Now that the weather has cooled down and the leaves are changing, it’s time to think about seasonal fruits and vegetables like apples, pumpkins, and eggplant. Here are some vegetarian recipes for fall.
Local Bounty: Seasonal Vegan Recipes, by Devra Gartenstein, offers a variety of recipes to help you enjoy fruits and vegetables at their individual seasonal peaks. Organized by season, each chapter starts with a list of that season’s produce, divided by early, mid-, and late season.
It’s fairly easy to find vegan recipes for major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but what about the rest of the year? In Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations, Alicia C. Simpson comes to the rescue with menus for 14 holidays and special occasions.
When it’s hot out, you probably don’t want to eat something hot, let alone stand over the stove cooking it for an hour. Make the most of seasonal foods that require a minimum of cooking and allow maximum enjoyment of the warm weather.
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
While it isn’t a meatless cookbook, The Art of Simple Food is based on something that is entirely compatible with vegetarianism: eating fresh, local, seasonal, sustainable food. As Alice Waters has been demonstrating for decades at her restaurant Chez Panisse, if you start with excellent ingredients, you don’t need to spend hours making complicated recipes; you can quickly prepare a simple but delicious meal.
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.
The Mediterranean diet is widely considered one of the heart healthiest in the world. Traditional dishes from Italy, Greece, Morocco, and the other countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea are full of vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, and a huge variety of herbs and spices, making this diet as delicious as it is wholesome. Unfortunately, cheese and eggs are also prevalent, which means that vegans typically have to avoid or adapt many recipes. Not any more.
For many people, certain foods are closely linked to specific holidays, like turkey for American Thanksgiving and black-eyed peas for luck in the new year. Unfortunately, for vegans and the people feeding them, the wonder of the holidays can too easily be overshadowed by worrying about what to eat. That’s why Zel Allen’s Vegan for the Holidays is so wonderful, filled as it is with delicious, gourmet vegan recipes, organized by holiday and guaranteed to make your end-of-the-year holiday meals memorable.