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Fresh and Exciting Vegetarian Cookbooks

As a longtime vegetarian and enthusiastic home chef, I am constantly seeking new ideas and inspiration. There are many wonderfully creative vegetarian cookbooks available and it seems that more and more come out every year. Here are a few gems from the library’s collection.


Amazon Says: Some of the most creative new minds in the kitchen and the most exhilarating new voices in food writing come from the world of blogs. Michael Natkin, creator of the wildly pop more...
Amazon Says: Some of the most creative new minds in the kitchen and the most exhilarating new voices in food writing come from the world of blogs. Michael Natkin, creator of the wildly popular Herbivoracious.com, indisputably fits both of those descriptions. In Herbivoracious: A Vegetarian Cookbook for People Who Love to Eat, Natkin offers up 150 exciting recipes (most of which have not appeared on his blog) notable both for their big, bold, bright flavors and for their beautiful looks on the plate, the latter apparent in more than 80 four-color photos that grace the book. This is sophisticated, grown-up meatless cooking, the kind you can serve to company - even when your guests are dedicated meat-eaters.An indefatigable explorer of global cuisines, with particular interests in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and in East and Southeast Asia, Natkin has crafted, through years of experimenting in his kitchen and in loads of intensive give-and-take with his blog readers, dishes that truly are revelations in taste, texture, aroma, and presentation. A third of the book is taken up with hearty main courses, ranging from a robust Caribbean Lentil-Stuffed Flatbread across the Atlantic to a comforting Sicilian Spaghetti with Pan-Roasted Cauliflower and around the Cape of Good Hope to a delectable Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans and Tofu. An abundance of soups, salads, sauces and condiments, sides, appetizers and small plates, desserts, and breakfasts round out the recipes.Natkin, a vegetarian himself, provides lots of advice on how to craft vegetarian meals that amply deliver protein and other nutrients, and the imaginative menus he presents deliver balanced and complementary flavors, in surprising and utterly pleasing ways. The many dozens of vegan and gluten-free recipes are clearly noted, too, and an introductory chapter lays out the simple steps readers can take to outfit a globally inspired pantry of seasonings and sauces that make meatless food come alive. less...
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Amazon Says: In this upbeat guide to Middle Eastern vegetarian cooking, Sally Butcher proves that the region is simply simmering, bubbling, and bursting with sumptuous vegetarian tradition more...
Amazon Says: In this upbeat guide to Middle Eastern vegetarian cooking, Sally Butcher proves that the region is simply simmering, bubbling, and bursting with sumptuous vegetarian traditions and recipes. Written in her trademark engaging and knowledgeable style, Sally takes a fresh look at many of the more exciting ingredients available today in local grocery stores and supermarkets as well as providing a host of delicious recipes made with more familiar fare. From fragrant Persian noodle rice to gingery tamarind eggplants, pink pickled turnips and rose petal jam, The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian is filled with aromatic herbs and spices, inspiring ideas and all the knowledge needed to cook wonderful vegetarian food from the Middle East and beyond. less...
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Amazon Says: A new edition in the "At Home" series featuring hundreds of delicious vegetarian recipes from the kitchens of the CIA Whether for environmental, political, or health re more...
Amazon Says: A new edition in the "At Home" series featuring hundreds of delicious vegetarian recipes from the kitchens of the CIA Whether for environmental, political, or health reasons, millions of Americans now follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. But giving up meat doesn't mean having to give up delicious eating. Vegetarian Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America provides 200 delicious meat-free recipes of the quality and sophistication that the CIA is known for. You'll find everything you need here to create incredibly flavorful vegetarian meals, including starters and sides; soups, salads, and sandwiches; breads and baked goods; grain, pasta, and noodle dishes; and main dishes featuring beans, eggs, and meat substitutes. Features information on health and nutrition, seasonality, and essential ingredients and equipment in addition to 200 delicious recipesRecipes throughout are accompanied by line drawings and gorgeous full-color photographyA new edition in the series that includes Artisan Breads at Home with The Culinary Institute of America and Italian Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of AmericaDrawing on the expertise of the CIA's professional cooking programs, Vegetarian Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America is a must for anyone who wants to learn to cook satisfying and sophisticated meat-free meals at home. less...
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Kelly J. Says: Vegeterranean: Italian Vegetarian Cooking, by Malu Simoes Da Cunha and Alberto Musacchio
Amazon Says: From the renowned kitchen of Umbria’s celebrated Country House Montali comes Vegeterranean, a collection of gourmet vegetarian dishes steeped in the flavors of Italy and the more...
Amazon Says: From the renowned kitchen of Umbria’s celebrated Country House Montali comes Vegeterranean, a collection of gourmet vegetarian dishes steeped in the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean. These recipes evoke the very essence of the region’s cooking: the heavy fragrance of thyme and rosemary; the sound and smell of shimmering tomatoes; the musky aromas of cinnamon and saffron. Italian classics such as calzone, ravioli, gnocchi, and lasagna are transformed into stylish, contemporary dishes, while recipes such as Spiedini Primavera (Spring Vegetable Skewers) and Cappuccino di Asparagi (Asparagus Cappuccino) take advantage of each ingredient at its seasonal peak. Stock your pantry with homemade sauces, stocks, and pesto, and learn how to make fresh pasta and other essentials with which to prepare vegetarian masterpieces. Chapters on first and second courses, as well as starters, sides, breads, desserts, and even breakfast round out this comprehensive work. Vegeterranean showcases the richness and diversity of modern vegetarian cooking and is a must-have for anyone who wants to perfect the art of preparing fresh, local produce or simply needs inspiration in the kitchen. less...
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  • Vegetarian Times Magazine
    Vegetarian Times magazine has a great selection of recipes available for free on their website.
  • Herbivoracious Blog
    Michael Natkin's Herbivoracious cookbook started life as a blog. He regularly posts creative vegetarian recipes.
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