Recommended vegetarian cookbooks

January 02, 2007

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Cookbooks

ExtraVeganZa[book: Extraveganza:
Original Recipes from Phoenix Organic Farm
July 2006, by Laura Matthias
Colleen’s favourite easy meal from the book is Quick Noodles with Miso Lemon Tahini Sauce. Cook a half pound of pasta and add two tablespoons each of light miso, tahini, tamari, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and olive oil. Add two cloves of garlic and some optional spinach or nori. Other delicious recipes include: Tofu Baked in Almond Mint Cilantro Sauce, Sweetpepper Coconut Corn Chowder, and Chocolate Chunk Lavender Cookies. – Colleen volunteers in the Resource Centre.
Purchase from Amazon.ca[book: La Dolce Vegan!La Dolce Vegan!: Vegan Livin’ Made Easy
Oct 2005, by Sarah Kramer
Rating *****
Customers say: “La Dolce Vegan! is loaded with tons of recipes of everything vegan you can imagine, from breakfast meals, brunches, to late-night snacking.” “I love this cookbook! The recipes are delicious, unique and simple. Vegan living at its best.” “I recommend the Portobello Pot Pie, it was even a hit with the meat-eaters in my family.”
Purchase from Amazon.caHow It All Vegan!How It All Vegan!
Oct 1999, by Tanya Barnard, Sarah Kramer
Rating ****1/2
Customers say: “Vegan Comfort Food.” “What I love about this cookbook is that it has basic recipes, veganised.” “Made veganism an easy transition!” “The recipes are clear, simple and use ingredients I can find in the health food section of my local grocery store. The chapter on kids is terrific. My husband hasn’t noticed the lack of meat or dairy.” Some of the recipe titles include: Amazing Apple Pie, Chocolate Pecan Brownies, Tofurkey, Tofu Scramble, Banana Pancakes, Raspberry Corn Muffins, Momma Sarah’s Matzo Ball Soup, Sarah’s Delicious Chili, Classic Spinach Lasagna, Savoury Shepherd’s Pie, and Vegan Sloppy Joes. There are also vegan-friendly recipes for cosmetics, hair products, pet treats, and household cleaners.
Purchase from Amazon.caThe Garden of VeganThe Garden of Vegan
Nov 2002, by Tanya Barnard, Sarah Kramer
Rating ****1/2
Customers say:
“This is a fantastic cookbook! Everything I’ve tried in it is ridiculously tasty, makes me feel healthy, and always works. … My favorite recipe so far is the Hot n’ Spicy Rice Noodles with Oyster Mushrooms.” “Quick, easy and delicious recipes in a fun format. Lots of great desserts, vegan tips, and delicious main courses and appetizers.” “The recipes sound so good but more than one has failed for me.”
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 Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World
Jan 2002 by Madhur Jaffrey
   Rating ****1/2
“True to Jaffrey’s title, the recipes here do hail from all over the world, but an Indian slant can be detected: a chapter on dried legumes contains Black-Eyed Pea Fritters from Nigeria, Boiled Peanuts Indonesian Style, and variations on Chickpea Flour Pancakes from India; a section on grains includes, among other things, the quickly made flatbreads of India, like Punjabi Village-Style Flat Whole Wheat Flaky Breads. Sometimes Jaffrey adopts vegetarian ingredients to make nonmeat versions of familiar dishes, such as a Mock Lamb Curry with seitan (wheat gluten), but more often she simply delves into the meatless tradition of a specific country and pulls up a signature dish (Savory Greek Pumpkin Pie).“
Purchase from Amazon.caVegan Cooking for One Vegan Cooking for One
Jun 2005, by Leah Leneman
Rating *****
Customers say: “This wonderful cookbook is perfect for the single vegan. For each week, the book contains a shopping list of all ingredients needed for that week’s recipes. No running to the supermarket to pick up additional food and no waste! I really like no longer having to divide the ingredients in recipes by four or six – these recipes are made for one person.“ “It is divided into 2 sections, spring/summer and winter/fall. The recipes aren’t too flashy, but they are easy to cook and not to scary for the newbie vegan.“
Purchase from Amazon.ca[book: Vegetarian 5 Ingredient Gourmet]Vegetarian 5 Ingredient Gourmet:
250 Simple Recipes and Dozens of Healthy Menus for Eating Well Every Day.
June 2001, by Nava Atlas
Rating *****
Customers say: “If you work or have children. These are meals that work. They use normal ingredients and taste good.” “The recipes were delicious, quick, easy and healthy too.” “The best part is the 5 ingredient thing – it makes life so much easier at the end of a busy day.”
Purchase from Amazon.ca The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook: 275 Hearty and Healthy Meat-Free Recipes for Burgers, Steaks, Stews, Chilis, Casseroles, Pot Pies, Curries, Pizza, Pasta, and Other Stick-to-Your-Ribs Favorites
Mar 2002, by Robin Robertson
Rating *****
“Vegetarian dishes that satisfy those essential animal-fat qualities: intense flavor, luxurious texture, and the comforting sensation of a full stomach. She devotes a whole chapter to “steaks” and another to “stews,” making abundant use of high-protein products like tempeh, seitan and tofu. She also relies heavily on ingredients high in natural flavor-enhancing glutamates, like mushroom and tomatoes.“
Amazon customers say: “I’ve been a vegetarian forever and own a lot of veg cookbooks. This is by far one of my favorites.“ “It’s a great way for non-vegetarians to get started on making healthier dietary choices.” “Not all recipes are vegan, but many that aren’t can be adapted.”
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DVDs

The Garden of VeganVegetarian Cooking with Compassionate Cooks
October 2004
DVD – 70 min.

Rating *****
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Alka Chandna, the hosts of this engaging, energetic, and informative DVD, demonstrate six tantalizing yet easy-to-make dishes, packing them full of nutritional facts and shopping tips. Including a helpful segment that provides a visual aid to finding vegetarian products in the supermarket.”
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