Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vegan cookbooks that have been making me drool.

My favorite part of researching veganism has to be the cook books. I have been fortunate enough to come across a couple, either from my school's library, from garage sales, or recipes that actually have come from cook books I already had in my house.

My favorite so far is this:

I scored this beauty at a garage sale this weekend. It's not the 'New' version, but the second edition. I didn't realize who had put this book together until I got it home and began reading. I had read about The Farm this this book:

Both books rock! Though the title says 'vegetarian' The Farm's cook book is vegan, at least my copy is. The Farm was founded in the 70's, and still operates today. You can even stay there.

Becoming Vegan is all info. This one I got from my school's library. I took the time to really sit down and read it, and I do recommend it to anyone that wants more information on what veganism is all about.

Now this next book I hope every vegan has:

This book is a very VERY close second behind The Farm's cookbook.

This next book reminds me of some sort of vegan cookbook zine. It retails for about $8 and I picked it up at the bookstore downtown.

This book is just an adventure through food & cooking! If you know anything about me, know that I love adventures. There is a brief index in the beginning of book, but I highly suggest that you sit down with this one and read it front to back. There is a story that continues throughout the book, that's where the adventure comes in!

 I believe that the best way to increase your meal-index is by spending as much time with your cookbooks as possible! Pretty soon you'll know what books have what recipe, and eventually you'll just know them by heart! This is where your imagination comes in, and variation is created.

Lastly, I wanted to mention this book. My aunt gave me this book for Christmas. Before I decided to go vegan, I had already used this cookbook MANY, many times. It dawned on me a couple weeks ago that I remembered seeing 'vegan' specific recipes! Each recipe is marked with symbols for easy, vegetarian, vegan, or a dorm room favorite.

I found that many of the recipes in here that were vegetarian could easily be adapted into vegan recipes (all they had to do on at least a hand full of them was sub margarine for butter). This brings me to my second point. Take the time to look through cookbooks you already have. There are a ton of recipes that can be made into vegan dishes simply by substituting, or subtracting ingredients.

Well! This is my collection so far. I'll post & review more as they come in!

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