Vegetarian recipes and info
by Laura K. Lawless
You might think that there’s a direct correlation between how much time you spend in the kitchen, and how good the fruits of your labors will be. In fact, it’s entirely possible to prepare a delicious and healthy meal without cooking for hours. Susann Geiskopf-Hadler and Mindy Toomay provide recipes and tips in their cookbook 15-Minute Vegetarian.
The Cafe Flora Cookbook offers a delightful behind-the-scenes look at Cafe Flora’s menu. This gourmet vegetarian restaurant has won numerous awards, including Best Brunch and Best Vegetarian Food, from Northwest Source, and Seattle Weekly Favorite Restaurants.
Even though it’s virtually tasteless, most people have very strong opinions about tofu – they either love it or hate it. With its huge variety of recipes, some of which highlight tofu while others hide it, Giant Book of Tofu Cooking tries to make everyone happy.
Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced cook, Mark Bittman’s 1,000-page tome How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is stuffed with instructions, tips, recipes, and ideas that will inform and inspire you.
In some ways, the low-carb diet craze seems to be the opposite of vegetarianism, since fruits, vegetables, and grains are the foundation of a balanced vegetarian diet. It would be impossible to be a vegetarian and closely follow the Atkins diet plan, as it involves eating a lot animal products. So what can you do if you believe in the low-carb diet principles but don’t eat meat? For starters, you can check out the cookbook Low-Carb Vegetarian.
The Mediterranean region is famous for its delicious and healthy, olive oil-based cuisine. With more than 500 recipes, Martha Rose Shulman’s wonderful Mediterranean Harvest cookbook includes a huge variety of dishes from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and the Middle East.
Geraldine Hartman offers a variety of recipes for hearty, homestyle dishes – the kind of food you think of as stick-to-your-ribs and down-home cooking.
Tassajara is a remote zen center and retreat near Big Sur, California. Despite the title, Tassajara Dinners & Desserts includes recipes for every part of the meal, with a mix of classic recipes and unusual options
Not only is Italian cuisine my favorite, but I’ve always felt that it is one of the best for vegetarians. Pizza and pasta provide foundations for all kinds of meatless toppings and sauces, and the sky is pretty much the limit. But even I was surprised by the variety of recipes in The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook, by Jack Bishop.
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