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4/27/14 7:51 A

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I took a Seventh Day Adventist (they're strictly vegan) cooking class with my mom when I was 15 and bought their book Ten Talents. I've returned to it over and over as an encyclopedia on eating vegetarian. Again, it's vegan. But since I've come to SparkPeople and gotten "real" with my food choices and leanings, I'm discovering the real me.

Vegetarians that eat fish don't have their own category, and I'm in that category. I'm also learning my addictions and my need to substitute for them and get away from them completely. Eating "sattvically" (a sanskrit term for whole, healthy foods) makes me feel light and healthy. Eating cheddar cheese doesn't fit into that category. So I'm going back to Ten Talents and another book in that vein (packed) to get good protein choices and learn the vegan way when I need it. Warning: the high amount of nuts in recipes for cheese replacements means high fat, which is a problem with nuts, which is why I limit them. I just learned that one cup of 1% cottage cheese has as high a protein content as a 3 1/2 oz serving of meat and fish (and very low fat). This comes from a nutrition book for food service professionals. Pretty cool.

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ARTEMISTHEGREEK's Photo ARTEMISTHEGREEK Posts: 273
4/26/14 3:19 P

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Some great cookbooks:

Annemarie Colbin - The Natural Gourmet: Delicious Recipes for Healthy, Balanced Eating. Real food, vegetarian and vegan. There are a few recipes at the back of the book for seafood, but that's the only non-vegetarian chapter. Nice, down to earth recipes with real food.

Cronish & Crocker - Everyday Flexitarian.
Takes recipes and makes vegetarian and meat recipes side by side, which is helpful for those trying to cook vegetarian for themselves (say) and provide meat for a spouse (or the reverse), without needing to spend much time tied up in the kitchen over two meals.

And of course there are the various Moosewood books.

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3/18/14 10:03 A

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I love my Dr. McDougall cookbook and the Happy Herbivore cookbooks! They are both very simple recipe cookbooks.

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12/22/13 3:36 A

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Sounds like a good plan! Let me know if you like the book. Also feel free to "friend me" I'm trying to build my social media support and right now it's pathetically low!! lol (That goes for EVERYONE!!)

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12/21/13 12:11 P

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I will ask my librarian to search for the '30-Minute-Vegan-Delicious-Everyday' through the Inter-Library Loan System. Quick and Delicious and Everyday -those key words grab my attention.

Thank you for the Amazon link. I often start there for books on many topics. I read the Amazon users reviews and comments. If those sound like they fit my criteria, I borrow a copy from the library to test several of the recipes. If all goes well at that stage, I am ready to buy the recipe book.

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12/21/13 3:04 A

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The 30-Minute Vegan

http://www.amazon.com/The-30-Minute-Vega
n-Delicious-Everyday/dp/0738213276

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12/21/13 1:25 A

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I just discovered the "Student's Vegetarian Cookbook" by Carole Raymond. It was written for college students. I am not a student; however, just like the students, I have very little time, money, utensils, and food preparation skills.

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8/1/12 3:59 P

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I liked the PETA College Cookbook. I'm not crazy about PETA, but they have some really good recipes that can be made as long as you have a mini-fridge and a microwave.

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7/27/12 1:51 A

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There are some really good recipes in the REAL FOOD DAILY COOKBOOK by Ann Gentry. She owns two vegan restaurants in L.A. and is the executive chef of Vegetarian Times Magazine.

They're not run of the mill recipes and are fun for food explorers!

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6/26/12 10:01 P

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i use the web for recipes--it's the biggest book ever!

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6/20/12 7:07 P

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I like You won't believe it's vegan! by Lacey Sher

You want me to do something... tell me I can't do it. -Maya Angelou

Just do it. -Nike

Never give up, never surrender! - Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (Galaxy Quest)


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6/18/12 2:34 P

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Right now I am loving How To Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. This book is HUGE. It's laid out very well with many cross-references and substitutions. If you don't have ingredients A and B, try this recipe with ingredients C and D instead or with E and F, etc. His writing style is great and I appreciate his introductions to many of the lesser known ingredients. I'm reading it like a novel and keep a notepad and pen nearby to jot down recipe names and pages. I also love Vegetarian Times website. They have a terrific recipe section.

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12/29/11 6:16 P

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I really like the magazine The Vegatarian Times and it has good recipes and they have a web site where you can get recipes! They had a farmers market cooking this summer that was good too! I usualy get creative and do a lot of stir frys! i like asian recipes too if ya like spicy! you can get those on the web too! emoticon emoticon emoticon Bonnie

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12/18/11 9:35 P

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12/1/11 10:25 P

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I really like Leah Leneman's Vegan Cooking for One. I bought an extra copy so I have another when my wears out. That may happen soon as I have tried so many of the recipes. I am on my own alot so it is nice to not eat leftovers. I get to cook something special just for me.

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11/27/11 2:34 P

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Veganomicon is my favorite! I also love Appetite for Reduction, Vegan Comfort Food, and The Kind Diet (the book that led me to vegetarianism). Another favorite- Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I've made several cupcakes from this book and no one can tell they're vegan!

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11/18/11 1:34 P

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I have bought and borrowed some and love to look at them for ideas. TBH I usually end up googling recipe's though and also found many good ones on this site.

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10/8/11 8:58 A

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An old favorite: The Greens Cookbook



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9/25/11 12:51 A

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I really like Alicia Silverstone's book "The Kind Diet." Great recipes!

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9/18/11 8:59 A

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Don't be afraid of wheat berries or other odd sounding grains, spices, sweeteners, or oils. If you live near a natural foods store, a Whole Foods, or co-op grocery, it will probably have bulk bins full of every ingredient in that cookbook. Wheat berries are no more difficult to deal with than steel cut oats, hulled barley, or dried beans.

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9/18/11 8:37 A

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Definitely agree with JODROX on the library. I think buying every cookbook with a few good recipes gets expensive, so you might as well start out by borrowing. Of course, if you want to try EVERY recipe in a cookbook, it's time to buy. That way you can actually use it in your kitchen and not worry about returning some stained pages ;-)

I also suggest Vegetarian Times magazine. It's always full of great recipes, product reviews, and interviews, and their website has a GREAT database of all their recipes going back about ten years!

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9/14/11 10:58 P

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I know what I'll be doing this weekend! Hitting the library and pouring over cookbooks! Thanks for sharing all your faves!

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9/14/11 1:37 P

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Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson

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2/16/11 9:36 A

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Moosewoods sounds really popular!! I'm going to check them out!.

In the past I've used http://101cookbooks.com/. Some of her stuff is really good (like the orange pan glazed tempeh) but some of it is a little beyond me. I haven't been adventurous enough yet to check out wheat berries for instance. And she has a lot of baked goods and I'm not a big baker.

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2/13/11 4:17 P

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Moosewoods are a staple! Deborah Madison's "This Can't Be Tofu" is well used in our kitchen.
I'm going to check out the Happy Herbivore Blog.

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I just got the Happy Herbivore cookbook. I have made several recipes off the blog and loved them. Also I love my Moosewood cookbooks.

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1/31/11 9:20 A

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no but read dr. joel furhmans book eat to live. he promotes a nutritarian lifestyle (getting the most bang for your nutritional buck) and he has lots of recipes and ideas in the back of the book and salad dressing ideas

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1/27/11 10:56 A

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Thanks for all the great suggestions! I've requested Veganomican (picked it up yesterday) and 4 of the Moosewood books from my library and a couple other that caught my eye! I'm excited to save some of the recipes and give them a try! :) The veganomican one look AWESOME! I've never tried cooking with tofu or seitan before, but I want to now!! :)

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1/20/11 11:04 A

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I checked out a book from the library called Veganomicon.....now I think I have to buy it!

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The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without by Mollie Katzen is one of my favorite cook books. She, along with the Moosewood Restaurant, changed vegetarian cooking forever!! So really, ANY of the Moosewood Cookbooks will give you countless recipes you'll love.

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Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks

I've mostly used the soup chapter, but the several I've tried have been lovely.

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I am a recipe fiend! I love getting ideas from books, websites, word of mouth, etc. Anyone here have any veggie/vegan cookbooks that they like a lot?

I've reserved a couple cookbooks and general health/wellness books/audiobooks from the library that I can't wait to listen to/read!

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