I never use to like cooking. I could bake like it’s no ones business but fry/sauté/etc you could forget it. Once my food allergies came to light though, I had to learn real quick. You can only eat rice and salad for so long.
I have a bunch of super supportive friends, who decided to buy me cookbooks. I really had not opened one before. Actually I did like my Farewell To Fat Cookbook. My mom used it a lot so I remembered a few recipes that gave me warm memories.
Let me tell you my top 5 favorites first:
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out – by far my favorite cookbook. The pictures are big and beautiful (I am very visual reader and understand better, plus it more appealing). The recipes are easy to make and delicious. This cookbook provides 90% of my dishes and has won every meat eater over.
Forks Over Knives The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year– Another completely easy to use cookbook. Great for a beginner.
Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family– If you are just starting veganism and are unsure how to replace things in a recipe, this is the cookbook for you. I have transitioned a tad more than a basic step, let’s call it moderate, when this came out. I was so excited and could not wait to pre order it. I am so glad I did, because it sold out and became back ordered! Grab it while you can. This makes the best Holiday or Special Occasion gift.
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook– I would say this one is a tad more complicated to maneuver. You really need to know what some products are, however the recipes are great!
Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers– A cookbook for the not so faint at heart. You need a sense of humor, a sailors mouth and a hungry belly for the Thug Kitchen line. Plenty of normal “American style” foods but made easy for any vegan.
(Thug kitchen also has Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck)
And now let me tell you about the last one that was recommended to me and will be on my “2016 must do” list.
DIY Vegan: More Than 100 Easy Recipes to Create an Awesome Plant-Based Pantry– I was just discussing today how I vow to start making my own staples this year. Not only to save money but time. Usually I have to travel 2 hours to Whole Foods to get my sour creams, and cream cheeses. With this cookbook, I hope to stop that.
The best thing about most Vegan cookbooks is that you can find out how to create your own milks, sour cream, butters, etc. Plus most of these recipes may sound weird to those who don’t eat plant-based but they are delicious! I made the tofu Portobello tacos and even my meat-eater friends were raving and asking for the recipe.
Enjoy and let me know which books you buy up!
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