24 May 2015

Top 10 Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks for National Vegetarian Week



Cookbooks

I have them everywhere, except in my kitchen. It's very small.

I have a bookcase full of the blighters in the living room, which I weed from time to time. I have some in a bookcase in our bedroom and quite often one or two on my bedside table. They do make great bedtime reading after all.

In honour of National Vegetarian Week, I'd like to share my 10 favourite vegetarian and vegan cookbooks.



Simply Satisfying
Jeanne Lemlin 

Amazon UK:
£14.99 PBK
£14.24 Kindle

Amazon US:
$17.64 PBK
$22.19 Kindle


Who's it for:  Vegetarians and Vegans. Heavy on the vegetarian side.

Chapters:
  • Breakfast Favourites
  • Starters
  • Salads and Salad Dressings
  • Main-Course Salads
  • Soups and Stews
  • Frittatas, Eggs and Timbales
  • Savoury Pies, Tarts, Pizzas Etc
  • Pasta, Polentam, and Other Grains
  • Baked Dishes
  • Curries and Accompaniments
  • Tofu and Tempeh
  • Combination Dishes
  • Desserts
  • The Basics
  • Menus

Recipes I want to try:

Baked Chickpea Provencale; Baked Mexican-Style Beans with Sour Cream and Chiles; Deep-Fried Cheese-Filled Polenta Balls & Glazed Pear Cake.

What I think about it:

There are quite a few recipes I'd like to try, but many I have my own version of already. The recipes seem a little old fashioned when you compare it to say an Ottolenghi cookbook and that's because this is a re-working of the original book which was first published 25 years ago and it shows. It's been beautifull updated (maybe a few more photos would have been good) and would be a good book for a new cook or new vegetarian. It has lots of basic recipes for dressings, dips and sauces.


***


The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook
Charlotte Pike

Amazon UK:
£6.39 PBK
£4.18 Kindle

Amazon US:
from $9.92 PBK
$6.51 Kindle


Who's it for: Vegetarians and vegans.

Chapters:
  • Pasta
  • Stir-Fries, Noodles and Rice
  • Soups, Stews and Curries
  • Salads, Veggies and Sides
  • Jacket Potatoes and Toppings
  • Easy Dinners
  • Feeding Friends
  • In Bread and on Toast
  • The Morning After
  • Sweets
Recipes I want to try:

Tempura Vegetables with Soy Dipping Sauce; Root Vegetable Frittata; Veggie Jambalaya; Spinach & Pine Nut Lasagne and Sticky Toffee Pudding.

What I think about it:

I wish I'd a copy of this when I started to teach myself to cook. I was a student and a basic book like this with simple instructions would have been perfect. This book is good for students, any fledgling cook or new vegetarian. I could confidently give this book to my husband (who isn't great in the kitchen) and he could produce a tasty meal. He wouldn't find it daunting at all. Very simply laid out with easy instructions.



***


Honestly Healthy

£13.60 HBK
£6.17 Kindle

(Eating Healthy the Alkaline Way)
$15.95 HBK
$9.66 Kindle

Who's it for: Vegetarian and Vegan

Chapters:
  • Breakfasts
  • Starters and Soups
  • Salads
  • Treats and Snacks
  • Desserts
Recipes I want to try:

Puy Lentil, Coconut and Goats Cheese Bake; Watercress, Roasted Onion and Pistachio Salad; Tomato & Mushroom Dhal and Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies.

What I think about it:

This book is about balancing the alkaline and acid foods in your diet to improve your health, but I pretty much enjoy it for the recipes. 

They are the kind of veggie and vegan recipes we enjoy, but a twist on what I do already and some really nice ideas. I could happily eat nearly all the recipes. I don't often say that about a cookbook.


***

LEON Fast Vegetarian
Henry Dimbley 

£17.00 HBK
£9.99 Kindle

$21.94 HBK
$15.64 Kindle
Who's it for: Vegetarian and Vegan

Chapters:
  • Breakfast & Brunch
  • Soup
  • Salads
  • Fritters and Pancakes
  • Pasta, Grains and Pulses
  • Children
  • Pies and Bakes
  • Rice & Curry
  • Grazing Dishes & Sides
  • Pickles & Chutneys
  • Puddings & Cakes
  •  
Recipes I want to Try:

Mushroom Mao Tofu; Pat's Broad Bean Burgers; Madeira Mushrooms on Toast; Green Bean & Cashew Curry and Pina Colada Pavlova.

What I think About it:

I love Leon cookbooks. I love all the personal little stories and the playful pictures and graphics. They're fun cookbooks to browse through and the recipes are always good. From simple snacks and family meals to food for friends.


***


Mildred's the Cookbook


£9.99 HBK
£9.49 Kindle

$29.99 HBK
$14.85 Kindle

Who's it for: Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free

Chapters:
  • Soups
  • Starters
  • Mezze
  • Salads
  • Mains
  • Pasta
  • Latin
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Dips, Sauces and Dressings
  • Gluten Free Menu Ideas
  • Vegan Menu Ideas

Recipes I want to Try:

Beetroot, Fennel, Apple & Dill Burgers; Roasted Portabello Mushroom, Pecan & Chestnut Wellington; Primavera Salad with Homemade Lemon Ricotta and Peanut Butter Brownies with Hot Chocolate Sauce.

What I think About it:

I don't like all the recipes in this book (I rarely do), but the ones I do like, I really love. There are some really special recipes in this book. I also like the fact there are lots of vegan and gluten free recipes too. This book is a really good buy!


***


The Vegetarian Pantry
Jane Montgomery


£14.88 HBK

$17.50 HBK

Who's it for: Mostly vegetarian but some vegan recipes

Chapters:
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Small Bites
  • Dips, Salsas and Sauces
  • Soups and Salads
  • Main Dishes
  • Sweet Treats
Recipes I want to Try:

Courgette Fritters with Minted Yogurt; Breadcrumbed Halloumi Goujons; Spicy Tomato Ketchup & Caramel Oranges with Honey Mascarpone and Toasted Pistachios.

What I think About it:

A good all round vegetarian cookbook with some great snacks and sweet treats. There's a good section at the beginning which discusses having a balanced vegetarian diet and some pantry tips.



***


At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen


£17.00

$25.56


Who's it for: Vegetarians and Vegans

Chapters:

Part One: The Pantry
  • My Pantry Essentials
  • Equipment
  • Cooking from the Pantry
  • Pantry Recipes

Part Two: The Recipes

  • Breakfast
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Snacks, Nibbles and Drinks
  • Whole Meals
  • Desserts
Extras:
  • My Life with Tea
  • Cleansing
  • Organics

Recipes I want to Try:

Heirloom Bean Bourguignon; Puy Lentil Soup with Rosemary, Squash & Rainbow Chard; Wholewheat Fettuccine with Kale, Caramelised Onions & Marinated Goat's Cheese and Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake with Cherry Filling and Chocolate Ganache.



What I think About it:

Brand new, just of the press comes this gorgeous coffee table book from Amy Chaplin. Think of a superfood. Any! Go on! Yep, it's in here. Cooking with fruit and vegetables at it's very best. It has a really excellent pantry section focusing on ingredients at the start. Well worth the price tag. My only grumble is some of the text is quite small, which irritates me, if I'm reading in a low light, but the recipes and photos are divine.


To order At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen (published by Jacqui Smallat the discounted price of £20 including p&p* (RRP: £25), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG334. *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

***


Oh She Glows Cookbook

£11.89 PBK
£9.49 Kindle

$14.62 PBK


Who's it for: Vegans with allergy friendly, gluten-free and soy-free options.
Chapters:
  • My Natural Foods Pantry
  • My Favourite Kitchen Tools and Equipment
  • Breakfast
  • Smoothies, Juices & Tea
  • Appetizers
  • Salads
  • Soup
  • Entrees
  • Sides
  • Power Snacks
  • Desserts
  • Homemade Staples
  • Basic Cooking Chart

Recipes I want to Try:  

All of them!! Well not the sprouts! Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Easy Mushroom Gravy; Grilled Portobello Burger with Sun-Dried Tomato Kale-Hemp Pesto; Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup & Double-Layer Chocolate Fudge Cake.




What I think About it:

I love this book! You have to buy it. Buy one for all your friends too. Yes it's vegan but the recipes are so delicious and packed with flavour you won't even notice the lack of dairy.  The photos are mouth-watering and so are the recipes. This girl rocks! Check out her blog too.


***


Plenty More
Yotam Ottolenghi


£12.00 HBK
£13.65 Kindle

$21.42 HBK
$21.15 Kindle

Who's it for: Vegetarians and Vegans

Chapters:
  • Tossed
  • Steamed
  • Blanched
  • Simmered
  • Braised
  • Grilled
  • Roasted
  • Fried
  • Mashed
  • Cracked
  • Baked
  • Sweetened

Recipes I want to Try: 

All of them and I'd like Yotam to personal cook them for me. Oh dreams! Mushroom and Tarragon Pithivier; Spiced Stuffed Potato Cakes; Crushed Puy Lentils with Tahini and Cumin; Aubergine Pahi and Ricotta Fritters with Orange and Honey.




What I think About it: 

You have to buy it!

I love Ottolenghi. I'm suffering with hero worship/crush. Last year I listened to him talk at a conference and I just love his reverence for vegetables. They're so often the last thought and they're worth so much more than that. Just think of all the flavours, texture and colour they can bring to a dish. Ottolenghi has collected the best techniques and recipes with vegetables from around the world and this is a seriously exciting book.


***


New Feast: Modern Middle Eastern Vegetarian
Greg & Lucy Malouf


£20.40 HBK

$30.00 HBK

Who's it for: Vegetarians and Vegans. Mostly vegetarian, there are lots of knobs of butter added. Easy to adjust most recipes.

Chapters:
  • Breakfasts
  • Breads
  • Butters and Preserves
  • Dips & Spreads
  • Pickles and Relishes
  • Soups
  • Stuffed Vegetables
  • Fritters
  • Savoury Pastries
  • Raw Vegetable Salads
  • Cooked Vegetable Salads
  • Hot Vegetable Dishes
  • Grains
  • Rice
  • Legumes
  • Pasta & Couscous
  • Ices
  • Desserts
  • Sweet Pastries
  • Cakes and Cookies
Recipes I want to Try:

Lebanese Spiced Chickpeas & Eggplant with Pita; Lebanese Dirty Rice;  Baby Carrot Tagine with Yoghurt and Honeyed Pine Nuts; Pumpkin Kibbeh Stuffed with Feta & Spinach and Blackberry Sour Cream Crumble Cake.



What I think About it:

A great collection of Middle Eastern recipes. Really authentic recipes with rich flavours. Stunning photos and exciting dishes. Another fab coffee table book. A bit big for bedtime reading though. It's a hefty tome!


***

Bonus Entry

Just out! 

A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield.

Not fully vegetarian, but some great veggie recipes from this well known chef who loves her vegetables.

Slow Roasted Leeks with Walnut Breadcrumbs; Morels with Madeira Cream on Toast; Roasted Cauliflower and Grain Salad with Pistachio and Asparagus Quiches with Mint.

Would you like to win a copy?

Just follow @tinnedtoms on twitter and retweet this tweet.




Disclosure: Some of these titles were sent to me for review, some I bought and one was a gift. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

17 comments:

  1. Brilliant review, some of my favourites here too. I would have to add Deliciously Ella to this list :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sue. I've not laid my hands on Ella's book yet, but I must have a look.

      Delete
  2. A great list of vegetarian books. I eat fish but not meat and need some ideas for more vegetarian dishes, thanks :)
    Our Seaside Baby

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good, I am glad to have inspired you. I've been meaning to share my favourites for a while actually.

      Delete
  3. Great reviews - I spent time in a bookshop last week just looking at lovely vegetarian cookbooks - so polished compared to the ones available when I became vegetarian over 20 years ago - and I really wanted to buy some but was trying to be frugal and not have to find room for yet another cookbook - I think the one I would love to return to is A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones. Of the books you review something about the Mildreds one really appeals

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know it has changed so much. When I think back to my first, it was a Linda McCartney paperback with not much in the way of photos. They were more instructional than beautiful books to browse through back then.

      Delete
  4. So.many.cookbooks! I love regional twist because I haven't heard of most of the British books (save Ottolenghi though I ordered his first book from the UK before it was available in North America). So many wonderful veg-friendly cookbooks these days.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know we do have a lot of great choice now and they are all so beautiful. There is no excuse for not being inspired! Good choice on the Ottolenghi by the way.

      Delete
  5. Great round up Jacqueline. Loving the sound of 'Oh She Glows'. I love cook books too - don't we all - I'm in need of a new shelf for mine, they're over-spilling! I'm tending to go and browse through the cook / baking books in the library at the moment.
    Angela x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too, I can never resist that library shelf. I try to limit myself though.

      Delete
  6. I used to love eating at Mildreds hundreds of years ago when I lived in London, I keep swithering over the book though! Same with the Middle Eastern one, weird. Maybe as I have too many books already. I love Ottolenghi too, was lucky enough to eat a fab meal at his place last year... His restaurant that is, he didn't invite me round, sadly.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've never been, sounds good though. We could do with a Mildreds here. Haha pity it wasn't a personal invitation. Still maybe one day you'll meet him at an event :)

      Delete
  7. I have read the vegetarian pantry, great book - my favourite veggie book of all time has to be Rose Elliot's The Complete Vegetarian - there is barely a picture in it but it is crammed to the rafters with delish recipes. Thank you for the peek at your favourites :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Rose Elliot is good. I have a couple of her cookbooks on my shelf. Pity there's not more veggie tv chefs. It's sadly lacking on tv.

      Delete
  8. Have you read 'Peace and Parsnips' - I was wondering if it was worth getting for a non-veggie who likes veggie/vegan cooking"

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No I've not seen or heard of that one. Sorry can't help.

      Delete
  9. argh tempting me with all these glorious cookbooks, i had to sell all mine when i moved countries...

    ReplyDelete

I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x