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No Excuses Not to Cook!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

I love books, especially cookbooks; I read them like a fine novel. I am not a fan of digital books or internet recipes, I prefer paper that gets used, greasy, torn, marked and loved. I have a small collection, edited now to include only vegan/vegetarian. These five are my "go to's"; their recipes are simple, tasty, use ingredients that are readily available in most grocery outlets and provide excellent nutrition. So let's begin:

Angela Liddon is a Canadian mom, cook, photographer and entrepreneur who discovered veganism as a solution to her chronic IBS. She is now healthy and hugely successful with her books, website and Facebook blogs. She does like her smoothies; not being a fan of those I skip those chapters in both books.

Dr. Michael Greger of the Daily Dozen fame has given us 100 recipes that produce the healthy results he discusses in his companion text. Again all easy to prepare, a favourite is his miso and tahini sauce that is served over roasted veggies or anything else your heart desires.

An excellent book for all, especially vegan athletes and folks with children. It is co-written by Stephanie Romine of Spark People fame and includes lots of nutritional advice as well as the excellent recipes.

My latest acquisition, picked up while I was in Scotland. Mostly vegetarian but also some meat dishes for flexitarians among us. The author learned to cook from his East Indian mother and while in med school came to realize the importance of healthy food when he himself became ill due to long hours of work and study. He is now a family doctor and includes nutritional counselling in his busy practice, encouraging his patients to use diet as medicine rather than relying heavily on medications. If you like flavours from the East this is a good choice and the recipes are simple to prepare.
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    I also like paper books. Love that title, "How Not to Die Cookbook". emoticon
    148 days ago
    I have been really interested in two of those for awhile, the no meat athlete and Oh She glows everyday. Tell me, since she is Canadian would I have to adjust her measurements to American ones?

    Great cookbooks all! I too like cookbooks, the real ones!
    153 days ago
    I love cookbooks too. I do have the electronic ones, but there's something special about a real cookbook with paper pages. I have a few of those, too. I always say I read cookbooks the way other people read novels. I also have a notebook filled with recipes I've collected. These are pre-vegetarian and include animal products. I don't know if I'll ever use them again, but I keep them anyway.
    153 days ago
    Cookbooks are a weakness of mine too. After collecting for years, I am trying to pare down.
    153 days ago
    Hm - that last one sounds great - will need to go find it.
    154 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your go to cookbooks! I am familiar with a couple of them

    I tend to steer clear of smoothies too, unless I have a need to consume more calories and am challenged to get the additional food consumed. Then, smoothies tend to help me.

    Thoroughly enjoy East Indian flavors! I used to say to Dad (a native of Britain), "Thank God for the Indians!" When in England, I search out Indian food. Not a fan of British food.

    154 days ago
    I also read cookbooks like novels. So many cookbooks have much more than just recipes. I’n not a fan of smoothies, especially green ones. Maybe if I could get past the color, but for now I’ll skip them. Thanks for the suggestions and happy cooking
    154 days ago
    Turmeric is my go to spice for flavour AND health. Your cookbooks should bring you hours of perusing and a lifetime of good eats. emoticon emoticon
    154 days ago
    Thanks for the suggestions!! I'm veering back towards less and less meat . . . not at "vegan" yet!!
    154 days ago
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    Great recommendations! Thanks! I’m not a fan of smoothies either....always prefer to eat my calories, instead of drinking them.
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