Help! Vegan wannabe overwhelmed with cookbook choices!
Hi y’all, I’m new here and am trying to decide on a few cookbooks, but am so overwhelmed with the choices and all the great reviews I can’t make a decision.
I will probably start with 2 cookbooks (I don’t have any; vegan ones that is, I probably have 75 others, or more actually; I love cookbooks). The local library (that closes at 5 pm by the way), does not have any vegan cookbooks at all; actually I have more cookbooks than they do.
Anyway, I need one for beginners that has an introduction and explains things to me, (like seitan and tempeh, I don’t know what these are, much less how to cook them). I need meals that are quick to prepare with easy to find ingredients (although on a weekend I wouldn’t mind spending a little extra time in the kitchen if the payoff would be worth it). My meat & tater-lovin husband and two teenage boys might try them, but I will have to fix meat for them in addition, but I would love to be able to find great-tasting vegan food that they could enjoy also and maybe they wouldn't make fun of me. I live in a rural area of East Texas, we don’t have a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes or anything like that. And I would also like one that includes nutritional information for the recipes as I still have 21 pounds to lose and I want to make sure I am staying within my calorie range.
So far I’ve narrowed it down to:
500 Vegan Recipes
How It All Vegan 10th Anniversary edition
Vegan on the Cheap
The Everything Vegan Cookbook
Vegan With a Vengenance
Eat, Drink and Be Vegan
Any suggestions, comments and information y’all could provide will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much!
I always recommend Veganomicon! It was my first vegan cookbook, and still my fave. Good mix of easier and fancier recipes, different ingredients, good intro.
I really like Vegan Vittles. The Pot Roast is amazing.
Of the list you have two cookbooks I would choose would be Vegonomicon and Supermarket Vegan or Vegan on the Cheap.
For weight loss you might check out "Appetite for Reduction" by one of the writers of Veganomicon.
Not on your list is my #1 recommendation for newbies "1000 Vegan Recipes"...she's pretty specific in how to cook the recipes, and they are a lot, seriously a lot, of easily put together and quick recipes.
Welcome, stacydan! I applaud your vegan efforts!
I really like 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson. There's such a wide array of recipes- many of which don't include ingredients that might still be foreign to you- that you can't go wrong (IMHO). I've borrowed 500 Vegan Recipes from the library, and didn't care for it as much.
You might want to check out: www.globalvegankitchen.com, Robin's webpage highlighting all of her cookbooks. You can click on the respective book, and follow a link for sample recipes. Robin's written a lot of cookbooks. I've really learned to trust her; I always buy her new books when they come out and have yet to be disappointed.
Good luck with your vegan ventures! Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help! :)
I have to agree with 1000 Vegan Recipes. It's such a great book and is extremely versatile.
If I could give three recommendations, they would be Veganomicon, 1,000 Vegan Recipes, and Eat, Drink & Be Vegan.
V'Con and 1,000 VR are great for their sheer volume and variety of recipes, both healthy and indulgent. ED&BV is wonderful because Dreena emphasizes healthy but hearty recipes. Her soups are amazing and even her desserts use healthy ingredients.
Excellent choices! ;)b
Please keep us posted as to how you like the books. I'm particularly interested in how you like Radiant Health/Inner Wealth. (It's one vegan book I actually don't own yet, although have read good things about it... I just might have to buy it, too!)
Best of luck to you!
Agree, great choices.
Please post your reivews of things you try here. Plus remember we're here for you should you have questions!
This is a super helpful thread-- thanks for posting, and for your replies because they're helping me out, too! :)
Glad you're enjoying the books (and the humor), Staceydan! :)
As far as shiitakes, I like to buy mine frozen at health food stores. They're "Woodstock Farms" brand & are SO good! They're a staple in my house & I order them by the case. If they don't carry them already, many health food stores are willing to order them in. Good luck!
Probably any mush room will do as a substitute. I love shitakes and they are super healthy. Thank goodness my mainstream grocery store sells them alongside the other fresh mushrooms. The Asian market also sells them dried, and they are reasy to rehydrate.
OMG that looks so good!
Stacydan- I just have to say... I love your enthusiasm! Also, you are such a talented cook and food photographer. May you continue to experience much joy in your vegan excursions!
Stacy, your post prompted me to buy Tess' Two Week Wellness Solution book as well. Any other recipes you recommend? I feel like it deserves its own review thread. :)
I made the 5 Minute 5 Bean Salad and really liked it. Light and fresh with a touch of sweetness - perfect!