Archive | July, 2012

Favourite Vegan Cookbooks

31 Jul

There are many vegan cookbooks available out there, on all types of cooking and a varied range of cuisines. Here are some recommendations for books with tasty recipes and lovely layout:

Veganomicon – The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

Da Capo Press (2007)

This really is the ultimate vegan cookbook. Not only is it humourous – there are witty anecdotes and stories next to each recipe, it’s got a huge breadth of different recipes. It starts small with how to cook vegetables and pulses to perfection. This section could sound unnecessary if you’re not a learner chef, but it is actually really helpful in inspiring new methods to cook your favourite veg, or tasty ways to prepare foods you’ve previously dismissed as not yummy enough! After this initial “how to cook a…” section, Veganomicon then moves onto more complex recipes such as the incredible vegan moussaka topped with a cream cheese made from pine-nuts, yam-ram roll sushi, rosewater & pistachio cookies, and amazing layered sandwiches.

There is a blend of cuisines, and exciting new methods to try. This book really has changed the way I cook, and when I’m not following one of the many excellent recipes from here I often find that I thinking about combinations of ingredients and methods I’ve learnt through following these recipes.

I’ve found these recipes to be very reliable, almost all turning out to be completely delicious. Some of the recipes are quite long-winded, and others are really quick, but the time it takes to make is listed next to each recipe which is really helpful.

Its a US cookbook, so a few of the ingredients are hard to find here, but the recipes are measured in cups rather which I find infinitely easier and quicker than using scales to weigh quantities.

Another Dinner Is Possible – More than Just a Vegan Cookbook

by Isy & Mike

AK Press  (2009)

This cookbook is written by a couple of folks from Anarchist Teapot Mobile Kitchen who make amazing food at demos and protest camps in field kitchens with limited resources. It’s got a great selection of easy to make recipes. Not only that but there are sections on nutrition, vegan cooking for families, animal rights and food politics.

Some of my favourite recipes are: the Potato Provencale – a delicious tomato, potato and olive herby stew, perfect for winter months, the raita is amazing, and the potato stuffed chapattis are great with curry.

There’s a good selection of sweet stuff too, including a raisin scone recipe that would impress anyone’s grandma. There is also a section on Korean cooking, on how to make home-brew, and on home preserving. An eclectic mix of recipes, advice and information.

Hot Damn & Hell Yeah

by Ryan Splint

Microcosm Publishing

A fun southern-style inspired cookbook, featuring illustrations of skeletons in cowboy outfits enjoying vegan food!

The recipes in this small and affordable cookbook are easy to follow and simple to make. Great for spicy & southern vegan cuisine.

I particularly like the cornbread recipe, which goes nicely with a hot chilli.
Also there are some excellent recipes for burritos, gravy with biscuits, tacos and many other tex-mex inspired foods.

Vegan Pie in the Sky

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

Da Capo Lifelong ( 2011)

Another super cookbook by some of my favourite vegan cookbook authors. This is one in a series of cookbooks on vegan sweets, following on from the also excellent Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World and Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar. It has a wide-range of pies, cheesecakes, pastries and flans. I’ve yet to bake them all, but have made the maple and pecan pie, which is a gorgeous, sticky, chewy nutty pie, with featherlight pastry.
The citrusy little lemon pies went down well with guests, who said it was the best pudding they’d ever eaten! The blueberry cheesecake is also divine.

There is masses of information on how to make pastry and different imaginative pie crusts such as olive oil crusts.

Dakshin – Vegetarian Cuisine from South India

 This is the choice of Gloucestershire Vegan Group member, Nam – she writes: “A South Indian Cuisine book – this is not strictly a vegan cookbook as it is lacto-vegetarian, but you can easily substitute any dairy ingredients. South Indian food is less oily than North Indian. One drawback is that is can be hard to find some of the ingredients specialist cooking pots (like an idli steamer) which may have to be bought in Asian stores (such as Motala 95-99  Victoria Street, Gloucester, or the World Food Shop (opposite Sub Room) in Stroud. Idlis can be made in ordinary steamers. Just line the base with muslin cloth.”

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