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.
There are now so many vegans and, more importantly, vegan cookbooks that authors are branching out into other specialties. Appetite for Reduction delves into food that is not only free of meat and animal products, but also low in saturated fat and sugar. But not to worry, there is no corresponding loss in variety or flavor.
Eat Your Books is a huge database which allows users to search through their own personal cookbooks in order to find just the right recipe. Once you've told the site which books you own, you can search them depending on what ingredients you have on hand and/or which cuisine you feel like eating.
After years of dealing with hundreds of bookmarks, photocopies, and scraps of paper with scribbled recipes, I got tired of the chaos, and came up with a way to get my recipes organized - here's what I did.
I'll never understand people who don't like garlic. It's an essential ingredient in so many cuisines, from Cajun to Italian to Thai. Sure, it makes your breath smell, but that's what toothpaste and mouthwash are for, so why deny yourself the wonderful flavors of garlic? Though not a vegetarian cookbook, Sarina Jacobson's Garlic includes plenty of excellent meat-free recipes, and many of the others can serve as inspiration for vegetarian adaptations.
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.
Comfort food varies from person to person, as it usually involves individual memories of being cared for by a parent or a grandparent and the special foods that they lovingly shared. But there are some dishes which are more universal, and that's what Alicia C. Simpson's Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food is all about. From breakfast to dessert, this cookbook offers delicious vegan versions of classic comfort foods.
Vegan cooking can be time-consuming, especially if you're trying to convert a traditional recipe into something meat-, dairy-, and egg-free. But it is possible to make delicious and healthy vegan food without spending all day in the kitchen, and The 30-Minute Vegan is a good place to start.