This Is One Of The Best Vegetarian Cookbooks Ever

Posted by admin on Apr 11, 2010

If you love vegetarian cookbooks, like to cook and don’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen. Then you will be glad you stumbled across this vegetarian cookbook. Here is what the whose who list have to say about it…

Rory Freedman, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch
“A must-have for every kitchen, The 30 Minute Vegan is everything a cookbook should be—these recipes are fast, easy, and ridiculously good.”

Ellie Krieger, author of “The Food You Crave” and host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite

“This book is filled with delicious, exciting, healthful recipes that are accessible for everyone. You’ll love it whether you’re a vegan, or you just want to eat like one once in a while.”

John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution and Diet for a New America

“One of the very best vegan cookbooks of all time. Fabulous recipes, healthy food, clear directions, and delicious results!”

Jennifer McCann, author of Vegan Lunch Box and Vegan Lunch Box Around the World
“Don’t let a lack of time keep you from making a healthy choice! These quick, delicious recipes will see you through even the busiest mealtimes with good taste and style.”

Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

“The 30-Minute Vegan is not only a culinary delight for vegetarians and vegans, it appeals to people who relish a meal that luxuriates the palate and satisfies the spirit.”

Arthur H. Brownstein, M.D., M.P.H., author of Healing Back Pain Naturally and Extraordinary Healing

“Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray have written a classic, practical guide to preparing exquisitely tasteful, healthy vegan food that is ideal for busy folks of today. Every home will be enriched by having this book in the kitchen. It is suitable for daily meals prepared for family members, as well as special holiday celebrations.”

HungryVegan.com, 7/9/09
“The 30 Minute Vegan has found a permanent home in my kitchen, where its pages will quickly become worn, torn, and stained.”

VegNews, August 2009
“The 30-Minute Vegan, is a fail-safe cookbook designed to save you time and eliminate stress in the kitchen. With a well-planned collection of fast, simple, and healthy recipes, the duo is determined to keep home dining diverse and your diet in tip-top shape.”
A lot of Vegetarian Cookbooks make the claim that the recipes can be made in 30 minutes but few deliver on the promises. The authors of this vegan cookbook, Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray’s have delivered with integrity their new The 30 Minute Vegan cookbook. Every recipe  they say takes 30 minutes does. Those that don’t they have a special section for them titled “if you have more time”.

You have probably read in many vegetarian cookbooks “your child will love this” and thought to yourself..”yeah right.” But with Mark and Jennifers fabulous variety of plant based recipes, you will be fueling your family with life giving foods…one ingredient at a time. It will empower you with recipes that all your  family will eat. Recipes like Pasta Florentine, Macadamia Nut-Crusted Tofu, Shiitake-Sea Veggie Chowder, Fajitas Bonitas and Coconut-Lime Banana Bread have been know to become family’s favorites.

When you read this book you get the feeling that the authors have put their whole heart and soul into designing the food and making sure each recipe was accurate to insure a successful and satisfying experience. The Quinoa Kitchari and the Tempeh “Bacon” are both delicious!

The very first thing I love to do when I buy vegetarian cookbooks is to make myself a cup of chai, grab the book and go lay on the sofa with pen and paper in hand and spend a relaxing hour or so flicking through the recipes, looking at the picture and making a list of all the recipes I want to try first. When you buy this vegetarian cookbook I can assure you will enjoy it because these guys really know how to put together great recipes.

There are no funky ingredients or weird instructions in this vegetarian cookbook. Instead you will find great, healthy, flavorful recipes. It’s my opinion, of all the vegetarian cookbooks in the world, this would have to be hands down the best, easy to follow and easy to execute. There are lots of good and not so good vegetarian cookbooks out there, but this one is outstanding and remains my favorite for fast healthy vegan food!!! This book is a gift to the world.

Technorati Tags: ,


I like Vegetarian Cookbooks that have recipes you can cook in 30 minutes or less

Posted by admin on Apr 9, 2010

Vegetarian Cookbooks – Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

Of all the vegetarian cookbooks Robin Robertson has written (and she as written 20) this would have to be one of her most practical. The recipes are healthy, nutritious, easy, and most importantly quick.  In fact most of these recipes can be made and on the table in less time than it takes to deliver a pizza. This vegetarian cookbook is the answer for busy families who are looking for healthy food, fast.

Before Robin Robertson began writing vegetarian cookbooks, she was a restaurant chef and cooking teacher. When she left the restaurant business in the late 1980s, Robin became vegan for ethical reasons. Over the years, she has fine-tuned her plant-based diet into an eclectic and healthful cooking style which she thinks of as a creative adventure with an emphasis on the vibrant flavors of global cuisines and fresh ingredients. In addition to writing cookbooks, Robin writes ‘The Global Vegan’ column for VegNews Magazine.

This Vegetarian Cookbooks “30 minutes or less” claim is mostly true but some of the recipes take about 30 minutes to prepare before cooking. However the meals are still very quick to make. Unlike a lot of other vegetarian cookbooks, the recipes in this book work as stated; no guesswork or tweaking needed. Really delicious. There is one recipe per page. It’s easy to read and refer to. The recipes are mostly easy, not too many ingredients, but lots of flavor.

The only negative is the lack of pictures. I think its always nice to see what the finished product looks like before I begin to cook. It’s also nice flipping through the pictures to see what appeals and to decide what to cook.

I think this is a great first vegetarian cookbook for those wanting to switched to a vegetarian diet. Many people who owne this book say that it was the first vegetarian cookbook they purchased when becoming vegetarian and still go to this cookbook at least once a week to look up recipes, or even ideas for a different meal to make. The say their pages are torn, covered in food stains and have dog-ears all over the place!

As far as vegetarian cookbooks go this one gets a big thumbs up from me. I love it. The flavors in the recipes are amazing.

Technorati Tags: ,


Vegetarian Cookbooks Can Reduce The Threat Of Climate Change…

Posted by admin on Feb 23, 2010

Will the threat of climate change prompt you to change your eating habits? If so you will need to a few good Vegetarian Cookbooks. The UK’s Food Climate Research Network suggests that food production from farm to fork is responsible for between 20-30 percent of global green house gas emissions and livestock production is responsible for around half of these emissions. Therefore the more meat we produce and eat the bigger that carbon footprint will get.

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has concluded that the livestock sector is ‘one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global’. So if we want to build a better world in the future we all need to make changes in our lifestyles now. By making just one change in the way we eat and making one day a week a meat-free day can make a really big difference to the environment. For instance, the group Compassion in World Farming estimates that if the average UK household halved its consumption of meat this would cut more emissions than if car use was cut in half. By making a simple change in the way you eat, you can change the future well-being of our planet. It really is a cash of what’s good for you is also good for the planet.

Therefore I encourage you to support Sir Paul McCartney with his “Meat Free Monday” Campaign to tackle climate change. But to do so you will need dust of those vegetarian cookbooks or go buy some new vegetarian cookbooks. Like many of us you will be aware of the urgent need to reduce global CO2 emissions in order to slow the rate of climate change and protect the environment. The scale of the problems we face can make many of us feel helpless, and yet each of us has the power to make changes in our lives that can have a meaningful impact on the future. So join Sir Paul McCartney in is campaign by going vegetarian at least once a week on Mondays to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to combat climate change.

Here are a few suggestions for vegetarian cookbooks to help you get started…

1. The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
2. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food

Technorati Tags: ,


New Vegetarian Cookbooks – Here is one from a vegan chef who cooked for Oprah and Ellen…

Posted by admin on Feb 21, 2010

If you are looking for very a different vegetarian cookbook then here’s one you may want to take a close look at. It is an extremely sincere high-end vegetarian cookbook. In the past, vegetarian cookbooks have focused on either mixing vegetables (cooked or raw) in various combinations, using pastry and wonton skins in different ways, and interesting uses of tofu and tempeh but this new book is totally different.

The author, Chef Tal Ronnen is the most celebrated vegan chef working today. In the spring of 2008, he became known nationwide as the chef who prepared vegan meals for Oprah Winfrey’s 21-day vegan cleanse. He has since catapulted to fame, catering Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s vegan wedding, Arianna Huffington’s party at the Democratic National Convention, and the first vegan dinner at the U.S. Senate and now he is writing vegetarian cookbooks.

His latest and first book “The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat” is a must-have for vegetarians and vegans or anyone who entertains the occasional vegan or has a family member that is vegan. More importantly, it is likely the best resource out there for those who wish to ‘wow’ a meat-eater with vegan dishes. These dishes will blow you away, and Tal pays well deserved respect to some of the leading vegan chefs in the world (so a reader has the benefit of their expertise as well).

However, if you are not into highly proceesed vegetarian mock meats or are wanting a book with every day meals then this book is propabaly not for you. If you want to learn to cook sophisticated high-end resturant meals to share with friends at dinner parties or special occations, then this book is a must have. In it, you will find great rationales for eating vegan and ways to use new-to-newish vegan ingredients, such as Gardein (vegan “meat” products; chicken breasts, chicken strips, and beef strips), Earth Balance (vegan butter in solid form), Vegannnise (vegan mayo), Field Roast Italian Style seitan sausages, New Chapter All-Flora probiotic capsules (to culture homemade cashew or macadamia cheese and give it a sharp flavor), tempeh bacon, precooked udon noodles, vegan mozzarella, etc . You will also find ingredients for more involved recipes such as cashew butter, hazelnut milk, Asian slaw, the use of ground flaxseed in baked goods as a substitute for eggs, and new ones such as chipolte cream and tofu ricotto.

For those who haven’t cooked from Vegetarian Cookbooks before, this book will give you contemporary “how-to” that will make your first efforts worthy endeavors. Working from this book is like cooking with vegan master chefs and is the type of book beginners need to cook their way through. By the time they get to the last page, they will be a master vegan cook with a sophisticated repetoire… a very nice thing indeed.

It’s a bit disappointing that a lot of vegetarian cookbooks don’t have many pictures. I don’t know about you, but pictures always make me want to cook. Its always inspiring to see a great presentation of the finished dish and this book is full of them. In fact it has pictures for every dish. This is not like other vegetarian cookbooks, it is gourmet food and is deffinately a book every vegetarian, vegan and chef should have on their shelf.

Technorati Tags: ,


Vegetarian Cookbooks?

Posted by admin on May 6, 2010

Does anyone have any recommendations for good Vegetarian Cookbooks or books for beginning vegetarians?

Depends on what you are looking for.

If you are one person and looking for small, budget friendly meals than I would advise The Students Vegetarian Cookbook. It has nutritional info and it also has lots of recipes for one or two people using cheap, easy to find ingredients.

If you are trying to cook larger portions, the I would recomment 5 Ingredient Vegetarian Cookbook. It also has a lot of recipes, it only takes a short time to cook any of them, and it tries to use convenience foods like canned or frozen things to cut down on time. Plus you dont have to buy a lot of things.

Rachel Ray has a very nice vegetarian cookbook if you want a little more diversity and gourmet meals.

And if you just want incredible recipes (she is for vegans though) Dreena Burton has three cookbooks that are just great.

Also, the Idiots Guide to Becoming Vegetarian not only has great recipes, but it has all the nutritional info.

But the best resource I have found for nutrtional info is Mercy for Animals vegetarian starter pack (google it), it is a magazine that contains good nutritional info in a simple easy to follow format and they also have recipes.


Vegan and Vegetarian Cookbooks & Recipes

Posted by admin on May 5, 2010

Here are the vegan and Vegetarian Cookbooks mentioned in the video:

1) The New McDougall Cookbook by John A. McDougall, MD, and Mary McDougall

2) The Vegan Family Cookbook by Chef Brian P. McCarthy

3) Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson

4) Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson (foreword by Neal D. Barnard, MD)

5) The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

6) Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

7) Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero The Spicy Lentil Chili is from page 177 of The New McDougall Cookbook.

Online Vegan Recipes can be found here:

http://www.vegansoapbox.com/recipes/
http://www.everydaydish.tv/
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/
http://www.veganmania.com/recipes/
http://www.vegancooking.com/
http://www.theppk.com/recipes/
http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-recipes/
http://vegweb.com/

Easy Vegan Recipes from COK: http://www.cok.net/lit/recipes/ or… Send me your USA address and I’ll mail you a copy of the booklet! Citation for claim that vegans are better chefs: “Vegans are confident cooks, with 9 out of 10 vegans feeling confident about preparing a meal from scratch.” “Households containing a vegan have, on average, 12 vegetarian cookbooks, compared to the UK household average of 8. UK vegans are also 10 times more likely to source recipes from the internet.” (I assume UK and US vegans are fairly similar.) source: http://www.imaner.net/panel/results6.htm Vegan Nutrition http://www.veganhealth.org/ http://www.vegansociety.com/html/food/nutrition/ http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/

Vegan Videos That Answer The Question, “Why Vegan?” Peaceful:

http://www.veganvideo.org/ Factory Farming:
http://meat.org/ Graphic videos: www.vegansoapbox.com/8-disturbing-animal-videos/ Non-graphic Videos: http://www.vegansoapbox.com/the-8-most-compelling-vegan-videos-available-online-now/ Feature length films:

Earthlings:

http://www.earthlings.com/ Mad Cowboy:
http://www.madcowboy.com/

Death on a Factory Farm: http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/deathfactoryfarm/index.html Fowl

Play: http://fowlplaymovie.com/

Are you vegetarian or vegan? PLEASE make videos to help others join us and help save animals lives by going veg!

Duration : 0:7:38

Read the rest of this entry »

Technorati Tags: ,


Annie Somerville Author of Two Vegetarian Cookbooks at EcoFarm 2009

Posted by admin on May 5, 2010

Annie Somerville worked with Greens Restaurant founding chef Deborah Madison, and shortly after Madisons departure, became the restaurants executive chef in 1985. She has earned a national reputation for her imaginative approach to vegetarian cooking, and is the author of two Vegetarian Cookbooks, “Everyday Greens” and “Fields of Greens.” Her works have also been featured in many publications, including Gourmet, Food and Wine, Ladies Home Journal, and Vegetarian Times. Greens features creative vegetarian cuisine using the finest seasonal organic produce and high quality ingredients. The restaurant maintains a close relationship with its purveyors. The Zen Centers Green Gulch Farm and Bolinas Star Route Farms are two frequently used sources.

Duration : 0:6:6

Read the rest of this entry »

Technorati Tags: ,


Vegetarian Cookbooks With Great Southern and Mexican Flavors…

Posted by admin on May 5, 2010

How many vegetarian cookbooks are dedicated totally to those much loved down-home great Southern and Mexican flavours you remember growing up or and now miss that you are vegan or vegetarian.

A born food-lover, raised in California on “the best Mexican food in the country” and her father’s “traditional Southern soul food,” Alicia C. Simpson couldn’t imagine giving up her favorite dishes to become vegan. As a result Alicia created Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food . A vegan cookbook that matches the tastes of home—like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, or a bowl of chili! All fee from animal, dairy and eggs.

This book is worth getting just for just for the mac and cheeze, orange chick’n, and buffalo bites recipes. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Did I mention the mac and cheeze? It’s not a nutritional yeast sauce! It’s incredible, and I can’t say enough about the barbecue sauce, too. I’m very picky about BBQ sauce and the one in this book is to live for. The fact that the recipe in this vegetarian cookbook have no “milks” or cheeses” in it and they are still creamy and rich is fabulous.

The only recipe thats not that great is the veggie burgers. They are are a bit mushy, but the mushroom gravy & alfredo sauce recipes are sooooooo good. Beware though, this is not a fat-free vegan cookbook, some of the recipes in this book are high in fat and calories so just be where, it’s called COMFORT food for a reason! But you will love the recipes.

The other great thing about this book is that the ingredients are easily accessible. In fact most of us have them in our pantries right now, which makes cooking from this vegetarian cookbook very very very easy.

The thing I really like about Alicia is that she is extremely down to earth and honest. She doesn’t come across as a know-it-all. She is kind and loving, which is not surprising. That’s what usually happens to one that doesn’t eat meat.

If you are worried about where to get your protein and calcium from? Or what you can use to substitute ingredients like egg’s and butter? Don’t worry. This vegetarian cookbook has a section dedicated to answering these questions and more. The book also addresses the issue that you don’t have to use meat substitutes all of the time to have a complete meal and there are products that can be used in place of a protein besides tofu.

If you have young children and teenagers like we do, you will find this to be one of those vegetarian cookbooks that makes your life a whole lot easier at meal time. Everyone loves the style of foods in this vegetarian cookbook. I think the nacho cheese recipe alone is worth the the price of the book alone.

I have a lot of Vegetarian Cookbooks but I find I use this book weekly and always with great results. I have yet to have a flop. Thanks to the author for doing such a terrific job.

Technorati Tags: ,


Of All The Vegetarian Cookbooks – This Is A Great One To Have

Posted by admin on Mar 16, 2010

Author Mark Bittman said when asked what motivated him to write vegetarian cookbooks he said…

“What motivated me–several years ago–was seeing the handwriting on the wall: That although being a principled, all-or-nothing vegetarian was not a course of action that would ever likely inspire the majority of Americans, the days of all-meat-all-the-time (or, to be slightly less extreme, of a diet heavily dependent on meat) could not go on. Averaging a consumption of two pounds a week or more of meat (as Americans do) is not sustainable, either for the earth or our planet. And, as more and more of us realize this, I thought it was important to develop a cookbook along the lines of How To Cook Everything but without meat, fish, or poultry. Needless to say, there’s plenty of material.”

If you’re like most people, who have had a family member or friend who have had a heart attack due to the many years of eating the traditional American diet. Then its important we learn from their mistakes and change the way we eat. If you don’t want to go entirely vegetarian thats ok, although its best if you do, but definitely a more plant-based diet will help prevent the conditions that our parents experience from living on a mostly meat diet. Vegetarian cookbooks like Marks “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” is exactly the type of vegetarian cookbook you need to easily be able to add more vegetables to your day. It has simple, everyday recipes with a LOT of wonderful vegetarian dishes made from ordinary supermarket ingredients.

Another nice thing about this vegetarian cookbook is, unlike most vegetarian cookbooks, it doesn’t rely heavily on unusual ingredients or meat substitutes. A healthy vegetarian diet is based on fresh vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and that’s JUST what this vegetarian cookbook focuses on.

A basic vegetarian cookbook should also walk you through basic techniques and ingredients. How To Cook Everything Vegetarian teaches you everything you need to know about how to select and prepare different kinds of vegetables. It also suggests other vegetables to use if you don’t have the main ingredient for the recipe. For example – you may be out of broccoli, but if you can make the same recipe with green beans, then it will save you a trip to the store and you will have dinner on the table so much quicker.

This vegetarian cookbook is best for people making a transition from a meat diet to a vegetarian diet or a meat eater looking to add more vegetables to their day. If you are a long time vegetarian their a much better vegetarian cookbooks out their. Having said that, of all the Vegetarian Cookbooks you can by this is still a great vegetarian cookbook to have in your collection.

Technorati Tags: ,


Vegetarian Cookbooks For Teen’s

Posted by admin on Feb 24, 2010

Getting teenagers to eat healthy meals isn’t always easy and vegetarian teens are no exception. The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook by Judy Krizmanic provides a good selection of nutritious recipes that will appeal to vegetarian teenagers and the whole family. A lot of Vegetarian Cookbooks make being vegetarian a complicated thing, but this book just gets to the point. Its a great vegetarian cookbook with great recipes and tips for new vegetarians.

The recipes are split into chapters by meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – making it so easy to find a meal to eat or a dish for a get together. There are also chapters for soups, desserts and college cuisine. The recipes can all be made vegan or vegetarian depending on the Teens choice. If there’s a recipe that has some form of dairy product in it: cheese or milk, there is always an alternative listed. For example use crumbled tofu instead of feta cheese orsoymilk instead or milk from cows. As far as the recipes themselves, there are the classics. Like pasta primavera, Mighty Minestrone soup, and traditional picnic potato salad, but there are also more cultural selections such as Tabouli, Baba Ganouj, and mango salsa.

If you are a mom with teens the I highly recommend getting a copy of this book because there are not many good vegetarian cookbooks suited to vegetarian teens. You will not go broke having to stock your pantry after buying this book because you will probably have most of the staple ingredients already in your kitchen. If you are a college student who works two jobs and has a tight budget, then this vegetarian cookbook is a goldmine! Every recipe is easy to make and the ingredients are easy to substitute for vegan meals.  It is an awesome book for those on a time and budget limit!

Unlike other vegetarian cookbooks the size of this vegetarian cookbook is just right, its not to big that it’s overwhelming, but it’s not to small that it’s limited. It’s perfectly organized and easy to navigate. There are really nice charts to help you figure out how to get all of the important daily nutrients you need and to ensure you don’t become anemic or get porous bones etc. It talks about meat-alternatives that you most likely would never have found out about on your own.

If you didn’t like tofu before buying this book you will love it after buying it. The recipes are so good. The marinated tofu is really something and lot of the recipes actually taste better than some of the fancy vegetarian cookbooks available. This is a great vegetarian cookbook that gives you the confidence you need to eat a well balanced vegetarian diet.

Technorati Tags: ,