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Essential Vegetarian Cookbooks

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The list author says: "Being a vegetarian is a delicious way to live! Here are some cookbooks that have withstood the test of time in my kitchen. Some people think that being a vegetarian means relying on pasta and processed foods when you're short on time and/or cash. These volumes will dispel that myth, and guide you down the path of healthful, scrumptious meals that range from cheap and simple to complex and extravagant.

While many of these cookbooks are vegan, they work great in a vegetarian or omnivore kitchen, too! This collection will ensure you have essential recipes to make everything from seitan (vegetarian wheat-based protein source) to casseroles to stunning holiday dishes."
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
"This is a dense, overflowing volume that would be a great addition to any kitchen.  The recipes range from basic to complex, and there is something for every occasion here.  My personal favorite is the "Seitanic Jambalaya" (seitan, rice, vegetables, and spice - delish!)."
Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
"Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero dominate the vegan cookbook scene.  This was their starting point.  Lots of yummy recipes, and a witty, fun take on cooking."
The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen
The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen
"What a great volume!  This book does have many cheese and nut heavy recipes.  I've found that the Cheese and Nut Loaf recipe, paired with the Nut Loaf Sauce, is reason enough to own this book!  Rave reviews from vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.  There's also a great selection of baking recipes in this volume."
Vegetarian Southwest: Recipes from the Region's Favorite Restaurants (Cookbooks and Restaurant Guides)
Vegetarian Southwest: Recipes from the Region's Favorite Restaurants (Cookbooks and Restaurant Guides)
"If you like spice and heat, this is a great book for you!  If it's hard to come by a variety of chili peppers in your area, this might not be worth the purchase."
The Tassajara Bread Book
The Tassajara Bread Book
"I own a 1970s copy of this book, passed down to me from my mother.  Hearty, honest bread and baked goods that will satisfy your deepest longing for yeasty goodness.  Everything is done by hand (no bread-machines here, thank you).  Isn't there something just soul-satisfying about kneading bread?"
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule
"Vegan baking has come a long way, as evidenced by this collection.  Who would have thought that dairy & egg free cake could be so tasty?  The cupcake recipes are inventive and interesting, and sure to please the most discerning of sweets-lovers."
Moleskine Passion Journal - Recipe, Large, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Passion Book Series)
Moleskine Passion Journal - Recipe, Large, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Passion Book Series)
"I was tired of bringing my laptop into the kitchen for online recipes, or dragging around single sheets of paper.  And while I had a notebook with recipes, it wasn't very pretty.  This little recipe book will let you keep all your recipes together in one place, in a compact and attractive little book."
Weight Watchers Versatile Vegetarian
Weight Watchers Versatile Vegetarian
"I gained a ton of weight when I was a young vegetarian, in large part because adolescent vegetarians often rely on pasta, cheese, and french fries.  This little book taught me a lot about adding flavor to basic recipes without adding fat."
Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are
Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are
"This is a great cookbook for starting points of recipes.  Personally, I found the spice amounts to be lacking, and have at least doubled spice quantities for all the recipes.  That being said, the initial flavor profiles are most often good - they just need to be boosted."
Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals
Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals
"Moosewood has been a staple for vegetarian cookbooks for decades.  And yes, Mollie Katzen has branched off.  But this volume doesn't suffer from that departure.  This cookbook is particularly useful in the summer months, for salads and cold dishes."
The New Moosewood Cookbook (Mollie Katzen's Classic Cooking)
The New Moosewood Cookbook (Mollie Katzen's Classic Cooking)
"The classic vegetarian cookbook, with beautiful drawings and simple recipes.  While I don't cook much from this anymore, this volume was integral to my early vegetarian cooking days.  It helped me become familiar with new ingredients and cooking techniques, and expanded my palate."
The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest (Mollie Katzen's Classic Cooking)
The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest (Mollie Katzen's Classic Cooking)
"In the same vein as The New Moosewood Cookbook.  I actually cook more of the recipes from this volume than the other."