When I first became a vegetarian, my grandma bought me several vegetarian cookbooks that really helped me learn how to cook vegetarian food. Without those cookbooks I probably would have had pasta with tomato sauce every night for dinner. However, following the recipes taught me that vegetarian food can be very delicious and is not limited to pasta. Even my non-vegetarian friends have loved the food I make from my vegetarian cookbooks. If you are looking to incorporate more meatless dishes into your diet, try some of these vegetarian cookbooks for great recipe ideas.
1 Good Housekeeping Favorite Recipes: Vegetarian Meals
Talk about variety. The Good Housekeeping Favorite Recipes: Vegetarian Meals cookbook has 155 recipes that are easy to make. This is a great cookbook for everyday cooking when you don’t have a lot of time. When I was in college, I would often make the recipes from this cookbook because I needed simple recipes. In addition to being easy to make, the recipes are also very tasty. There are a lot of one pot meals, which is great because cleaning up is so much easier. If you are looking for easy vegetarian recipes, this is one of the vegetarian cookbooks I would highly recommend. It's available at amazon.com.
2 Betty Crocker Vegetarian Cooking
This is one of the first cookbooks I used when I became a vegetarian. It is another great cookbook for those just starting to eat vegetarian food because many of the recipes are recognizable. It has color photographs, and each recipe has a nutritional analysis at the end. This cookbook also has tips on how to fit vegetarianism into a busy schedule, which is perfect for those of you who don’t have very much time to cook. Just like the Good Housekeeping cookbook, the recipes in the Betty Crocker Vegetarian Cooking cookbook are easy and quick. Pick up a copy at amazon.com.
3 Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes
This cookbook by Robin Robertson is another wonderful resource for busy people wanting to eat vegetarian. The title may say the meals take 30 minutes, but some of them are ready even faster. A few of the recipes take as little as 15 minutes! This cookbook is very popular, and even earned PETA’s Best New Cookbook title when it came out in 2007. There are 150 recipes to choose from, and most of them use common ingredients. Grab a copy at amazon.com today.
4 The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook
Diane Shaw’s The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook has to be one of my favorite cookbooks. I have had this cookbook for years and have used it so much that the pages are falling out! That is how much I love this cookbook. It has over 600 recipes that are full of flavor. Shaw is very adept at creating recipes full of spices and herbs that complement each other. There is even a section at the end that discusses the flavor profiles of all the different herbs and spices and how to combine them together in your own recipes. She also includes many tips on how to change the recipes to create something new. In many ways this cookbook also teaches you how to be a chef. Some of the recipes are difficult, but many of them are easy to prepare. There is even a dessert section at the end with lots of scrumptious goodies to make! Find this cookbook at amazon.com and give it a try.
5 Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone has been described as the vegetarian equivalent to Joy of Cooking. It is written by Deborah Madison, who is the founding chef of Green Restaurant in San Francisco. In this cookbook Madison has put together 1,400 recipes for the vegetarian cook! You could make a new recipe from this book every day for 2 years and still not have made it through the cookbook! As a chef, Madison knows how to create wonderful recipes. She also knows how to teach the fundamentals of vegetarian cooking, which she explains in her cookbook. Such a comprehensive cookbook like this would be a great addition to any vegetarian kitchen, and you can get your copy at amazon.com.
6 The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook
Tosca Reno is health coach who has become quite famous for her Eat-Clean Diet. She has several cookbooks; however, this cookbook is specific to vegetarians. The recipes are all very delicious and very healthy. None of her recipes call for processed or refined ingredients, which means you won’t find any recipes with white flour. However, you will find many tasty recipes with options for gluten free and vegan diets. As an added bonus, many of the healthy recipes are easy to prepare! Check it out at amazon.com.
7 Eat to Live Cookbook
Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live Cookbook is another vegetarian cookbook full of healthy recipes. The recipes are based on his principle that people should eat food that is full of nutrients. The recipes are full of flavor and very tasty. If you are looking to improve your health, this is a great cookbook to invest in. You can get it at amazon.com.
These vegetarian cookbooks are a great resource if you are trying to eat more meatless meals. All of the recipes are tasty, and many of the recipes are easy to prepare. Cooking recipes from these cookbooks taught me that vegetarian food can be full of flavor. What is your favorite vegetarian cookbook?