Celebrate the Earth's Gifts: Experience Vegan Recipes That Are As Easy to Eat As Prepare
DARIEN, Conn., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- For many people, trying pure
vegetarian cuisine is about getting past the fear of the unknown. Now, a new
cookbook shows people how this cuisine is full of recipes that are as
enjoyable to eat as they are to prepare.
Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine, from the
group Friends of Animals, emphasizes using a variety of fresh, organic produce
from around the globe, says co-author Priscilla Feral.
"This is more than a vegetarian cookbook," Feral says, "It's a tribute to
the compassion of those who buy it, enjoy it, and share it. The vegan
philosophy -- meaning free of animal products -- embodies an ethical
commitment to live, as far as possible, in harmony with the planet and all its
Feral notes how it's a lot easier to maintain a vegan lifestyle with food
that not only is good for you, but tastes good as well. For example, the key
step in a traditional recipe for applesauce is sweetening it with natural
agave nectar. It's also easier to go beyond the tried and true with
entertaining, with such dishes as the Walnut Pear Salad with Celery Seed
Dressing, or a Tempeh London Broil.
Dining With Friends also draws on global influences, from Tofu Hummos with
Toasted Cumin Seed to the aromatic Arroz y Habichuelas (Puerto Rican Rice and
The book also caters to those intrigued by the raw foods movement or just
looking for something refreshing to drink, with such items as Spicy Hijiki
salad and Mint & Mango juice.
As noted in the Foreword by John Robbins, author of the bestsellers Diet
for a New World and The Food Revolution, "you can prepare and serve these
recipes, comfortable and happy in knowing that you have in your hand the key
to bringing your meals into alignment with your sense of compassion."
But Feral maintains Dining With Friends shows this doesn't mean you have
to give up desirable foods, including lasagna, pesto and classic desserts,
like chocolate marble cheesecake and Key lime pie.
"It's also the best ethical response to human hunger, to our current
environmental predicament, and to respecting the other living beings with whom
we share the planet," Feral says. "Pure vegetarianism is an ethic without
borders -- between species or between peoples."
I have numerous Vegan/Vegetarian cookbooks. I try to get the ones that are very simple to make. I've looked at Vegan Planet quite a few times, and thought it looked too hard, but I might have to give it a second look.
My favorites are:
Cooking With PETA, The Compassionate Cook, The Garden of Vegan, How It All Vegan, Vegetarian Cooking For Dummies, Meatless Meals For Working People, The Peaceful Palate, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, The Englightened Kitchen, Fresh From The Vegetarian Slow Cooker, and Sinfully Vegan.
Did I mention I have a ton of cookbooks? LOL! For real though, I'll sit and browse through these before bed every night. I love to cook and these particular ones have soooooooooooooooo many family friendly and quick recipes. They're phenomenal! My stepson rolls his eyes when he sees me coming through the living room with my pile of cookbooks, because I look at them so much!
I have yet to get another one that I like, and it's "The Everyday Vegan".. or wait.. is it just the one that's titled "Everyday Vegan".. Hmm.. do any of you have that one errr,, those? How is it?
'the everyday vegan' is by dreena burton...she also has 'vive le vegetarian!' out too...
ann, i too carry loads of cookbooks to browse through in bed...not every night though...i am moving and thought to give my sis my meat cookbooks to try and bring down the level of books (there were alot) i ended up with a very very small box, most of which were those mini magazines at the checkouts i think i have a veggie cookbook addiction
By far, my favorite cookbooks are those by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer. How it All Vegan and The Garden of Vegan are both great. Most of their recipes are really easy to make and don't call for horribly expensive ingredients like saffron or (with few exceptions) hard-to-find varieties of common vegetables. I don't mean it's one of those "how to doctor a cake mix" books; the recipes are from scratch, and contain wholesome vegetables and other vegan ingredients. In each book, there are extras such as homemade beauty recipes (in How it All Vegan) and party ideas (Garden of Vegan).
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rule the culinary world. For example, after decades in business, only
recently have fast food chains such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s offered
leafy alternatives to fries like fruit and salads. The rest of the
country is catching on, but vegans (those who shun all foods derived
from animals) still have to be selective of where and what they can
As a result, a cottage industry has sprung up to cater to
vegans. There’s a whole crop of cookbooks out there, and with the
recently pressed Dining with Friends (Friends of Animals), anyone can prepare gourmet vegan dishes at home.
you’re not a vegan, we’re not talking tofu mounds and heaping piles of
raw veggies. In this book you’ll find hearty fare such as Potato and
Carrot au Gratin, Perfect Chestnut Soup and Chocolate Marble
The book caters to people who want healthy,
flavorful appetizers, side dishes, main courses and desserts. The
purpose is also to offer recipes that fit harmoniously into the
harmonious vegan lifestyle. To wit, the foreword offers a Buddhist
prayer about treating others how you want to be treated. Can’t argue
There are an extensive glossary, shopping guide and
useful tips on how to choose the ideal butternut squash, for example.
But be prepared to hunt for dairy-free and soy-based products to follow
the recipes precisely and tune in to the vegan vibe.
of Animals is a nonprofit animal advocacy organization. To learn more
or to order a book, visit www.friendsofanimals.org or call (203)
656-1522. The book is also available at www.amazon.com.
Stuffed Bell Peppers with Tofu and Vegetables 2 large red bell peppers Olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 small bunch basil, finely chopped 1/2 pound tofu, finely chopped 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup or more cooked orzo A pinch of both red pepper flakes and salt Freshly cracked red pepper Cook orzo al dente, drain and set aside. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove pepper tops, scoop out seeds, rinse and set aside, reserving the tops.
medium pan or skillet, heat a small amount of olive oil. Add onion and
cover until soft and translucent. Add garlic, basil, tofu and tomatoes.
Sauté to thoroughly heat ingredients, then stir in tamari and season
with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add the cooked orzo.
the peppers and arrange them on a well-greased pie pan. Pour white wine
over the vegetables and replace the tops. Bake for 25-30 minutes or
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My Absolute favorite is Nava Atlas' s the vegetarian family cookbook it has a wealth of variations on recipes and is very educating if you want to learn about being vegetarian or vegan this book is perfect! My favorite recipes are her Shephard's pie (totally vegan) and the one for potato and tempeh hash YUM!!! I haven't cooked even half the stuff in here yet but everything I've tried has been sooo good!
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I have so many great vegan cookbooks, and have one or two favorite recipes in each, so it's been difficult to pick an overall favorite... till now! "Vegan With a Vengeance" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the one I turn to first, and everything I've made so far has been a hit! (She's funny, too.)
Here's her web site... it features some of her recipes, as well as recipes posted by others (with reviews and comments)..
I have no vegan cookbooks yet - but I received 2 free vegetarian starter kits in the mail and I ordered Vegan Planet from Amazon about a week ago....so that will be my first vegan cookbook. I am glad to hear good things about the book that I ordered!
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I recently enjoyed a cooking class given by Jill "The Veggie Queen" Nussinow (a registered dietician and vegan), and also had a chance to browse through her cookbook, "The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment." It looked really wonderful and gets great reviews on Amazon, so I intend to add it to my collection soon (didn't buy it then and there because I couldn't fit one morething in my suitcase!)
She's also got a DVD (Creative Low-Fat Vegan Cuisine - recipes are quick, easy and also wheat-free).
In October I attended the Dr. McDougall Health and Medical Center's 10 Day Live-In Program (which was phenomenal!), and we were each given The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook, which along with the McDougalls' huge recipes archive and the FatFreeVegan Kitchen blog have become our primary recipe sources. We are really enjoying allthe delicious dishes!
Okay, I've loved Vegan with a Vengance... But, I have to admit, my new favorite is The Joy of Vegan Baking. Every recipe I've tried has turned out fabulous... from the caramel cinnamon rolls to the currant scones, to the lemon bars (OMG, lemon bars!!!!!!!). This one will be the ruination of me, yet
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I was wondering when someone might mention Veganomicon here! It and The Joy of Vegan Baking have been getting so much great buzz! I don't have either one, but I love "Vegan w/a Vengeance" and every recipe of Colleen's I've tried so far, so I'm not surprised by the rave reviews.
Foxy, is this what you look like when you cook? How do you keep your sunglasses from flying off your face and landing in the batter?
Laurie you crack me up The truth is Veganomicon is very good - but I find the recipes to be a little fancy sometimes. La Dolce Vegan is more my style because it has recipes that are easy and quick -it's easier to use too!
I have the Veganomicon, too. While I do love the Vegan with a Vengence, and the Vegan cupcakes take over the world, I prefer the Joy of Vegan Baking for baking recipes. Why? In Joy, there is information on which egg replacer to use, when and why. Following that guide, the recipes turn out just that little bit better. Why make a good cupcake, when you can make a great cupcake? Or, in my case, it was the battle of the scones... and Joy's scones are just awesome. Isa is a wonderful cook, and I dearly love the seitan recipes she has, but the Veganomicon seems to me to be more along the line of other large topical cookbooks. Not really intended for daily use. Vegan with a vengance, however, is still a staple in my vegan cooking
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, foxy! If I did this ~ ~ while cooking, someone else would have to dig my sunglasses out of the batter because I'd be on my way to the emergency room.
Thanks, Rene, that's helpful info! Since different egg substitutes can often work differently for individual recipes, it's nice when someone has done the experimenting for you, and better yet when s/he explains why one works better than another. Colleen really understands the alchemy of cooking (a skill which still eludes me! ) You've helped explain why The Joy of Vegan Baking has gotten so many accolades for taking the mystique out of vegan baking (and vegan living), and is so popular particularly with new and aspiring vegans (besides the fact her goodies are !)
I happened upon this cookbook (which I don't own so can't personally vouch for) the other day, and because it got such good reviews on multiple veg & book sites as easy, informative, healthy and delicious, and because so many of the Amazon reviews highly recommend this cookbook particularly for new vegans, I reckon it's worth sharing here.
Does anyone here have this cookbook or any of Jennifer's others?
(By the way, the subtitle says 'Vegetarian" but both Jennifer and her coookbooks are vegan.)
Early reports indicate that 2008 will be a very vegan year. To wit, there are two vegan books in the top five of The New York Times bestseller list. As previously mentioned, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch is sitting pretty at number five, while the writing duo's first effort, Skinny Bitch, is right at the top at number one. While the Bitch's
successes are certainly noteworthy, they are hardly alone in the
record-breaking-and-making category. (See below for how to win your own
copy of Skinny Bitch in the Kitch!)
Fellow VN columnist Robin Robertson's book Quick-Fix Vegetarian was recently awarded the title of Best New Cookbook
in PETA's 5th annual Proggy Awards. The book, which was published last
March, contains 150 dishes that are ready-to-eat in less than 30
minutes. In a year busting with vegan cookbook publications, this is a
big-time achievement. Congrats to Robin!
Speaking of successful cooking manifestoes, there are three vegetarian cookbooks currently in the top ten bestseller list of Amazon.com.
If this isn't a harbinger of vegan greatness in the year to come, we
just don't know what is. Now that the market is primed and ready for a
deluge of fantastic animal-free feasts, it's the perfect time to get
out and pen that cookbook you've always wanted to write but never
thought would sell. Kudos to all the amazing authors, and here's to
more to come!
For a quick refresher of the bounty of vegan
cookbook publication goodness that graced us in 2007, check out these
We got rid of our old and cheap non-stick stuff several years ago, and have since invested in a Berndes skillet and also a Sauté pan (which we love) and use on low to medium-high heat only (never high heat). We also have a few SiliconeZone pieces (which work like a charm!), and you can also line a glass or metal pan or baking sheet with unbleached parchment (not wax!) paper, which also works really well as a non-stick surface.
Hope that helps! Thanks for the great article about all the top-selling veg cookbooks!! Ain't it great? I have to admit, I about need a seperate room for all mine! And I still have some more on my wish list! I have got to get my hands on a copy of Skinny B*itch, it's just generating too much buzz... they have sure struck a chord (or in some cases, a nerve!), and I'm curious to see it for myself. Thanks for that great share, Anandi!
Now I know exactly what to stock my place (aka The Veggie Tower) with! I was tempted by the sales, but I'd rather invest in something safer and healthier.
Laurie, you could always put some of those rubbery-cord-thingys on your sunshades so they don't fall into the batter .
This is not quite a cookbook, but a sample of many cookbooks. I loooooove this site; Heidi Swanson's recipes are scrumptious and I can't help but drool over her luscious pix that beg for you to try the recipes. http://www.101cookbooks.com/vegan_recipes/ I'm a sucker for food porn and find some of the veg books lacking.
Even though it's not vegan per se, I would like to snag a copy of Super Natural Cooking as it's healthy: "guides cooks toward a more natural (less processed) palette of ingredients and recipes. Everyone knows that whole foods are much
healthier than refined ingredients, but few know how to cook with them
in uncomplicated, delicious ways.
With this book you'll learn the ins-and-outs of the whole-foods kitchen by identifying and exploring a spectrum of whole grain flours, minimally processed fats, grains, sweeteners, and phytonutrient-packed fruits and vegetables."
Simple Foods & Cervical Spines (lol) January 23, 2008 8:58 AM
"Laurie, you could always put some of those rubbery-cord-thingys on your sunshades so they don't fall into the batter"
LOL! Good idea, Anandi! I'll have to find some that color-coordinate with the neck brace I'll also be needing!
Thanks for sharing that Cookbooks101 Vegan Recipes site!! I didn't know about that one, and have added it to my stash! Looks like she uses quinoa quite a bit... I luuuuuvvvvvvs quinoa! I only looked at a few of the recipes so far, but this looks like a treasure trove!
Thanks for your recommendation and description of Super Natural Cooking, too. (Clever title!) Whole foods rock! (owwww, I need to quit doing that!) It brought to mind a book I have in my own collection, Simple Food for the Good Life by the late Helen Nearing. It's not a strictly vegan cookbook either (Helen and Scott Nearing were vegetarian), but it has many vegan and easily veganized recipes that are simple, frugal, often raw and all made with whole (unprocessed, unadulterated) foods. Actually, it's not strictly a coookbook, either ... it's a book about simple, frugal, wholesome, meaningful living that also has many recipes and thoughts about food, cooking and eating. And it's a hoot to read, filled with pithy quotes (some from centuries ago) and Helen's inimitable, curmudgeonly, straightforward style. (She hated to cook, and was very vocal about it!) Her chapter titled "To Kill or Not To Kill: Flesh Foods Versus Plants" is a great read, especially for not-yet-veg*ns.
I got my paperback copy several years ago for about $11, but it's gone up to $25 on Amazon! Yikes. Well, it's been around a long time, so most libraries will have it or can get it, and other sources may sell it for less. Sales of the Nearings' books, along with donations, are the sole sources of financial support for their final homestead, The Good Life Farm (now Good Life Center) on the coast of Maine, which is open to the public and offers several programs.
I must skeedaddle for now, but will share a few of Helen's quotes from the book soon. ('Cause you know me ~~ incurable!)
Ooooh can you please post some of your fave quinoa recipes somewhere? I bought a bunch of different varieties/brands to try again. I have had it before. Once it was odd and slimy . And then I had this fried rice version at a vegan Fullmoon Bellydancing gathering in Maui. I asked the lovely hostess for the recipe but never got it. (I can't remember if I asked about quinoa recipes here already, if so please bumpity-bump-bump).
Laurie, I'm sure you'll enjoy 101 cookbooks! It doesn't help with controlling your cookbook collection.
Guess I'll just post some of my favorite quinoa recipes right here, since this is a thread that's become almost as much about cooking in general as it is about cookbooks!
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with quinoa, here's an NPR story about it that also contains some recipes.
Be sure to rinse the quinoa before cooking to remove its waxy, protective coating called saponin, which can give it a bitter taste.
I love red quinoa best in most things. Some people say it tastes better, but I can't tell a difference... I just think it's prettier. The brand we buy is Ancient Harvest (their red quinoa is called Inca Red), and they have a few quinoa recipes on their web site. (I also enjoy the Quinoa Flakes for breakfast... similar to Cream of Wheat).
In addition to using it in various recipes, I also like to add a couple of spoonfuls of cooked red quinoa to tossed salads.
This is a favorite dish of ours that they make at the only place we eat (and a favorite place to shop) in Billings, Montana. They published the recipe in their newsletter, so I'm now able to share it with you. It's a great summer salad, and I'm going to leave the oil out completely when I make it next...
Quinoa, Sunflower Seed & Carrot Salad (from the Good Earth Food Co-op in Billings, MT)
1 1/2 cups organic quinoa (red quinoa is wonderful in this!) 2 organic carrots, shredded or diced About 4 organic green onions, chopped 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (I use organic raw) 3 garlic cloves, chopped 3 TBSP lemon juice (fresh) 2 TBSP safflower oil (I use just 1 TBSP grapeseed oil - halving the oil doesn't seem to make a difference) 3 TBSP tamari or soy sauce
Rinse quinoa under running water. Add to 3 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender ~ about 15 minutes.
When cooked, mix all ingredients together. You can serve immediately, but we think it's best when chilled.
I've also added frozen organic peas to this, and used 1/4 cup sunflower seeds and 1/4 cup pine nuts. Delicious!
On this page you will find a recipe for Quinoa Chowder (and you can visit the McDougall Recipe archives for over 2000 additional free, lowfat, mostly whole-foods and all vegan recipes!)...
And click here for FFV's recipe for Quinoa and Red Lentil Cutlets, a lovely dish for Fall/Winter especially, and Thanksgiving in particular! (We enjoy them with Road's End Organics Savory Herb gravy!)
My other favorite quinoa recipe is Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Black Bean, Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers from Vegan with a Vengeance. (I'm not posting it here because of copyright issues.) I've never been a stuffed pepper fan, but I LOVE these! In part, I'm sure, because she uses red bell peppers instead of the more commonly-used green ones).
Hope that helps! And Anandi, the next time you go to Maui, would you mind swinging by and picking me up on your way?!
I posted this on the online vegan recipe sources thread at Vegan World Cuisine yesterday, but thought it would also be nice to post here among the cookbooks (and stuff). It's different from most online recipe sites in that it also has a cooking demonstration video to go with each recipe! All vegan! And all for free! How great is that?
Top 10 Vegan Recipes of 2008 April 23, 2008 11:45 AM
I realize we're only about 1/3 of the way into 2008, but nevertheless, here are the Top 10 Vegan Recipes of 2008, hand-picked and offered gratis by their (vegan cookbook) authors, by way of Vegan.com via the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. There are also links to the cookbooks, should you wish to add any of them to your collection (sorry, Anandi, I know I'm feeding your habit! )