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.
As you might guess from the title, The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook is not written for vegetarians - or even by a vegetarian - but rather for meat eaters who want to eat some vegetarian meals. Carnivore Kim O'Donnel decided to give Meatless Mondays a try and wanted to make sure that what she was eating was just as tasty and filling as the meat-based dishes she would normally consume. She succeeded.
Skye Michael Conroy's Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook is one of my favorite vegan cookbooks. It covers the range of cheeses, from soft to melty to hard, and also offers recipes for all kinds of other dairy products and egg dishes.
As far as I'm concerned, brunch is the most important meal of the day, and with a cookbook like this, there's no need to limit it to Sundays. Vegan Brunch offers a wealth of recipes, from classic to outrageous, and I've yet to try one that isn't fantastic.
What happens when a vegan mom wants to make sure that her son eats well at school, but worries that he'll feel left out or deprived of all the lunchroom treats his classmates eat every day? Feed him better treats, of course!
The super-title of Robin Robertson's Vegan Planet makes a bold claim, promising that this cookbook is "The Ultimate Guide to Meat-Free, Dairy-Free, and Egg-Free Cooking that Everyone Will Enjoy." Does it deliver? Decide for yourself.
Though packed with information and recipes for dozens of different vegetables, Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day is not quite vegetarian. Fortunately, that doesn't prevent it from being an excellent source of meatless meals and inspiration.
Having traveled extensively in Central America, I've spent a lot of time looking longingly at meat-filled pupusas, tamales, tacos, and empanadas, wishing there were vegetarian alternatives. Even refried beans are normally made with lard, so I've never eaten much traditional Latin American food. All that changed with Viva Vegan!