Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My Cookbook Shelf

These are all cookbooks that I can recommend to any aspiring vegan or anybody wanting to eat less meat and more veggies, grains, and legumes... and sweets! From Mushroom Bourguignon to Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies, all these cookbooks feature phenomenal vegan recipes and cooking tips. I will be adding more cookbooks as my collection grows!

Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes
Deliciously wholesome and creative! I am not trying to "reduce", so I add a bit of extra oil to the recipes that require sauteéing and such.
Favorites: Caulipots (Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes), OMG Oven-Baked Onion Rings, Brussels-Sprout Potato Hash, Upside Down Lentil-Shepherd's Pie, Baked Falafel.
Chloe's Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way
Mouthwatering photos and excellent recipes. Chloe is a Cupcake Wars winner!
Favorites: Cheesy Broccoli Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls, Crispy Falafel Sliders with Avocado Hummus, Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts, Thyme for Creamy Scalloped Potatoes, Chocolate Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Walnut Fudge.
Cookin' Crunk: Eating Vegan in the Dirty South
Bianca's Southern-style recipes are the epitome of comfort food at its best! This cookbook features scrumptious down-to-earth recipes with easy-to-find ingredients.
Favorites: Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce, Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole, Cheesy Twice-Baked Taters with Leeks and Dill, Cinnamon-Pecan Waffles, Fresh Strawberry Pie, Old-Fashioned Coconut Pie.
Eat, Drink & Be Vegan: Everyday Vegan Recipes Worth Celebrating
Dreena Burton's recipes are wholesome and delicious. She's one of my favorite cookbook authors!
Favorites: Lemon Chickpea Lentil Soup, Avocado and Pinto Bean Enchiladas, Chickpea Sensation Patties, Polenta Casserole, You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate Cookies.
My Sweet Vegan: passionate about dessert
A must have! My sweet tooth loves this one, and the Self-Frosting PB Cupcakes are one of my favorite recipes of all time. Of all time!
Favorites: Coffee Break Shortbread, Pfeffernusse, Chocolate-Glazed Peanut Butter Scones, Golden Glazed Doughnuts, Self-Frosting Peanut Butter Cupcakes.
Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make
Chef Amber Shea put together an amazing cookbook with a super flexible approach to raw foods. It doesn't matter what kind of fancy tools you have or lack, because this cookbook is for everyone!
Favorites: Spinach-Walnut Pesto Pasta, Italian Sausage Pizza, Sopes con Mole Poblano, Five Minute Blondies, Almond Butter Banana Ice Cream, Raspberry Lemon Mousse Tart.
Spork-Fed: Super Fun and Flavorful Vegan Recipes from the Sisters of Spork Foods
These two girls are too cute, and their recipes are fabulous. The book features a foreword by Emily and Zooey Deschanel!
Favorites: Patatas Bravas, Mushroom Bourguignon, Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna with a Creamy Béchamel Sauce, Toasted Pecan Spelt Coffee Cake, Strawberry Shortcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream.
Sweet Freedom: Desserts You'll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar
Sinlessly sweet! It's clear that a lot of hard work and dedication went into writing these recipes, and they are absolutely fantastic!
Favorites: Berries and Cream Tart, Soy Free, Sugar Free Coconut Whipped Cream, Chocolate Satin Tarts, Banana Chocolate Chip Mini-Loaves, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudgies.
The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen
I don't usually buy picturless cookbooks, but this one is too good to pass up! Mediterranean cuisine is one of my favorites, and this book doesn't disappoint.
Favorites: Eggplant Roll-Ups with Pesto, Mushrooms Stuffed with Breadcrumbs Parsley and Garlic, Moroccan Potato Salad, Quick Farmer's Paella, Baked Onions, Roasted Greek Potatoes with Oregano and Lemon, Ratatouille with White Beans.
Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For--From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes
This cookbook would have been worth buying even if its only recipe had been the Beer-Battered Tofu!
Favorites: Tofu Omelets, Caramelized Vidalia Onion Quiche, Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes, Beer-Battered Tofu, Crepes, Diner Home Fries, Coffee Chip Muffins, East Coast Coffee Cake, 
Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Treats
It a whole cookbook dedicated to vegan cookies! What more do I need to say?
Favorites: Whole Wheat Fig Bars, Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, Minonos, Graham Crackers, Lemon Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows, Nutty Wedding Cookies, Starry Fudge Shortbread, Nutter Better Sandwich Cookies.
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule
And this is a whole cookbook dedicated to vegan cupcakes! They are all beautifully decorated and perfect for any celebration. Must have!
Favorites: Peanut Butter Cupcakes, S'mores Cupcakes, Banana Split Cupcakes, Coconut Lime Cupcakes, Golden Vanilla Cupcakes and Basic Chocolate Cupcakes.
Vegan Diner: Classic Comfort Food for the Body and Soul
I (not so) secretly dream of running a diner, so the beautiful pictures of the diner items make me drool as much as the food.
Favorites: Veggies and Dumplings, Apple Spice Coffee Cake, Banana Chocolate Chip Bread, Blueberry Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze, Double Chocolate Strawberry Pie. 
Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions
The book is divided into holidays (Christmas, Passover, Independence Day, Etc)
Favorites: Agave and Mustard-Glazed Brussels Sprouts or Green Beans, Polenta Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing, Hearty Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd's Pie, Pumpkin or Squash Mini Loaves.
Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes
Definitely a must-have. This cookbook even includes recipes for Indian spice blends that I wouldn't be able to buy locally.
Favorites: Spicy Sweet Potato Patties, Goan-Inspired Curry with Coconut Milk, Mustard Seed Potato Hash, Cashew-Stuffed Baby Eggplants. 
Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy
Like The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen mentioned above, this one did not need any fancy pictures to lure me either. It's delizioso!
Favorites: Potato Salad with Italian Parsley, Roasted Beet Risotto, Baked Herbed Rice, Lemon-Thyme Polenta with Roasted Vegetables, Green Beans with Wild Mushrooms and Tomato, Stuffed Peppers with Arborio Rice and Basil.
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
All the cool kids have it. It is a monster-sized cookbook loaded with vegan recipes!
Favorites: Potato Latkes, Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Broccoli Polenta, Baked BBQ Tofu, Chickpea Cutlets, Baked Potato and Greens Soup with Potato-Wedge Croutons, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip-Walnut Cookies, Coconut-Lemon Bundt Cake
Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers
Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela... So many regional recipes! If your latin cooking is limited to tacos and burritos, you need to check out this cookbook!
Favorites: Costa Rican Refried Rice and Beans, Chimichurri Baked Tofu, Crispy Fried Green Plantains, Quinoa Oyster-Mushroom Risotto, Black Bean-Sweet Potato Tamales, Creamy Corn-Filled Empanadas, Churros, Alfajores, Coconut Tres Leches Cake 
Vive le Vegan!: Simple, Delectable Recipes for the Everyday Vegan Family
Much like Eat, Dring & Be Vegan, this cookbook features wholesome recipes that are easy to follow and use familiar ingredients.
Favorites: Chipotle Yam Wedges, Lemon Rosemary Potatoes, Pumpkin Seed-Coated Lentil Patties, Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies, Maple Walnut Cookies.

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