rawfoodrecipesonline have awesome ones-- she has two cookbooks right now. they are downloads eatingforenergy.com-- Yuri Elkaim wrote it. Excellent plant based food Learningrawfoods.com-- lena meade (my personal raw food chef. she is a chef and instructor and her book is awesome.)
I would check out the Moosewood restaurant cookbooks. They're not necessarily strictly vegan, but much of it either is vegan or is easily converted to vegan. However, their focus is on fresh, local, home-made foods with simple, natural ingredients.
I have to disagree with the notion that you need to add oil to your diet for fat. It's not at all difficult to meet your body's need for fats with whole food sources of fat. An ounce or two of nuts/seeds per day or some avocado, coconut, or olives do the trick nicely.
i love the mediterranean vegan kitchen. it doesn't really use any meat subs, and it's all stuff you should be able to find in a normal grocery store. i'm also a huge fan of robin robertson. she has a ton of veg cookbooks, and if she uses anything strange, she typically has a note on something more normal that you can more easily find or a way to make the fancy thing. veganpeace.com/recipe_pages/recipes.htm> this part of this website has recipes from some popular vegan cookbooks so you can try before you buy. amazon will also let you search through most cookbooks, at least bit by bit. and it may be worth checking out the largest library in your area to see what they have available. they may have some you can check out to see if you like them.
keep in mind that unless you have a medical issue, you should be getting a decent amount of fat in your diet. and unless you're planning on eating pounds and pounds of veggies that have very little fat in them, lots of nuts or avocado, you probably will need to add some oil to what you're eating so that you can get all the benefits from the fat soluble vitamins you're eating.
Don't worry, there is nothing unhealthy about a vegan diet. The only time a vegan diet is unhealthy or lacks nutrition is when someone eats more processed junk than whole food (that happens with non-vegan diets based on junk, too!). A multivitamin is a good idea (as with any diet) and being sure your B-12 needs are met is important (either via fortified foods/nondairy milk or supplements. That pretty much sums up the stance of the ADA.
My experience has not been that it's difficult to meet protein needs. I don't eat processed fake meats or cheese and I easily get 60-80g of protein per day (mostly from veggies. I eat a lot of dark leafy greens and cruciferous veggies).
this site has a ton of great healthy oil-free, whole food vegan recipes-
When you say plant based, do you mean vegan, or just mostly plants (regular vegetarian)?
I don't have any vegan suggestions because I don't think it's healthy, but for ovo-lacto vegetarians, you can't beat Laurel's Kitchen. It's a classic veggie cookbook from the '70s, and it's pretty encyclopedic. Besides tons of recipes (many of which are vegan), it has a LOT of information about vegetarian nutrition and how to make sure you get enough protein and B vitamins. There's complete, detailed nutrition info for every recipe.
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Anything from the Post Punk Kitchen is awesome - look them up online as well! :)
When I was a vegan, I generally just went with things I already knew I liked - enchiladas! spaghetti! etc - and veganized them.
I am a new convert to plant-based eating and I'm looking for a cookbook. I was wondering if anyone recommends the SP vegan plant based cookbook or if you have other ideas. I live in a small town so if the recipes require specialty ingredients (like from a health food store) that won't work for me. I've found plenty of vegan recipes online but so many have added oil, sugar, salt, or fake processed vegan replacement ingredients.
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