Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Dog-eared Cookbooks

Since there have been inquiries as to which cookbooks I actually use from among the excessive number I own, I am presenting here a list of the ones I currently use most. There may be one or two recipes I fall back on from these books, or they inspire me with new ideas regularly. I thought that I could either write a Really Long Comment, or just list them here!

1. Sarah Kramer : there are two cookbooks put together by Sarah and Tanya Barnard, (How It All Vegan & Garden of Vegan) and a third compiled by Sarah alone (La Dolce Vegan). I use these for quick meals; I love their desserts, especially. I also use these books for their clever ideas on cleaning house without chemicals (Vol.1), their party planning acumen(Vol.2) and their crafty suggestions(Vol.3)!

2. Isa Chandra Moscowitz : I now use both of her cookbooks, Vegan with a Vengeance (good for cooking a little more elaborately than the above) and my new fave, Vegan Cupcakes take over the World. I made chocolate cupcakes with sprinkies for a dinner party and they were a hit!

3. Vegetarian Chili by Robin Robertson. I use this one extensively in the cooler months. LOVE the 5-spice chili. If you like chili and are not a purist, try this; it has 80 different kinds to choose from.

4. Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons. This is one for fancy dinners. The recipes I've used from this one take a little time, but they are great, and it's always inspirational to thumb through.

5. Laurel's Kitchen : an oldie but goodie.

7.Pressure Cooking the Meatless Way by Daniella Chace. I've been depending on this since I started using my pressure cooker. Which is a lot lately - you may call me a pressure cooker evangelist!

8. Pressure Perfect by Lorna Sass. See above! Actually this one isn't vegetarian, but I just ignore the chapters on meat stuff and use her pasta and grains recipes. I'm intending to pick up her renowned vegetarian pressure cooking text as soon as feasible.

9. Vegetarian Times magazine. I try a lot of recipes from this magazine, and keep quite a number of back issues. Quite a number, agrees my husband.

These are the ones I find myself flipping through most lately. Anyone have a favourite I'm missing?


  1. Love the Sarah and Tanya books. We also use very frequently Simply Vegan, The High Road to Health by Lindsay Wagner (the bionic woman!), and Tofu Cookery and more and more we are using VegWeb. I really have to get the cupcake book. I have no idea why we don't have it already.

  2. I love the Moosewood's cookbooks-I have their original one (I think) and the new low-fat one. I'm a bigger fant of the former. I also really enjoy Carol Gelles' 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes-every one I've tried has worked out perfectly! For Christmas, I received . Haven't been able to play with it much yet (I'm at college, where I have to buy cheap ingredients), but it looks good. I've also been eyeing The New Vegetarian Epicure.

  3. Stefanie - I have Tofu Cookery but haven't used it for a loooong time. I'll have to dig it out again! I haven't tried the others though (except Veg Web).

    Eva - I have the original Moosewood, but not the Gelles book; it sounds really tempting! I have The New Vegetarian Epicure in my sights as well...


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