On My Cookbook Shelf

I actually own every book here! Here’s photographic evidence (current when this starts, anyway) 🙂

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Newest additions to my collection:

Look for posts soon on each of these!


I just got Color Me Vegan: Maximize Your Nutrient Intake and Optimize Your Health by Eating Antioxidant-Rich, Fiber-Packed, Color-Intense Meals That Taste Great for Christmas this year, and haven’t had a chance to try anything from it yet. It looks really awesome, though!


Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes is a new one to me, but I’ve tried a couple of recipes and am very happy so far! Check out Roasted Beets and Sautéed Beet greens, and Chickpea Piccata!


Sadly, I have yet to try out Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine. It’s a problem when you put random vegan cookbooks on your wishlist and your mom buys them all for you!


Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. It there’s only one cookbook you’re going to try, make it be this one! Just a few of the things I’ve made from here: Lemon-Yogurt Pound Cake, Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies, and Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Shallots.


If there’s only one more cookbook you can buy, make it Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For–From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes! I have both the print edition and the Kindle edition, since I’m often called upon to make pancakes when I’m away from home. Go figure. 🙂 A few things I’ve made from here: bagels, tofu omelette, Caramelized Onion Quiche with Cherry Sage Sausages, Scrambled Tempeh, Swiss Chard Frittata, and English Muffins.


Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock was one of the early vegan cookbooks I bought, and quickly became one of my favorites. I don’t cook from it often anymore, but it’s where my obsession with seitan stroganoff started.


I actually made 8 or 9 recipes from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Treats for Christmas 2009, but I apparently didn’t take any pictures. I can assure you, they were tasty. And I did take a picture of the Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles I made earlier. 🙂 Oh, and don’t worry. I gave away most of those cookies I made that Christmas!


I don’t make cupcakes that often anymore, but if you like to make them, you need Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule. Who doesn’t like a chocolate cupcake every now and then?



I haven’t made too many recipes from Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure, but it’s where I’ve gotten inspired for all of the risottos I make! You can also check out Lorna Sass’ Complete Vegetarian Kitchen: Where Good Flavors and Good Health Meet, by the same author.


I like the philosphy of The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet a lot. I don’t have any pictures to show you, but it’s one of the things that’s inspiring me to try to eat healthier these days.


Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet is not a vegan book, but I think much of it is easily substituted. Lots of good ideas, here. Most of Nava Atlas’ newer cookbooks are totally vegan.


I have an unnatural love of all things soup. I even like to eat hot soup in the winter! Then again, no one else does, so Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons is helpful for being able to pick out more appropriate soups for the weather. I can always eat the hot stuff in the summer in private!


More to come- there’s a lot of books on that shelf!

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  2. Connie Fletcher says:

    Thank you soooo much. My husband thinks I’m completely nutz!!! I have quite a cookbook collection, and now I don’t feel so badly. There ARE others who love, love, love their cookbooks!!! I have cookbooks (quite literally) all over the house as they won’t fit into one bookshelf……and I read them like novels………….I bet you do as well.

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