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Vegetarian recipe book
« on: September 26, 2008, 08:36:43 am »
Hi,

after reading a few bits over the last few weeks I have decided to try a vegetarian diet for a while. Can anyone recommend me a good recipe book or website?

thanks in advance.
 
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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2008, 09:10:38 am »

Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2008, 04:38:15 pm »
Anything by Rose Eliot - 'Vegetarian Express' is quick and easy stuff

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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2008, 04:46:38 pm »
The Vegetarian Student Cookbook (ignore the title!) has lots of easy recipes, although I do end up using a lot of them as a starting point rather than following them to the letter.  Cranks Bible is pretty comprehensive, although my mum prefers the older style Cranks cookbooks.  I also like the M&S book, but there are a lot of risotto recipes in that book.
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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2008, 05:06:50 pm »
the great vegetarian cookbook by Rosamund Richardson.Coloured pictures to inspire.
Reader's Digest the complete vegetarian cookbook by Sarah Brown.Coloured pictures and a considerable amount of nutritional information.
Eastern Vegetarian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey.Nice coloured picture of her on the cover.
Invitation to Mediterranean Cooking by Claudia Roden.Good if you also eat  fish..

I bought these four from Amazon's second hand dealers quite cheaply.

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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2008, 05:08:36 pm »
If you can get a book by Arto der Haroutunian, they contain the most wonderful vegetarian dishes from the middle east.  Only one of the books is completely veggie, but they all have plenty to work with/adapt. :)
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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2008, 05:38:41 pm »
Two old favourites from Rose Elliot:
Not Just a Load of Old Lentils
and
The Bean Book

We've used them a lot, over the years!

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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2008, 10:01:35 pm »
Some of the best stuff is not by veggie authors. My favourite is Jane Grigson's classic vegetable book.

Also, look at Elizabeth David. Traditional stuff, and a reminder of how good real English food can be.

The 'meat' thing can often make us forget how good and varied our food can be. Meat is a luxury, and our ancestors knew this. Our traditional foods often included days when we accepted alternatives. Good cooks just get on with preparing stuff, with what is available. The 'vegetarian' tag is not always helpful.

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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2008, 07:18:35 am »
I went Veggie for 8 months... Tried eating Fish / eggs.. can't cook fish very well... found I was replacing Protein with carbs, so I gained weight... Bugger... Lost muscle mass... double bugger..

Went back to eating meat... have lost some fat, gained a lot more muscle in my legs (they're now HUGE)...

Still uneasy with the fact that I eat meat... but can't find a way around it.

I was veggie for 19 years and went vegan in June 2007.  What sort of things were you eating to embark on a carbo fest?

The amount of protein that is actually needed is often vastly overstated anyway.

Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2008, 03:48:15 pm »
Some of the best stuff is not by veggie authors. My favourite is Jane Grigson's classic vegetable book.


Seconded, plus books by Claudia Roden - not strictly "vegetarian", just meals that don't contain meat.
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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2008, 09:07:08 pm »
The Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen is a favourite with me. It's eminently adaptable as well if you don't want to make the dishes exactly as she does and it gives you lots of ideas for good stodge fests, soups, stews, casseroles, etc. which is the sort of food I like.

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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2008, 10:03:57 pm »
If you can get a book by Arto der Haroutunian, they contain the most wonderful vegetarian dishes from the middle east.  Only one of the books is completely veggie, but they all have plenty to work with/adapt. :)

Strongly recommended. This will make you want to travel and explore! This is classic stuff, and an essential for anyone building a library of real use.

ps. sorry Clarion, I replied without reading your excellent suggestion!

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Re: Vegetarian recipe book
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2008, 01:14:32 pm »
The 'meat' thing can often make us forget how good and varied our food can be. Meat is a luxury, and our ancestors knew this. Our traditional foods often included days when we accepted alternatives. Good cooks just get on with preparing stuff, with what is available. The 'vegetarian' tag is not always helpful.
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