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Dec. 7 2009 - 1:56 pm | 76 views | 1 recommendation | 7 comments

Meatless Monday: Books for the Cook On Your List

Cover of "Simple Vegetarian Pleasures"

Cover of Simple Vegetarian Pleasures

Ever since I started my weekly meatless feature 15 months ago, I’ve wanted to compile a resource list of titles that encompass the diverse and wide-ranging meatless recipe world.

With the holiday season in full swing, the requests for kitchen-specific gift ideas have been trickling in, an impetus if there was ever one to finish what I had started.

It’s extensive all right, a testament to how far the meatless cookbook world has gone from lentil loaf extravaganzas.  Is it  definitive? Not by a long shot. But I’d plunk my money down for any of these titles. And feel free to add to the list if you see something missing.

P.S. As I mentioned last week, Culinate is donating commission revenue to Feeding America for online purchases made through Amazon and Powell’s.

All-Purpose Tomes

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

The Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon

Global Perspective

World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey

World Vegetarian Classics by Celia Brooks Brown

Getting Ethnic

Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Jewish Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks

The Greek Vegetarian by Diane Kochilas

Mediterranean Harvest by Martha Rose Shulman

Putting on the Pressure (Cooker)

Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna Sass (20th anniversary edition released this year)

Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look, a DVD by nutritionist Jill Nussinow

Just The Basics, Please

Simple Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin

Seasonally Focused

Fast Food Fresh by Peter Berley

Vegetarian Suppers by Deborah Madison

A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen by Jack Bishop

Vegetarian Without Mention of the Word

Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson

Vegetable Cookery 411

Mediterranean Vegetables by Clifford A. Wright

Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider

Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop

No Dairy or Eggs (aka Vegan)

Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry

Vegan Express by Nava Atlas

For “Mixed” Company

Almost Meatless by Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond

Adaptable Feast by Ivy Manning

Happy Endings

More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally by Fran Costigan

Vegan Cupcakes Rule the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

New on the Shelves

Lucid Food by Louisa Shafia

The New Vegetarian by Robin Asbell

get cooking. by Mollie Katzen

For next year’s holiday gift list

Licking Your Chops, a meat-less guide for meat lovers, by yours truly (Da Capo/Fall 2010)


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    Wow, what a great list! Thanks for sharing it, I just ordered the Shulman book from your list.

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    Hi Kim, I found this list via the wonderful Fran Costigan, and am honored to be part of it! I just wanted to let you know that Mollie Katzen’s new book, Get Cooking, has plenty of meat dishes in it. A curious turn of events from the woman who brought vegetarianism to the mainstream . . .

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    There’s a few interesting finds. I enjoy Jack Bishop’s work on ATK (sadly, couldn’t make it to his book signing in DC). Though a fan of Indian cooking, I don’t have any of Jaffrey’s book and definitely have to add her to the library. I’ll have to check these out.


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    Thanks for the list. Mt family is not vegetarian (my husband is a meat lover, wish your book was out now). However meat is expensive. I need quick easy meals (still high in protein), that are easy on the budget.

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