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Savvy Vegetarian's Favorite Cookbooks

The Easiest, Most Complete and Practical Vegan|Vegetarian Cookbooks

To be concise, we give short reviews of all the cookbooks we recommend, with links to any full length reviews in SV Articles

These are some of the easiest, most complete, and practical vegan and vegetarian cookbooks that Savvy Vegetarian has encountered.

Any of these cookbooks will provide valuable tips and resources for vegan|vegetarian cooking and nutrition, useful to anyone from beginners to advanced cooks.

We love these cookbook authors because they're committed long-time vegans and vegetarians, who understand what it means to go veg.

They not only love food, and are excellent cooks, but have plenty of practical knowledge and many years of experience with vegan|vegetarian food and nutrition.

They're good writers too, and dedicated teachers of vegetarian cooking. Plus they're charming & witty!

All Purpose Cookbooks, for Everyone from Beginners to Gourmet Cooks, Vegans or Vegetarians

Heaven's Banquet, Vegetarian Cooking for Lifelong Health the Ayurveda Way

Miriam Kasin Hospodar, Dutton, 1999, Lacto Vegetarian Easily adapts to vegan, with many vegan recipes, and vegan alternatives given throughout. Practical, flexible, simple approach to Ayurvedic cooking, integrates International & Western cooking, with vegan alternatives. Great for beginning cooks, because of her simple but complete directions, and basic cooking methods clearly spelled out in each section. Buy Now

How To Cook Everything Vegetarian

Mark Bittman, Ovo Lacto Vegetarian, 'How To Cook Everything Vegetarian': Mark Bittman knows about delicious food and how to cook it. His omnivore perpective makes his cookbook a valuable introduction to cooking and eating veg.

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The Complete Vegetarian Kitchen, by Lorna Sass

Lorna Sass, William Morrow, 2002: All purpose vegan cookbook, bursting with useful information not found elsewhere, such as selection, storage and cooking basics for ingredients from A - Z, plus hundreds of time-saving healthy vegan recipes using pressure cooker, wok and steaming techniques - fully explained, complete with charts.

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The New Laurel's Kitchen

1986, Brian Ruppenthal, Carol L. Flinders, Laurel Robertson, Basic Vegetarian Cooking: This cookbook harks back to the '70's brown-rice-crunchy-granola style of vegetarian cooking. But we still like the nutrition tables, the simple family oriented recipes, the love and sincerity with which it is written. Great for beginning vegetarian cooks.

The Vegetarian Family Cookbook

Nava Atlas, Broadway Books, Random House Publishers, 2004, Mostly Vegan: Mostly vegan, useful for everyone from beginners to experienced vegetarian cooks, with information on vegetarian lifestyle, nutrition, ingredients, cooking techniques, and tips, along with menu suggestions for each recipe.

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Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Deborah Madison, Broadway Books, 1997, Gourmet Vegetarian: A complete cookbook, packed with information about all aspects of vegetarian cooking, equipment, ingredients, and 1400+ excellent recipes, for everyone from beginners to seasoned cooks. The recipes are oriented to contemporary urban and gourmet tastes.

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Vegan Planet

Robin Robertson, Harvard Common Press, Revised and Updated 2014: More than 425 irresistible recipes with fantastic flavors from home and around the world. "In this book, fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, beans, and nuts are used to make infinitely varied, full-flavored dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between". With vegan cooking basics and nutrition tips.

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Transitional Vegetarian Cookbooks, for Ovo-Lacto and Lacto Vegetarians

Cabbages and Roses

Debbie Nothaft, 1st World Library, 2003: Recipes by a divinely inspired cook, from 12 years of catering for vegetarians and near vegetarians. We often use these recipes for company, or adapt them to vegan, because they are simple, delicious, quick and failproof - and appeal to a wide range of tastes. Includes chicken or turkey recipes, but not fish.

The Moosewood Cookbook 15th Anniversary Edition

American Vegetarian: Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian: Mollie Katzen, Ten Speed Press, 1992. This was one of my first vegetarian cookbooks, a Godsend to me in the '70's, providing all kinds of delicous nourishing vegetarian recipes my famlily would happily eat. And it's so much fun! This edition has the original recipes, hand lettering and drawings, plus new & updated recipes, and a proper index, which makes it much easier to use. If you can find a copy - wonderful, if not, try any of Mollie Katzen's cookbooks.


Vegan Cookbooks

30 Minute Vegan

Authors Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray are a husband and wife cooking team who understand that "one of the most pressing issues of our time is how to deal with our busyness" and that at the same time we "crave more health and vitality". 30 Minute Vegan successfully solves that conundrum with quick easy vegan recipes.

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Everything Vegan Cookbook, by Jolinda Hackett

"The Everything Vegan Cookbook", by Jolinda Hackett. When Jolinda first decided to give up eggs and dairy, she asked every vegan she knew for advice. One sentiment always stood out: "Learn to Cook"! It's not easy to learn a whole new way of cooking and eating, but this cookbook makes it much, much easier.

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Vegan Brunch

Vegan Brunch - Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For — from Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes: Isa Chandra Moskowitz's vegan cookbook is full of easy healthy recipes which will bring awesomeness to all your brunches. The only problem you'll have with her cookbook is deciding which mouth watering recipes to make for your next vegan brunch.

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Vegan Express

Nava Atlas, Broadway Books, Random House Publishers, 2004, Time Crunch Vegan Cooking: A very usable cookbook with a lot of great stuff packed into it, from basic vegan nutrition, to grocery shopping tips, to a wide variety of quick flavorful recipes accompanied by handy menu suggestions, and nutrition summaries.

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Vegan Soups And Hearty Stews For All Seasons

Nava Atlas, Year Round Soup Based Meals: This is the revised and updated edition of the popular cookbook 'Vegetarian Soups For All Seasons'. It's now dairy free, with 20 new recipes, low fat, delightfully illustrated by Nava, with mouthwatering photos. The introduction covers soup making basics and equipment. Each recipe also includes a handy nutrition summary. The last chapter has a selection of quick breads, muffins, scones, etc, to accompany the soups.

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Vegan Fire And Spice - 200 Sultry and Savory Global Recipes

Robin Robertson's Spicy World Cuisine: "It's amazing to realize that in our very own kitchens, we can have the world at our fingertips. Start with some unadorned grains, beans, and fresh vegetables, and with the mere twist of a spice mill, you can treat yourself to an astounding variety of global dishes. Whether we prefer our food mildly seasoned or searingly hot, most of us enjoy the unique flavor experiences that spices, chiles, and other seasonings have to offer."

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Vegan World Fusion Cuisine

Mark Reinfeld, Bo Rinaldi, Chefs, The Blossoming Lotus Cafe, Kapa'a, Kaui, Hawaii: Vegan Raw Fusion Besides the beautiful presentation and the incredible recipes, there's a marvellous section on vegan natural food preparation, with basic prepping and cooking techniques, how to make marinades and condiments, soup stock, soaking and sprouting, grain and legume cooking charts, and a sugar conversion chart.

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Specialty Cookbooks: Quick Cooking, Crock Pot or Slowcooker, Pressure Cooker, Desserts

Fresh From The Vegetarian Slow Cooker

Robin Robertson, Harvard Common Press, 2004: The first chapter tells you everything you need to know about slow cookers, and how to use them, before you get to the 200 delicious recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts.

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Quick Fix Vegetarian

Robin Robertson, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2007, Quick Egg-and-Dairy-Free Meals: Healthy meals in 30 minutes or less. Eat quickly without frozen entrees and fast food. Simple cooking techiques, shortcuts, and strategies for novice or seasoned vegetarians or vegans. For more info, read the full review

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Sweet Freedom Dessert Cookbook

Healthy Delicious Vegan Desserts With No Dairy, Egg, Wheat or Refined Sugars: Some of Ricki Heller's desserts are gluten free, soy free, and corn free. Many of them are made with spelt flour or barley flour, which are low gluten alternatives to wheat.

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The Joy of Vegan Baking

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Delectable Vegan Desserts and More: In addition to the recipes, Patrick-Goudreau offers an in depth explanation of dairy and egg substitutions that will allow her readers to make other non-vegan dessert recipes vegan. She also has several useful appendices covering such topics as baking terms, ingredients, and more. Patrick-Goudreau is the founder of Compassionate Cooks

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The Vegetarian 5 Ingredient Gourmet

Nava Atlas, Broadway Books, Random House Publishers, 2001, Simple and Easy: For beginners, children and teens, busy people, the cooking challenged, and the lazy. Lots of information about ingredients, cooking techniques, and shortcuts, plus a menu planner, and suggested menus with every recipe.

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Vegetarian Pressure Cooking

Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, The Veggie Queen™, Fast, Easy, Delicous Vegetarian Meals With Pressure Cooker: - has taught hundreds of people how to successfully use a pressure cooker. Her new DVD - 'Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look, Delicious Dishes in Minutes', and her book, 'The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get The Royal Treatment' - are available at either The Veggie Queen or Pressure Cooking

The New Fast Food Pressure Cooker Ebook by Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, The Veggie Queen™ This downloadable ebook has everything you need to know about pressure cooking: what to look for when buying a pressure cooker, how they work, how to pressure cook successfully (easy & fun), and more than 100 delicious pressure cooker recipes to make in under 30 minutes.

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International Cookbooks

Lord Krishna's Cuisine - The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Yamuna Devi, Indian Lacto-Vegetarian: An exhaustive resource - the Indian vegetarian version of 'The Joy of Cooking'. Detailed descriptions of ingredients, equipment, cooking techniques, menus, and hundreds of delicious recipes. In our experience, Indian cuisine is the the most complete, delicious, and refined of vegetarian cooking, and Indian recipes also easily convert to vegan.

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Paakam - Everyday Indian for a Vegetarian Lifestyle

Anu J. Canumalla, Indian Lacto-Vegetarian: Recipes that a traditional Indian cook makes for her family at home. Most are simple and relatively easy, with clear directions, many are vegan. Large section on ingredients is invaluable. Table of contents, but no index - this is a short cookbook, so that isn't a serious drawback. The recipes are divine! For more info, read the full review.

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Vegan Fire And Spice - 200 Sultry and Savory Global Recipes

Robin Robertson's Spicy World Cuisine: "It's amazing to realize that in our very own kitchens, we can have the world at our fingertips. Start with some unadorned grains, beans, and fresh vegetables, and with the mere twist of a spice mill, you can treat yourself to an astounding variety of global dishes. Whether we prefer our food mildly seasoned or searingly hot, most of us enjoy the unique flavor experiences that spices, chiles, and other seasonings have to offer."

For more info, read the full review Buy Now

Vegan World Fusion Cuisine

Mark Reinfeld, Bo Rinaldi, Chefs, The Blossoming Lotus Cafe, Kapa'a, Kaui, Hawaii: Vegan Raw Fusion Besides the beautiful presentation and the incredible recipes, there's a marvellous section on vegan natural food preparation, with basic prepping and cooking techniques, how to make marinades and condiments, soup stock, soaking and sprouting, grain and legume cooking charts, and a sugar conversion chart. Read the Review Buy Now

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