book includes a detailed introduction to quinoa - what it is and how to cook it - and 130 delicious recipes, from breakfast to lunch to dinner to dessert. As well, each recipe features a full nutritional profile and weighs in at less than 500 calories. Softcover, 196 pp. $29.95.
Simple Satisfying includes more than 200 seasonal recipes showcasing readily available ingredients like fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans - as well as straightforward techniques, global influences, and most delectably and rewardingly, robust flavors. Each inviting dish is simple enough to be part of a weeknight meal and certain to satisfy vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Softcover, 346 pp. $26.95.
Amanda Cohen does not play by the rules. Her vegetable recipes are sophisticated and daring. In brilliant graphic novel form, she shares the secrets to making the flavorful dishes that have made Dirt Candy one of New York City's toughest reservations. This cookbook is a must-have for any home cook looking to push the boundaries of vegetable cooking. Softcover, 224 pp. $23.99.
The Art of Cooking with Vegetables
Alain Passard astonished the food world in 2000 by removing red meat from his three-Michelin-starred Paris restaurant L'Arpege, one of the world's greatest restaurants, and dedicating himself to cooking with vegetables supplied exclusively from his own organic farm. Hardcover, 52 pp.
The Gardener and the Grill
Karen Adler & Judith Fertig
The serious griller, the woman, or man, who truly understands the nature of the grill knows that the grill is about more than cooking lage slabs of meat. She knows that the grill is about celebrating summer, and summer is best celebrated through the season's beautiful produce. With simple recipes and a deft touch, Karen Adler and Judith Fertig use the heat of the grill to create some of the season's most interesting vegetarian dishes in their book The Gardner and the Grill. A must for both vegetarians and carnivores looking to expand their grilling repertoire. Softcover, 224 pp. $23.00.
The Best-Ever Vegetarian Cookbook
Easy, healthy vegetarian meals for morning, noon and night, The Best-Ever Vegetarian Cookbook has it all. Full coloured photos, well laid out recipes and cook's tips throughout, this cookbook has it all. Softcover, 256 pp. $20.95.
From the blog of the same name, this book featurers recipes that are a feast for both stomach and eyes. Organized by course (plus a breakfast section), many of them are vegan or gluten-free, or can be converted easily. Crispy Vietnamese crepes, potatoes and chanterelles in red wine, black bean soup with orange-jalapeno salsa, and apple-celery sorbet demonstrate the range of dishes in this book. Hardcover, 367 pp. $28.95.
The Clueless Vegetarian
A companion to Clueless in the Kitchen, The Clueless Vegetarian has dishes you will want to make whether or not you are vegetarian: guacamole, sushi rolls, sesame noodle salad, vegan chocolate cake. Great for beginners, there is a list of essential supplies for the vegetarian kitchen. Softcover, 216 pp. $14.95.
The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook
Tosca Reno, author of the popular Eat-Clean Diet series makes it possible for vegetarians and vegans to live an eat-clean lifestyle. There are gluten-free recipes as well as vegan and vegetarian recipes for entertaining. Reno's tips and techniques help ease the transition to vegetarian cooking. Color photos. Softcover, 287 pp. $24.95.
Meatless Meals for Meat Eaters
In this new book, Miriam Barton offers up 150 answers to that vexing question that every vegetarian faces: what do I serve the meat eaters in my life? With clear writing and simple recipes, Barton gives us recipes that will make even the most steadfast meaters reconsider their carnivorous ways. Softcover, 182 pp. $19.95.
Eat Raw, Eat Well
Learn to eat well, lose weight, gain energy and even indugle in Chef Douglas McNish's new book Eat Raw, Eat Well. Forget about the crazy diets and get yourself familiarized with enzymes and organic produce. With a little inspiration and a lot of flavour, you are sure to find comfort and pleasure in Eat Raw, Eat Well. Softcover, 384 pp. $27.95.
The Vegetarian Kitchen Table Cookbook
Igor Brotto & Olivier Guirec
Chef Igor Brotto and Chef Olivier Guiriec have travelled from the far reaches of the earth to bring us this phenomenal new Vegetarian cookbook. With 275 recipes packed with gourmet ingredients, haute cuisine flavour and a bit of flare, Guiriec and Brotto tell us that we have to explore, experiment and enjoy! Softcover, 320 pp. $27.95.
Raw Food Kitchen
Dunja Gulin brings the beauty of the garden to this inspiring raw food cookbook. Without heat, Gulin coaxes maximal flavour from nature's bounty. Her clean, bright food comes to life in the gorgeously photographed book. Hardcover, 144 pp.
Nobu's Vegetarian Cookbook
World renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings us a new take on vegetarian cuisine. His talent and edgy palate have created a beautifully photographed new addition to his cookbook collection. Nobu's Vegetarian Cookbook has a phenomenal array of dishes, from appetizers to desserts, that are completely vegetarian friendly and 100% satisfying. Hardcover, 175 pp. $46.00.
The Meat Free Monday Cookbook
Launched by Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney, the Meat Free Monday Campaign publicizes the value and ease of eating less meat. The cookbook features a meat free menu for ever Monday of the year, divided by season, with 13 menus each. Each features dishes of vibrant colour and intense flavour. Accompanying photos feature finished dishes or seasonal produce. Hardcover, 240 pp. $32.95.
River Cottage Veg Everyday
River has a motivation to try and change you life by getting you to eat more vegetables with his tempting combinations and his elegant ingredients. Veg Everyday is fun to read and is filled with lots of pictures and colour. Hardcover, 415 pp.
While vegetarian meals seems like a trend in America, for centuries vegetarian cuisine has been the norm in the Middle East. From classics such as aloo gobi to lesser known dishes like Eshkaneh (Persian Egg and Onion Soup), discover a new way of eating vegetarian where the object isn't to imitate meat, but to celebrate vegetables for being delicious just the way they are! Hardcover, 271 pp. $52.95.
One of Britain's "new voices in food," Alice Hart made her name as Waitrose Food Illustrated's youngest food editor. In Vegetarian, Hart borrows from many cuisines to create seasonally inspired dishes that blend intense flavor with eye-popping visual appeal. Best examples: baked red onions stuffed with toasted spiced couscous; and quinoa with parsley pesto, cranberries, toasted hazelnuts and mushrooms. Clear instructions, sometimes supplemented with line drawings, make this book easy to use. Softcover, 255 pp. $32.95.
Nutritious and delicious vegan/vegetarian fare has never been made more possible than in the hands of Ruth Tal. Her recipes behind the award-winning Fresh restaurants are designed to keep the body healthy and satisfied at the same time. $29.99.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
For those who don't eat meat, but still want to learn How To Cook Everything, Mark Bittman accomodates you brilliantly with his meatless addition to his swiftly growing repertoire of books. Same style as the original, minus the meat. Simple techniques and comprehensive instructions ensure that the budding cook will not feel intimidated. $41.99.
Terre A Terre
For those looking to get away from boring, conventional vegetarian options like eggplant parmesan or tempeh burgers, this book is for you! Instead of offering ways in which vegetables can replace meat, Powley chooses to recognize a vegetable for what it is, and designs meals around gorgeous produce that's sure to make you forget that you're not eating meat! Hardcover, 225 pp. $39.95.
Canadian Living Vegetarian Collection
The excellent cooks at Canadian Living have released
their collection of vegetarian recipes in a book that is sure to make
a convert out of any hesitant vegetarian. Focusing on the philosophy that
vegetarian food should highlight the vegetables for being vegetables,
instead of using vegetables to replace the missing meat component. Recipes
are taste tested multiple times, as is always the case with Canadian Living and recipes are simple yet flavorful. The latest iteration in the Canadian Living book series continues the trend of excellent food with easy directions while always keeping health in mind. Softcover, 288 pp. $22.95.
Cornucopia at Home
Cornucopia, the long standing Dublin restaurant, has released this beautiful tome filled with every sort of vegetarian dish one could dream of. Every aspect of the book was put together lovingly by long time restaurant staff. The book is coded for special diets and food sensitivities, and lots of stories of the heralded restaurant itself. Hardcover, 467 pp. $85.00.
Audrey Alsterberg and Wanda Urbanowicz
A landmark cafe in Victoria, this book serves up delicious vegetarian food, even
for those who aren't
vegetarian. Softcover, 256 pp, $29.95.
The Desert Rose Cafe Cookbook
From The Desert Rose Cafe in Elora comes this bright and fun book, full of ethnic vegetarian recipes. Owner and ched Rosa Lent operated the cafe for over 30 years, serving up the likes of vegetable curry with coconut milk, corn chowder, and lentil burgers. There are also lots of sweet treats, such as blueberry sour cream pie and butter tarts. Thanks to Resa's ongoing aid work in Africa a portion of all sales will go to support projects in Africa. Coil-bound, 116 pp. $25.00.
The Vegetarian Option
The well-known British cooking expert who made his reputation with Roast Chicken and Other Stories, $29.95, turns his creative eye to meatless cooking for the first time. The recipes are organized in sections vegetables, herbs, pasta, pulses and grains, rice, eggs, and fruit. This is very much in the style of older vegetarian books with more eggs and dairy, richer than usual in contemporary vegetarian cooking which is tending more to the vegan spectrum. But as Simon Hopkinson says, he does not expect to become vegetarian any time in the foreseeable future. Colour photos. Hardcover, 224 pp, $55.00.
Terry Walters vision of “clean” food is one in which the food source is close to the eater thus creating a low-carbon footprint. Although the word vegan does not appear, the recipes are egg-, dairy-, and meat-free. Even if you do not wish to live a totally vegetarian life, it is a great book for those who wish to have more grains in their diet, or who are trying to use up the produce that seduced them in a farmer’s market. No illustrations. Hardcover, 290 pp. $35.00.
Cooking With Kurma
A wide-ranging and conprehensive vegetarian cookbook from Australian chef Kurma Dasa, Cooking With Kurma offers a variety of meat-free dishes, heavily influenced by world food and particularly Indian cuisine. There are also chapters on bread, accompaniments such as chutney and pickles, and desserts. In a special ingredients section Dasa also provides instruction for making homemade spice blends and ingredients such as coconut milk. Lots of colour photographs throughout. Hardcover, 244 pp. $19.95.
Quick Vegetarian Dishes
From Kurma Dasa, proclaimed as Australia's vegetarian guru, comes this cookbook specifically aimed at the short of time. Full of recipes quick to prepare and cook, such as koftas in tomato sauce and open faced sandwiches of pears and gorgonzola, this book will will have you whipping up meat-free meals in no time. Also includes a section on cooking with fruit, as well as soups and finger foods. Colour photographs throughout. Hardcover, 220 pp. $19.95.
Vegetarian World Food
Australian vegetarian chef Kurma Dasa offers his take on flavours and specialities from around the world in this well presented vegetarian cookbook; Mediterranean recipes include ricotta cheese filled pastries and pumpkin dumplings with sage scented butter. There are also chapters from India, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Americas. Dasa doesn't restrict himself to the savoury though, there are also delectable sweet recipes such as Turkish nut pastries in syrup and carob fudge cake. Full colour photographs throughout. Hardcover, 213 pp. $19.95.
College Vegetarian Cooking
In a time when vegetarianism is becoming more frequently a lifestyle choice, especially for young people, this book can help ease the mind of worried parents that their college-bound, veggie offspring has the resources to eat right. Full of healthy but tasty and accessible recipes the book is divided into useful sections such as "Avoiding the Freshman 15," "Dinners for One," "Party Food," and "Impressing your Date." Softcover, 154 pp. $24.95.
If, like Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan, you are trying to eat less meat without actually cutting it from your diet, or are trying to spend less on food, this is good place to start.. Many of the recipes combine small amounts of meat with other protein sources such as beans or tofu. Other times the recipes feature meat with greens or other vegetables. With loads of colour and a variety of flavours, these dishes show that almost meatless offer satisfaction for both the eye and the palate. Colour photos. Softcover, 148 pp. $30.95.
Grow and Cook
This is an excellent book for those wanting to grow and prepare their own fruits and vegetables from seed to plate. Tucker explains simple techniques and rules for the home vegetable gardener – sound advice from someone who has been growing his own vegetables from a time when it was an essential part of post-war austerity. Softcover, 192 pp. $8.95.
The Engine 2 Diet
Need to be as strong as a firefighter? How about a firefighter from Texas? It’s completely attainable with Rip’s instructions for healthy eating and muscle building exercises. The diet focuses heavily on eating the proper balance of protein and consuming a variety of whole gains and vegetables. The book focuses on daily exercise, health myths, and includes a weekly meal planner to get you started. Hardcover, 273 pp. $27.99.
Celia Brooks Brown
Entertaining vegetarian-style doesn't mean it's all tempeh and tofu. Find easy recipes and tips for tasty vegetarian fare (and some vegan too,) just right for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Whether you need to entertain or simply add new meat-less dishes to your repetoir, Entertianing Vegetarian has it covered. Softcover, 159 pp. $15.99.
Market Vegetarian is a delicious no-fuss recipes from top Sydney's cook Ross Dobson. He proves that vegetarian cookingt doesn't have to be labour intensive or dull. this book features more the 80 recipes. Ross has contributed to a number of cookbooks and is the auther of the bestselling Chinatown and Kitchen Seasons. Hardcover, 160 pp. $28.95.
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