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So, with both my birthday and Christmas imminent, I'm going to buy myself a(nother) cookbook. I don't want to get a ton (I want time to make vegweb recipes too!), and I'm looking for something less American-vegan-cuisine and more... somewhere-else-ish. (you see, last year i got "japanese cooking: contemporary and traditional," and am now not afraid of making foreign cuisine. by the way, that cookbook rocks).

i'm trying to decide between these three:
"Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa" http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1566563984/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I15PP9NWERWAHK&colid=C4IV3PQ38RDW
"Flavors of India: Vegetarian Indian Cuisine"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570670234/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1HS778IFPB8IP&colid=C4IV3PQ38RDW
"Indian Vegetarian Cooking At Your House"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570670234/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1HS778IFPB8IP&colid=C4IV3PQ38RDW

it seems like none of these cookbooks are vegan (there's mention of yogurt in the reviews), but I think I can handle that. neither cusines (indian/middle east) seem to be too animal product-laden.

do any of you guys have these books? what looks good to you?

and while we're at it, what are your other favorite vegan cookbooks? i know many of us seem to be fans of the ppk and their cupcakes (me too!), but how about those less popular ones? I'm curious what you've all got in your libraries.

okay, i'll list out my veg*n books. first, let me hunt them down...

VEGAN
VWAC
VCTOTW
Veganomincon
A vegan taste of Thailand - Majzlik (unless you have a specialty store and like specialty ingredients, not recommended)
students go vegan- raymond
veggie lovers cookbook- star (my mom gave this to me... she had it... who knew my mom had a VEGAN cookbook in her house!)
la dolce vegan - kramer

RAW (both of these are somewhere in the house... prob under the sofa... i can't find them for authors)
The Raw Truth
Ani Phyo's book... whatever it is called  (i like this one the best out of my raw books)

Vegetarian
Cook shelf Vegetarian (one of those mini ones from the bookstore) (pretty good for vegan and veganizing)
the joy of cooking: all about vegetarian (read: vegitarians only eat eggs and dairy)
the essential vegetarian cookbook (much like the above, if i remember right)

i don't really use the vegetarian books because most of them are pretty dairy and egg heavy. *le sigh*

i really like all the ppk books-- they match my kitchen well in terms of what i have on hand and i like that they don't use a lot of "prepared" things

students go vegan is also a good one. lots of easy and quick things to make in there. some aren't very "exciting" but it gets some ideas going when you are hungry and feelin' stupid  ::)

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i saw that series on amazon and they all pretty much had nothing but bad reviews =/

my dad just got me two thai cookbooks for my bday though (there goes the "i don't want too many cookbooks"), and i'm anticipating having to locate some lemongrass, galangal, etc, but that shouldn't be *too* horrible for me since I live in L.A. (when not at school). I've never been to thai town (in hollywood), but it's never too late to start, right?

i can get some unusual stuff within walking distance, so i consider myself verrry lucky. i live in a japanese neighborhood with its fair share of no-english-labels markets, and i live walking distance from an iranian kosher market. i got rosewater the other week! so cool.

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it looks like you are interested in an Indian book, in which case i might point you to the Alternative Vegan book, that toffutibreak has posted the link to.  i haven't tried anything from the book, but the author frequently does segments on vegan freak radio (he is Indian), and it sounds like the recipes are really accessible.  and also, he talks about improvisation in indian food, and what's appropriate to improvise and what isn't.  and also there are no analogues at all.

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I've got an indian one called "Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India". I haven't tried many recipes from it, but the pictures are gorgeous. And it does use ghee in quite a few recipes so... not too vegan. But substituting with oil worked fine.

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"Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa"
"Flavors of India: Vegetarian Indian Cuisine"
"Indian Vegetarian Cooking At Your House"

I just drooled onto my keyboard.  All of those look good.  I think Indian/Pakistani food just might me my favorite (with Mediterranean putting a fight for my number one spot).  I don't have a recommendation for any of them, but if you do get one/all, please please please give us a review.  :)

I second The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen.  It's a great cookbook centered around fresh ingredients.  Okay, so I don't cook so I haven't made anything out of it, but it is under my pillow as I type.  I like browsing it before I go to sleep.  It makes me almost motivated enough to get into the kitchen.

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I'm quite fond of Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. She's Indian herself, so there are quite a few great Indian recipes, in addition to Thai, Mexican, Moroccan, Nigerian, Chinese, etc. etc. etc. It's veg, not vegan, but of course everyone's plenty familiar with subbing EB and soy milk where necessary. There are very few recipes that use dairy as what I consider an important component of the recipe, so most stuff is vegan or easily convertible.

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"Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa"
"Flavors of India: Vegetarian Indian Cuisine"
"Indian Vegetarian Cooking At Your House"

I just drooled onto my keyboard.  All of those look good.  I think Indian/Pakistani food just might me my favorite (with Mediterranean putting a fight for my number one spot).  I don't have a recommendation for any of them, but if you do get one/all, please please please give us a review.  :)

I second The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen.  It's a great cookbook centered around fresh ingredients.  Okay, so I don't cook so I haven't made anything out of it, but it is under my pillow as I type.  I like browsing it before I go to sleep.  It makes me almost motivated enough to get into the kitchen.

ooh, i have Meditteranean Vegan Kitchen. I haven't made too many things from it (which is a shame... i should have taken the chance last summer with all the fresh produce around), but the butternut gratin is so so soooo good. Yes, a gratin with no cheese, and no fake cheese either.

I'll definitely be leaving some reviews when it comes to "testing" time.

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A vegan taste of Thailand - Majzlik (unless you have a specialty store and like specialty ingredients, not recommended)

Oh, duh. That's the series I was talking about. Do you like the book? Are the recipes really complex?
I've had other Thai and Indian cookbooks that were just way too complex.

all the recipes have a TON of things in them. let's say i have a good spice rack and still dont' have half the stuff they call for... and they don't sell it at my coop in bulk either. and my co-op's bulk spices is pretty extensive.

i've never made anything in there. it doesnt' seem like it would be "hard" to make stuff if you had all the ingredients. i recall the recipes are not measured in US cups, etc, but in weights and L (i think, i think) so you have to "translate" them.

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Oh yeah, I recommend The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen too! For those of you who already own it, if you try one recipe, try the Greek-style Artichoke and Bean stew on page 161. It's even delicious with frozen lima beans, and this is coming from a girl who doesn't much care for limas. (And my husband loves it too, and he hates lima beans!)

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Oh yeah, I recommend The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen too! For those of you who already own it, if you try one recipe, try the Greek-style Artichoke and Bean stew on page 161. It's even delicious with frozen lima beans, and this is coming from a girl who doesn't much care for limas. (And my husband loves it too, and he hates lima beans!)

what if i hate artichokes?  :-\  at least the canned variety. sour!

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